General Chemistry I: From Atoms to Matter - General Chemistry | Arts and Science ONLINE

General Chemistry I: From Atoms to Matter

CHEM 113/3.0

A quantitative treatment of chemical phenomena and materials. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Topics include atomic structure and molecular bonding, organic chemistry, and condensed phases.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

In an addition to developing an appreciation for Chemistry as a field of study, students will specifically be able to:

  1. Identify macroscopic models of materials using basic understanding of microscopic models of Matter
  2. Calculate system conditions and measure changes using concepts of gas theory
  3. Describe the development of mathematical models of microscopic level properties
  4. Use Thermodynamics to determine energy changes in isobaric, adiabatic and isothermal system processes, both chemical and physical
  5. Describe phase diagrams for single and multi-component (solutions) systems, including distillations, fractional melting and alloys


This course will provide you with a solid background in the basic concepts of chemistry related to stoichiometry, nomenclature, gas laws, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, the states of matter.

You will learn how chemistry is used and applied in the solution of modern-day technological and social challenges. You will achieve this through the review of supplied online resources, collaboration with peers on selected exercises, and frequent opportunities to practice problem solving in online mastery assessments. 

CHEM113 and CHEM114 alone will not suffice as a replacement for CHEM112 for students in in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or in the BSCH MAJ or SSP in Life Sciences, because they do not include the wet-lab component in CHEM112.  Students who are wishing to get a credit in CHEM112 can register for this course as CHEM112 in the spring/summer.  The spring/summer version of CHEM112 lecture components will be taught concurrently with the ASO courses CHEM113 and CHEM114 but will also include the lab camp at the end of summer, needed to make the complete CHEM112 package.  This combination is the recommended route for Students in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or in the BSCH MAJ or SSP in Life Sciences.  Students who are repeating CHEM112 and who already have done the wet labs can apply for an exemption to the labs.  Contact Meredith Richards ( sends e-mail)) in the Chemistry Department for permission.


Summer 22: May-June
Course Dates: 
May 9 - June 17, 2022
Exam Dates: 
June 20- 22, 2022


10% - Tutorial Groupwork
10% - Assignments
25% - Virtual Labs
25% - Quizzes
30% - Final Proctored Exam

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Students enrolled in only online courses will have two options to write their exams:

  1. You may choose to write your exam(s) online using Examity proctoring services where you will be charged the additional $100 exam fee; or
  2. You may choose to write your exam(s) in-person on Queen's campus in Kingston where you will NOT be charged the additional $100 exam fee.

Location and Timing of Final Examinations

Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.



Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 20 hours a week (126 hours per term) in study/practice and online activity for CHEM 113.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.