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

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the essential parts of a problem and formulate strategies for solving the problem.
  2. Estimate the numeric value for the solution to a quantitative problem and test the correctness of the solution.
  3. Manipulate equations and measurements with due regard for significatn figures and unit conventions.
  4. Interpret data or other scientific information using graphs, tables, figures and symbols
  5. Record and interpret experimental outcomes, and communicate to others the significance of experimental observations.
  6. Make value judgements about reliability and relevance of information in a scientific context.
  7. Understand the manner in which atoms interact to form bonds and molecules.
  8. Predict how molecular shapes will affect chemical properties.
  9. Determine how interactions between atoms and molecules lead to different states of matter.


This course will provide you with a solid background in the basic concepts of chemistry related to atomic and molecular structure, the states of matter, polymers and biochemical systems.

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

This course does not have a wet lab component.

This course should not be taken by students in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or in the BSCH MAJ or SSP in Life Sciences.

With successful completion above the required threshold of CHEM 112/6.0 wet lab in Jan-April, CHEM 113 and CHEM 114 may be taken and used as a credit for CHEM 112/6.0. Contact Meredith Richards ( in the Chemistry Department for permission.


Summer 21: May - June
Course Dates: 
May 10 - June 21, 2021
Exam Dates: 
June 24 - 25


Online Weekly Assignments and Quizzes20%
Online Tutorials15%
Online Participation5%
Online Midterm30%
Final Proctored Exam


** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Instructor Alaina Boyd (

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


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About Credit Units

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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


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Grading Scheme

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Tuition Fees

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