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. 

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


Summer (May–June) 2023
Course Dates
Exam Dates (if applicable)
Delivery Mode


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

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Proctored Exams

If a student is enrolled in ONLY online courses (section 700), they may choose either of the following options to write the exam:

  • Write the final exam online: you will write in onQ with Examity proctoring. A $100 online exam fee will be charged to your SOLUS account.  
  • Write the final exam in-person: you will write on Queen’s campus in Kingston. You will not be charged an extra fee to write on campus. 

If a student is enrolled in ANY in-person courses (section 001, 002, etc), you MUST write all your final exams in-person on Queen’s campus, including for an online course. You may not choose to write your exams online. 

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 in the Academic Calendar. 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. 

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at is external) to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Textbook: The textbook for this class is an Open Access textbook. This textbook is free, and available for you to view/access in various formats.

Laboratory Software: In order to access and complete some course activities/assessments, you are required to purchase this Mastering Chemistry access code from the Queen's Campus Bookstore:

  • Masteringchemistry® Student Access Code Card for General Chemistry
  • Labster (12-month access code)

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.

Additional Information

NOTE: Not normally intended for on-campus degree plans and certificates. 

NOTE: Not appropriate for pre and upper level courses that have a laboratory component.