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CHEM-060 - Provincial Level Chemistry -

CHEM-060 - Provincial Level Chemistry -

Course Details
Chemistry is an essential part of our everyday world. A knowledge and understanding of its principles is the basis on which applications in health, environment, and industrial development are founded. This chemistry course will foster an understanding of chemistry as a vital part of a sustainable society and provide a basis for further academic and career/vocational training. Topics include equilibrium, acids and bases, gas laws, and oxidation and reduction. CHEM 060 covers the Core Topics for Chemistry: Provincial Level set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • College Readiness - BC Adult Graduation Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : CHEM 050, MATH-059 , or Chemistry 11 and/or Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11 or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per Week
    Contact Hours: 90
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    Reaction Kinetics
  • Describe the collision model of chemical reactions;
  • Describe activation energy, endo and exothermic reactions using potential and kinetic energy diagrams;
  • Describe the factors that affect reaction rate including temperature, concentration, surface area, and catalysts;
  • Explain the nature of chemical equilibrium using examples;
  • Apply Le Chatelier’s Principle;
  • Calculate equilibrium constants of homogenous and heterogeneous systems and equilibrium concentrations from equilibrium constant; and
  • Work with calculations dealing with Ksp and solubility.

  • Acid-Base
  • Describe Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases including acid-bases pairs;
  • Predict the relative strengths of acids;
  • Calculate [H+], [OH-], pH, and pOH from any one known;
  • Calculate pH from Ka; and
  • Describe the characteristics of a buffer system.

  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Assign oxidation states to elements in compounds;
  • Identify oxidizing and reducing agents;
  • Balance redox equations;
  • Describe the components of electrochemical and electrolytic cells;
  • Predict the voltage, Eo, of electrochemical and electrolytic cells;
  • Describe the applications of oxidation-reduction to everyday and industrial processes;

  • Gas Laws
  • Use the appropriate units and conversions for pressure, volume and temperature;
  • Apply Boyle’s, Charles’, Guy-Lussac’s and the Combined Gas Laws to predict pressure, volume, or temperature; and
  • Describe an ideal gas and make calculations using the Ideal Gas Law.

  • Options
    Options may include: organic functional groups, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, biochemistry, environmental ethics, and industrial applications.

  • Chemistry laboratories are an essential component of the study of chemistry; and
  • During laboratories, students reinforce theory through practice. Through laboratories, students develop skills in safety, procedures, techniques, data collection, analysis, and communication.

  • In the laboratory exercises, students should:
  • List the safety and protective equipment available in a laboratory setting;
  • Demonstrate the appropriate procedures and techniques for dealing with particular hazards and hazardous materials;
  • Follow instructions and procedures;
  • Handle appropriate equipment for measuring mass, volume, and temperature;
  • Prepare solutions;
  • Perform titrations;
  • Collect and record data effectively;
  • Analyze and interpret data;
  • Communicate results and conclusions; and
  • Write formal laboratory reports.

  • A minimum of eight labs are to be completed covering the core concepts.
    Text and Materials: LeMay, H.E. Jr., Robblee, K.M., Beall, H. and Brower, D.C. (2002) Chemistry: Connections to our Changing World. New Jersey: Prentice Hall (ISBN 0-13-0058060-0).
    Other Resources:
  • LeMay, H.E. Jr. et al. Chemistry: Connections to our changing world. Current edition. New Jersey. Pearson.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 30, 2013.