Chemistry 1000

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry 1000

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: Students wishing to register for CEM1000W will normally be expected to have passed NSC Physical Science with at least 60% and NSC Mathematics with at least 70%. In exceptional circumstances, a student who has passed a full suite of 1st year courses may register for CEM1000W without meeting the NSC Physical Science requirement. Such registration requires the permission of the Head of Department.
    NOTE: Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty.
    Students registered for this course will be assessed in week 5; if it is judged that they are not coping with the level and pace of the course, and would benefit from an opportunity to strengthen foundational concepts and learn new material at a slower pace, they will be required to transfer to CEM1009H from week 7.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course lays the foundation of chemistry in its context as a central science for scientists and engineers working in the chemical, biological or earth sciences or in chemical engineering. Fundamental concepts in chemistry are covered to illustrate their application to understanding the molecular nature of the world around us. Topics include microscopic and macroscopic concepts, atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, the chemistry of the elements and inorganic chemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, phases of matter, thermochemistry and thermodynamics, colligative properties, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry and chemical kinetics. The course continues with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry, including structure and reactivity in organic chemistry, describing and predicting organic reactivity and the properties and reactivity of biologically important molecules. Practicals aim to develop essential manipulative and technical laboratory skills, as well as to draw links to interpreting the physical world in terms of its molecular nature.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.