Chemistry 1

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry 1

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Senior Chemistry or CHEM1090

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides the foundation in concepts underpinning inorganic, physical and organic chemistry necessary for advancement to the higher levels of study in chemistry and engineering courses. Core topics include: atomic structure, bonding and hybridisation, molecular shape, an introduction to organic chemistry, states of matter and intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, aqueous solution equilibria, thermodynamics, and redox chemistry. This course is a prerequisite to CHEM1200 Chemistry 2 for all students in the following programs: BSc, B Biomedical Science, B Biotechnology, B Engineering and B Occupational Health & Safety Science. It is recommended as a prerequisite for CHEM1222 in the B Pharmacy program.
    Course Introduction
    This course develops students understanding of chemistry through a learning progression beginning with atomic structure and ending with the driving forces for chemical change in a system. Thus atomic and electronic structure set the basis for a discussion of bonding and how molecular shape relates to macroscopic properties. Phase changes are introduced to discuss transitions between states of matter (gases, liquids and solids). This leads to the first law of thermodynamics with an introduction to the concepts of a "system", "internal energy", "work", and exothermic and endothermic reactions. Enthalpy and entropy are defined leading to a discussion of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The laws of thermodynamics set the context for understanding chemical equilibrium in terms of gas phase and heterogeneous equilibria, Le Chatelier's principle, solubility, and colligative properties. The next section of the course applies the principles of equilibrium to the study of solutions and the processes of oxidation and reduction.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Identify and apply concepts in multiple contexts across the following chemistry topics: 1) Atomic structure and bonding; 2) Introduction to organic chemistry; 3) Intermolecular forces & solvation; 4) Phase transitions; 5) Thermochemistry; 6) Chemical equilibria; 7) Solution equilibria and solubility; 8) Redox processes & electrochemistry.
    • Demonstrate critical reasoning through the application of chemical concepts to solve quantitative and conceptual problems framed in a variety of contexts.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in experimental techniques and manipulative skills in the laboratory. Students will be able to collect, organise, analyse and graphically display experimental data to identify patterns or relationships. Students will be able to process their data applying appropriate equations and evaluating the limitations of experimental data. They will make decisions based on the outcomes of their experiments and explain these in terms of chemical concepts.
    Class Contact
    3 hours Lectures, 3 hours Practicals
    Assessment Summary
    Laboratory: 25%
    OnlineLearning Modules: 15%
    Mid-Semester Exam: 20%
    Final Exam: 40%

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