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CHM136H1 Course Information


The two chemistry courses CHM135H (Chemistry: Physical Principles) and CHM136H (Introductory Organic Chemistry I) are designed to jointly provide a general introduction to chemistry for students who intend to follow a science program, primarily in the Life or Health Sciences. They are also the recommended courses for those applying for entry into professional programs. CHM135H and CHM136H are also acceptable in the Chemistry specialist, major and minor programs of study, although CHM 151Y (Chemistry: The Molecular Science) is the highly recommended course for entry into these programs.

CHM136H provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of structure, bonding and reactivity of organic molecules. In this course, a working knowledge of high school chemistry at the Grade 12 level will be assumed.


Textbooks are available for purchase at the University of Toronto Textbook Store at 214 College Street. Textbook may change from year to year and new editions are published. You may find the required textbook for the current year on the course webpage.

COURSE SCHEDULE (12-week term)

Lectures - three 3 hours per week
Tutorials - 1 hour alternating week
Laboratories - 3 hours alternating week


This is a typical set of marking scheme and may change from term to term. The applicable set will be provided to the students at the beginning of each term.

best three of four tutorial quizzes5%5%
two term tests40%or25%
final examination35%50%
final mark100%100%


The following outline gives a brief overview of the textbook material which will be covered. Please note that you are responsible not only for the material covered in the textbook but also for additional material presented in lecture and the accompanying Blackboard web notes.


  • Basic Structure and Bonding in Molecules
  • Resonance; Acids and Bases
  • Functional Groups; Alkanes and Conformations
  • Cycloalkanes and Stereochemistry
  • Stereochemistry
  • Organic Reaction Patterns
  • Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity
  • Alkenes: Reactions and Synthesis
  • Alkyl Halides: Synthesis
  • Alkyl Halides: Reactivity
  • Benzene and Aromaticity
  • Alcohols; IR Spectroscopy


Experiment 1 - Solubility
Experiment 2 - Recrystallization / melting point
Experiment 3 - Separation by extraction
Experiment 4 - Distillation / boiling points
Experiment 5 - Computational investigation of molecular geometry and energy