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CHM151H1 Course Information

Introduction

CHM151Y is chemistry department's special introductory course for those who are considering specializing in chemistry or a related area. We will emphasize topics that will lead you to the frontiers of chemistry research while addressing fundamental principles. We will focus on topics of interest that let you know what the field has to offer in a number of areas. We hope this will exceed your expectations. We would appreciate your comments and suggestions so that we can make this course as helpful and interesting as possible. Feel free to discuss any matters with your lecturers, instructors, tutors and Course Community mentor.

Organic Chemistry Section

The first section of CHM151Y is introduction to organic chemistry. From the molecules of life (DNA, proteins, sugars) to synthetic molecules produced in factories and laboratories (drugs, plastics, cosmetics), the impact of organic chemistry is evident virtually everywhere on earth. The remarkable diversity of functions of organic molecules is a direct consequence of the immense diversity of structures that can be created through covalent bonding of carbon atoms with each other or other atoms. Powerful reactions developed by organic chemists represent tools that can be used to create complex, functional targets from simpler building blocks in a rational manner. This section of the course will provide students with the fundamentals of bonding, structure, and reactivity of organic compounds.

Learning Objectives

  • Master essential concepts in organic chemistry.
  • Prepare for advanced chemistry courses - specifically CHM249 and CHM247.
  • Understanding the structure and bonding of major classes of organic compounds.
  • Learning the reactivity of important organic functional groups, and understanding the mechanisms of these reactions.
  • Developing an appreciation for the importance of organic chemistry in everyday applications.

Inorganic Chemistry Section

The structure, bonding and reactions of inorganic elements is very diverse and often quite distinct from that observed in organic chemistry. First methods for determining the structure of molecules will be introduced including mass spectrometry and NMR and IR spectroscopy. Periodic trends in the electron configuration and bonding of elements will be examined. We will discuss the prediction of the structure and reactivity of compounds on the basis of periodic trends, VSEPR and molecular orbital theory and the effects of hydrogen bonding. There will be a brief overview of the diversity of inorganic chemistry and its impact on the world around us. We will then discuss the chemistry of some representative elements of the main group and transition metals. Their impact in the areas of high tech materials and catalysts will be introduced.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the use of mass spectrometry and NMR and IR spectroscopy in structure determination.
  • The prediction of the structure and reactivity of compounds on the basis of periodic trends, VSEPR and molecular orbital theory and the effects of hydrogen bonding.
  • An understanding of the chemistry of some representative elements of the main group and transition metals.

Physical Chemistry Section

This section of the course covers thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, and intermolecular forces.

Required Textbooks for CHM151Y

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.

Laboratory

The laboratory provides an introduction to important chemical techniques as well as practical illustrations of lecture material. It consists of ten experiments over the year and provides experience in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

Marking Scheme

Marks will be based on laboratory, quizzes, and exams. Below is a typical set of marking scheme and may change from year to year.

Laboratory25%
Quizzes5%
Fall Midterm Test8%
December Exam20%
Spring Midterm Test8%
Final Exam34%
Total100%