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Our First Year Courses

CHM135H Chemistry: Physical Principles

Together with CHM136H, this course is recommended for students in many biologically oriented life and health science programs that involve a small amount of chemistry. After a brief review of reaction stoichiometries and other important fundamentals from high school chemistry, the course begins with a discussion about the structure of the atom and its relation to fundamental concepts in spectroscopy. The phases of matter - gases, liquids, solids and beyond - are then presented. The solution state is examined with an emphasis on properties of solutions including chemical equilibria in solution, particularly those of acids and bases. The course concludes with an examination of the principles of reaction thermodynamics and kinetics using reactions of both chemical and biochemical interest.

CHM136H Introductory Organic Chemistry I

Together with CHM135H, this course is recommended for students in many biologically oriented life and health science programs that involve a small amount of chemistry. The course commences with a review of fundamental principles in covalent bonding to understand the structure and shape of organic molecules; the concepts of molecular conformation as well as the "handedness" of shape are introduced. The relationship between the structure of organic molecules and their reactivity is presented. This relationship will be illustrated by examining the mechanisms by which the organic chemistry of alkenes, alkyl halides and alcohols takes place. The role of acid/base chemistry in these reactions is presented throughout.

CHM 151Y Chemistry: The Molecular Science

This course is recommended for students who are likely to follow one of the chemistry specialist programs or who will include a substantial amount of chemistry in their degree (such as those following a chemistry major program). The aim of this course is to provide students with a foundation in fundamental chemical knowledge. Through examples, students will also be introduced to a variety of related modern topics, including the development of new characterization techniques, the design of organic compounds, and the properties and potential uses of advanced materials.

The first section of the course is an intensive study of the principles of structure and reactions of organic molecules, as well as an introduction to the importance of organic molecules in biological processes. The next section introduces methods of structure determination, and the properties and uses of inorganic elements including novel materials and catalysts. Finally, the last section covers the physical chemical principles that underlie molecular structure, reactivity and energy.

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

An added distinguishing feature of CHM151Y is that we assume knowledge of introductory organic chemistry as outlined in the Ontario Grade 12 curriculum, more specifically the first three chapters of "Organic Chemistry" by J. McMurry, the required organic chemistry textbook for the course.

CHM151Y1 has a unique "Course Community" where the undergraduate experience in chemistry is greatly enhanced through a series of workshops, research seminars, tours, outreach opportunities and social activities.