Chem 1040 General Chemistry I (CHEM*1040)

Code and section: CHEM*1040*01

Term: Fall 2023


Course Calendar Description 

CHEM*1040 General Chemistry I offered Fall & Winter [0.50 credit]
This course introduces concepts of chemistry, the central link between the physical and biological sciences. Principles discussed include chemical bonding, simple reactions and stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, and solution equilibria (acids, bases, and buffers), and introductory organic chemistry. 
Prerequisite(s): 4U Chemistry (or equivalent grade 12 chemistry) or CHEM*1060
Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary background to be successful in this course. 


 See WebAdvisor for times and locations. You’ll find a list of Teaching Assistants (TAs) assigned to specific laboratory sections and their e-mail addresses on the CourseLink CHEM*1040 (LAB) F23 site under Content > Module Zero > Resources.

Learning Resources

  1. CHEM*1040 Websites – access through Courselink. Your Username is the part of your U of G e-mail address before the “@” sign. Your password is the same as used for your U of G e-mail. There are separate websites for the course and labs. The course website provides a wealth of resources (e.g., videos, Questions of the Week, practice quizzes, etc.) and Discussions is an area to view, ask and answer course questions. The lab website provides information on all lab activities. Weekly announcements are posted on the homepages to help you stay up-to-date and act as the main mode of communication. It is your responsibility to access these sites on a regular basis and read all announcements. The “Get Ready for First year Chemistry” is an additional site that will remain available throughout the semester as an added resource.
  2. Textbook: D. Ebbing & S. Gammon, General Chemistry (Cengage Canada). You can use the 10th, 9th, or 8th edition for both CHEM*1040 and CHEM*1050. The 10th ed. textbook and/or e-book with OWL resources can be purchased from the University or Coop bookstores. You can also buy directly from, where Coupon Code CengageW22504 gives you an additional 10% off the eBook. A copy of the 10th ed. textbook and 
    solutions manual are on Library Course Reserve (Ares) to be borrowed first come, first served on 
    four hour loan. Note: OWLv2 is a platform that provides additional resources which are not required for the course.
  3. Laboratory Manual and Organic Chemistry Notes can only be purchased from the Chemistry Dept. Sales run Sept. 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM in SSC 2106. 
  4. Lab coat and Safety goggles (not safety glasses) are required and can be purchased from the Chemistry Department, University Bookstore or elsewhere.
  5. Pearson Mastering Chemistry is required to complete the assigned online homework. A 12-month access code can be purchased from one of the bookstores or directly from the Mastering site ($55). W’24 CHEM*1050 will also assign online homework, so access covers both courses. A free 2-week trial period is available. If you have an account from a previous semester, you don’t need to purchase access again. To set-up your account, you must use the Pearson MyLab Links widget, located on the course homepage. Registration instructions are provided under Content > Course Resources > Pearson Mastering Chem Info.
  6.  Calculator with ln, ex, log10 and 10x functions is required. Calculators or notebook computers capable of storing information are NOT allowed during tests/exams, e.g., most graphing calculators. It is your responsibility to bring a properly working calculator to tests/exams and know  how to use it. 
  7.  Molecular Model Kit will help you visualise 3D molecular shapes and complete the assigned  “Aspects of Organic Chemistry” “dry” lab exercises. A kit may be purchased from the University or Co-op bookstores.
  8. Instructors Office Hours will be provided on CourseLink, along with their lecture materials.You are encouraged to connect with your instructor if you have any question about the course material. 
  9. Chemistry Learning Centre (3rd floor Library, Rm 360) Chemistry Teaching Assistants (TAs) are available to help you with both the lectures and labs. Hours will be posted on the course homepage. 
  10. Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) are free, peer-lead study groups held on a weekly basis. Attendance is voluntary and open to all students in the course. SLGs are facilitated by student leaders who have successfully completed the course. SLG leaders attend lectures and  work with faculty/staff to create study activities that integrate course content with effective approaches to learning. They are not tutors. The peer-supported group study format exposes students to various approaches to learning, problem solving, and exam prep. Session times, 
    locations and further information are available on the SLG website.
  11. System/Software Requirements – to ensure you have the best learning experience, please 

Learning Outomes

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of atomic structure, periodic trends, Lewis 
structures, VSEPR and bonding.
2. Understand and apply the concepts of chemical equilibrium, especially in associating with 
acids, bases, salts, buffers, and titration curves.
3. Solve quantitative problems (stoichiometric) involving chemical formulas and equations 
which include solids, liquids, solutions, or gases.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical and chemical aspects of organic 
molecules and their reactions.
5. Perform laboratory experiments demonstrating safe and proper use of standard chemical 
glassware and equipment.
6. Record, graph, chart and interpret data obtained from experiments through working cooperatively with others or independently.

Lecture & Laboratory Content Schedule
1. Lectures: You can only attend the lecture section in which you are registered. Instructors will cover the same course material but may do so in a slightly different order. A schedule is provided on the next page. On CourseLink, under Content > Lecture Info & Materials, you will find 
resources to help you prepare for your classes each week. You are strongly encouraged to review the relevant material prior to class along with the related textbook sections. You are responsible for all course material, whether it is explicitly covered in class or not. Topics marked with an asterisk (*) (see Lecture Schedule) are not covered in class but will be examined. 
2. Laboratories: Labs are a required part of this course. A schedule is provided on the next page. Students attend their labs according to their lab section. For example, CHEM*1040*0234 has the section number 0234, where the last two numbers stand for the lab section (i.e., 34 = Tues. 7 PM, SSC 2102). If your lab section ends with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), you follow the “Week Acid Schedule”. If it ends in an even number (i.e., 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0), as is the case for lab section 34, you follow the “Week Base Schedule”.

Fall 2023 Chem*1040 Lecture Schedule