Course Description

Course Name

Chemistry 1009

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline:
This course only begins in week 7 and is intended for students who have been advised to transfer to this course after initially registering for CEM1000W (see entry for CEM1000W). It places an emphasis on the strengthening of foundational concepts and skills, the carefully-paced introduction of new material, and the development of sound approaches to effective learning. Note that the combination of CEM1009H and CEM1010H is equivalent to CEM1000W in level, credit value and as prerequisite for certain other courses.
This course lays the foundation of chemistry in its context as a central science for scientists working in the chemical, biological or earth sciences and is one of the courses specially designed for the Extended Degree Programme. Fundamental concepts in chemistry are covered to illustrate their application to understanding the molecular nature of the world around us. Topics include microscopic and macroscopic concepts, atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility, phases of matter, thermochemistry, osmosis and chemical kinetics. The course continues with an introduction to the language of organic chemistry, including naming of compounds, identification of functional groups and isomers. Practicals are designed to develop essential manipulative and technical laboratory skills, to take measurements and handle data, as well as to draw links to interpreting the physical world in terms of its molecular nature.

*Course content subject to change