University Prep Chemistry is designed for students who have never taken chemistry, or who want to improve their knowledge before taking a university chemistry course. Designed in consultation with professors in the Dalhousie Chemistry Department, this course is accepted by Dalhousie in place of NS Grade 12 Chemistry and may be used as the prerequisite for all Dalhousie first-year Chemistry classes.
What You Will Learn
You will gain a solid foundation in the subject by learning the major concepts of Grade 11 and 12 Chemistry. Topics include:
- The different types of matter, properties of matter and changes in matter
- Atomic theory
- The periodic table and trends in properties of the elements
- Chemical bonding, including intermolecular bonding
- Balancing chemical equations, types of chemical reactions and nomenclature
- Introduction to chemical kinetics
- The mole, including stoichiometry, limiting reagents, mole conversions, percentage composition, empirical and molecular formula, and percent yield
- Solutions, including solubility and formation of precipitates and concentration of a solution
- Chemical equilibrium, including writing the equilibrium constant K, calculating K, and Le Chatelier’s principle
- Oxidation and reduction, including oxidation number, oxidizing and reducing agents, and the activity series of metals
- Acids and bases, including properties, Bronsted-Lowry theory, conjugate acids and bases, acid-base neutralization equations, titration problems
Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of 3 hours for every hour of class time in order to learn the material and to complete exercises. There is no laboratory work. Evaluation will be based on a midterm and final exam.
Textbooks are required and may be purchased from the Dalhousie University Bookstore.
* University Prep courses are non-credit preparatory courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course he/she enrolls in is accepted at other post-secondary institutions, beyond Dalhousie University.
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"I approached this course doubting that I would ever understand chemistry. I didn’t take it in high school and suffered greatly in DISP (Integrated Sciences) as well as dropping out of first year introductory chemistry at Dal. I now feel much more comfortable with more than just the basic concepts and I’m prepared to try the 1st year chemistry course again. This course wasn’t easy, but (it) wasn’t unbearably hard and I would recommend it to anyone who missed high school chemistry like me!"