CHM273 - Chemistry

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This subject is an extension of CHM173.  Emphasis is placed on volumetric methods which include acid/base titrimetric analysis, pH titrations and solution preparation. Topics covered in the theory section include quantum mechanics, VSEPR theory, molecular and ionic geometry, chemical equilibria, acids, bases, pH, buffer solutions and their preparation, and the dilution of all types of solutions.

Credit Status
Programs: BTR, CHY, CLP, CLT, semester 2
BTR and CLP:                Student academic progress in these programs will be monitored over the first two semesters.  Since the number of seats at the third semester level is limited, students who fail to maintain a semester grade point average of at least 2.5 during their first year, will be transferred to an alternate program within the School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.[1]

Co – op criteria:           CHY(C) admission, GPA minimum of 3.0
                                         BTR(C) admission, GPA minimum of 3.0
                                         CLP(C) admission, GPA minimum of 3.0
                                         GPA based on cumulative score from semester 1 & 2 in addition a student must have achieved a minimum of a ‘B’ grade in EAC150

[1] Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Calendar for 2012/2013

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Demonstrate an acceptable knowledge of the theoretical concepts and calculations described in both the lecture and laboratory sections of the subject as outlined in the Topic Outline.
  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform titrimetric chemical analysis competently to a relative mean deviation less than 5.0 ppt in conjunction to properly select and use volumetric glassware, in particular, burets, volumetric pipets and volumetric flasks.
  1. Properly use both analytical and top – loading balances.
  1. Understand the theoretical basis of the experimental analyses and properly calculate the results of the analyses.
  1. Work safely, efficiently, and accurately in a laboratory setting.
  1. Develop laboratory and professional skills required for future laboratory courses and for future employment.
  1. Work independently within a laboratory environment and to work co – operatively within a team environment.
  1. Use observational and critical thinking skills to develop pathways to solve individual laboratory questions.
  1. Identify possible experimental errors in laboratory endeavors.
  1. Maintain an accurate and up to date record of laboratory activity.
  1. Compile data and compose clear, concise and complete experimental reports.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.