Foundation Chemistry

General Course Information

Mon, Wed, Fri. 2:30 -3:20 Tue 4:00 – 6:00

Course Director/ Instructor Name: Tobias Clement

Course Director Contact Information: Tel 534-5164

Course Director Office Hours: Mon,11:00-12:00, Wed. 11:0012:00

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Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

Chemistry plays an important part in all of the other natural sciences, basic and applied. Plant growth and metabolism, the formation of igneous rocks, the role played by ozone in the atmosphere, the degradation of environmental pollutants, the properties of lunar soil, the medical action of drugs, establishment of forensic evidence: none of these can be understood without the knowledge and perspective provided by chemistry. Indeed, many people study chemistry so that they can apply it to their own particular field of interest. Chemistry itself is the field of interest for many people. Many study chemistry not to apply it to another field, but simply to learn more about the physical world and the behavior of matter from a chemical viewpoint. Some simply like "what chemists do" and so decide to "do it" themselves. One of the goals of this course is to introduce to students the properties of matter in terms of its internal structure, the arrangement and interrelationship of its parts. This word, structure, sometimes refers to the physical arrangement of particles, such as atoms or molecules in space. At other times it is used to indicate some other arrangement, such as the arrangement of energy levels of an electron in an atom, thereby relating their structures to their physical and chemical properties.

Course Objectives:

Introduce students to the subject building confidence to handle general chemistry.  

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness that matter is made up of particles;
  2. Be familiar with the concept of the atom as the basic building block of matter;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the mole as the unit for comparison of amounts of matter;
  4. Be aware of the different forces of attraction that exist between particles;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding that different types of mixtures can be separated based on the properties of the components;
  6. Appreciate that matter can be classified based onthe physical or chemical properties;
  7. Understand that the rate at which a chemical reaction proceeds is dependent on a number of physical factors;
  8. Appreciate that energy changes occur during the course of a chemical reaction;
  9. Relate bonding properties of carbon to simple organic compounds;
  10. Recognize the patterns of reactions of the various homologous series of carbon compounds
  11. Describe some of the processes involved in the formation of carbon compounds from natural sources and relate the properties of the compounds to their uses;
  12. Recognize the general pattern involved in the nature and formation of polymers

 Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

This course is a mix of lecture, discussion, small group exercises and structured reading and writing. Faculty with expertise in specific topics will lead sessions. Students are expected to be active participants and independent learners in this introductory course. Attendance and participation in class meetings with evidence of adequate preparation is essential.


Lambert Norman, Mohamed Marine 1993, Chemistry for CXC, Heinemann Educational Publishers. Supplementary Readings/Resources:

 Requirements and Percent of Grade:

  • Midterm Exam        25%
  • Quizzes x 5             20%
  • Final exam              25%
  • Labs                        10%
  • Assignments x 2     10% 
  • Participation              5% /setgeneratormultiplier -inf 

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Course Schedule



Textbook Reference


Classification of Matter

  • States of matter
  • Elements, compounds, mixtures



Particulate nature of matter

Pure and impure matter

LAB 1 Introduction to lab safety



Atoms and Elements /Atomic structure

Atomic number/ mass number/ Introduction to Periodic table

Trends in the periodic table Quiz I

LAB 1 seperation of mixture



Compounds and their bonds

Properties of Ionic, Covalent and Metallic compounds Assignment 1



The language of chemistry II -Writing chemical

Formulae and Equations

Writing chemical Formulae and Equations Chemical quantities and reactions


LAB 2  Mole measurement  




Calculations involving the mole



Molecular and Empirical formulae

Mole concept applied to gases and solutions









  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  • Redox reactions

LAB 3  Titration






Rates of chemical reactions


LAB 4  Rate of chemical reactions




Gas Pressure

Pressure and Volume (Boyle’s Law)

Temperature and Pressure ( Charles’s Law)

Assignment 2



Temperature and Pressure (Gay-Lussac’s

LawCombine Gas law/

Avogadro’s law / Dalton law








Carbon and its compound

LAB 5 Organic models





Carbon and its compound QUIZ 5





School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.