CHEM Matters

CHEM Matters - August 12th-16th, 2019

CHEM Matters is a week-long course that emphasizes the importance of chemistry fundamentals and is designed to help prepare students coming into CHEM 1001. By having a strong grasp on underlying concepts that are common to all chemistry courses, you'll enter first year with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills you can use and build upon. You'll learn how to manipulate, understand, and solve for variables in simple chemical equations, after which you’ll be able to do the same in the future in more complicated questions. Starting university with a strong basis of chemistry knowledge and problem solving skills will ensure you feel confident (and successful!) going forward in your studies.

Dates and Fees

CHEM Matters runs from August 12th-16th 2019. Registration for CHEM Matters will be open for students when their time ticket opens, starting in early June 2019. The fee for CHEM Matters is $100 including HST.

Is CHEM Matters for you?

Generally, CHEM Matters aims to teach students basic fundamentals about chemistry problem solving that they’ll need for current and future CHEM courses. Some of this material will be review from high school, while some will tackle subjects and practices that will help students better conceptualize and solve problems in CHEM 1001/1002. Some of the broad topics that will be covered in CHEM Matters include:

  • Simple chemical reactions: stoichiometry and balancing, calculating reagents, moles, neutralization reactions
  • Units: conversion between units, identifying and using SI units
  • Physical properties of solids, liquids and gases: density, volume, using the ideal gas law

We suggest that you consider registering for CHEM Matters if your high school chemistry grade was below 80% or you did not take University level chemistry in high school and if you are registered for CHEM 1001 in the Fall 2019 term.

CHEM Matters will be instructed by a senior chemistry PhD student. The program is designed to provide students with a mix of lecture material, step-by-step tutorials, in-class activities, demonstrations and worksheets; this format will ideally let students listen to material, see it being used and demonstrated, and then finally be able to apply this knowledge to problem-solving situations.

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