Chemistry (CHEM) 217

Chemical Principles I (Revision 9)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook) with a home lab. Order the laboratory kit online.

CHEM 217 lab exemption

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: Chemistry 30 or an equivalent high school chemistry course is strongly recommended but not required. This course is open only to students with previous chemistry experience.

Precluded Course: CHEM 209 (CHEM 217 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CHEM 209.)

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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CHEM 217 is not available for challenge.

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Note: Home lab kits can be shipped within Canada only. Students who live outside Canada are required to attend supervised laboratories on site at Athabasca University, Alberta. This course is charged a lab fee.


CHEM 217 provides an introduction to chemistry from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Topics covered include a review of nomenclature, the mole concept, and stoichiometry; thermochemistry; atomic and molecular structure; periodic relationships; the gas laws; and the properties of solids, liquids, and solutions. The combination of CHEM 217 and CHEM 218 is the equivalent to first-year university chemistry.


To receive credit for CHEM 217, you must complete all of the course work, and achieve at least 50 percent on each of the two examinations, and an overall course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Midterm Examination 20%
Final Examination 40%
Assignments 20%
Laboratory Work 20%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes electronic textbooks. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to the eText Initiative site.

Tro, Nivaldo J., Travis D. Fridgen, & Lawton E. Shaw. Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, First Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2014.

Tro, Nivaldo J., Travis D. Fridgen, & Lawton E. Shaw. Selected Solutions Manual for Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, First Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2014.

A print version of the eTexts can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbooks on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

The Athabasca University course resources also include an online Study Guide and Course Information, as well as a Home Lab Kit (to be borrowed from the AU Library) with print Home Laboratory Manual.

The items listed below are not supplied; you should purchase them before you begin to work on the course. You will need

  • an electronic calculator capable of handling logarithms and exponentials. Remember: Take your calculator with you whenever you write an examination or attend a laboratory session.
  • other stationery, including paper for assignments, pens, pencils, a ruler, etc.

Special Instructional Features

You must complete 32 hours of laboratory work, using a home-study laboratory kit, to obtain credit in this course. Order the laboratory kit online. If you cannot make your request online, please

Note that your laboratory work accounts for 20% of your overall course mark. You must satisfactorily complete and write up a specified minimum number of experiments in order to obtain credit for this course (see the section of the course manual titled “Assessment”).

Note: We strongly recommend that you complete Units 1 and 2 before attempting any laboratory work.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 9, January 16, 2015.

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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services