32 Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Chemistry: Atoms First

This OpenStax textbook was developed with chemistry professors and a pedagogical approach, with Chemistry OpenStax as the foundation. As the name suggests, this text uses an “atoms first” approach to the subject which involves the introduction of atomic and molecular structure at the beginning of the course material. This text has been successfully adopted.

Includes: Instructor resources, exercises, solutions, simulations, and summaries.

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.

Chemistry: OpenStax

This text was the precursor to the Atoms First book. This text covers the same concepts but through a different approach. This resource has been successfully adopted and adapted.

Includes: Instructor resources, student resources, applications, summaries, exercises, and solutions.

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.

Introductory Chemistry – First Canadian Edition

This text is an adaptation of David W. Ball’s Introductory Chemistry open textbook that was developed by a chemistry professor at Vancouver Island University as part of the B.C. Open Textbook Project. This text has been successfully adopted and includes over 20 additional sections.

Includes: Instructor resources, exercises, solutions, examples, and summaries.

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.

Chemistry: The Central Science (Map)

This LibreText resource follows the published Chemistry: The Central Science textbook by Brown et al. but is under a Creative Commons license.

Includes: Exercises, solutions, summaries, and simulations.

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.

Chemistry LibreTexts

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on chemistry subjects.

Includes: Supplemental modules, exercises, and ancillary materials.

Organic Nomenclature 101

This resource was developed by a faculty member from the University of Ottawa. It is an interactive way to learn organic chemistry nomenclature.

Includes: Interactive quiz, and practice questions.

May suit CHEM 1AA3, 2E03, 2OA3/2OB3 and CHEMBIO 2OD3/2OG3.

Chemistry 2e 

Chemistry 2e is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the two-semester general chemistry course. The textbook enables students to learn the core concepts of chemistry and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them.

Includes: Summaries, exercises and instructor resources (PowerPoint slides and solution manual).

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/ 1E03.

Chemistry and the Environment: A Chemistry Perspective for discussion of Environmental Issues

Chemistry and the Environment is designed to accompany a one-semester course in chemistry-based discussions of important environmental issues such as air pollution, the ozone layer, climate change and water quality. Chemical principles are introduced, followed by environmental ‘focus’ sections to base discussions on the scientific principles and societal intricacies of the individual topics.

Includes: Examples, summaries, end-of chapter exercises, integrative animations, workbook and instructor resources (PowerPoint slides).

Slides to accompany the textbook

Workbook to accompany the textbook

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03/2BC3/2SC3.

Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume I
Organic Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis Volume II

This textbook is designed for a two-semester, sophomore-level course in organic chemistry in which biological chemistry takes center stage. For the most part, the text covers the core concepts of organic structure, structure determination, and reactivity in the standard order. What is different is the context: biological chemistry is fully integrated into the explanation of central principles, and as much as possible the in-chapter and end-of-chapter problems are taken from the biochemical literature. Many laboratory synthesis reactions are also covered, generally in parallel with their biochemical counterparts – but it is intentionally the biological chemistry that comes first.

Includes: In-chapter exercises (with solutions), end-of-chapter problems (with solutions) and ACD/ChemSketch practice problems.

May suit: CHEM 2OA3/2OB3/2OG3/2OD3 and CHEMBIO 2OG3/2D03.

Chemical Biology & Biochemistry Laboratory Using Genetic Code Expansion Manual

Proteins play vital roles in most biological processes; these roles include acting as catalysts for physiological reactions, as regulators for those reactions, or as structural framework around which these processes can occur. Proteins’ complex organization of diverse functionality in 3D space leads to an astonishing range of function for living organisms. Understanding this intimate relationship between structure and function is the backbone of understanding the natural world and is the key to controlling it.

Includes: Deep thoughts and lab materials and protocols.

May suit: BIOCHEM 2L06 and CHEMBIO 2L03.

CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything

Chemistry, Life the Universe and Everything (CLUE) is a transformed general chemistry curriculum, developed by an interdisciplinary team of a chemist and a molecular biologist, that aims to bring about evidence-based change in general chemistry.

Includes: Questions (to answer, to ponder and for later).

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.

OCLUE: Organic Chemistry, Life, the Universe & Everything

The essence of organic chemistry is how carbon atoms interact with other atoms and groups of atoms to produce an astounding array of complex and interesting molecules. The basics of bonding and intermolecular interactions are introduced in the general chemistry version of CLUE (Chemistry, Life, the Universe & Everything), along with how the structure of a molecule affects its properties, how the energy changes associated with chemical and physical changes can be predicted and explained, and how chemical systems can be stabilized or perturbed by changing conditions. These four core ideas (structure-property relationships, bonding and interactions, energy, and stability, and change) are continued on into OCLUE and are deepened and expanded as we discover and explain ever more complex chemical systems.

Includes: Questions (to answer and to ponder).

May suit: CHEM 2OA3/2OB3.

Introductory Chemistry – 1st Canadian / NSCC Edition

The goal of this textbook is not to make you an expert. True expertise in any field is a years-long endeavor. The basic topics of chemistry will be surveyed. This survey should give you enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in everyday life and, if necessary, prepare you for additional instruction in chemistry.

Includes: Examples (with solutions and test yourself extensions), key takeaways, exercises (with answers).

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.

First Year General Chemistry

First Year General Chemistry offers a short succinct explanation of the basics of chemistry in easy to use language and examples.

Includes: Videos and examples (with answers).

May suit: CHEM 1A03/1AA3/1E03.


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