These Pre-Chemistry online modules are designed to function as chemistry preparation for first year chemistry students. It is particularly useful for students who, for various reasons, are otherwise not confident in their preparation for first year university level chemistry. However, the module can be used as a practical and valuable review for all students. The module focuses on the development of fundamental numeracy and problem solving skills that are widely applicable to students in a variety of first year chemistry courses including those directed to students in life science, engineering and natural and physical sciences. These modules function effectively in both online, hybrid or even as preparation for entirely traditionally delivered courses.

Module Learning Objectives:

Following successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fluency, through interactive problem sets and quizzes, in describing experimental data in chemistry with clear understanding of the concepts – variance, significance, precision and accuracy.
  • Consistently develop responsive approaches to solving qualitative and quantitative problems using robust problem-solving skills, including unit analysis and problem visualization.
  • Apply mathematical functions fluidly and flexibly for expressing very large and small numbers using both linear and exponential scales.


Andrew Vreugdenhil

Andrew is the Department of Chemistry Chair whose research focuses on the development and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic materials for applications in sensors, coatings and interface modification.

Kelly Wright

Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate at Trent University. She completed her honours B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2017. Her research probes nanoscale interactions for bulk applications. Kelly returned to academia in 2013 after a significant break. This provided her unique insight into what material students may need to be prepared for a first year chemistry course.

Lois Found

Lois has been a teacher for 30 years and is currently a secondary school teacher at Adam Scott CVI in chemistry / mathematics / science. Part of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Glen Ross

Glen has completed his master’s degree at Trent University in the Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods program.  His focus was on sinc numerical methods for non-linear boundary value problems. Glen’s experience in latex typesetting helped with the editing and formatting of this module.

Trent Online

This project was facilitated and produced in conjunction with Trent Online.


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