Syllabus & Materials for Chem 1B

Course Description:

Chem 1B is a 2nd semester college general chemistry course with an emphasis on introduction to physical chemistry. Chemical equilibrium, aqueous (including acid-base) equilibrium, thermodynamics, coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, nuclear chemistry, and possibly some organic chemistry will be addressed. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized.

We will cover the
listed bold chapters from Tro 5th or 6th edition in the order given:

·        Chapters 12 Liquids, Solid Intermolecular Forces & 14 Solutions (Chem 1A Review)

·        Chapter 16 Chemical Equilibrium

·        Chapter 17 Acids and Bases

·        Chapter 18 Aqueous Ionic Equilibrium

·        Chapter 7 Thermochemistry (Chem 1A review from scratch)

·        Chapter 19  Free Energy & Thermodynamics

·        Chapter 20  Electrochemistry

·        Chapter 15  Chemical Kinetics

·        Chapter 21  Radioactivity & Nuclear Chemistry

·        Chapter 26  Transition Metals and Coordination Compounds

Additional topics may be covered as time permits:

·        Chapter 13 Solids and Modern Materials

·        Chapter 22  Organic Chemistry


Times and places:

Lecture – TuTh 8:30AM – 9:45AM in D-119 main campus (section 20978).

Lab – TuTh 10:15AM – 1:05PM (section 20979) in room 150 at 860 Atlantic for wet lab or D-119 main campus for required problem sessions and supplemental lectures.


Instructor: Peter Olds


Office Hours: TBA or by appointment or leave message.


Required Course Materials:

eText: Chemistry 5th or 6th Edition by Tro ($10.99/mo)

ALEKS for General Chemistry account. One semester access Gen Chem: $83.28 (18 weeks online purchase)


Laptop computer with broadband internet access

Scientific calculator (graphing calculators and cell phones not allowed during exams)

Chem 1B lab manual, lab notebook and lab safety glasses.


Safety Note: No sandals, shorts, food, or drink allowed in the lab! Protective shoes and clothing are required.


 Exam Schedule:

Exam 1 on Chem 1A review (Ch. 12 & 14) plus Chapters 16 & 17 (Monday 9-18-2023)

Exam 2 on Chapters 17, 18 plus some Ch. 7 Chem 1A thermo review (Monday 10-16-2023)

Exam 3 on Chapters 7, 19, and 20 (Monday 11-13-2023)

Comprehensive ACS Final Exam including Chapters 15, 21 & 26 (Wednesday 12-13-2023)

Grading Scheme:

50% Exams (Exams 1, 2 and 3 are 10% each.  Final exam is 20%.).

20% ALEKS General Chemistry (adaptive homework and assessments progress).

20% Labs (attendance, bench work and lab reports required).

10% Class participation including attendance, office hours, problem solving sessions and discussions.



Course Number:  Chem

Course Title:  General

Course Level Student Learning

Assessment Methods

1. Solve quantitative chemistry
problems demonstrating clear reasoning, integrating multiple ideas in the
problem solving process, and checking results to make sure they are
physically reasonable.

Biweekly tests, a mid-term exam
and a final exam will be given to assess typical Chem 1B level quantitative
reasoning ability including including equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics,
electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry problems, etc.

2. Describe and explain chemical
concepts plus trends qualitatively.  Use molecular scale
models/descriptions to qualitatively explain laboratory scale physical and
chemical properties.


Biweekly tests, a mid-term exam
and a final exam will be given to assess typical Chem 1B level explanation
ability including questions on microscopic interpretation of thermodynamic
properties and their connection with whether a process (like a chemical
reaction) is spontaneous or not.

 3. Safely carry out chemistry experiments in the lab,
accurately recording observations and data in a laboratory notebook. 
Clearly report interpretations, analysis of results, and conclusions in
laboratory reports.


Weekly experiments will be carried
out in the lab, for which laboratory reports will be collected and graded the
following week.  50% of the lab-report grade will address hands-on lab
performance.  50% of the lab-report grade will address quality of lab