• Chem 152: General Chemistry II

Chemistry 152. General Chemistry II

These files are provided for students in Chemistry 152 lecture at Pima Community College for the 2012-2013 academic year.

These are pdf files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader (downloaded free from the Adobe web site)

Lecture Information:

CHM 152IN Syllabus for Spring 2013

CHM 152 Topic List for students using the textbook by Kotz, John C., Treichel, Paul M., and Townsend, John R., Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity, 7th Ed., Thomson-Brooks/Cole, 2009

Laboratory Information:

CHM 152IN Laboratory Schedule for Spring 2013 This laboratory schedule contains the schedule for students using the General Chemistry in Action laboratory manual, 2nd Edition by Thomas Selegue and David A. Katz.

Laboratory Notebooks and Laboratory Reports

Chemistry Add-in for Word This is a free download from Microsoft Research for Word 2007 or Word 2010. This makes it easier to to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas, and 2-D depictions, within Microsoft Office Word

Graphing with Excel A LabWrite Resources tutorial on graphing from NC State University

LabWrite is a resource developed by NC State University for improving lab reports. This is a link to the LabWrite web site.

Important Information:

This is an integrated class that combines both the lecture and the laboratory grade.  You must have a passing grade in the lecture portion of the class and the laboratory portion of the class in order to pass this course.

Passing the lecture portion of the course requires a passing average for assignments, quizzes, exams, and the final exam.

Passing the laboratory portion of the course requires attendance to lab and completion of all aspects of the laboratory experiments including any pre-lab reports, quizzes, exams, and laboratory reports as required by your laboratory instructor.

Reference Material: Note: Links to other web sites may be changed without notice

FOR REVIEW PURPOSES notes on metric system, chemical symbols, formulas, nomenclature, chemical equations, and more will be found in the General Chem Survival Manual section.

The Periodic Table This is a link to the Web Elements Periodic Table by Mark Winter, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Sheffield. Probably the best periodic table on the Internet, it provides a wealth of information about the elements.

Visual Elements Periodic Table This is a link to the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) interactive periodic table. Elements can be highlighted by their groups, blocks and periods. There is an abundance of information about each element and it will continue to evolve with additional information.

ChemSpider ChemSpider links together compound information across the web, providing free text and structure search access of millions of chemical structures. With an abundance of additional property information, tools to curate and use the data, and integration to a multitude of other online services, ChemSpider is the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information available online.  ChemSpider is provided free by the Royal Society of Chemistry


This is a link to practice exams from the University of Massechusetts - Boston for their Chemistry 116 general chemistry course. There are a variety of questions, both short answer and multiple choice. Some questions are similar to ACS final exam questions.

Exam 1 covers gases and solubility. The answers are here.

Exam 2 covers solutions and kinetics. The answers are here.

Exam 3 covers equilibrium, acids and bases and pH. The answers are here.

General Chemistry Review This is a link to George Mason University General Chemistry Review multiple choice questions to prepare students for the ACS exam.

ACS Chemistry Olympiad Exams This is a link to the ACS Chemistry Olympiad Exams containing the local and national exams dating back to about 2000. The exams cover the entire year of chemistry, while the 2nd semester ACS General Chemistry Exam used at the college concentrates on the CHM 152 topics. The format of the exams and types of questions are similar to those on the ACS General Chemistry Final Exams. The exams are in PDF format.

Chemistry Videos for Review of Topics

Khan Academy provides a number of videos on various subjects at no cost on YouTube. They are a not-for-profit organization with a mission of providing information. (They do ask for donations) The chemistry videos cover most of the topics for a high school or first-year college chemistry course. The videos are essentially lectures of up to about 15 minutes in length with limited notes being written on a black screen as one would write on a blackboard with some occasional pictures or tables. These were recommended by a student. I have only viewed portions of some videos and have found a few misconceptions, so use these with care.

Course Notes: These are PDF files of PowerPoint presentations used in class.

Intermolecular Forces and States of Matter

Notes on Intermolecular Forces This is a PDF form of the PowerPoint lecture used in class

Liquids and Solids This is a PDF form of the PowerPoint lecture used in class

 This is a link to an animation of the Maxwell-Boltzman distribution for molecular speeds in a gas.


Notes on Solutions and Colloids This is a PDF form of the PowerPoint lecture used in class

Organic Chemistry

Notes on Organic Chemistry

Nomenclature of Organic Compounds A tutorial on organic nomenclature

Kinetics and Equilibrium

Notes on Kinetics This is a PDF form of the PowerPoint lecture used in class

Notes on Equilibrium This is a PDF form of the PowerPoint lecture used in class

Acids, Bases and Solubility Products

Notes on Acids and Bases, Part 1 Arrhenius, Bornsted-Lowry, and Lewis theories of acids and bases, strong and weak acids and bases, and calculations involving Ka, Kb, and pH

Notes on Acids and Bases, Part 2 Additional aspects of aqueous equilibrium, buffers, titrations, Ksp, and complex ions.

Chemistry of the Environment

Notes on Chemistry of the Environment Atomspheric and water chemistry notes used in class

Sources on the Environment, Weather, and Climate Change:

El Nino and Climate Prediction: What is El Niño and how does it affect our weather?

El Nino This is a link to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) El Nino page. There are additional links to explanations of what is El Nino, its status and discussions of this phenomenon

La Nina This is a link to the NOAA La Nina page. This is one of the best places to get general information, forecasts, and impact information.

Our Changing Climate: The Earth’s Climate, what causes changes and where do we go from here?

Our Ozone Shield: What is the ozone layer and what factors affect it?

The Ozone Layer This is a link to the NOAA page on the ozone layer. Click on links for more information.

How to name CFCs. This is a link to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) on how to name CFCs. This organization is the primary climate-change data and information center of the U.S. department of Energy (DOE). Search this site for additional climate change information.

Recent Greenhouse Gas Concentrations This is a link to CDIAC

Weather on Demand : Can cloud-seeding really control the weather?

Warmer Oceans, Stronger Hurricanes. An article by Kevin E. Trenberth about how global warming affects hurricanes. From Scientific American, July 2007.

Acid Rain This is a link to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) web site on acid rain. Click on links for more information.


Notes on Thermodynamics This is a PDF form of the PowerPoint lecture used in class

Oxidation-Reductions and Electrochemistry

Notes on Oxidation-Reduction and Electrochemistry This is the PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation used in class

Batteries (Reference material on batteries.)

How Batteries Work This is a link to the howstuffworks web site

Energizer Learning Center has a site that tells about batteries, history, battery care, battery comparison, and some battery experiments.

Battery University is a site sponsored by Cadex Electronics Inc., in Vancouver BC. The site contains information about battery chemistries, best battery choices and ways to make your battery last longer.

Fuel Cells (Reference material on fuel cells.)

How Fuel Cells Work This is a link to the HowStuffWorks web site on Fuel Cells

Fuel Cells This is a link to the NOVA site that has a 14 minute video on fuel cell cars and a number of discussion points on fuel cells

The Online Fuel Cell Information Resource This is a link to a web site from the Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI), a non-profit [501(c)(3)] independent, educational organization that identifies and promotes environmental and energy technologies that can improve the human condition.

Lab Information: (For CHM 152IN only)

Safety in the Academic Laboratory

Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, 7th Ed. This is a link to the publication by the American Chemical Society Joint Board-council Committee on Chemical Safety

Safety Test Questions These questions are similar, but not exactly the same, as those asked on the safety test. The safety test contains 35 questions.

The Safety Song by the Sounds of Science a group of graduate students and alumni at UC Berkeley. Safety doesn't have to be boring.

Energy of a Peanut: Determining the Caloric Content of Selected Foods

Esters: An Introduction to Organic Chemistry Reactions

Alka Seltzer: An Introduction to Kinetics

Solubility of a Salt in Water at Various Temperatures

Titration: Standardization of Acids and Bases and Analysis of Stomach Antacid Tablets

Sunscreens: Preparation and Evaluation


The Synthesis of Biodiesel from Vegetable Oil

Fuel Cells

Vernier Drop Couinter Instructions for Experiment 22. The Titration of Strong and Weak Acids and Bases

The Solubility Products of Slightly Soluble Metal Hydroxides

Investigating Electrochemical Cells

Electroplating: Electroplate a leaf or other small object This experiment is under construction.