The General Chemistry Survival Manual
The General Chemistry
Course Survival Manaual is a series of notes for students in General
Chemistry lecture classes at Pima Community College. These notes were
developed from the mid 1970's to the present to supplement topics that
were poorly explained in General Chemistry textbooks. In 1990, the notes
were assembled into an in-house manual used at Community College of
Philadelphia and, later, at Cabrini College, called The General Chemistry
These are pdf files
and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Suggestions for Succeeding in Chemistry
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. This is a link to that site.
LabWrite is a resource developed by NC State University for improving lab reports. This is a link to the LabWrite web site.
The Periodic Table If you are looking for information on any chemical element, its properties, or its uses, use this 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.
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
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. Use these videos with care.
The origins of chemistry
An Illustrated History of Alchemy and Chemistry from ancient times to 1800
Math Review includes significant figures and scientific notation
Review Algebraic operations you should be able to do before starting
a general chemistry course
Answers Answers to the Math Review problems
Figures, Exponents, and Scientific Notation A tutorial
A Summary of Significant Figures Rules
for Significant Figures, Exponents, and Scientific Notation
Measurement, and Temperature
System The SI system with a short history
Powers of Ten Written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1977, this video shows the relative scale of the universe, both macroscopic and microscopic by first zooming out from a picnic in Chicago and then zooming into the subatomic world.
Temperature measurement with a short historical background
Absolute Zero This is a program from NOVA (split into 10 chapters). The program presents a history of temperature measurement up to the modern methods of trying to reach absolute zero. This is a link to the NOVA website.
Dimensional Analysis Problem Solving
Solving by Dimensional Analysis
for Problem Solving by Dimensional Analysis
The Elements and the Periodic Table
Element Symbols A historical approach to modern element symbols
Forging the Elements How were the elements formed? This is a segement from the NOVA program Origins: Back to the Beginning. Watch the entire program (split into 6 chapters) or just select the Forging the Elements chapter. This is a link to the NOVA website.
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.
Electron configurations This is an applet
for electron configurations from The ChemCollective at Carnegie Mellon
Prospects for Further Considerable Extension of the Periodic Table, a paper by Glenn T. Seaborg, Journal of Chemical Education, 46, Number 10, October 1969, p626
Island of Stability A video from NOVA explaining how heavy elements are made. This is a link to the NOVA website
A suggested periodic table up to Z ≤ 172, based on Dirac–Fock calculations on atoms and ions, a paper by Pekka Pyykko, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Phyics, 2011, 13, 161-168
Chemical Formulas, Nomenclature, and the Mole
Formulas and Formula Weight Calculations
Writing Includes nomenclature of inorganic compounds.
for Formula Writing
Additional Tables for Formula Writng These tables were supplied by Matthew Medeiros of Pima Community College.
for Naming Compounds and Common Acids
Some Notes on Avogadro's Number. This is a link to an article by T. A. Furtsch at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
Amount of Substance and the Mole This is a link to an article by Ian Mills and Martin Milton in Chemistry International, Vol. 31, No. 2, March-April 2009.
for Writing Chemical Equations
Nomenclature of Organic Compounds A tutorial on organic nomenclature
The Athabasca Tar Sands This is a PDF file of a PowerPoint presentation used in class
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline This is a PDF file of a PowerPoint presentation used in class
Shaken, not stirred is an article from Chemistry World, December 2010, telling about the aspects of cocktail chemistry. It's all organic chemistry!
The following are links to web sites for natural radiation decay series.
Natural Decay Series: Uranium, Radium and Thorium. From the Argonne National Laboratory Environmental Science Division.
Natural Radioactive Series by Yevgeniy Miretskiy. Select the decay series and the time step, then animate. This uses a bar graph to show the concentrations of the major isotopes formed in the decay series change over time. Additional data on half-lives and numbers of atoms are given on the right of the graph. Note: For long half-lives, select a longer time step.
The following are links to information on the Biological Effects of Radiation
Nuclear Radiation and Its Biological Effects. This is a link to an excerpt from the book No Immediate Danger, Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth, by Dr Rosalie Bertell
Biological Effects of Exposure to a Single Dose of Ionizing Radiation. A table summarizing the effects.
we are exposed to every day
Atomic Structure and Atomic Spectra
Emission spectra of elements: These are links to web sites for emission spectra of elements. Note: Academic websites may only be available for limited time periods.
A periodic table from University of Oregon. Click on an element to see the spectrum. Choose between absorption and emission spectra.
Quicktime movies from Beloit College. Click on the absorption, emission, or combination spectrum shown to initiate spectra. Move the slide on the bottom of the spectrum to select elements. Note: Apple Quicktime needed (a free download)
Spectroscopy: Element Identification and Emission Spectra. Contains an explanation of spectra with both selected flame spectra and element spectra following the explanation. This material was prepared by Dr. Walt Volland, Bellvue Community College.
Spectra of Gas Discharges by Joachim Koppen, University Strasbourg, France.
Table of Flame Colorant by Element from the Mineralogy Database.
A periodic table from Ivan Noels. Click on an element to see its spectrum.
Electron configurations This is an applet for electron configurations from The ChemCollective at Carnegie Mellon
Imaging the atomic orbitals of carbon atomic chains with field-emission electron microscopy. A paper by I. M. Mikhailovskij, E. V. Sadanov, T. I Mazilova, V. A. Ksenofontov, and O. A. Velicodnaja, Physical Review B, 80, 165404 (2009). s and p orbitals do exist!
Chemical Bonding and Molecular Geometry
The Paramagnetism of Liquid Oxygen Prof. Robert Burk, Carleton University demonstrates what happens when liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen is poured between the poles of a strong magnet. Things to note: 1) The color of the liquid oxygen; 2) Molecular orbital diagrams for nitrogen and for oxygen.
Do these molecular structures actually exist as we picthure them? This is a link to the Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) article Molecule's Atoms, Bonds Visualized which appeared in the August 31, 2009 issue. The original article The Chemical Structure of a Molecule Resolved by Atomic Force Microscopy, by Leo Gross, Fabian Mohn, Nikolaj Moll, Peter Liljeroth, and Gerhard Meyer, appeared in Science, Vol 235, no. 5944, pp. 1110 - 1114, 28 August 2009.
Intermolecular Forces and States of Matter
This is a link to an animation of the Maxwell-Boltzman distribution for molecular speeds in a gas.
This site is still under construction. More files will
be added as they are updated