Welcome to CHEM 211 - General Chemistry II
Section 1: 8:15 - 9:20 am; M/W/F, RENH 201
Dr. Megan Bestwick
Office Hours: By Appointment
Section 2: 9:30 - 10:35 am; M/W/F, RENH 201
Dr. James Diamond
Office Hours: By Appointment
Lab (various times, Murdock 106)
Office Hours: By Appointment
Syllabus - All sections follow the same syllabus
Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics (5th Ed.), J.N. Spencer, G.M. Bodner, L.H. Rickard (ISBN: 978-0-470-58711-9)
Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry (5th Ed.), R.S. Moog, J.J. Farrell (ISBN: 978-0-470-64790-5)
A non-programmable scientific calculator (Graphing and programmable calculators will not be allowed during exams)
Laboratory notebook (available at the bookstore, or from the chemistry club)
Laboratory goggles (available at the bookstore, or from the chemistry club)
Sapling Learning - online homework website (registration instructions and enrollment key)
ScheduleAll sections follow the same schedule
Note: This schedule may be revised at any time. Be sure to check here frequently. Activities are from Moog & Farrell's book, unless otherwise indicated. Assigned readings are from Spencer, Bodner & Ricard's text.
|Date||ChemActivity (Readings from Spencer in parentheses)||Lab|
|Feb. 10||Introduction & course overview||Lab 1 - How can the relationship between absorbance and concentration be used to identify the amount of dye present in a sample?|
|Feb. 12||CA 36 - Rates of Chemical Reactions (I) (10.3, 14.6)|
|Feb. 14||CA 37 - Equilibrium (I) (10.1 - 10.2)|
|Feb. 17||CA 38 - Equilibrium (II) (10.4 - 10.5)||
Lab 2 - How can a chemical equilibrium be shifted?
|Feb. 19||CA 39 - The Equilibrium Constant (I) (10.4 - 10.5)|
|Feb. 21||CA 40 - The Reaction Quotient (10.6 - 10.11)|
|Feb. 24||CA 40 - The Reaction Quotient (cont.) (10.6 - 10.11)||Lab 3 - Determination of the formation constant of a complex ion|
|Feb. 26||CA 41 - The Solubility Product (10.12 - 10.16 )|
|Feb. 28||Review Session - Exam I - Study Guide for Exam I|
|Mar. 3||CA 42 - Acids and Bases (11.1 - 11.4)||Lab 4 - Titration of Acetic Acid|
|Mar. 5||CA 43 - Acid Strength (11.5 - 11.6 )|
|Mar. 7||Exam I: CA 36 - 41
|Mar. 10||CA 43 - Acid Strength (cont.) (11.5 - 11.6 )||Lab 5 - Analysis of Commercial Antacids|
|Mar. 12||CA 44 - Weak Acid/Base Dissociation (11.8 - 11.10, 11A1-A3)|
|Mar. 14||CA 45 - pH (11.7, 11.12 - 11.14)
|Mar. 17||CA 46 - Relative Acid Strength (11.8 - 11.9 )||Lab 6 - How can the pH be changed?|
|Mar. 19||Buffers - Handout ( 11.15 - 11.18 )|
|Mar. 21||CA 47 - Acid/Base Strength of Conjugate Pairs (11.10 - 11.11)|
|Mar. 24 - 28: Spring break
|Mar. 31||Acid-Base Titrations - Handout (11.18 - 11.19)||Lab 7 - Buffer Capacity|
|Apr. 2||CA 48 & 49 - Oxidation-Reduction Reactions and Oxidation Numbers (12.2, 12.3, 12.5)|
|Apr. 4||Review Session - Exam II - Study Guide for Exam II|
|Apr. 7||CA 50 - The Electrochemical Cell (12.4 - 12.7)||Lab 8 - Which metals provide the best voltage?|
|Apr. 9||CA 50 - The Electrochemical Cell (cont.) (12.4 - 12.7)|
|Apr. 11||Exam II: CA42 - 49
|Apr. 14||CA 51 - The Cell Voltage (12.8 - 12.12)||Lab 9 - Electrolytic Processes and Faraday's Constant|
|Apr. 16||CA 52 - Entropy (I) (13.1 - 13.3 )|
|Apr. 18||CA 53 - Entropy (II) (13.1 - 13.3 )|
|Apr. 21||CA 54 - Entropy Changes in Chemical Reactions (13.4 - 13.6 )||Lab 10 - Solubility and Thermodynamics|
|Apr. 23||CA 55 - The Equilibrium Constant (II) (13.7 - 13.9)|
|Apr. 25||CA 56 - The Equilibrium Constant (III) (13.10 - 13.15)|
|Apr. 28||CA 57 - Rates of Chemical Reactions (II) (14.1 - 14.7 )||Lab 11 - Kinetic Study of a Chemical Reaction|
|Apr. 30||CA 58 - Integrated Rate Laws (14.13 - 14.15)|
|May 2||Review Session - Exam III - Study Guide for Exam III|
|May 5||CA 59 & CA62 - Reaction Mechanisms (I) & Activation Energy CTQs (14.8 - 14.9 & 14.16, 14.8)||Lab 12 - Kinetics Open Inquiry|
|May 7||CA 60 - Reaction Mechanisms (II) (14.10 - 14.11)|
|May 9||Exam III: CA 50 - 58
|May 12||CA 61 - Reaction Mechanisms (III) (14.17, 14.18)||Check-out|
|May 14||CA 62 - Activation Energy Exercises/Problems (14.16, 14.18)|
|May 16||Colligative Properties - Handout (8A.1 - 8A.4)|
|May 19||TBA||Free week. Stay out of trouble.|
|May 21||Review Session - Final Exam|
|May 22||Reading Day|
Final Exam - Friday, May 23 at 1:00 pm
Old ExamsThese exams are to be used as study and review aids. You should NOT expect exactly the same questions to appear on exams this semester, or for the coverage of the exams to match what is on this semester's exams. The best way to use these is to see if you can sit down and do them in an exam - like environment. Go somewhere quiet for an hour and see how far you can get.
Will be posted close to exam dates
Ions - a list of common ions, symbols and names
Nomenclature tree - systematic nomenclature for common inorganic binary compounds
Khan Academy - a wide variety of online chemistry lectures
Group tutoring is available 7:00pm to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday nights in the fishbowl (Murdock 113).
- Jonathan Gutow's tips: How to Study for College Science Classes; How to Prepare for Science Tests
- Do lab reports, assigned book problems and computer problems on time!
- In general
- Make a schedule - 2 hours a day minimum on chemistry homework, every day.
- Make sure your total hours of work, class, lab, study, practice, clubs, sports, etc. add up to 55 hours or less. NO MORE!If you’re over-extended, cut back on non-academic commitments.
- Learn how to use short breaks (10-15 minutes) for effective studying. Read outlines, chapter summaries, pre-labs, worksheets, etc.
- Keep a journal - record your study times, questions, thoughts, ideas. Read it when your prepare for tests.
- Note Taking - Tips on how to develop a set of course notes
- Reading for Understanding - The SQR3 method
- In class
- Be an active participant in the activities.
- Rephrase what your group members say.
- Make notes to yourself about things that remain unclear (follow up after class).
- Take notes. Your notes should be meaningful. Always write down when your prof says something is important.
- Make sure you understand the principles underlying every classroom example.
- Between classes
- Outline your notes after every class. Relate the chapter summaries and keywords to class activities and discussion.
- Use the chapter summaries to help you understand old tests and quizzes - what is important, what errors can one make, what chemistry context underlies each problem.
- Understand all of the assigned book problems and computer problems before each quiz or test.
- Use a non-programmable (or graphing) calculator so you know how to use it on the exams.
- GO TO THE FISHBOWL for help from the tutors!
- Get all lab assignments in on time.
- When you have specific questions, go to office hours.
- Vary your study location.
- Test your self frequently - close the book, hide examples and see if you can solve problems without having to look back through notes or the texts.
- To prepare for an exam
- Review outlined notes, activity & book problems, and look at your lab questions.
- Practice by trying problems you have not done before. Time yourself , and try to pace yourself so you finish them in 2 - 5 minutes.
- Try to avoid looking through your books and notes. IF YOU ARE FIGURING THINGS OUT AS YOU GO, YOU DO NOT YET UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THAT PROBLEM.
- While taking the exam
- Bring your calculator (non programmable or graphing) - be sure you know how to use it. Make sure you have pencils, erasers, and your eyeglasses, if needed.
- Read the entire exam before starting work on a problem. Do the problems you are sure of first.
- On multiple choice questions, eliminate the answers you know are incorrect.
- Do not leave problems blank. Write down relevant information, and try to describe how to solve the problem in your own words.
- Once you have read through the exam, do not spend any time without writing, except for brief moments. You should be working steadily through most of the exam period.
- Learn to relax. Every ten to fifteen minutes, take a brief moment to unwind, gather your thoughts, and reorient yourself to your task. Then get right back to work.
- Try to pace yourself so that you have a few minutes at the end of the exam to review your work.