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 some organic chemistry will be addressed. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized.

The listed bold chapters from Macmillan Achieve Interactive General Chemistry will be covered in the following order:

  • Chapter 12 Liquids & Solids (Chem 1A review 1st week)
  • Chapter 13 Solutions (Chem 1A review 1st week)
  • Chapter 15  Chemical Equilibrium
  • Chapter 16  Acid Base Theory
  • Chapter 17  Aqueous Equilibria
  • Chapter 6    Thermochemistry (Chem 1A review from scratch)
  • Chapter 19  Thermodynamics
  • Chapter 20  Electrochemistry
  • Chapter 14  Chemical Kinetics
  • Chapter 20  Nuclear Chemistry
  • Chapter 22  Coordination Chemistry
  • Chapter 21  Organic chemistry

Additional topics may be covered as time permits:

  • Chapter 11 MO Theory section (review quantum first)

Required Course Materials:

Recommended Supplementary Course Materials:

  • Chemistry: The Central Science any edition by Brown LeMay & Bursten.
  • University Chemistry 4th Ed. by Mahan & Myers


  • Chem 1B website link:
  • Instructor: Peter Olds who can be reached at
  • Lecture: Tu 9:30 am to 12:20 pm (20744) attendance required on Zoom.
  • Virtual lab and problem solving sessions: Mo We 9:30 am to 12:20 pm (20745) on Zoom.
  • Office hours after lab, after class and TBA.


Course Level Student Learning Outcomes 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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 report.