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CHEM 10061: General Chemistry II
Summer 2021



Dr. Clarke Earley
Kent State University at Stark
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
421 Main Hall



You should be able to use the same textbook that you used for General Chemistry I. Course content will be presented in order based on “Chemistry” by Paul Flowers, Klaus Theopold, and Richard Langley, which is published by Openstax textbooks. This is an openly licensed textbook available for no charge from Additional readings, problems, and other resources are available at the LibreText site,


Remote Instruction

This course will be delivered through remote instruction. Typically, live video sessions will be held for the first portion of each class session. These sessions will be recorded and attendance will not be required. In addition, there is a significant amount of material on the course website that you will need to access. This include links to web pages, videos, homework, and quizzes. While this material should be accessible using a smartphone, most of this material will benefit from using a larger screen and some features may not work without a mouse and/or keyboard.

If you do not have internet access and/or a computer, I encourage you to contact the university to see if arrangements can be made for you to borrow equipment for the semester. For at least the Stark campus (but probably most others), the computer labs should be open. In addition, wifi access is available outside of the building, so you can access the internet through a laptop in your car.


Office Hours

Due to current restrictions I will not be available for face-to-face office hours this semester. You may contact me any time by email, or leave a message on my phone. If desired, it is also possible to arrange for online video sessions at mutually agreeable times.

Note that I will also be available online after our online lectures.



Students are expected to have successfully completed the equivalent of one semester (4 credit hours) of a college-level General Chemistry course for science majors, which for KSU students will be CHEM 10060. In addition, a basic understanding of college-level algebra is required.

This course is a continuation of CHEM 10060 and covers standard topics for this course, including thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, electrochemistry, and descriptive chemistry of representative elements. It is important for students to realize that this is a demanding four credit hour course, and the pace is quite rapid. Since this course is a prerequisite for a number of other science courses, a certain content is expected, meaning that there is very little flexibility in the schedule. If you feel you are falling behind, it is essential that you get help as soon as possible.


Learning Outcomes - Developed by the KSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Possess knowledge of intermolecular forces and the properties of the liquid and solid phases including mixtures.
  2. Possess knowledge of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry and thermodynamics.
  3. Possess knowledge of acids, bases and buffers in aqueous solution.
  4. Possess knowledge of the chemistry of main group elements and organic molecules.
  5. Be able to solve multiple step problems.
  6. Understand the importance of chemistry in other science disciplines, their own lives and society in general.
  7. Possess the background knowledge and problem solving strategies necessary to succeed in subsequent courses in chemistry and biochemistry.



Because this is a remote class, there is no attendance requirement. However, it is expected that exams will need to be taken during class times. If this is not possible, you will need to contact Dr. Earley before the exam to make other arrangements. See the schedule below for the dates of these exams.



Grades for this course will be based on online homework and quizzes, three 100 point exams, and a cumulative final worth 100 points. Tentative dates for these exams are given in the schedule below. I will make every attempt to give reasonable notice if any of these dates change. Grades will be based on the scale shown below. Grades will not be curved or arbitrarily adjusted in any manner, and extra credit will not be given.


4 x 100 pts

Homework and Quizzes

100 pts

Total Points

500 pts























All exams will be given online. The format of examinations will be varying combinations of multiple choice, true/false, matching, calculations, and/or short answer. The final examination is scheduled for the last regularly scheduled class period (Wednesday, August 18). This examination will be cumulative, but will emphasize material covered after the last regular examination. Examinations will generally need to be taken during the regularly scheduled class time.

If you are unable to take a examination during the regularly scheduled time, you must contact Dr. Earley before the examination is given to arrange a makeup examination. Makeups must be completed within one week of the scheduled date (but before the end of the semester), and will only be given for legitimate, documented excuses.


Course Content

The primary source of information for this class is your textbook. In addition, you will have access to the course website that will contain summaries and additional explanation of the information in the text for most of the major topics (emphasizing the material that I will be covering on the exams), interactive molecular graphics, worked out problems, videos on select topics, and the online homework system. Details on how to access this system will be provided by the first day of the semester.


Homework and Quizzes

We will be using a locally written online system that is available on the course website. The purpose of the homework and quizzes requirement is to give you practice working the types of problems you are likely to encounter on the exams. While all online homework systems have limitations, the advantage of online homework is that you receive immediate feedback on whether or not you have successfully worked each problem.


University Policy/General Information

I have posted a page containing various University policy statements (Academic honesty, Students with disabilities, etc.) and other general information (email accounts, posting of grades, etc.) on my website. This information should be considered as part of this syllabus and is available at


Tentative Schedule - (Chapters from online Openstax Chemistry textbook)

Exam Date


  Major Topics (Note: Not all topics to be covered are included)

July 22


Lewis Structures


Liquids and Solids: Intermolecular Forces, Phase Diagrams, Crystalline Solids


Solutions: Dissolution, Electrolytes, Solubility, Concentrations, Colligative Properties

August 2


Kinetics: Rates, Rate Laws, Mechanisms, Catalysis


Equilibrium: Definitions, Le Chatelier's Principle, Equilibrium Calculations


Nuclear Chemistry: Subatomic Particles, Nuclear Equations, Radioactive Decay

August 10


Acid/Base Equilibrium: Definitions, Acid Strength, Polyprotic Acids, Buffers, Titrations


Equilibrium 2: Dissolution, Lewis Acids/Bases, Multiple Equilibria


Thermodynamics: Definitions, Entropy, Free Energy, Spontaneity

August 18


Electrochemistry: Redox Reactions, Cell Potentials, Free Energy, Electrolysis


Transition Metals: Properties of Metals, Coordination Compounds, Spectroscopy


Organic Chemistry: Introduction to hydrocarbons