Syllabus for CHE-122



Chemistry is a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo. It is the "study of change."

In this course, the second of a two-semester general chemistry sequence with labs, our emphasis is on chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, and energy changes in chemical reactions. We also focus on chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, intermolecular forces and the physical properties of solutions, coordination compounds, and electrochemistry.

At the atomic and molecular level, chemistry is a very abstract subject, but the study of atoms and molecules is fundamental to understanding life itself, since all matter is made up of atoms and molecules. Through practical examples and applications, we hope to explain not only the abstract concepts of chemistry but also how we come to know and understand those concepts in real-life contexts.

Advisory: It is advisable to have knowledge in a course equivalent to CHE-121 General Chemistry I with a grade of C or better to succeed in this course.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Differentiate intermolecular forces and relate these forces to the physical properties of liquids, solids, and solutions (boiling point, freeze/melt point, and vapor pressure).
  2. Describe the solution process and the properties of solutions.
  3. Calculate concentrations of solutions (molarity, molality, mass percent, and mole fraction).
  4. Summarize the concepts of chemical kinetics and interpret chemical reactions from kinetic data.
  5. Explain the concept of chemical equilibrium and the effect of Le Châtelier’s principle on equilibrium.
  6. Relate the properties and characteristics of acid-base solutions to reactions involving acids and bases.
  7. Calculate the pH of strong and weak acid solutions and mixtures involving buffers.
  8. Apply chemical equilibrium concepts to solubility.
  9. Discuss how the principles of chemical thermodynamics apply to processes of chemical and physical change.
  10. Apply oxidation-reduction reactions to electrochemical reactions.
  11. Relate the general principles of coordination complexes to transition metals.
  12. Solve problems in chemistry using critical thinking skills.
  13. Employ good laboratory practices (GLP) when handling chemicals.
  14. Collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative experimental data.
  15. Correlate laboratory experiments with the principle topics of General Chemistry II.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • Raymond Chang and Kenneth A. Goldsby, Chemistry, 12th ed. (New York:  McGraw-Hill, 2016)

    ISBN-13: 978-0-07-802151-0

Required Laboratory Kit

Your course laboratory kit is provided by eScienceLabs.   Please click the following link to access instructions on how to order your lab materials: Lab Kit Requirement - Ordering Instructions.

Additional Materials

A few additional materials, all common household items, are required to complete your lab experiments (in addition to what is included in your eScience lab kit). (Detergent to clean your equipment and hot water will be needed for all of the experiments that use labware.)  

Additional items include:

Smartphone or Webcam

You will need a smartphone (or webcam) to complete some of the assignments in this course.

For instructions and assistance on how to upload a video file (or create and upload a video file) using Kaltura, visit the following link: How to Record and Submit Kaltura Videos in Discussion Forums. This link and additional instructions will be included in all video assignments.


General Chemistry II with Labs is a four-credit online course consisting of ten modules. Modules include an overview, list of topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Outlined below are the module titles along with the course objectives covered and module topics.












For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments and laboratory assignments, take unproctored module quizzes, and take two proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in four graded discussion forums, worth 10 percent of your course grade,  as well as an ungraded Introductions Forum. The online discussions are on a variety of self-selected topics associated with the course modules.

For two labs (Module 2, eScience Lab 10 or 22 and Module 10, eScience Lab 11 or 23) you are required to submit a brief video of your lab setup within a discussion forum. (The module details document explains the requirements.) These two are graded assignments.


You are welcome to submit a video of your lab setup or procedure at any point during the course, either within the Class Lounge or through the Ungraded Optional Video Assignment link within Modules 3 through 7. These assignments are a way for you to interact with your classmates either to request help/clarification or to share information with another learner.


Communication among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.


For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Laboratory Assignments

General Chemistry I with Labs includes ten laboratory assignments, worth 20 percent of your course grade. Each laboratory assignment asks you to complete experiments from an eScience lab, paying close attention to the instructions provided on the eScience Labs website. You are then required to submit certain laboratory documents to the mentor for grading. These documents may consist of questions or exercises and will be specified in the module details for each module.

Very Important Note: Although your kit comes with a Lab Manual, you should not use the lab procedures or directions found therein. Obtain all of your lab procedure information and submission forms from either this course site or through logging into the eScience Labs website. The printed materials that come inside the kit are somewhat outdated and may contain errors. The online materials, on the other hand, are revised regularly.

As stated earlier in this syllabus, some additional materials, all common household items, will be required to complete your lab experiments. Also, as noted, some labs require you to submit a video of your setup and /or procedure.

Click General Instructions for guidelines on completing laboratory assignments.

Written Assignments

General Chemistry II with Labs has ten written assignments, worth 20 percent of your course grade. The written assignments draw mostly on on odd-numbered questions and problems from the textbook. Answer all assigned questions and problems, and show all work. 

Assignment sheets, with all questions typed out in advance for you, are provided. Be sure to include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions.

For help regarding preparing and submitting activities, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


You are required to take ten module quizzes, worth 10 percent of your course grade. Each quiz consists of multiple-choice questions based on your textbook and lab manual reading and problems. Quizzes are open book but time restricted (30 minutes). You may take them multiple times both during and after the quiz period but will be graded only on attempts made by the due date (consult the Course Calendar), at which time your last recorded score will become your grade on the quiz.

A quiz link is available within each module of the course Web site. While the quiz is active, you will not be able to ask for help on specific quiz questions; however, after the due date and after you have received your quiz grade, you may address private questions to the mentor.

To prepare for the quiz, be sure to complete the written assignment, laboratory assignments, and readings in your textbook and lab manual and to review all study materials listed in the Study Materials section.


You are required to take two proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Exam Study Tools

For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exams, refer to the exam study guides available in the Examinations section of the course website.

Midterm Examination

The midterm exam is a closed-book exam, worth 20 percent of your course grade. It is three hours long and covers all topics and material from Modules 1–5 of the course. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions like those on the module quizzes.

A periodic table, formula bank, list of conversion factors, and tables of common polyatomic ions, common acids and bases, and solubility rules for common ionic compounds in water at 25o will be provided with the exam. But check the "Study Notes" in each module to see which formulas you need to know and which ones will be provided. You may use a scientific (non-graphing) calculator only; programmable calculators are not permitted in examinations.

Final Examination

The final exam is a closed-book exam, worth 20 percent of your course grade. It is three hours long and primarily covers all topics and material from Modules 6–10 of the course, while also drawing on cumulative knowledge gained from earlier modules. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions like those on the module quizzes.

A periodic table, formula bank, list of conversion factors, and tables of common polyatomic ions, common acids and bases, and solubility rules for common ionic compounds in water at 25o will be provided with the exam. But check the "Study Notes" in each module to see which formulas you need to know and which ones will be provided. You may use a scientific (non-graphing) calculator only; programmable calculators are not permitted in examinations.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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