General Chemistry II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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CHEM-1412-0020 General Chemistry II


Prerequisite: CHEM 1311, Principles of Chemistry I with minimum grade of C and CHEM 1111, Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory with minimum grade of C, or CHEM 1411, General Chemistry I (Lecture and Lab) with minimum grade of C.

Course Description

This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of 1312 General Chemistry II Lecture and 1112 General Chemistry II Lab, including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

Chemical equilibrium; phase diagrams and spectrometry; acid-base concepts; thermodynamics; kinetics; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; an introduction to organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry.

Basic laboratory experiments supporting theoretical principles presented in CHEM 1412 Lecture; introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, chemical instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and preparation of laboratory reports. 

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


OpenStax Chemistry 2e, a free online resource.

Laboratory Manual:  Principles of General Chemistry, A. G. Foster, 2003 Revision


A scientific calculator (non-graphing)

Safety goggles

Lab coat or apron

Pencil, pen, paper



Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. State the characteristics of liquids and solids, including phase diagrams and spectrometry.
2. Articulate the importance of intermolecular interactions and predict trends in physical properties.
3. Identify the characteristics of acids, bases, and salts, and solve problems based on their quantitative relationships.
4. Identify and balance oxidation-reduction equations, and solve redox titration problems.
5. Determine the rate of a reaction and its dependence on concentration, time, and temperature.
6. Apply the principles of equilibrium to aqueous systems using Le Chatelier’s Principle to predict the effects of concentration, pressure, and temperature changes on equilibrium mixtures.
7. Analyze and perform calculations with the thermodynamic functions, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy.
8. Discuss the construction and operation of galvanic and electrolytic electrochemical cells, and determine standard and non-standard cell potentials.
9. Define nuclear decay processes.
10. Describe basic principles of organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Please pay attention in lecture class, as well as during prelab instruction, and be respectful of the other students. If you are causing a disruption, you may be asked to leave. Avoid listening to personal music players, using phones/devices for things unrelated to class, and any obvious “multitasking”.

If there is any evidence of cheating on any homework, quiz, test, or final, you will receive a zero for that item and cannot replace or drop that zero. 

Whenever you are in the laboratory, safety equipment must be worn. This includes:  long pants/skirt (coming to at least mid-calf), apron or lab coat, long hair tied back, safety goggles, and, if necessary, gloves (will be specified; gloves are provided in lab). 

Students cannot wear the following to the laboratory: open-toed shoes, shoes with holes in them, shoes that leave the top of the foot exposed, pants with holes in them, hats, shorts, short skirts, tops that do not cover the back and middle of the body.

In the laboratory, no food, drinks, tobacco, or gum are allowed.

Students should move carefully in lab, use caution with open flames, and clean their work spaces before leaving. Violations of safety rules will lead to point deductions; for repeated violations of safety rules, a student will be asked to leave the laboratory. Safety is the MOST important part of lab.  You must attend the safety presentation, pass the safety quiz (with an 90) and complete prelab material before you will be allowed to perform experiments for lab.  Any experiments missed by failing to do this will be zeroes and cannot be made up.

Use of a previous semester’s lab assignment work, from whatever source, is considered cheating.  If you have access to such papers, turn them in to the instructor at the beginning of the semester and they will be returned at the end.  If a student is seen to be using any other student’s work, past or present, they will receive a zero grade for that assignment and it cannot be dropped.

Most labs will be done with partners, and all will be done in close proximity to other students.  You are encouraged to discuss and/or work with your neighbors; however, working with a student does not give license to simply copy work/data. Students will not receive credit for any part of an experiment where data has been shared/copied with another group.

You must clean up your area of the lab. It is not the instructor’s or laboratory supervisor's job to clean up after you. Points will be deducted from the lab if your lab area must be cleaned up for you. Leave common areas neat and always replace bottle caps and stoppers.

Efficient Use of Time in Lab:  Please be aware that labs are scheduled for three hours.  This is generally more than enough time to finish most labs, but expect to be in class for the duration of the scheduled time. In many cases, being well prepared will allow you to finish the experiment early.

Please read and abide by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Grading Criteria

The final average will be derived from the following weighted grades: Lecture Chapter Quizzes - 10%, Tests - 40%, Homework - 10%, Final Exam - 15%; Lab Reports – 16%,  Lab Quizzes - 3%, Post Labs - 3%, Lab Final - 3%.

Grades are based on 89.5 and up = A, 79.5-89.4 = B, 69.5-79.4 = C, 59.5-69.4 = D, 59.4 and lower = F.  Grades will be rounded to the nearest whole number.  Final grades will not be curved.

Tests: There will be 4 regular exams; tentative test dates are listed on the calendar below.  These dates are subject to change.  The lowest exam grade will be dropped. If a test is missed it will automatically count as a zero, but can still be the dropped grade.  There are no makeup exams given.  If you have a conflict with the exam dates, let the instructor know in advance.  Exams will be taken in the classroom and Science Testing Center. You may not leave the room during a test. During tests, there are no cell phones, graphing calculators or other electronic devices allowed.  You must use the periodic tables, scratch paper, and calculators supplied by the departmentYou need to bring a pencil and your student ID. Please note:  No tests will be given out less than one and a half hours before the Science Testing Center closes. 

If you have a test grade below 70%, mandatory tutoring is required before you take the next exam.  You can get this from a chemistry instructor.   Please do this as soon as possible; chemistry is a comprehensive subject that builds on itself.  It is hard to catch up if you get behind! 

Cheating will not be tolerated in any Chemistry course at Amarillo College. 

There may be optional study sessions, before exams or at other times, given by the instructor. These study sessions are there to allow students to review material and practice questions with one another and to ask any follow up questions. Come prepared with questions and study material beforehand.

In-Class Quizzes:  We will do quizzes online for each chapter. If you find yourself scoring under 70% on these quizzes, this is a “red flag” that you need to see the instructor or the tutors and review the material.  If you miss a class you will get behind on material. Please make arrangements to cover the material you missed. If you know about an unavoidable absence in advance, let the instructor know before the class meeting time. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Homework Problems: Homework will be assigned for each chapter.  Do not leave homework until the last minute as you may have trouble connecting to the internet. Technical difficulties do not excuse homework when it is due. The lowest homework grade will be dropped.

Final Exam: This will be a comprehensive, multiple-choice exam.  Special rules for the final will be discussed in class.  This will be taken during the scheduled final exam time in the CLASSROOM.  If you have a conflict with the time, you may take the final at another time, but you need to obtain instructor approval in advance.

Lab reports: You must have completed and turned in the pre-lab from the text at the beginning of the lab period in order to be allowed to do the lab—you MUST come to lab prepared.  This means all blanks must be filled in with reasonable answers to be allowed to complete the experiment. Pre-labs will also be graded for correctness and will be worth 20% of the lab grade. 

The remainder of the lab report grade comes from doing the experiment and associated calculations. If you arrive tardy and have missed too much of the pre-lab lecture (as determined by the instructor) you will not be allowed to begin the experiment. If you do not complete the lab, you cannot turn in a lab report for that lab, but you may turn in the post lab. Never turn in data that you were not there in person to collect. Lab reports are due one week after the experiment is completed. No late work is accepted. The lowest lab report grade will be dropped.

All gray areas of the lab reports must be in pen, only.  Whenever writing data or observations down, it must be written directly into your lab book.  Scratch paper may be used for calculations, if necessary, but if instructed to show all work, you must include it with the lab report.  You CANNOT write data (such as weights, measurements, etc.) on scratch paper then copy it into your lab book.  If you make a mistake while writing in pen, simply cross it out once and write the correct number in close-by.  Do NOT use correction fluid or tape.  If you do make a correction, show it to the instructor for approval. 

Some possible areas to lose points in lab reports:

no prelab turned in/insufficient answers  [cannot do lab/receive a zero]

incorrect answers on prelab  [up to 20 points off lab report grade]

not cleaning up lab  [up to 10 points]

error in experimental value  [variable]

using white-out  [up to 5 points]

writing in pencil in grey area  [up to 5 points (even if you go back and write over in ink or erase)]

failure to have cross-out approved  [up to 5 points]

incorrect significant figures  [1 point per incident]

missing labels/units  [1 point per incident]

missing state symbols in written reactions [ 1 point per incident]

calculation errors  [up to 5 points]

anything not completed [variable; depends on how much]

Lab Quizzes: Most labs will have a quiz given near the beginning of the lab period. To prepare for this quiz, read over the lab material before coming to lab. The lowest lab quiz grade will be dropped.

Postlab reports: these are found in the lab manual for most experiments, and are due the lab period after the experiment is completed. No late work is accepted. The lowest postlab grade will be dropped.

Failure to leave a clean lab will result in a 10 point deduction on your lab report for that week.  If the lab in general is left messy rather than an individual’s area, the whole class may be docked points on their lab report.  All students are required to clean their laboratory equipment and check out of their locker.  Failure to check out of your locker will result in one letter grade deduction for the course.  

Grade Disputes:  While I encourage you to come to me with questions about answers on assignments anytime, if you wish to dispute a grade or have a grade changed, you must contact me about it within one week of the paper being returned or there will be no change to the grade.


Attendance in class is expected.  Any student wishing to withdraw from the course needs to contact the instructor to initiate the process.  Failure to officially withdraw will result in a grade of F. The last day to withdraw from this course is March 2, 2021.

According to Amarillo College policy, any student who has not attended class by the 12th class day will be automatically dropped and will not be allowed to re-enroll.

Attendance in the lab is required.

There are no make-up labs. For any lab involving actual work with chemicals, the student must be present for the duration of the activity. If there is a one-time conflict, a student might be able to attend lab with another section. This requires advance permission from the instructor(s) and a section which is not completely full. 


     This schedule is subject to change. Exam dates are tentative - confirmed dates will be announced in class as the exams approach.



Lecture Topic




Introduction to class

Intermolecular forces

Lab 12



Intermolecular forces

Phases and Phase Diagrams

Structure of Solids

 Lab 14



Dissolution; electrolytes Solution Calculations




Colligative Properties


Lab 15


No Class




Kinetics                        Factors Influencing Reaction Rates                                Rate Laws

Application of Rate Laws

Lab 15



Equilibrium Constant Equilibrium Calculations    Le Chatelier’s Principle

Lab 16



Acids and Bases

Acid and Base Strength

Salts, Buffers


Lab 18


No Class





Lab 20



Thermodynamics and Entropy                            Free Energy

Lab 21



Redox Reactions

Electrochemical Cells

Cell Potential

Lab 22



Nuclear Equations      Nuclear Power

Lab 13



Types of Organic Compounds

Chlorophyll Lab



Types of Organic Compounds



Final Exam


Additional Information

Reading the Text:  It is vital that you read the text BEFORE the lecture on that chapter.  This will greatly improve your understanding of the topic and therefore your grade.  There is a lot of information covered in this class, and it will move quickly.  You are responsible for the information presented in the text even if it is not covered in lecture.

Announcements will be posted daily. For each topic: watch the video lecture and read the text BEFORE the class day. We use our class Zoom time for additional practice and discussion; after that, there will be Knewton homework on that same topic, as well as possibly labs on that topic.

Resources Available:  Powerpoints and videos will be available on Blackboard, under “Content".  Practice problems may be posted there as well.  Exam review checklists and practice sheets will be posted on Blackboard. 

Email:  Every student has an account in Blackboard.  You need to check this daily. Grades will be posted on Blackboard; if I need to contact you, I will normally use your Amarillo College email.  Please check that account daily also.

INFORMATION SHEET/SIGNATURE:  You must fill out and return the information sheet for this class.  You must also sign it to signify that you have read and understand the syllabus.  

***This syllabus is subject to change.  You will be informed of any changes to the syllabus in class and on Blackboard.***  

Syllabus Created on:

06/03/22 9:24 PM

Last Edited on:

06/05/22 8:14 PM