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Tutorials

Tutorial-oriented sites

 General Chemistry IGeneral Chemistry II - "A Virtual Textbook" and a reliable set of lecture notes covering a complete college-level course by Michael Blaber of Florida State U. Look in the left-hand frame to see what topics are available.

Merlin's Principles of Alchemy is a chemistry hypertextbook in the form of a large set of HTML files that users download and then view with their Web browsers off-line. It is organized in an interesting way, and is intended to support users having a wide range of backgrounds and capabilities, including home-schoolers and adult learners. There is a nominal charge for downloading the material.

Virginia Tech's HyperMedia site has some nice General Chemistry tutorial pages.

Virtual Chemistry Experiments - a collection of interative web-based chemistry tutorials. The tutorials employ Physlets and Chemistry Applets to simulate experiments or depict molecular and atomic structure. Topics include equilibria, kinetics, coordination chemistry, and crystal structure. (David Blauch, Davidson College)

 

Tutorials by topic

The basics

What is Chemistry all about? An introduction to chemical science. This tutorial attempts to present the major concepts that define modern chemistry, without, of course, getting into the gory details! The unit concludes with an illustrated summary of the main currents of modern chemistry. (S. Lower, Simon Fraser U.)

Preliminaries: stuff you should know before delving too far into Chemistry - tutorials covering the following topics: classification and properties of matter, density and buoyancy, energy, heat and temperature, units and dimensions, measurement error, significant figures and rounding off (these last three topics are identical with the first three in the lesson described immediately below.) (S. Lower, Simon Fraser U.)

Matter and measure: all about units, uncertainty, significant figures,and how to deal with experimental error. Thorough coverage of the basic ideas relating to units and dimensions, the SI system, accuracy, precision, and uncertainty in measurements, significant figures and rounding off, treatment of random and systematic error, standard deviation. (S. Lower, Simon Fraser U.)

Units and conversion factors - see below

LeChatelier's Principle interactive quiz by Gary Bertrand

ChemBalancer and Element Quiz - four games you can play online.

Balancing Chemical Equations - 1270 reactions, organized into easy, intermediate, and "challenging".

Introduction to basic atomics, mole concept, calculations based on formulas and equations, and nomenclature - (S.K. Lower, SFU) these five lessons offer in-depth treatment of these topics at an introductory level.

Acids and bases

All about acids and bases - this set of seven lessons covers everything you need to know about the fundamental concepts (Arrhenius, Brønsted-Lowry, and Lewis) of acids and bases. Other lessons cover an elementary treatment of pH and titration, how to recognize acidic and basic substances from their structures, and a gallery of commonly-encountered acids and bases. Aside from the material on pH, there is no math in this lesson set; acid-base equilibrium calculations are not covered here.

Acid-base without algebra A simple graphical method of solving pH problems that gives as good answers as algebraic solutions and provides a global view of what species are significant at any pH. Especially useful for polyprotic systems which would otherwise require solution of many simultaneous equations.

Acid-base tutorial (PDF format; Dan Dill, Boston U) - this excellent tutorial covers all the major topics commonly encountered at the general chemistry level, with an unusualy thorough treatment of buffer systems.

ChemBuddy pH Calculation tutorials - an extensive set of online tutorials covering most aspects of acid-base calculations.

The fall of the proton: Will this acid react with that base? How to understand acid-basereactions (This simple view of modern acid-base theory dates from 1954, but still hasn't made it into the standard textbooks.

Acid-base review (UNC-Chapel Hill) offers a compact treatment of the fundamentals of acid-base calculations.

Acid-base titration simulator - this easy-to-use page allows you to explore a large variety of acid-base systems, including polyprotic ones. There is also the choice of using "first-year" or mass-charge balance methods.

 

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Resources

 

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Online lectures

MIT Principles of Chemical Science - Fall 2008 - This MIT OpenCourseWare course provides an introduction to the chemistry of biological, inorganic, and organic molecules. The emphasis is on basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis.

UC - Berkeley offers online video and audio lectures for many of its courses, including first-year General Chemistry: Unfortunately, these are not indexed by topic. Some of the series currently available: 
Chem 1A (General Chemistry): Fall 2011 (Angelica Stacy, Michelle Douskey), Spring 2012 (Heino Nitsche, Chunmai Li)
Chem 3B (Chemical Structure and Reactivity): Fall 2011 (Peter Vollhardt)

Web-based resources

General Chemistry Online! - an interactive guide and Web resource for students and teachers of introductory college chemistry, maintained by Fred Senese of Frostberg State University (MD). A well-organized wealth of material, including collections of notes and guides for introductory General Chemistry, skills checklists and online self-grading examinations, and a Q&A column.

Virtual Chembook - this nicely-done site by Charles Ophardt of Elmhurst College covers a wide swath of general, organic, and environmental chemistry. The text material is interesting and well written without attempting to be encyclopedic.

General Chemistry Virtual Textbook - a collection of comprehensive, in-depth treatments of various topics, intended to supplement or replace conventional textbook treatments. It is aimed mainly at the first-year college level, but advanced high school students will find much of it useful. (Steve Lower, Simon Fraser University)

The Chemogenesis Webbook - this extensive, excellent and comprehensive site by Mark Leach tells how chemistry emerges from the Periodic Table and bifurcates into the rich and extraordinary science that we know and experience.

Chemistry tutorial series on YouTube and other video collections - a summary of the major collections, including the Khan Academy, and those done by various teachers, mostly at the high school level.

ChemWiki - This collaborative project offers brief outlines and practice problems in all areas of General Chemistry, as well as in advanced fields.

WikiBooks on Chemistry - Many topics in general chemistry are covered here, and are worth looking at. But as in any "wiki-" type project to which anyone can contribute, the quality is variable, and the visual design is primitive.

Tanner's General Chemistry - a large collection of pages on matter (including quantum theory), physical chmistry, electrochemistry, and aqueous solutions.

Chemistry Web Resources - this site maintained by Ron Rinehart of Monterey Peninsula College contains a wealth of material oriented toward chemical education, all well organized in a visually-attractive way.

KnowledgeDoor - an excellent compendium of Chemistry- and Science-related data, in many ways more comprehensive than the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, and certainly more convenient to use. Should be bookmarked by every serious Chemistry student!

MIT Principles of Chemical Science - Fall 2008 - This MIT OpenCourseWare course provides an introduction to the chemistry of biological, inorganic, and organic molecules. The emphasis is on basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis.

CHEMysteryan interactive guide to chemistry. A collection of topics related to high school chemistry. This site was developed by a group of students for a 1997 event and is probably not being maintained.

The ChemCollective student page has links to practice problems and tutorials on various topics.

College physics for students of biology and chemistry - This hypertextbook by Ken Koehler is nicely organized and is the ideal place to go when your Chemistry textbook lets you down.

How to pass chemistry - sound advice that is widely ignored.

This week in the history of Chemistry gives you a quick view of where it all came from.

Chemistry Problems - worked examples - This About.com site has a fair selection.

Chemistry Packets by veteran teacher Mark Rosengarten. A collection of notes and worksheets in pdf format in two 13-unit sets, one for honors, and the other for Regents Chemistry. Each unit begins with a nicely-organized set of definitions and notes, and contines with worksheets that can serve as student homework. Although directed at the high school, these materials can serve as a good review for college chemistry students.

Purdue University General Chemistry Topics - Notes and practice problems on a large number of topics.

 Acids and bases

All about acids and bases - this set of seven lessons covers everything you need to know about the fundamental concepts (Arrhenius, Brønsted-Lowry, and Lewis) of acids and bases. Other lessons cover an elementary treatment of pH and titration, how to recognize acidic and basic substances from their structures, and a gallery of commonly-encountered acids and bases. Aside from the material on pH, there is no math in this lesson set; acid-base equilibrium calculations are not covered here.

Acid-base without algebra A simple graphical method of solving pH problems that gives as good answers as algebraic solutions and provides a global view of what species are significant at any pH. Especially useful for polyprotic systems which would otherwise require solution of many simultaneous equations.

Acid-base tutorial (PDF format; Dan Dill, Boston U) - this excellent tutorial covers all the major topics commonly encountered at the general chemistry level, with an unusualy thorough treatment of buffer systems.

ChemBuddy pH Calculation tutorials - an extensive set of online tutorials covering most aspects of acid-base calculations.

The fall of the proton: Will this acid react with that base? How to understand acid-basereactions (This simple view of modern acid-base theory dates from 1954, but still hasn't made it into the standard textbooks.

Acid-base review (UNC-Chapel Hill) offers a compact treatment of the fundamentals of acid-base calculations.

Acid-base titration simulator - this easy-to-use page allows you to explore a large variety of acid-base systems, including polyprotic ones. There is also the choice of using "first-year" or mass-charge balance methods.

Atomic theory

Atoms and the periodic table - a six-chapter first-year level treatment of basic quantum theory, atomic spectra, electron configurations, chemical periodicity and the organization of the periodic table. Part of S.K. Lower's General Chemistry Virtual Textbook.

Basic atomics: atoms, elements, and isotopes - an introductory treatment for beginning students, suitable for the very early part of a general chemistry course. (SK Lower, Simon Fraser University)

Introduction to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules - a well-organized series of pages which extend into chemical bonding. (Alfred Bader, McMaster U)

Primer on Quantum Theory of the Atom - A set of in-frequently asked questions in the form of a quantum catechism.

Atomic orbital visualization - see the The Orbitron: a gallery of orbitals -- and also the references on our visualization page.

Chemical Bonding

All about chemical bonding (Steve Lower, SFU) - this 10-part site provides in-depth coverage of everything you need to know about molecular structure and bonding at the General Chemistry level. Includes separate sections on polar covalence, VESPR, hybrid orbitals, molecular orbitals, coordination complexes and metals.

Models of chemical bonding - Do chemical bonds really exist? Nobody has ever "seen" one, so the best we can do is construct models. Here is a brief summary of those you should know about.

Covalent, ionic, or what? Coming to terms with covalent, ionic, and metallic bonding, and with mixtures thereof. Guaranteed to give you more insight to this than your textbook does!

The electron-tunneling model of chemical bonding How can those electron-dot diagrams showing shared electrons happily sitting between the nuclei be consistent with the principle that opposite charges attract? The model described here is the simplest one that really explains bonding, but you are unlikely to find it in any textbook!

Intermolecular forces

Interactions between molecular units - this tutorial for first-year students looks at ionic-, van der Waals attractions, and the universal repulsive force, and how these lead to potential energy curves. (Part of theChem1 Virtual Textbook)

Kinetics

Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics - An introduction to rates of reaction, rate laws, half-life, activation energy, the Arrhenius equation, and reaction mechanisms. (Chem1 Virtual Textbook)

Chung Chieh's Chemical Kinetics tutorial at U of Waterloo (Canada) includes test questions with answers.

Kinetics Explorer - an introduction to the study of chemical kinetics based on the exploration of dynamic phenomena. Includes some good simulations. (St. Olaf College)

Online kinetics simulator from Gary Bertrand.

 

Moles, formulas and reaction calculations

Balancing Chemical Equations - this ChemTeam site provides numerous links and drills.

Oxidation-Reduction

The fall of the electron. How to predict the direction of oxidation-reduction reactions. Discussion of the activity series of the elements and of oxidation-reduction in metabolism. (S.K. Lower, SFU)

Redox reactions (UNC-Chapel Hill) Good summary of how to balance redox reactions; also covers cell potentials and Faraday's laws.

ChemTeam lessons on oxidation-reduction

Periodic Tables

ChemiCool Periodic Table (MIT)

The Periodic Table of Videos - click on an element, and watch a two-minute video from U. of Nottingham that describes the element and its uses.

Comic book periodic table - if both comics and chemistry are important in your life, you'll love this!

It's Elemental - this is not so much a periodic table as a series of links to excellent and interesting articles focussing on the history and uses of each element, written by authors having special expertise or interest in the element. Written in a style more journalistic than scientific, this set of articles appeared in a special 80thanniversary edition of Chemical & Engineering News.

iPod periodic table - well, it's not really the whole table, but just a handy element database to store along with your music.

Periodic Table of Poetry "Chemistry and poetry together as never before."

Solids and materials

Exploring the Nanoworld - This wonderful site is maintained by the NSF-financed Interdisciplinary Education Group at U Wisc-Madison. It uses examples of nanotechnology and advanced materials to explore science and engineering concepts mainly at the college level, but there are also sections for K-12. There are links to movies, lab experiments, kits (including Lego nanobricks) and instructional materials.

Exploring Materials Engineering - links to a variety of sites relating to materials and polymer science.

BuckyBalls (Buckminsterfullerenes, those soccer-ball-like carbon structures)

Polymers. The outstanding site > Macrogalleria covers the structures and properties of polymers in an uncommonly engaging way. Highly recommended.

Thermodynamics

Chemical Energetics: all about enthalpy, thermochemistry and the First Law of thermodynamics - An extensive, in-depth but largely non-mathematical substitute for the usual (and rather thin) textbook treatment. S.K. Lower, Simon Fraser University

Thermodynamics of equilibrium: all about entropy, free energy, the Second Law of thermodynamics, and why reactions take place— sometimes. S.K. Lower, Simon Fraser University.

The Second Law: The biggest, most powerful, most general idea in all of science. A lively, non-mathematical exposition of the way that entropy and activation energy battle it out in the world as we know it. By Frank Lambert of Occidental College. An alternative version, directed to non-science students and adults, is also available. See also Lambert's non-technical description of how activation energies modify the application of the Second Law. See also Shakespeare and Thermodynamics: Dam the Second Law, and this "What is entropy?" conversation.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Evolution, and Probability. Explains how the development and evolution of life is consistent with the principle that the entropy of the world never decreases.

Units and conversion factors

Units and dimensions for chemistry - includes charts showing the ranges of the scales such as length, mass, temperature, etc. that are important in chemistry.

Online unit conversions - Here are several useful ones: OnlineConversion.com - "digital dutch" Unit Converter - convert-me.com - EasyUnitConverter -Convert Auto -

Units, measures and conversions information can be found at a number of sources:

Odd stuff

 

Chemistry Explained: Foundations and applications - At first glance, this site appears to be just an A-Z index to a series of short definitions of the many topics it covers, but clicking on the name of the topic itself brings up a fairly detailed (but anonymously composed) description or exposition of the subject.

> {The A through E approach to Problem Solving in Chemistry} by David Woodcock. A series of handounts in Web page format describing how to approach General Chemistry problems. (The original site is long gone, but this archived advice is still worth knowing!)

The Alchemy Web Site - A very comprehensive source.

> Blogging the Periodic Table - "a series of 28 "Wild, weird, wonderful stories about the elements that make up our universe" by Sam Kean. This series appeared in Slate in mid-2010.

What is chemistry good for? (A nice rejoinder to those who accuse chemistry of polluting the world.)

Elemental discoveries A weekly 'zine featuring chemistry topics and reviews.

Chemistry crossword puzzles

Human Thermodynamics - this rather far-out site apparently seeks to relate chemical affinity to human interactions.

Measure Converter - conversion factors between SI and cgs units of all kinds, organized both by category and name of unit. OnlineConversion.com is a similar site.

Mineral Gallery - A good minerology site with information and excellent photos of a large number of minerals organized both by name and by classification.

What is pseudoscience? All about pseudoscience, bad science, and pathological science. How to tell the difference from science. If you are interested in science, you ought to know something about the nonsense that is being flogged in the name of science. (S.K. Lower, Simon Fraser University)

 The lighter side

General Chemistry Jeopardy games - a collection from U. Pittsburgh

Chemistry Trivia Quizzes - this site provides access to a variety of quizzes from different sources.

Sciences Jeopardy! Games - this U Pittsburgh site covers general, organic, analytical and biochemistry.

Organic Chemistry Music Video "Resistant to Base" (YouTube)

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Downloadable Textbooks

Free downloadable textbooks

Chemical Principles, 3rd Ed (Richard Dickerson, Harry Gray and Gilbert Haight, 1979) - This 1979 text is well-regarded and still good for most first-year General Chemistry courses. Each chapter can be downloaded as a separate pdf file; to see which one you need, move your mouse over the image and the title will appear.

Chemical Principles (CK-12 foundation; Sharon Bewick, Johathan Edge, Therese Forsythe, Richard Parsons) A single 900-page, 51Mb pdf file; download.

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