Introductory Chemistry II

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: This course will mainly deal with the basic principles of chemistry. Fundamental concepts and problem-solving skills will be stressed. In this course, there will be a certain amount of memorization as well as learning fundamental concepts. However, a significant amount of lecture time will be spent on techniques in solving chemistry problems.
    2. Prerequisites: There are no official prerequisites. However, the student must be able to read, speak and write proficiently at the college level.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    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 LeChatelier’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.
    11. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
    12. Demonstrate safe and proper handling of laboratory equipment and chemicals.
    13. Conduct basic laboratory experiments with proper laboratory techniques.
    14. Make careful and accurate experimental observations.
    15. Relate physical observations and measurements to theoretical principles.
    16. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data and reach logical conclusions.
    17. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
    18. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry and chemical instrumentation.
    19. Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving principles of chemistry.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. All lecture and lab regular exams and quizzes are taken in the classroom.
    2. The lecture final exam is cumulative.
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. There will be major exams and a comprehensive final exam.
    2. There are weekly quizzes.
    3. For lab, there is a lab midterm and final.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Introductory Chemistry Plus MasteringChemistry with eText – Access Card Package, 5th Edition. Tro. Prentice Hall. 2015 (ISBN–10: 0321910079; ISBN-13: 9780321910073)
    2. A scientific calculator is necessary.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates
    1. The WTC Catalog can be found by accessing the following web address:
  7. Course Organization and Schedule



Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces




Acids and Bases


Chemical Equilibrium


Oxidation and Reduction


Matter and Energy




Organic Chemistry





**Disclaimer: As always, circumstances can prevent coverage of the material in this chronology and in the expected time frame**


Last Modified: July 1, 2014