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Structure and states of matter, reaction types, equations, stoichiometry...

Start Date:
4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

This course covers all of the substantive material that is usually taught in one-year college course in general chemistry. Our goal is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

The CLEP examination places a major emphasis on understanding the structure and states of matter, reaction types, equations and stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, and descriptive and experimental chemistry.

During the examination, an online scientific calculator function and a periodic table will be available as part of the testing software.

“Chemistry” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into nine topical chapters or modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and readings.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate an understanding on general chemistry. The exam contains approximately 75 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




How CLEP Works   

1. Structure of Matter

1.1 Atomic Theory and Atomic Structure   

1.2 Chemical Bonding   

Check for Understanding

2. States of Matter

2.1 Gases   

2.2 Liquids and Solids   

2.3 Solutions   

Check for Understanding

3. Reaction Types

3.1 Formation and Cleavage of Covalent Bonds   

3.2 Precipitation Reactions   

3.3 Oxidation-Reduction Reactions   

Check for Understanding

4. Equations and Stoichiometry

4.1 Ionic and Molecular Species in Chemical Systems   

4.2 Stoichiometry: Mass and Volume Relations   

4.3 Balancing of Equations   

Check for Understanding

5. Equilibrium

5.1 Concept of Dynamic Equilibrium   

5.2 Quantitative Treatment   

Check for Understanding

6. Kinetics

6.1 Concept of Rate of Reaction   

6.2 Order of Reaction and Rate Constant   

6.3 Effect of Temperature Change on Rates   

6.4 Energy of Activation   

6.5 Mechanisms and Rate-Determining Step   

Check for Understanding

7. Thermodynamics

7.1 State Functions   

Check for Understanding

8. Descriptive Chemistry

8.1 Chemical Reactivity   

8.2 Relationships in the Periodic Table   

8.3 Chemistry of the Main Groups and Transition Elements   

8.4 Organic Chemistry   

Check for Understanding

9. Experimental Chemistry

9.1 Experimental Chemistry   

Check for Understanding

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Final Steps

Prof. Ruben Savizky's Recommendation   

Exam Time   

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