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

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 and the Periodic Table

1.1 Units, Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis and Notations   

1.2 Nomenclature   

1.3 Evidence for the Atomic Theory   

1.4 Atomic Masses   

1.5 Isotopes and Mass Spectrometry   

1.6 Nuclear Chemistry   

1.7 Energy and the Electromagnetic Spectrum   

1.8 Electron Energy Levels   

1.9 Pauli Exclusion Principle   

1.10 Periodic Relationships   

1.11 Chemical Reactivity   

1.12 Understanding Relationships in the Periodic Table   

Check for Understanding

2. Equations and Stoichiometry

2.1 Moles   

2.2 Limiting Reagents and Yield   

2.3 Balancing Reactions   

2.4 Aqueous Solutions   

Check for Understanding

3. Phases of Matter

3.1 Precipitation   

3.2 Gases   

3.3 Liquids and Solids   

3.4 Solutions   

Check for Understanding

4. Bonding and Intermolecular Forces

4.1 Chemical Bonding   

4.2 Molecular Geometry   

4.3 Bonding and Molecules   

4.4 Effects of Attractions on Properties   

Check for Understanding

5. Equilibrium

5.1 Equilibrium Constant   

5.2 Quantitative Treatment   

Check for Understanding

6. Kinetics and Thermodynamics

6.1 State Functions   

6.2 Calorimetry and Heat Capacity   

6.3 Chemical Kinetics   

6.4 Rate Laws   

6.5 Determination of a Rate Law   

6.6 Temperature and Rates   

6.7 Activation Energy   

6.8 Catalyst   

6.9 Mechanisms and Rate-Determining Step   

Check for Understanding

7. Acids and Bases

7.1 Equilibrium for Acids and Bases   

7.2 Calculations for Weak Acids and Bases   

7.3 Understanding the Mechanism of a Reaction   

7.4 Solubility Equilibrium   

7.5 Acids and Bases: Definitions   

7.6 Coordination Complexes   

7.7 Constants for Complex Ions   

7.8 Common Ion Effect   

Check for Understanding

8. Electrochemistry

8.1 Oxidation Numbers   

8.2 Electrons in Redox Reactions   

8.3 Electrochemistry   

8.4 Quantitative Electrolysis   

Check for Understanding

9. Descriptive Chemistry

9.1 Chemistry of the Main Groups and Transition Elements   

9.2 Organic Chemistry   

Check for Understanding

10. Experimental Chemistry

10.1 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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