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This course is designed to cover subjects in advanced high school chemistry courses, correlating to the standard topics as established by the American Chemical Society. This course is a precursor to the Advanced Chemistry Coursera course. Areas that are covered include atomic structure, periodic trends, compounds, reactions and stoichiometry, bonding, and thermochemistry.


  • Week 1
    • We will learn about the components inside the atom and look especially at the electrons. The electron structure determines the properties of the elements. So, by the end of this series of lessons, you will know for each elements where the electrons are located in the atom.
  • Week 2
    • Once we understand the electronic structure, we will be able determine how the periodic table can be used to compare the elements according to atomic size and various energies. We will conclude by seeing how these trends can be used to predict chemical properties of the elements.
  • Week 3
    • Now that we know the structure of an atom, we can explore how atoms combine to form either molecular or ionic compounds. Then we will learn the rules of nomenclature that ensure that a compound is named according to IUPAC rules. We will end this unit by looking at quantitative relationships for compounds including the molar mass of and mass percent of an element in a compound.
  • Week 4
    • We will explore how compounds react with one another to form new substances and then write balanced chemical equations to represent what is happening in a reaction. We will explore several different types of reactions including precipitation, acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and combustion reaction.
  • Week 5
    • This unit will delve into the quantitative relationships we can determine from a balanced chemical equation to determine the relative amounts of substances needed to react or the amount of products formed. We will also explore limiting reagents and percent yield to address practical aspects of chemical reactions because there may be leftover reactants and/or incomplete formation of products.
  • Week 6
    • This unit looks more in depth at molecular compounds to see how they are bonded together by looking at Lewis structures. These structures provide information about the types of bonds (single, double, or triple) as well as the connectivity of atoms. By knowing the Lewis structure, we can also predict the three-dimensional geometry of an individual molecule.
  • Week 7
    • In this unit, we will learn about thermochemistry, which is the study of the thermal energy transfer (heat) in chemical reactions. We will learn how these measurements of heat are made via calorimetry. Then, learn to calculate heat transfer using various methods.

Taught by

Allison Soult and Kim Woodrum


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  • Vijayakumar Menon N completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Chemistry course helped me to refresh my knowledge in basic chemistry after years of my education. The teachers are great - Dr Allison Soult and Dr Kim Woodrum. The course takes you through the concepts of atomic structure, periodic table and trends, bonding, stoichiometry and thermochemistry. The teachers have been able to present the topics in a very interesting way. This 10 weeks course will be a great help to students, particularly those who are weak in the subject, to develop an interest and refresh their knowledge before joining a serious course of study in Chemistry. Practice problems help learners to test the understanding at each stage of learning.
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