University of Wisconsin – La Crosse


CHM 104 General Chemistry II


Instructor:  Dr. Keith D. Beyer, Room 443, phone 785-8292


Class Hours:  M, W, F:  11 – 11:55 am, 100 CH

            Discussion, Thursdays:  D41 7:45 am, 405 CH; HHHD42 8:50 am, 252 CH; D43 11:00 am, 100 CH.


Office Hours:  M 1 – 2 pm, W 9 – 10 am, others as available – make an appointment or just stop in!


Textbook:  Chemistry The Central Science by Brown, LeMay & Bursten, 9th Ed.


Lab Manual:  Experiments in Second Semester General Chemistry, 2nd ed.


Required for this course:  Calculator with scientific functions, safety goggles (available from chemistry club or in the bookstore), lab manual (for the lab portion).


Course Description:  The course provides an introduction to the topics of chemical kinetics, equilibria in the gas and solution phases, acid-base chemistry, solubility, thermochemistry, and electrochemistry. The laboratory portion of the course serves to reinforce and demonstrate the above concepts through experiment. Qualitative wet chemical analysis is also included in the laboratory portion of this course.  Prerequisite: CHM 103 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.


Exams:  There will be four exams and a comprehensive, standardized final.  Exams will be on Fridays during class according to the attached semester calendar.  Exams can not be missed.  You will receive zero points for a missed exam.  You will be allowed to bring one 3 inch by 5 inch index card to the exams with any information you deem necessary on it.  You will be given a periodic table for use during the exam; you may not bring your own. The final exam for this course is Thursday May 15th 7:45 – 9:45 am.  The final exam is a standardized test produced by the American Chemical Society.  Study guides for this exam will be available for purchase either at the university bookstore or by the chemistry club.  There are also several on reserve at the library.


Quizzes:  There will be nine quizzes in the discussion sections on Thursdays in weeks when there is no exam (see semester calendar.) You will be allowed 15 minutes to complete quizzes.  Quizzes are worth 10 points each and can not be missed for any reason.  


Laboratory:  The laboratory is very important to an understanding of chemistry and attendance is mandatory.  The laboratory grade accounts for 20% of the course grade.  Any student receiving a grad of F in the laboratory will automatically receive a grade of F in the entire course.  You must pass both the laboratory and lecture portions of the course to receive a passing grade in Chemistry 104.  Your laboratory instructor will give you a syllabus for the lab including the grading scale.  The laboratory instructor will report a percentage grade and/or a letter grade to me at the end of the semester, which I will include in your final average.  If I receive a letter grade, it will be converted to points according to the table below:
























fail the course


            If the grades for a particular lab section are abnormally high or low (as compared to the other sections), I will normalize these grades to bring them in line with the other lab sections.  However, this rarely occurs.


Additional Exercises:  I will hand out an information sheet on the first day of class.  You will receive 2 points for completing this sheet and handing it in at the first discussion session.


Daily Problems:   Suggested problems will be assigned daily from the text book.  It is your responsibility to work through these problems and bring any questions you have to the discussion section.  We will spend time in the discussion sections working through any questions you have on problems that have been assigned.  These problems will not be handed in or graded.


Attendance Policy:  You are expected to attend all lectures, discussions, and labs.  If you must miss a lab for a particular reason, discuss this with your laboratory instructor to make alternate arrangements.  Also, anticipate any conflicts you may have with a specific lab period in advance so that you can make other arrangements (such as being on an athletic team for a scheduled event).  It is to your advantage to do all labs.  Labs and suggested problems will help you keep on top of the material for the exams.  Missing exams or quizzes is not acceptable.  You will not be excused for missing an exam or quiz for any reason other than a doctor certified illness.  You will receive 0 points for a missed exam or quiz.  If you are ill, you must contact me via e-mail or phone before class.  Excuses such as "I slept through my alarm" are inappropriate and will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to take whatever means necessary to make it to class for an exam or quiz. 


Additional Help:

            1)  Office hours. 

            2)  Tutors.  The chemistry department provides a tutor for this course and will bear all costs of this tutoring.  You are encouraged to take advantage of this free service if you feel it will improve your understanding of the course topics.  There will be several tutors for the general chemistry courses.  A tutor schedule will be announced early in the semester.  Tutors will be located in Whitney Center. 

            3) Additional resources on the CD-ROM for the book, textbook website:,4647,169060-,00.html.  The website for the book provides many helpful resources including problems you can work for each chapter with hints for the answers if you are having difficulty, visualizations, interactive exercises, and videos.



Grading Policy:  Grades will be determined according to the following system:


100 - 93%





(75 points each)

92 - 89%






88 - 81%






80 - 78%





(10 points each)

77 - 68%


Additional exercises




67 - 63%






62 - 0%







Academic Conduct:  A high level of academic honesty and integrity is expected, and any indication that these standards are not being met will be confronted.  For complete details on the University’s policy on student conduct, please look at  Plagiarism, cheating on exams/quizzes, and copying the work of fellow students invoke severe penalties and may lead to dismissal from the University.  In particular, if I observe anyone looking at someone else’s exam or quiz during the exam/quiz time, at minimum you will be moved to a front row seat for the remainder of the semester for exams and quizzes, and/or you may receive an F for that exam or quiz.


Desire to Learn:  I will utilize D2L with this course.  I will post your grades for each exam, quiz, etc. on D2L which you may access at any time.  I use powerpoint presentations to emphasize points in lecture and show figures to demonstrate concepts.  I will post my powerpoint slides by chapter on D2L.  You may wish to print out these slides for note taking purposes during lecture.  I will also often write on these slides in class using a tablet computer.  I will post these notes on D2L daily after class.  This will help you review what has been presented in class.  I will also post additional items on D2L related to the course such as answer keys to the tests/quizzes, etc.


University Accommodation Policy: Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Services (DRS) Office


Class Schedule:



Sections covered



1 – 5, 7

Chemical Kinetics


1 – 6

Chemical Equilibrium


1 – 9

Acid-Base Equilibria


1 – 4

Additional Aspects of Aqueous Equilibria


1 – 7



1 – 7

Chemical Thermodynamics


1 – 9



11 – 7

Chemistry of the Environment