Steve Marsden’s


There is a lot of good stuff out there for chemistry students (for example, the items listed on the Courses page), but it can be intimidating and often difficult to wade through if you are looking for only one topic. The idea here is to use my standard course outline, unit-by-unit, and select just the links that go with the material. Two supplementary topic areas are provided for those that have the luxury of time to study (or teach) them and in particular for A.P. students.

DISCLAIMER: Most lecture notes are just that: notes. They are not a substitute for careful reading of a text and careful attention in class. My lecture presentations, developed during the 1999/00 school year, are a kind of "transcript" of what you would have seen/heard if you had been in class on those days, including as much student/teacher dialog as I could incorporate. But there are gaps that would be filled by the very important lab work. Beware! As to the links, I've tried to choose good stuff, but cannot vouch for everything. Due to their nature, some will be more ephemeral than WWW links usually are. I try to check regularly but would appreciate knowing when a link no longer goes anywhere. The people who prepared all of this stuff did a lot of work and they deserve a lot of credit. If you go someplace and you like what you find, be sure to drop them a brief e-note telling them what you found helpful and thank them for their efforts. Rather than list sources repeatedly, links are keyed by number to a list of sources at the end of each page.

  • The behavior of mixtures: solutions

    types of solutions

    driving forces behind solution

    colligative properties

  • Chemical kinetics

    collision theory

    rate laws


    activation energy


  • Chemical equilibrium

    equilibrium concept; writing Kc

    LeChâtelier's principle

    Kc vs. Qc; Kc and DG

    solving equilibrium problems

    Ksp as a concept: Ksp vs. solubility

    common ion effect

  • Nuclear processes

    nuclear stability

    nuclear processes and energy changes


    decay rates


    transmutation and fusion

  • Acid/Base Equilibria

    acid/base theories

    Kw, pH and reactions

    weak acids and bases; Ka and Kb



  • Electrochemistry

    review of redox and oxidation numbers

    galvanic cells

    Eo and spontaneity


    electrolytic cells; Faraday's laws


  • Supplementary material
  • Organic Chemistry

  • Coordination Chemistry