Advanced Chemistry

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 20 October 2014 (10 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

This course is designed to look at the topics covered in advanced high school chemistry courses, correlating to the standard topics as established by the American Chemical Society. Engaging instruction and supplemental video demonstrations are designed to help prepare students for college level chemistry.

Estimated Workload: 6-10 hours/week

Course Instructors

Allison Soult

Dr. Soult received her B.S. in Chemistry from Centre College and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Florida State University. She has been at the University of Kentucky since 2002 as a lab coordinator and a lecturer. Her main interests are in the area of Chemical Education specifically relating to issues with student engagement in large lectures and using technology to enhance student learning. Dr. Soult was the recipient of the A&S Outstanding Staff Award in 2008.

Kim Woodrum

Dr. Woodrum received both her B.S. and Ph.D. from the Universtiy of Kentucky. As a student, her field of study was inorganic chemistry. Her research interests are in the field of Chemical Education. She has taught General Chemistry for over 20 years. Dr. Woodrum has received the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher award (2007), the Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award (2013) and the A&S Outstanding Teaching Award (2013).

Course Description

Many students leave high school without being prepared for the rigors of college chemistry. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to review topics at a pace conducive to their level, whether they are encountering the material for the first time or are using the course as a refresher.

Allison Soult and Kim Woodrum bring their experience to the course covering kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, aqueous equilibria and thermodynamics. Instruction consists of concepts, calculations, and video demonstrations of the principles being discussed. Practice problems and end of unit assessments will help students gauge their understanding of the material.


This ten-week course is comprised of five two-part units. Each part is intended to be completed in a week.

This unit examines the rates (speeds) at which reactions occur. You will examine the reactions on the macroscopic as well as molecular level and see how concentration and temperature play a role in the rates at which reactions occur.

This unit examines the quantitative and qualitative relationships between the relative amounts of products and reactants to see how far a reaction will proceed.

Acid-Base Equilibria 
The concepts of equilibria from the previous unit are applied to acids and bases.  Comparisons of strength and relationships between pH, pOH, and concentrations of H^+ and OH^- will be studied.

Aqueous Equilibria
This unit continues and expands on the theme of equlibria. You will examine buffers, acid/base titrations and the equilibria of insoluble salts.

The overarching theme of thermodynamics is the prediction of whether a reaction will occur spontaneously under a certain set of conditions. Entropy and Free Energy are defined and utilized for this purpose.


The class consists of lecture videos, which are approximately 10 to 15 minutes in length. Practice problems, accompanying videos, and answer sets are included that correspond with each lecture video. Tests are administered at the end of the five main course topics.

Suggested Reading

Any college level general chemistry textbook.

Course Workload

6-10 hours/week

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