Chemistry 164 – Spring 2022

Honors General Chemistry II



     Dr. Kate M. Waldie,

     Office hours: TBA


Lectures: TBA


Recitations: TBA

Course Website: via Canvas at



     01:160:163 Honors General Chemistry I, or permission from the instructor

Pre- or Co-Requisites:

     01:640:136 Calculus II for the Life and Social Sciences

     or  01:640:152 Calculus II for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

     or  permission from the instructor

Required Materials:

     Chemistry: Structures and Properties, 2nd Edition

          Author: Nivaldo J. Tro, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-429393-6

     Scientific Calculator

          Calculators with memory are not permitted

     Laptop, smart phone, or other mobile device

     A properly worn face mask, in accordance with CDC guidelines

COVID-19 Information


In order to protect all members of our community, face coverings must be worn by all persons on campus when in the presence of others (within six feet) and in all University buildings in non-private enclosed settings (e.g., common workspaces, workstations, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). This means that masks must be worn PROPERLY during class meetings. Any student not wearing a mask will be asked to leave. 

Masks must conform to CDC guidelines and must COMPLETELY COVER the wearer's mouth and nose. Please refer to CDC guidance for further information:

This class involves a high degree of collaborative interaction - it is IMPERATIVE that students strictly adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines both within and outside the classroom environment. Failure to adhere to the guidelines puts students, faculty, and their families at increased risk of illness and jeopardizes our ability to continue with in-person learning.

In the event of illness or quarantine requirements, students should immediately inform Prof. Waldie. Students will have access to recorded lectures and course materials online. In the event a student is ill or under quarantine during a quiz or an exam, an alternative quiz or exam will be administered electronically. Further accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis if the student is too ill to take the assessment within the allotted timeframe.

Each day before you arrive on campus or leave your residence hall, remember to complete the brief survey on the My Campus Pass symptom checker self-screening app.

Course Format

This one-semester course serves as a continuation of Honors General Chemistry I. This course is intended to educate students going on to take higher-level chemistry courses such as organic or physical chemistry, or to major in chemistry or a related field in science, engineering, pharmacy or medicine. In addition to the specific topics listed in the schedule below, the goals of this course include (1) for students to develop a deep understanding of chemistry concepts in order to apply them to practical problems, and (2) for students to advance their capacities for scientific argumentation. 

SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals Met by this Course:

  • Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences

  • Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, methods, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis

Department Learning Goals Met by this Course:

  • Apply relevant scientific models and qualitative & quantitative reasoning

  • Understand representations at the macroscopic, submicroscopic, and symbolic levels, including mathematical formulae

  • Understand, at an honors level, the specific topics listed in the schedule below


Course Components:

This course will consist of two lectures on Monday and Thursday mornings, and two recitation sections on Thursdays (Sections H1 and H2). A series of demos relating to course material will be presented during lectures. The recitation sections will include various group active learning activities. No attendance will be taken during the lecture periods, but attendance will be recorded in the recitation. No un-excused absences are allowed (see below Attendance section). 

  • Lectures: Lecture sessions on Mondays and Thursday will be a mix of traditional directed lectures, problem solving examples, and independent or small group activities. In order to allow more time for in-class active learning activities, short videos discussing key learning objectives will sometimes be posted on Canvas prior to lecture sessions (at least two day prior to the accompanying in-person class). Students will be expected to watch these videos prior to the accompanying in-person lecture session. 

  • Recitations: Recitation sessions on Thursdays will emphasize the development of problem-solving skills related to course content that has been recently discussed in the lecture. Recitation activities will involve small group work designed to allow students time to collaboratively build their understanding of core chemical principles and problem-solving strategies and to allow students to refine their skills in scientific argumentation.

  • Homework: There will be 12 problem sets assigned throughout the course. Problem sets will generally be released on Mondays and will be due by 11:59pm on Friday of the same week, according to the schedule below. Students must upload their completed homework as a PDF file to Canvas before the scheduled deadline. See the note below on uploading work to Canvas. Students will be able to access their graded problem sets on Canvas within a couple days, and the problem set answer key will be posted on Canvas one day after the due date. Due to this quick turn-around, late assignments will not be accepted and will not receive a grade. Students may collaborate with each other on the problem sets, but each student must independently complete and turn in their own assignment. 

  • Quizzes: There will be 10 quizzes throughout the course, given at the start of Monday lectures according to the schedule below. Each quiz will generally consist of three questions. There will be no make-up quizzes for unexcused absences.

  • Midterm Exams: There will be two midterm exams held in-class during lecture, each 75 minutes duration. The midterm exams will consist of a series of multi-part, free-response questions. There will be no multiple choice questions. Midterm exam dates are provided in the schedule below. Students are responsible for making it to the exams prepared and on-time - there will be no make-up exams. The lecture period before each midterm exam will be set aside for additional review of the relevant material.

  • Final Exam: There will be one cumulative final exam held in-person, with a 3 hour duration. The final exam will consist of a series of multi-part, free-response questions. There will be no multiple choice questions. The final exam is scheduled for ####### - MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This is an immovable date and time. Students must be available to take the final exam during this time. Travel, family events, weddings, etc. are not valid excuses. Students are responsible for making it to the exams prepared and on-time - there will be no make-up exam. 

  • Announcements: Course-related announcement and reminders will be made frequently on Canvas. Each student is responsible for checking announcement every day and taking advantage of reminders to promptly meet deadlines. 

  • Uploading Work: In many cases, students will need to upload completed activities as PDF files to Canvas during and/or outside of class sessions. A convenient way of scanning files is to use the free Genius Scan App (or similar app) that converts images taken with a mobile device camera (phone, tablet, laptop) to PDF format, which can then be uploaded to Canvas. 


The grading for this course will be based on your performance on problem sets, quizzes, two midterm exams, and final exam, as well as your participation in the recitation activities, as follows:

          Problem Sets               15 %

          Recitation Activities     10 %

          Quizzes                       15 %

          Midterm #1                  15 %

          Midterm #2                  15 %

          Final Exam                  30 %

There are no grade curves in this course, and thus students are not in competition with each other for grades. Letter grades will be assigned based on your final percentage score on the course material:

          A            89.5 - 100 %

          B+          84.5 - 89.4 %

          B            79.5 - 84.4 %

          C+          74.5 - 79.4 %

          C            64.5 - 74.4 %

          D            54.5 - 64.4 %

          F            below 54.5 %

The above grading scheme is final and non-negotiable. There is no extra credit given in this course. Any questions or concerns about a graded assignment or assessment must be brought to the attention of the instructor within one week of receiving the grade. This encourages students to promptly review their graded work. Requests for re-grading will not be considered after this one-week window. 


Attendance in all course sessions is mandatory. If a student is absent for a class or one of the midterm exams, they must fill out a self-reported absence form within 48 hours of the beginning of the missed session ( These forms will be reviewed and designated as either "excused" or "un-excused" in accordance with Rutgers policies. Submission of the self-reported absence form within this time is required in order to be possibly considered an "excused" absence, but this does not guarantee the absence is excused. In select cases, missed graded work may be made up in accordance with the course and university policies where such policies exist. Under unusual or extenuating circumstances, the instructors might make special arrangements on a case by case basis.

Academic Integrity:

Students must adhere to the university policies on academic integrity and student conduct for all assignments, assessments, exams, and other matters regarding this course. These policies can be found online

Course Schedule: