Buzz Piersol, Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry 101B - Spring 2019 - CRN 30088

Class Info

Lewis Structures at Wolfram Alpha
Online Homework and other handouts at Sapling Learning
Also check out the chemistry-related apps on my links page.
View my Spring 2019 Weekly Schedule (pdf)

Useful Websites

Visual classification of chemistry at Georgia State University.

MS Word Special Symbols
Type this... ...and get this symbol
00B7 alt-x · “middle dot”
2192 alt-x
2190 alt-x
21cc alt-x
2212 alt-x
2130 alt-x
00d7 alt-x ×
00bf alt-x ¿
221e alt-x
00f1 alt-x ñ
00b0 alt-x °
0394 alt-x Δ
03b4 alt-x δ

Chem 101 - YouTube (and other) Videos

My Own

Word 2007 - subscripts, superscripts, etc (for lab reports)
Word 2007 - Tables (for lab reports)
Excel 2007 - Graphing (for lab reports)
Excel 2007 - Integrated Rate Law (Chem 101B)
Alkali metals + Water (Experiment 25)
Thermite Demo - 2010
Thermite Demo - 2011
Thermite Demo - 2012    Action starts after 1:30
Assigning Oxidation States (Chem 101A)

Chemistry-Related YouTube Channels

The Khan Academy
Periodic Table of Videos

General Science-Math YouTube Channels

Engineer Guy


Nomenclature 1 (ionic)
Nomenclature 2 (ionic)
Nomenclature 3 (molecular)
Nomenclature 4 (acids)

Chapter 1

When are zeros significant figures?

Chapter 2 - Atoms, Molecules, Ions

Law of Multiple Proportions

Chapter 3 - Stoichiometry

Empirical and Molecula Formulas

Chapter 4 - Chemical Reactions in Solution

Solubility song - never sung it myself, but it sounds catchy!
Precipitation Reactions - Complete & Net Ionic Equations
Balancing Redox, half-reaction arrow method

Chapter 7 - Modern Atomic Theory

What is an orbital?
Beyond 118 electrons with the g sublevel

Chapter 8 - Bonding

Using Formal Charge to Predict Best Structure

Chapter 10 - Solids & Liquids

IM Forces (van der Waals forces)
Hydrophobic Sand - Cohesive Forces > Adhesive Forces
NurdRage's very cold ice
Vapor Pressure and Boiling
Phase Diagrams

Chapter 11 - Colligative Properties

Boiling Point Elevation & Freezing Point Depression
Freezing Point Depression (calculating molar mass)

Chapter 12 - Kinetics

Kinetics (rate law from initial rates)

Chapter 14 - Acids & Bases

Acids & Bases 3 ( Kw )
Acids & Bases 4 ( pH, pOH, [H+], [OH-] )
Acids & Bases 5 ( pH of weak acid )
Acids & Bases 6 ( pH of weak acid using quadratic formula )
Acids & Bases 7 ( pH of a weak base )


Bismuth metal from pepto bismol (Redox/Lab)
NurdRage liquid nitrogen (Thermochemistry)
NurdRage olympic metals (Electrochemistry)
NurdRage lithium battery (Electrochemistry)

Signfificant Figures and Zero

Chem 101 - Tutor

Tutor: Kassandra Montes de Oca
Where: LRC-503 (Learning Center)
When: Visit the Learning Center to find when Kassandra is available.