Chemistry, 2nd Edition

Course No. 1012
Professor Frank Cardulla, M.S.
Niles North High School
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Course Overview

Many students struggle in high school chemistry. Even if they succeed in earning a good grade, they often still feel confused and unconfident. Why is this? And what can be done to help every student succeed in this vitally important course? Success in chemistry, according to veteran science teacher Professor Frank Cardulla, doesn't require any special intellectual gifts or talents or advanced mathematical skill. All it requires is a genuine understanding of the ideas that students encounter in the high school chemistry classroom. If students truly understand what they are learning, they will do more than just succeed in high school chemistry; they will find lasting success as they continue to study chemistry in college and beyond.

In Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Professor Cardulla offers 36 carefully designed lectures that provide a solid foundation for future success by giving students a deep and thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts and problem-solving skills needed in the study of chemistry. He has created the perfect course for students who are struggling in their high school chemistry class, for students who simply want to perform better, or for home-schooled students. Even those long out of high school have reaped the benefits of Professor Cardulla's lectures—thousands of our adult customers have purchased and enjoyed the first edition of this course, finding it a useful tool for gaining a better understanding of chemistry.

Learning that Lasts

When students replace rote memorization with a real understanding of what is happening in the problems they encounter, chemistry comes alive. They experience the excitement of grasping the ideas behind the problems and the confidence that comes as they master what they might think of as intimidating material.

That's what happens in Chemistry, 2nd Edition. Through his clear and engaging lectures, Professor Cardulla demonstrates how students can use everyday common sense and logic—intellectual skills they already possess—to truly comprehend the concepts and problems encountered in introductory chemistry. Using examples and analogies drawn from real life, he takes the intimidation out of chemistry and makes this often challenging course accessible for all students.

A Comprehensive Chemistry Course

The course opens with several lectures that outline the instructor's teaching philosophy and demonstrate how students can use logical thinking to help them solve chemistry problems. In subsequent lectures, Professor Cardulla applies these problem-solving skills to key topics in introductory chemistry:

  • The periodic table
  • Balancing chemical equations
  • Elements, atoms, ions, and isotopes
  • Density
  • Equilibrium
  • Le Chatelier's Principle
  • Stoichiometry
  • Titration
  • Molarity
  • Acids and bases

To bring these topics to life, Professor Cardulla makes use of visual aids, including illustrations, graphs, demonstrations, and diagrams that support learning and help students gain a deeper understanding of key concepts.

The result is an effective, carefully crafted course that gives students the tools they need to master the basics of high school chemistry. Chemistry, 2nd Edition can be used as a stand-alone introduction to chemistry or in conjunction with a high school chemistry course.

Hands-on Problem Solving

As Professor Cardulla explains, true comprehension of chemistry comes only when students wrestle with the problems themselves. As a result, these lectures are filled with problems that give students ample opportunity to apply the concepts they've learned and strengthen their general problem-solving skills.

With each problem, students are encouraged to stop the lecture and work with the concepts presented to find their own solutions. Afterward, they return to the lecture, where Professor Cardulla presents a thorough and clear explanation of how to find the correct answer. And since the emphasis is on comprehension rather than memorization, Professor Cardulla often provides different methods for solving these problems. He discusses the merits and drawbacks of these various methods and how they relate to a deeper understanding of the ideas behind the problems.

A New Edition of One of Our Most Popular Courses

Chemistry, 2nd Edition is an updated and enhanced version of our original chemistry course taught by Professor Cardulla. Based on feedback from our customers, this new edition of our high school chemistry course has been expanded to include

  • a new workbook with more than 400 problems and worked-out solutions written by Professor Cardulla;
  • new lectures on elements, the periodic table, ions, and isotopes;
  • a new unit on titration; and
  • enhanced, improved visual aids.

The result is a course that provides an in-depth understanding of key concepts of chemistry while meeting the needs and expectations of today's students.

Masterful Instruction by an Expert Teacher

For students who have had trouble with chemistry or who feel intimidated by the thought of solving problems on their own, Professor Cardulla's teaching method opens up a new world of learning.

His teaching method is shaped by his special sympathy for the students who struggle with chemistry. Approachable and engaging, he is the perfect instructor for students who are facing their first encounter with chemistry or for those who have had difficulty with chemistry in the past and want to strengthen their understanding of this crucial subject. With humor and patience, he guides students to discover their own innate ability to master the fundamentals of chemistry.

As Professor Cardulla says, any student can succeed at high school chemistry. Join him for this engaging and accessible introductory course and discover how high school chemistry can be the "easiest class in school."

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36 lectures
 |  Average 30 minutes each
  • 1
    Introduction and Philosophy
    In this first lecture, Professor Cardulla explains how any student can find success in chemistry by cultivating a meaningful understanding of the concepts and quantitative thinking operations that underlie this often challenging area of study. x
  • 2
    Basic Concepts of Quantitative Reasoning
    Introductory chemistry is not mysterious: It requires simple quantitative reasoning that comes naturally to most students. You learn about the types of numbers involved in chemistry and how to solve problems commonly encountered in high school chemistry. x
  • 3
    Quantitative Reasoning in Everyday Life
    Only a handful of important ideas must be mastered in order to be successful at solving chemistry problems. In this lecture, you review some basic guidelines for approaching any chemistry problem and try out your skills on a few sample problems that demonstrate how you can use everyday reasoning in your chemistry class. x
  • 4
    Quantitative Reasoning in Chemistry—Density
    Building on the ideas explored in the first three lectures, you examine a fundamental quantitative measurement in chemistry, density, and explore the real-world meaning of this measurement. You then solidify your understanding of this concept by working some basic density problems. x
  • 5
    The SI (Metric) System of Measurement
    Next, you continue to lay a strong foundation for your understanding of chemistry by learning about one of the key tools you'll be using: the International System of Units (SI), or the metric system. This lecture explains why this system is so useful to scientists and lays out the prefixes and units of measurement that make up the metric system. x
  • 6
    Converting between Systems of Measurement
    Now that you have established an understanding of the SI system, put your knowledge to work as you practice converting units from one system of measurement to another. You hone your conversion skills by working several sample problems. x
  • 7
    Elements, Atoms, and the Periodic Table
    In the next three lectures, you cover some fundamental topics that you'll need before you can launch into your study of chemistry. You examine the basic building blocks of matter—elements and the atoms that constitute them—and you learn how to interpret the information about elements presented in the periodic table x
  • 8
    Ions, Compounds, and Interpreting Formulas
    Learn about protons, electrons, and neutrons; how ions are formed from atoms; how these ions can combine to form compounds; and how you can determine the formulas of these compounds. Some molecular substances are discussed and you are introduced to the final number associated with every element—its atomic weight. x
  • 9
    Isotopes and Families of Elements
    Discover how isotopes, which are different atoms of the same element, can actually differ in their weight because they contain different numbers of neutrons in their nuclei. Also, learn how different kinds of elements are grouped into both general categories (such as metals and nonmetals) as well as specific chemical "families," which then are arranged into the periodic table. x
  • 10
    The Mole
    One of the most important concepts to master in an introductory chemistry course is the concept of the mole, which provides chemists with a way to "count" atoms and molecules. Learn how scientists use the mole and explore the quantitative definition of this basic unit. x
  • 11
    Solving Mole Problems
    By solving problems involving moles, you refine the quantitative techniques introduced in earlier lectures while increasing your familiarity with this important chemical value. x
  • 12
    Avogadro's Hypothesis and Molar Volume
    After mastering the mole, you move on to a related concept: the "molar volume," or the amount of space occupied by one mole. You apply this understanding of molar volume as you examine Avogadro's Hypothesis, a principle concerning the molar volume of gases. x
  • 13
    Percent Composition and Empirical Formulas
    In this lecture, you encounter two "classic" types of chemistry problems and learn the basic characteristics of each. The lecture concludes with several practice problems to help you master the skill of solving percent composition problems. x
  • 14
    Solving Empirical Formula Problems
    Continue your consideration of "classic" chemistry problems with a look at empirical formulas, and examine how empirical formulas relate to molecular formulas x
  • 15
    Writing and Balancing Chemical Equations
    What happens when you combine two or more elements? Through a variety of practice problems, you learn to identify when a chemical reaction has occurred, how to write chemical equations, and how to "balance" equations to conserve the atoms. x
  • 16
    An Introduction to Stoichiometry
    What are the quantitative relationships between the substances in a chemical reaction? The study of stoichiometry shows you how to apply your ability to balance equations to solve problems involving chemical reactions. x
  • 17
    Stoichiometry Problems
    You extend your study of stoichiometry to consider more complex problems involving volume, molecules, and energy. x
  • 18
    Advanced Stoichiometry
    As you move on to more advanced stoichiometry problems, you see that they can be solved using a very simple approach. You encounter three terms often applied to chemical reactions: theoretical yields, actual yields, and percent yields. x
  • 19
    An Introduction to Molarity
    One important idea to master in any introductory chemistry course is the concept of concentration of a solution. Here, you explore this concept, the components that make up a solution, and learn about a basic unit of measurement for concentration, molarity. x
  • 20
    Solving Molarity Problems
    Extend your understanding of molarity by solving some typical problems encountered in the high school chemistry classroom. To foster your understanding of these problems, you are asked to draw upon the quantitative reasoning skills you previously used. x
  • 21
    Advanced Molarity Problems
    You are asked to take the concepts you learned about molarity in the last two lectures and apply them to a number of unfamiliar problems. These problems offer an opportunity to test your comprehension of the concepts you've been exploring. x
  • 22
    Basic Concepts of Chemical Equilibrium
    Continue your study of chemical reactions by examining an important new concept: the equilibrium system. You start by looking carefully at the difference between reactions that "go to completion" and those that are "reversible." x
  • 23
    An Introduction to the Equilibrium Constant
    By tracking and graphing a hypothetical reaction as it approaches a state of equilibrium, you gain a deeper understanding of the essential characteristics of equilibrium systems. Then, you're introduced to the single most important expression used to solve equilibrium problems: the equilibrium constant. x
  • 24
    Interpreting an Equilibrium Constant
    Your examination of the equilibrium constant continues. Learn exactly what the numerical value for an equilibrium constant tells and doesn't tell you about an equilibrium system. x
  • 25
    Le Chatelier's Principle—Concentration
    Before you can solve equilibrium problems, you need to understand what happens to an equilibrium system when conditions are changed. You learn about a fundamental idea—Le Chatelier's Principle—which lays the groundwork for a broader understanding of equilibrium. x
  • 26
    Le Chatelier—Pressure and Temperature
    Having established a basic understanding of Le Chatelier's Principle, you explore how this principle plays out in a variety of situations in which an equilibrium system is changed. x
  • 27
    An Introduction to Equilibrium Problems
    You use your basic understanding of equilibrium systems to try to solve some problems. You tackle two kinds of equilibrium problems: ones in which you are asked to calculate the equilibrium constant for an equation, and ones in which you are asked to find the equilibrium concentration of a reactant or product. x
  • 28
    The Self-Ionization of Water
    After examining how different substances may behave when dissolved in water, you learn about the self-ionization of water and use this knowledge to solve problems. The lecture ends with a brief introduction to the pH of solutions. x
  • 29
    Strong Acids and Bases—General Properties
    You return to the topic of pH and learn about how pH relates to two kinds of compounds: acids and bases. Through an introductory problem, you explore the relationship of various ions within these compounds. x
  • 30
    Solving Strong Acid and Base Problems
    You gain a deeper understanding of acids, bases, and pH by working several sample problems. These exercises help clarify the difference between strong and weak acids and bases and between the idea of a "strong" concentration versus a "strong" acid or base. x
  • 31
    Weak Acids and Bases
    Look at weak acids and bases, compounds that are only slightly ionized in water-based solutions. You learn how to solve the "classic" weak acid problem and apply the same approach to weak base problems. x
  • 32
    Titrating Acids and Bases
    Here, you explore "neutralization": the idea that if you add a base to an acid, it will tend to destroy the properties of the acid, and vice versa. You examine this reaction through demonstration of a laboratory procedure called titration. x
  • 33
    Titration Curves and Indicators
    Acid-base indicators, which change color when a solution switches from acid to base and back again, provide a striking demonstration of the transformation that occurs during titration. Learn how to use these indicators to determine the equivalence point of a titration, and examine what happens when you graph these reactions. x
  • 34
    Solubility Equilibria—Principles, Problems
    After learning about equilibrium systems, you move on to a particular type of system: "solubility equlibria," or the equilibria found in saturated solutions of slightly soluble ionic solids. You explore this concept as you practice solving a variety of related problems. x
  • 35
    Solubility Equilibria—Common Ion Effect
    Your study of solubility equilibria continues with some advanced practice problems. Here, you encounter the last major type of equilibrium problem. To solve these problems, you revisit Le Chatelier's Principle and learn about some of the pitfalls to avoid when dealing with these kinds of equilibrium systems. x
  • 36
    Putting It All Together
    In this final lecture, you tackle problems that require you to pull together all the knowledge you've acquired. Through these challenging problems, you build confidence in your ability to unravel new problems and pursue more advanced levels of chemistry. x

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Frank Cardulla, M.S.
Niles North High School
Professor Frank Cardulla taught at Niles North High School in Skokie, IL, from 1964 to 1999. He subsequently taught at Lake Forest High School and Libertyville High School. Professor Cardulla earned both his B.S. in Teaching of Chemistry with honors and his M.S. in Teaching of Physical Sciences from the University of Illinois. He has received the National Catalyst Award for Outstanding Chemistry Teaching, a Presidential Award...
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Chemistry, 2nd Edition is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 67.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Should Have Been Called High School Chem I bought it expecting to get a college level course. However, the instructor is awsome and the material is great for a high school level.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good first time introduction to Chemistry! Although I am taking AP(or Advanced Placement) Chemistry at the moment, I have not taken a beginner level Chemistry class. These videos really helped me to learn the basics of Chemistry so that learning the difficult material was easier.
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you Study Chemistry YOU NEED THIS Professor Cardulla put his heart into these lectures. I owe him everything because he really helped me get ready for test, and YOU owe this to yourself. Also see Dr. Ron B Davis' lectures with "Chemistry and Our Universe."
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chemistry The professor teaches well. He speaks clearly. However, most of the contents are about how to solve Chemistry homework or test problems. It should be helpful for high school students especially for those without good arithmetic training. The title of the course probably should be adjusted to reflect better the contents.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No wonder STEM courses aren't popular with kids When I ordered this I failed to notice that it was intended for high school students. This course would probably help a high school student "pass a test" of one sort or another, but does not communicate the awe and wonder of the topic. It does a good job showing how to solve particular problems, step by step. Would probably be good in tutoring a high school student having difficulty with chemistry, but it would not inspire anyone. E.g., it explains how to solve equilibrium problems but does not communicate how important a concept "equilibrium" is in chemistry (and physics and thermodynamics.) It does not emphasize broad conceptual thinking that makes STEM subjects exciting. The course is very good at doing what it sets out to do--helping high school students solve chemistry problems.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High School Chemistry I sure wish that I had Professor Cardulla when I was in high school. I'm way past those years and never had chemistry but I feel like I could have done it quite successfully! Thank you Frank Cardulla! You are a wonderful teacher!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never took chemistry in high school. Decided, why not? This course and the instructor are well worth the time and effort.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong focus on problem solving I bought this for my son, who is almost 11, because he loved "The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology" and wanted to understand the chemistry aspect of mineralogy better. He specifically asked for a "Great Courses" Chemistry class. Because he is not yet 11, he doesn't really have the mathematical background to manage all the problems without lots of help from me, but he is understanding a lot, and he's determined to keep working through the course even when he finds the math frustrating. The professor's fun examples help keep him engaged, and although the course isn't chiefly "eye candy", there is enough to excite him. The strong focus on problem solving is really stretching his math skills, and I imagine he'll go through the series more than once and get more out of it each time. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 because, for my son, a more conceptual approach would have been better, but if you're in a high school class, the general problem solving concepts given would be helpful.
Date published: 2017-03-03
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