Chemistry 201

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Welcome to Chemistry 201 section FGH taught by Prof. J. Walker Spring 2014, Truman College. If you are enrolled in this section please check the website frequently for announcements and new information. Section FGH meets in Room 3833 Tuesday and in Room 3831 Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:10 p.m. Class begins January 14th, 2014. You may always reach me by email:

Course Catalog Description

Topics include the periodic table of the elements, atomic structure, basic concepts of quantum theory, bonding, stoichiometry of compounds and reactions, thermochemistry, the gaseous state, basic concepts of the liquid and solid states, solutions, acids and bases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for Mathematics 140 or higher and either Grade of C or better in Chemistry 121 or one year of high school chemistry, or consent of department chair.

4 lecture and 4 lab hours per week in a 16 week semester. 5 credit hours

Students may take this course to meet concentration or elective requirements for an associates degree, to fulfill requirements for a career occupational degree, or to prepare for other careers in the physical sciences or healthcare professions.

Note: Chemistry 201 has an IAI code of CHM 911. You can learn more about IAI by visiting iTransfer.


Joy WalkerProf J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3824/3826 (Main Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) by appointment. You may call (872) 216-1317 to leave messages.

I've been teaching at Truman College in Uptown, Chicago since 1982. Around the year 2000 I spent six years in administration, a valuable experience but ultimately not the path I wanted to follow. I have a master's degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I hold certificates in computer repair (A+), Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), and Internet Security (CISSP). I have a variety of interests: Chemsitry, Web Development, Physical Sciences (all of them), Urban Gardening, and Education. I continue to explore a variety of techniques in the classroom in a blended: high tech - high touch approach. Technology is a great tool for teaching but it does not take the place of tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves. I use laboratory notebooks or journals in most of my classes. I love to do demonstrations in class. What I recommend for every student is to remember what it felt like to have the curiosity of a child - and find that curiosity again! The world is truly amazing.

Textbook for Fall 2013

Chemistry: A Molecular Approach 3rd Ed.
by Nivaldo J. Tro
Pearson ©

Beck's bookstore has an edition of this textbook with only the chapters needed for Chemistry 201. This is useful for students who do NOT plan to take Chemistry 203.

Mastering Chemistry

All laboratories will be available to download from this website. There is no laboratory textbook to purchase.

Laboratory Notebook

laboratory notebook

No specific brand is required but the pages MUST BE BOUND. Examples will be shown in class. Spiral notebooks may NOT be used.


You will need a scientific calculator (includes log and trig functions) and should bring it with you to class.

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Student Services

The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assest students in achieving their academic and life goals.

Students with Disabilities

The Truman College Disability Access Center (DAC) verifies needs pursuant to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), determines student academic accommodations, and issues accomodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. Linda Ford is the director. The DAC is located in Room 1435, Main Bldg.

Tutoring Center

The tutoring center is located in room 177, Larry McKeon Student Services Building, (773) 907-4785 or (773) 907-4790.

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO is for low-income students, first generation college students, or students with disabilities who need academic support: (773) 907-4797, Room 1435, Main Bldg. Registration is required at the start of each semester.

Student Success and Leadership Institute (SSLI)

SSLI is for students who need various other support services to achieve their educatinal goals: (773) 907-4737, Room 1435, Main Bldg.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides a variety of services at no cost for students including counseling, crisis intervention, support groups and more. (773) 907-4786, Room 1946, Main Bldg.

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