Chemistry 203

Welcome to Chemistry 203 section AC taught by Prof. J. Walker Summer 2015, Truman College. If you are enrolled in this section please check this website frequently for announcements and new information. Section AC meets Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 3162. Class begins Wednesday June 3rd. I will hold office hours directly after class and by appointment. You may always reach me by email:

Course Catalog Description

Topics include equilibrium, acid-base equilibria, solubility equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry and descriptive topics in organic chemistry. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Chemistry 201 and in mathematics 140 or 143, or consent of department chair (CC).

Note: Chemistry 203 has an IAI code of CHM 912. You can learn more about IAI by visiting iTransfer.


Joy WalkerProf Joy Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3826B (Inside the Physical Science and Mathematics Departmental Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698

This photograph was taken in Alaska this summer while I was taking a course on glaciers. Awesome!

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday8:50 AM to 9:20 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday12:40 PM to 1:40 PM


I've been a teacher for over thirty years. It is my life's passion to share my enthusiasm for learning and for the physical sciences. I've taught many subjects: astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, web development and design, programming, electronics, urban gardening, food chemistry. I love to learn and share my discoveries with others.

Education is a difficult field to belong to these days. On one hand information is easy to access. If you want to learn something new you can probably find excellent instructions via videos and other media on the Internet - so why come to school? It is a fair question to ask. Enrolling in college classes involves you with a community of learners and the interesting word here is community. What does it mean to belong to a class - and to participate in a shared experience of learning?

My approach to teaching is multi-faceted. It seems to me that authentic experiences, tactile and immediate, are critical to building a connection between the learner and the subject. Certainly a love of the subject helps! Sometimes learners need structure and goals set externally to keep them moving through material. Sometimes learners need to be inspired and motivated.

What I bring to the courses I teach is experience, intense curiosity, passion for learning and a commitment to your success.

Truman College Mission Statement

"Our Mission dedicates us to deliver high-quality, innovative, affordable and accessible educational opportunities and services that prepare students for a rapidly changing and diverse global economy."


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Student Services

The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assist 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 accommodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. 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 educational 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.

Textbook for Summer 2015

Chemistry: A Molecular Approach 3rd Ed.
by Nivaldo J. Tro
Pearson ©2014

Please note!

Any General Chemistry Textbook may be sufficient. Please do not purchase a second General Chemistry textbook. Bring the book you already have to class the first day and I will help you decide if you can use it.

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.

Recommended Links



Acid-Base Chemistry

Complex Ions

Nuclear Chemistry