Lectures under Introduction to/Principles of General Chemistry

Introduction to/Principles of General Chemistry

Introduction to (CHM1025) and Principles of (CHM1032) General Chemistry

by: Dr. Stephen Lukacs (May 2012)

Introductory chemistry spearheads the necessary foundation for all following chemical and biological chemistries. In this series Dr. Lukacs presents the most difficult concepts and problems for most students to grasp.


Wet Labs using LabQuest2

(March 2016) Remedial general chemistry laboratories of essential practices and techniques and cutting-edge labs using the Vernier LabQuest2.

Chemistry Essentials

The most important concepts and practices to master the very first week of class.

(May 2012) This series of PodCasts presents the most critical concepts and practices required for your mastery of introduction to, principles of, and general chemistry. It is also critical to lay this as a solid foundation for more advanced, but practical, classes like chemical instrumentation. The topics in this series of Podcasts cover scientific number and notation, significant figures, and conventional conversions, aka, dimensional analysis.

Atoms and Ions

The structure and nature of atoms and ions.

(March 2013) This series of PodCasts presents the nature of atoms, and their more stable counterparts, ions. Orbitals, electron configurations, and Lewis Structures are discussed, along with adding and losing electrons to increase the stability of the species. The details of the periodic table are also discussed, along with its use as a map and as a table.

Chemical Bonding and Molecular Compounds

Ionic and Covalent Bonding, Formulas, and Nomenclature..

(March 2013) The series of PodCasts cover the extremes of chemical bonding and foundational chemical formulas and nomenclature. The brute force transfer of electrons creating ionic bonds and the much more subtle and graceful sharing of electrons deriving covalent bonds.

Chemical Amounts

The mole is just an amount.

(November 2013) The key currency of chemical amounts is known as the mole. The mole is simply a constant number applied to atoms and molecules. Once you master the meaning and usage of the mole, chemistry takes on a simplicity and grace, to which any physical problem can be solved.

Chemical Reactions

The central theme throughout all of chemistry.

(January 2013) This lecture series of PodCasts covers chemical reactions and it is the central theme of all chemistry. The lecture is broken down into PodCasts about reactions and balancing reactions, molar mass and molecular weight, moles, and chemical ratios through reaction stoichiometry.


The Properties and Equations of Ideal Gases

(August 2013) Gases represent the most simple state of matter because the interactions and forces between neighboring molecules is zero or minimal. Studying gases introduces the importance of intermolecular forces and the other states of matter.

Solutions and Molarity

Where most chemical reactions occur.

(March 2013) Solutions are where most reactions occur because soluble compounds are separated from their rigid crystalline form and allowed to rotate and orient themselves on the molecular level to interact and ultimately react with their nearest neighbors. A process absolutely necessary for living systems.

Acids, Bases, and pH

The most powerful of reactions.

(March 2013) Watch it, bases are just as reactive and corrosive as acids. So, don't be fooled into thinking that we are safe.


The coupling of Oxidation and Reduction.

(March 2013) This series is really for my CHM1025 and NOT my CHM1032. The formalism of the brute force electrons being lost by an atom causing oxidation to its nearest neighbor accepting those electrons by reduction precisely coupled together in redox reactions. Two half reactions adding to a whole.

Organic Expressions

Carbon is our Versatile Friend in the Universe.

(May 2012) This series is really for my CHM1032 and NOT my CHM1025. Carbon is an extremely varsatile element. It has the ability to bond to itself giving us nearly infinite forms of structure and stability.