General Chemistry II: Thermodynamics and Kinetics

CHEM 114/3.0


A continuation from CHEM 113/3.0. A quantitative treatment of chemical phenomena and materials. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Topics include atomic thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, kinetics, electrochemistry.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to developing an appreciation for Chemistry as a field of study, students will specifically be able to:

  1. Describe equilibrium theory and manipulate equilibrium conditions, calculate K and understand how activities are used in the ICE table
  2. Describe the second and third laws of thermodynamics, work with and manipulate equations related to entropy and Gibbs energy changes in systems under standard and non-standard conditions.
  3. Recognize different types of acids and bases, understand how to manipulate acid/base systems using the ICE table, know the concepts of strong and weak acids and bases.
  4. Recognize and calculate first, second and third order rate laws and understand how to manipulate systems to study the kinetics of systems and reaction mechanisms
  5. Describe the basic concepts of Oxidation/reduction, electrochemistry and calculate the cell potential of standard and non-standard systems


  • Chemical Equilibrium
  • Acids & Bases
  • Solubility and Complexation
  • Thermochemistry II
  • Electrochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetics


Summer (July–August) 2023
Course Dates
Exam Dates (if applicable)
Delivery Mode


10% - Tutorial Groupwork 
10% - Assignments 
25% - Visual Labs 
25% - Quizzes 
30% - Final Proctored Exams

Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the course.

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Live Sessions

This course has both optional live sessions (e.g., Instructor Q&A), and required live sessions (tutorials).

Proctored Exams

If a student is enrolled in ONLY online courses (section 700), they may choose either of the following options to write the exam:

  • Write the final exam online: you will write in onQ with Examity proctoring. A $100 online exam fee will be charged to your SOLUS account.  
  • Write the final exam in-person: you will write on Queen’s campus in Kingston. You will not be charged an extra fee to write on campus. 

If a student is enrolled in ANY in-person courses (section 001, 002, etc), you MUST write all your final exams in-person on Queen’s campus, including for an online course. You may not choose to write your exams online. 

Location and Timing of Final Exams

Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed in the Academic Calendar. Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations. 

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

Textbook: The textbook for this class is an Open Access textbook. This textbook is free, and available for you to view/access in various formats.

Laboratory Software: In order to access and complete some course activities/assessments, you are required to purchase this Mastering Chemistry access code from the Queen's Campus Bookstore:

  • Masteringchemistry® Student Access Code Card for General Chemistry
  • Labster (12-month access code)

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 21 hours per week (126 hours per term) on the course.

Additional Information

NOTE: Not normally intended for on-campus degree plans and certificates. 

NOTE: Not appropriate for pre and upper level courses that have a laboratory component.