Chemistry 109, Lectures 1 and 2, Fall 2013

Submitted by jwmoore on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 15:30

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Chemistry 109
Fall 2013
Dr. Oana Martin
Prof. John W. Moore

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Before using the textbook, go through the tutorial How To Use This Site.

There are questions on the ChemPaths Navigation Quiz that verify that you are familiar with portions of this site.

Useful Links to Bookmark

  1. This page:
  2. Chem 109 Moodle Course Management System: (requiresUW NetID login)
  3. Netorials Interactive Chemistry Tutorials
  4. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics constants (requires VPN if not on campus)
  5. ChemPages Laboratory Resources Online Tutorials on Laboratory Equipment and Procedures that  the Lab Manual assigns for viewing before taking pre-lab quizzes.


What is the difference between ChemPaths Online Resources and the printed textbook?Cover of Chemistry by Moore, Davies, Collins

ChemPaths has been developed as a project of the ChemEd Digital Library to bring chemistry to life using interactive molecule viewers, animations and videos. This online textbook is based on the printed textbook Chemistry by John W. Moore, William G. Davies, and Ronald W. Collins, which was published in 1978. This page is the introduction to the Chem 109-Fall 2011 Pathway through the online textbook.

  • A typical textbook comes with online portions through the publisher where you can access multimedia resources, whereas ChemPaths incorporates these features right into the text itself.
  • Just as you will notice that your daily readings skip around from chapter to chapter in the printed textbook, the same would be true of the online text which has chapters in different orders. This pathway, however, lets you read all the various portion of the textbook assigned in the order designed to coincide with the lecture materials - without skipping around.
  • All material is covered adequately by both the online text as well as the paper textbook - however you may find that some explanations in one version seem superior to the other. For instance - the online textbook has videos and interactive rotatable molecules. These multimedia advantages are helpful in describing 3D orbitals, molecular structures, and reactions.
  • Both have worked out examples.
  • Both have extra questions (the paper textbook has them at the end of the chapters, the online resources have additional questions available within the Moodle Course Management System as the ungraded course: Chemistry 109 Study Questions).
  • Both have tables of useful values. The homework, however, uses the online tables as these are known to be accurate. Textbooks go through periodic revisions as values are updated by scientists. These are done faster through the ChemPaths website than in your textbook. There are links within your homework to the necessary tables - they are also found by using the drop-down menu called "Quick Resources" on any page within ChemPaths.

 If you find an area thatseems to be unclear or in error on the online version - please email Professor Moore ( to report the issue and we'll have it resolved as soon as we can!