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General Chemistry II (CHEM 1332 - Fundamentals of Chemistry 2) covers general principles, fundamental laws, equilibrium, kinetics, electrochemistry, and elementary inorganic, nuclear, and organic chemistry as described by the UH catalog. This course is required for many science majors and pre-health students and as an introductory course, you may find your class to be very large (200-500+). Go early! Finding a seat (especially a good seat) can be difficult, especially during the first couple of weeks of the semester. Based on our Earning an A guide, this is a Category IV course. Some memorization of units and formulas is necessary.


what you need

Below or a list of items you will need for lecture. These items can be bought on campus. However, you may find these cheaper on sites like Amazon.


Lectures will follow those given by the syllabus and provided textbook. Note: UH Custom Edition is required


A scientific calculator is needed for homework and exams. Only non-programmable, non-graphing calculators will be permitted.

what to expect

Fundamentals of Chemistry II continues the knowledge gained from CHEM 1331 and applies them. The focus will be mainly calculations with memorization of formulas. You will be expected to know the following

  • Names and symbols of first 36 elements

  • Fundamental SI Units

  • SI Prefixes

  • Math

    • Scientific Notation

    • Logarithms

    • Linear Function

    • Quadratic Function

    • Uncertainty

      • Accuracy

      • Precision

  • Common Anions and Cations

  • Common Monatomic, Type II and Polyatomic

  • Acid Names

    • Strong Acids & Bases

    • Oxygen and Non-Oxygen

  • Solubility Rules


exams and homework

Exams and homework will make up the majority of your grade, but certain professors may also have quizzes and/or attendance (see syllabus). Exams will be timed and computer based. These make a significant percentage of your overall grade. Based on past semesters, there are usually 3 midterms and 1 final. Around 2 weeks before each exam, you will be able to register when to take your exam, usually between 3 different days.

At your scheduled time, you will check-in and take your exam at a centralized location. Remember to bring identification, pencil/pen and an accepted calculator (link). Periodic table and scratch paper will be provided. Any other items (e.g., backpack) will be checked-in. When you complete your exam, you will check-out and your items will be returned to you.

Homework (see syllabus) is completed online, and depending on you instructor, you may have a set number of attempts, unlimited attempts (until the due date), or an average of your attempts. There is usually one homework due every week.


Earning an A (General)

Learn how we earned A’s in college. Here, you will find a general guide of the steps we took that put us in the best position to succeed.


Concepts covered in CHEM 1332 broken into units and topics. All topics are linked to video resources that we found especially good at explaining the material.


Mock exams for general chemistry. These exams have been designed to be similar to those administered. They are NOT actual exams.