74 Chemistry

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Intro to Chemistry/Lab and General College Chemistry I/Lab: These documents map OER (curated by librarians and vetted for content and alignment by subject matter experts) to specific outcomes/competencies or items for these courses (CHE 101 and CHE 111, Colorado).
Last update: Jun 10/24


MERLOT Chemistry (Various CC licences) by various

The MERLOT Chemistry Portal helps people explore all the many resources available for teaching and learning chemistry.

Open Chemistry (CC BY-SA) by various

Open Chemistry (OpenChem) provides a full curriculum of recorded lectures covering undergraduate chemistry plus selected graduate topics. Through lecture videos and ancillary materials, anyone in the world can effectively sit alongside UCI Irvine students and view complete undergraduate core and elective course lectures delivered by top faculty members.

This is a British Columbia created resource.WikiEducator CHEMISTRY (CC BY-SA) by various

A collection of chemistry resources curated by Jim Hebden, a British Columbia high school teacher.


Biochemistry (CC BY-NC-SA) provided by Carnegie Melon University

Biochemistry is an introductory course, designed for both biology and chemical engineering majors. A consistent theme in this course is the development of a quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological molecules from a structural, thermodynamic, and molecular dynamic point of view. A molecular simulation environment provides the opportunity for you to explore the effect of molecular interactions on the biochemical properties of systems.

OpenOChem Cloud (Various CC licences) by OpenOChem

A homework/quizzing system that plugs in to your existing LMS. Unlike other “do all” homework systems, OpenOChem was designed from the ground up for creating, sharing, and administering Organic Chemistry assessments.

Supplementary Materials

This is a Canadian created resourceA student Workbook and PPT Slides for Chemistry and the Environment: A Chemistry Perspective for discussion of Environmental Issues (CC BY) by Latimer, Devin R.

Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques (CC BY-NC-ND) by Lisa Nichols, Butte Community College

In this resource you will find theory and procedures on the main organic lab techniques (chromatography, crystallization, extraction, distillation) as well as general concepts on how to set up and heat apparatuses (see the Table of Contents tab for a more complete listing of topics). All procedures are accompanied by step-by-step pictures, and graphics are heavily utilized throughout the resource.

This is a Canadian created resourceOrgChem 101 Learning Lab (CC BY-NC-SA) created by Alison B. Flynn

A set of organic chemistry learning modules that provide structured guidance to explore organic chemistry concepts. The modules provide metacognitive support, interactive instructional videos, animations, and interactive activities that promote the mastery of concepts, provide feedback, and link to real-world contexts with three learning modules:

  1. Nomenclature for organic chemistry
  2. Organic reaction mechanisms
  3. Organic acid-base reactions

This is a British Columbia created resource.Downloadable images (CC BY-SA)


  • Hypertonic Isotonic Hypotonic: Movement of water, due to osmosis of a cell in three different solutions, tonicity. In a hypertonic solution, water moves out of the cell. In an isotonic solution, there is no net movement of water. In a hypotonic solution, water moves into the cell.
  • Molecules
  • Periodic Table of the Elements
  • pH Scale: pH Scale showing neutral, acidic and basic
  • Subatomic particles
    • Lost an electron joke: A joke about an atom losing an electron. When an atom loses an electron, it ends up with a positive charge, which is why the joke ends with “Yeah, I’m positive…”
    • Subatomic attitudes: Shows the relative charge of each of the subatomic particles, but as related to what the same language would mean with respect to personalities.
  • Synthesis and Degradation: Synthesis is the bonding of monomers to create polymers. Degradation is the breaking of bonds within a polymer to create monomers.

Survey of Organic Chemistry Lab Manual (CC-BY-NC-SA) by opencod (?)

Organic Chemistry experiments.


Breaking Barriers: Diversity and Equity in Chemistry by Alex Meier, John Kaiser, Shuai Sun (CC-BY-NC)

This book aims to challenge that perception by introducing readers to minority chemists, their research, and the ways in which their work is related to topics taught in general chemistry courses. By exploring the lives and research of chemists who come from diverse backgrounds, we hope to showcase the importance of diverse perspectives in the advancement of the field and inspire a new generation of scientists who embrace and promote DEI in their own work. Each chapter of this book is divided into three main sections, highlighting the personal and professional lives of these extraordinary individuals and demonstrating the impact their work has had on the field.

Chemical Group Theory (CC BY) by various

This book examines fundamentals and applications of group theory and representation theory to chemical problems involving molecules and crystalline solids.

This is a Canadian created resourceChemistry and the Environment: A Chemistry Perspective for discussion of Environmental Issues (CC BY) by Latimer, Devin R.

This textbook designed to accompany a one-semester course in chemistry-based discussions of important environmental issues such as air pollution, the ozone layer, climate change and water quality. Chemical principles are introduced, followed by environmental ‘focus’ sections to base discussions on the scientific principles and societal intricacies of the individual topics. A student Workbook and PPT Slides are also available.

CLUE: Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything(CC-BY-NC-SA) by Melanie M. Cooper and Michael W. Klymkowsky

This textbook is a transformed general chemistry curriculum, developed by an interdisciplinary team of a chemist and a molecular biologist, that aims to bring about evidence-based change in general chemistry. General Chemistry is a gateway course for many students intending on careers in scientific, engineering, and health care-related disciplines. While there have been many attempts to improve the outcomes for these students, little has changed over the past 60 years. Recent transformation efforts have focused primarily on incorporating student engagement techniques into the course, rather than considering what it is that is important for students to learn. CLUE is different. CLUE was developed using a design research approach that focuses on scaffolded progressions around four core ideas: structure and properties, bonding and interactions, energy, and change and stability. The course emphasizes causal mechanistic reasoning in order to help students move beyond knowing that, to knowing how and knowing why chemical phenomena occur.

Concept Development Studies in Chemistry (CC BY) by John S. Hutchinson

“Concept Development Studies in Chemistry” is an online textbook for an Introductory General Chemistry course. Each module develops a central concept in Chemistry from experimental observations and inductive reasoning. This approach complements an interactive or active learning teaching approach.

Chemistry LibreTexts (CC BY-NC-SA) by various.

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on chemistry subjects.

Introductory Chemistry   (CC-BY-NC-SA) by David W. Ball and Jessie A. Key

The goal of this textbook is not to make you an expert. True expertise in any field is a years-long endeavor. Here I will survey some of the basic topics of chemistry. This survey should give you enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in everyday life and, if necessary, prepare you for additional instruction in chemistry.

Introductory Chemistry (CC BY-NC-SA) by David W. Ball

This books surveys some of the basic topics of chemistry. This survey should give you enough knowledge to appreciate the impact of chemistry in everyday life and, if necessary, prepare you for additional instruction in chemistry. Throughout each chapter, two features are presented that reinforce the theme of the textbook: chemistry is all around you. The first is a feature titled, appropriately, “Chemistry Is Everywhere.” “Chemistry Is Everywhere” focuses on the personal hygiene products that you may use every morning: toothpaste, soap, and shampoo, among others. This feature makes it clear that chemistry is, indeed, everywhere. The other feature focuses on chemistry that you likely indulge in every day: eating and drinking. In the “Food and Drink App,” it is explained how the chemistry of the chapter applies to things that you eat and drink every day. These two features allow us to see the things we interact with every day in a new light—as chemistry.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry (CC-NC-SA) by Steven Langdon

Organic Chemistry I (CC by-NC-SA) by Xin Liu

An open textbook that is suitable for the first semester of Organic Chemistry. Basic concepts of the structures and reactivities of organic molecules are covered in this open textbook. Besides the fundamental discussions of organic acids-bases, stereochemistry, IR and NMR, this book also includes the topics of substitution and elimination reactions, radical substitution of alkanes, preparation and reactions of alkenes and alkynes.


Chemistry Videos (CC BY)

The following three training videos were produced by the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) with an OER Grant from BCcampus Open Education.

  1. pH meter and electro-conductivity (EC) meter training
  2. Ion Chromatography Training
  3. Microwave Digester Training

Media Attributions

This chapter is adapted from Chemistry in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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