General Chemistry 2 — Open & Free

General Chemistry 2 is a highly interactive and engaging course that covers all topics typical of second semester General Chemistry. The course includes a multitude of formative practice problems that are scaffolded and include detailed feedback. Learn about Open & Free OLI courses by visiting the “Open & Free features” tab below.


This course is intended for Majors and is adapted from OpenStax Chemistry with many additions and modifications including: activities with PHeT simulations; problem sets that revolve around real-world scenarios; interactive examples; simulations, instructor-led videos demonstrating problem solving methods; animations; and more.  The course is highly interactive and engaging, designed in a logical flow that transitions smoothly between small amounts of expository text, worked examples, activities, interactives, simulations, and other media.

Adhering to OLI philosophy, this course provides immediate and detailed feedback for its many formative assessment activities, appropriate scaffolding, and clearly aligned learning objectives. General Chemistry 1 covers all content typically covered in the first semester of a college course.

Open & Free features

Open & Free Courses

  • Open & Free OLI courses enable independent learners to study a subject on their own terms, at their leisure. Courses are:

    • Self-guided.
    • Self-paced.
    • Self-supported.
  • Open & Free courses include only the learning materials:

    • No teacher.
    • No tests.
    • No college credit.
    • No certificate of completion.
  • *If your teacher gave you a Course Key, do not use an Open & Free course because your teacher will never see your work.

Learning objectives by module

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What students will learn

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Course assessments, activities, and outline

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Other course details

Spring 2020

Adapted from OpenStax Chemistry by Sandra Raysor with contributions from David Yaron and Mark Blaser.

System requirements

OLI system requirements, regardless of course:

  • internet access
  • an operating system that supports the latest browser update
  • the latest browser update (Chrome recommended; Firefox, Safari supported; Edge and Internet Explorer are supported but not recommended)
  • pop-ups enabled
  • cookies enabled

Some courses include exercises with exceptions to these requirements, such as technology that cannot be used on mobile devices.

This course’s system requirements:

  • A full desktop operating system, such as Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Flash
  • Java
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