Open Educational Resources and Chemistry

 The curated collection of resource shared here have been organized into three categories:

  • OER textbooks for the course
  • Other OER for the course
  • Free, but copyright-protected resources for the course

Within each of these three categories, resources are listed from most relevant to least relevant for each course. When two items have similar relevance for the course, the more recent resource is listed first.

Resources for all Chemistry Courses

Open Educational Resources

Free Copyright-protected Resources

Selected activities from Chem Ed Xchange

The Division of Chemical Education, Inc. of the American Chemical Society holds the copyright for all content on the Chem Ed X website. Instructors are allowed to use the activities for their classrooms. The activities can be used to supplement a text with specific concepts. Several activities adapted for remote classrooms are available.

Chemistry 100 – Chemistry and Society (C-ID CHEM 100)

OER Textbooks for Chemistry 100

Chemistry and Global Awareness (Gordon, 2019) (CC BY-NC-SA) This text covers underlying chemistry for topical subjects in society.

Additional OER for Chemistry 100

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Free Copyright-protected Resources for Chemistry 100

Chemistry 101 – Introduction to Chemistry (C-ID CHEM 101)

OER Textbooks for Chemistry 101

Additional OER for Chemistry 101

Free Copyright-protected Resources for Chemistry 101

Chemistry 102 – Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry (C-ID CHEM 102)

OER Textbooks for Chemistry 102

Introduction to Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological (Ball et al.; 2012); Introduction to Chemistry: General, Organic, and Biological (Ball et al.; 2012) – LIbreTexts (CC BY-NC-SA)
This text includes content for both the Chemistry 101 and Chemistry 102 C-ID descriptors. The text provides end-of-chapter problems.

Additional OER for Chemistry 102

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Free Copyright-protected Resources for Chemistry 102

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Resources for Environmental Chemistry (C-ID CHEM 105) and Environmental Chemistry with Lab (C-ID CHEM 106 B)

Resources for General Chemistry for Majors (C-ID CHEM 110 and 120 S)

Chemistry 140 – Survey of Chemistry and Physics (C-ID CHEM 140)


OER Textbooks for Chemistry 140


None identified. It may be possible to use resources listed under C-ID CHEM 100 and C-ID CHEM 101 for the course. But these resources do not cover some topics listed in the course description. Specifically, topics in “Motions, Forces, and Energy”, “Electricity and Magnetism”, and “Waves and Light” are not fully covered in these texts.

Additional OER for Chemistry 140

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Free Copyright-protected Resources for Chemistry 140

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Resources for Organic Chemistry for Majors (C-ID CHEM 150 and 160 S)

This page last updated April 27, 2022.