This chapter provides a review of material covered in a standard freshman general-chemistry course (such as Athabasca University's Chemistry 217/ 218) through a discussion of the following topics:
- the differences between organic and inorganic chemistry.
- the shapes and significance of atomic orbitals.
- electron configurations.
- ionic and covalent bonding.
- molecular orbital theory.
- the structure and geometry of the compounds methane, ethane, ethylene and acetylene.