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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry II CHEM-1412

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_305 CRN-11419
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/25/2013

Meeting Times

TR: 9:10am – 10:25am Lecture, 10:35pm – 11:50am Laboratory

Contact Information

Instructor:           Lee Don Bienski

Office:                                  S-231                    

Office Hours:     MW 10:00-11:30am, TR 3:30pm-4:00pm, or by appointment

Telephone:        Office (979) 209-7263

Email:                   [email protected] or via eCampus


Chemical equilibrium; phase diagrams and spectrometry; acid-base concepts; thermodynamics; kinetics; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; an introduction to organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry. The laboratory experiments are designed to support theoretical principles presented in lecture and include an introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, chemical instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and the preparation of laboratory reports.


Prerequisites: CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


  1. State the characteristics of liquids and solids, including phase diagrams and spectrometry.
  2. Articulate the importance of intermolecular interactions and predict trends in physical properties.
  3. Identify the characteristics of acids, bases, and salts, and solve problems based on their quantitative relationships.
  4. Identify and balance oxidation-reduction equations, and solve redox titration problems.
  5. Determine the rate of a reaction and its dependence on concentration, time, and temperature.
  6. Apply the principles of equilibrium to aqueous systems using LeChatelier’s Principle to predict the effects of concentration, pressure, and temperature changes on equilibrium mixtures.
  7. Analyze and perform calculations with the thermodynamic functions, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy.
  8. Discuss the construction and operation of galvanic and electrolytic electrochemical cells, and determine standard and nonā€standard cell potentials.
  9. Define nuclear decay processes.
  10. Describe basic principles of organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry.
  11. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
  12. Use basic apparatus and chemicals with proper laboratory techniques and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
  13. Make a detailed written laboratory report that includes careful recording of accurate experimental observations, interpretations of experimental data, and the presentation of logical conclusions according to theoretical principles with supporting references.
  14. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry and chemical instrumentation.



Textbook: Chemistry, 6th Edition, McMurry-Fay; Pearson – Prentice Hall, 2012.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1412 Laboratory Manual, 4th Edition, Beverly A. Clement, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2013.

Online Homework: Mastering Chemistry; Pearson – Prentice Hall;

Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (Optional)

Study Guide (0-321-72724-X) by Julie Klare, Gwinnett Technical College (Optional)

General Chemistry – The Official Guide, American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education (Optional)



Textbook: Chemistry, 5th Edition, Brady-Senese.

Lab Manual: Labworks Volume 1, Joseph R. Crook (Out of print), Kinetic Blues (Small Scale Chemistry) (The selected labs will be distributed as handouts.)

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage; (Optional)

Course Requirements

Quizzes:  Unannounced quizzes will be given.  It will not be possible to offer makeup quizzes for those that are missed in that the quizzes are an extension of lecture discussion and continue the dialog between instructor and student.


Homework is a requirement. 

There will be 4 graded assignments due during the semester worth approximately  15 points each set (60 pts. Maximum total).  In addition, an introductory assignment will be assigned.  Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:

• Homework is turned in on time

• The assignment is complete

• The answers are correct

Homework collection and grading will be handled by MasteringChemistry, an online homework system.  Details of how to register and course codes will be announced in class


Laboratory work is a requirement.    There are 12 Laboratory graded laboratory experiments scheduled for this semester. 


Lab Safety is a requirement: Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during lab.  Appropriate eye protection will be

1.  Safety goggles (required for contact lenses)

2.  OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields 


Please note that only safety goggles give reasonable protection in all laboratory situations.   Covering the forehead or hair with goggles does not count as eye protection.  It is mandatory that the shoes or boots worn to lab cover the feet and toes.  If the goggles are taken off during lab or inappropriate footwear is worn, the student will be asked to leave.    Do not forget to wear appropriate footwear (see attendance policy), it will be checked at the beginning of lab.


Clothing worn to lab must cover the skin from the neck to below the knees and shirts must have sleeves OR a coat may be worn over the clothing.


Grading will be based on a point system as follows:

Four Major Exams                      100 points each (400 total)

Quizzes and Homework               90 points

Labs, Lab Exams, Lab Quizzes  250 points

Homework                                     60 points

Comprehensive Final                  200 points


Total                                          1000 points


The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:


A = 90-100%             mastery of course material

B = 80-89%                                “

C= 70-79%                                 “

D= 60-69%                                 “

F= less than 59%                      “


The lab grade for an experiment has 3 components:  the Pre-Lab, the Data/Report section, and the Post-Lab.  For a 18 point Lab score 5 points are allotted to the Pre-Lab, 5 points to the Post-Lab, and 8 points are allotted to the Data/Report section.  The Pre-Lab must be turned in at the start of the lecture period to receive any points.  The Data/Report and the Post-Lab must be turned in a week (approx. 2 class meetings) after the lab is completed.  Points will be deducted to Reports and Post-Labs turned in late.  Reports turned in later than 6 class meetings after the lab is completed will not be graded.  Note that the lab grade is 25% of the total grade.  


Lab Exams: Two lab exams are scheduled this semester.  Each Lab Exam is worth 25 points.  

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Exam Procedures

During exams there are some special rules to insure fairness.  If you must leave the room for any reason, you must turn in your exam.  Please visit the restroom, if required, before you receive your exam.  Restroom breaks are not allowed.  Usually you will be expected to place any personal belongings such as books, and backpacks against the wall and away from your desk.  Using your cell phone is not allowed.   If your cell phone is visible during your exam, the exam will be taken up.  Programmable calculators are not allowed.

All exams are closed book exams.  No notes may be used on the exams.  All necessary information will be supplied.

Bring a scantron for each exam since most or all of the exam will be multiple choice questions.  Mark all of your answers on the exam as well as the scantron before turning in the exam.  Should there be questions concerning accuracy of scantron grading, the answers given on the exam are the only ones that will be graded.


Laboratory Conduct:  The students work in teams (two students per one team).  In no case will you allowed to work in a group consisting of more than 3 students. Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection:  safety goggles (required for contact lenses), or OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields). The students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes in the lab.  Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the performed experiment and  will automatically result in grade zero for this lab.  The students are expected to practice safe lab procedures and to clean up the working lab area and equipment before leaving the lab.  Failure to clean up your lab area and equipment will result in loss of points (50%).


Guide to Answering Post Lab Questions:

  1.  Most post lab questions are designed to test your understanding of the experiment and the calculations.
  2. When a question asks what happens to the results, it is asking about the final, calculated results or answer, not the data.  However in order to answer the question about the results you must first consider what happens to the data and explain that.
  3. If the question is about the (calculated) result, then first explain what goes wrong with the measurement; then describe whether this makes the final answer too high or too low, etc.  To receive credit for the answer, you must explain why.  Simply putting “too High” or “too Low” will not receive any points.

Answering by saying “you must repeat the experiment” or “the data are off” will receive zero points

Extra Credit Policies:  In most semesters extra credit projects are requested as the semester progresses.  If any extra credit projects are announced this semester they will be available to all students equally and they are not mandatory.  A grading scale will be announced that will be a reflection of the effort put into an extra credit project.


    Tentative Schedule


     DATE           Meeting #              LECTURE                                  EXPERIMENT     





Intro. to   Chem, Solutions

Safety   Video, Safety Quiz



Solutions,   Colligative Properties, Thermo Review






Colligative   Properties/ Rates of Reaction

Lab 21



Reaction   Order

Lab 22








Lab 23



Exam 1




Chemical   Equilibrium I




Chemical   Equilibrium II




Acid and   Base Equilibria

Lab 24





Acid and   Base Equilibria

Lab 25



Buffers and   Buffer Solutions




Solubility   and Ksp




Other   Equilibria




Exam 2

Lab Exam 1




Lab 26








Lab 27



Nernst   Equation




Thermo and   Electrochem





Exam 3

Lab 29



Coordination   Compounds

Lab Exam II



Coordination   Compounds/

Nuclear   Chemistry




Nuclear   Chemistry

Lab 30



Nuclear Chemistry




Organic   Chemistry: Nomenclature

Lab 31



Organic   Chemistry

Lab 32





Exam 4





Lab Exam 2



Final Exam: 7:45-9:45


It is likely that there will be several revisions to the Lab and Lecture Schedule as the semester progresses.