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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Introductory Chemistry I CHEM-1405

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_304 CRN-11485

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/22/2013

Meeting Times


Tuesday, Thursday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, H207


Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, S218

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Bell
Office Room: H256
Office Phone: 979.209.8606    
Txt Only: 347.709.CHEM (2436)
Office Hours: TR 9am to 1130am and by appt   


An introduction to the fundamentals and principles of chemistry as related to man's culture and environment. Designed for liberal arts and non-science majors. Cannot be substituted for CHEM 1411.

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. Recognize the symbols of the elements and distinguish between isotopes.
  2. Differentiate between nuclear fusion and fission reactions and write balanced nuclear equations. 
  3. Solve problems based on the concept of half-life. 
  4. Predict trends that occur within a group or across successive periods on the periodic table. 
  5. Identify the shapes of molecules and distinguish whether molecules are polar or non-polar. 
  6. Differentiate between intermolecular forces by strength and identify the intermolecular forces present in a collection of molecules. 
  7. Write balanced chemical equations and perform calculations based on those equations. 
  8. Differentiate between strong and weak acids and bases and calculate the pH of strong acid or base solutions. 
  9. Identify which reactants are being oxidized or reduced. 
  10. Differentiate between classes of organic compounds by functional group and name. 
  11. Describe the solution process and specify solution concentration numerically. 
  12. Describe relationships between the pressure, volume, temperature and number of moles of a gas and calculate changes in quantity when the pressure, volume or temperature of a gas is varied.


• Syllabus:  If you lose the document you’re reading now, you can download this document from Blinn’s website. Bring your print out of this document to class each day.
• Laboratory Manual: Introductory Chemistry 1405 Laboratory Manual, by Chammi S. Miller and Beverly Clement. You may buy this manual at the Blinn Bookstore. Bring your lab manual to class every day.
• Lab Notebook: Laboratory notebook containing carbonless duplicating consecutively numbered pages. Get this early because they tend to run out every semester. Only labs done in lab notebook will be accepted. You must bring your lab notebook to lab every day.
• Lab Safety:  Full-face safety goggles (not glasses) are mandatory for laboratory experiments. Students must purchase and bring their own pair of goggles to each wet laboratory experiment.
• CPS Clicker:  Purchase at area bookstores. Clickers must be registered before they can be used in class. Bring your clicker to class every day. Failure to bring your clicker will result in points being lost.
• Simple scientific calculator:  Students may not use a calculator that has a multi-line screen or extensive memory. Students may not use a cell phone as a calculator. If a student forgets the correct calculator on an exam day or lab quiz day, the student will be doing math by hand. Bring an approved calculator to class each day. The Learning Center currently provides loaner calculators in exchange for a Blinn ID.
• Online Homework:  Online Web-Based Learning (OWL) access code. A code for purchase is available at Blinn Bookstore or online.
• Textbook:  Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 7th Ed., Zumdahl & DeCoste, 2010.

Optional Material:
Lecture Notes:  Download free from your eCampus page for this course. ( or purchase hard copy at the Blinn copy center (Copy Stop Print and Postal) on the first floor of the G building.

Course Requirements

•Viewing the lecturettes or reading the chapter is a requirement. Quizzes will be given to insure required viewing or reading is completed before you come to class. Lecturette/reading quizzes will count for 125 out of 1500 possible points for the semester.
•Homework will be weighted by a total of 100 points out of 1500 possible points for the semester. Homework collection and grading will be handled by the online system. An access code must be purchased in order to access this system.
•Clickers or Classroom Response Devices will be used during class to answer questions for point credit. CPS points will be weighted by a total of 100 points out of 1500 possible points for the semester.
•Exams will be weighted by a total of 400 points out of 1500 possible points for the semester. Each exam counts for 100 points. There will be five exams; the lowest will be dropped.
•The final exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 300 points.
•Laboratory quizzes are a requirement. There will 2 lab quizzes based on laboratory material given during the lab period on the days indicated in the attached schedule. The laboratory midterm is worth 85 points and the final is worth 90 points for a total of 175 points to be counted toward your final grade.
•Laboratory experiment and worksheets are a requirement. The laboratory experiment portion of this course counts for 200 points of the final course grade. For each experiment or worksheet you will receive a total score between 0 and 20.
•Student group presentations are a requirement. Presentations are worth 100 points out of 1500 possible points for the semester.

There are several requirements for each wet laboratory experiment:

•The prelab questions are due at midnight on the day before  the experiment. These are to be completed on eCampus.  They are under the Lessons tab.
•The experimental procedure summary and its carbonless copy are due at the beginning of the lab period on the day of the experiment. The experimental procedure should be summarized in no more than one page and no less than 1/2 of a page. The experimental procedure may be found in the lab manual. Begin summarizing where it reads, “Experimental Procedure” and go all the way through (and include) the “Safety” section at the end. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab without the completed experimental procedure summary in your lab notebook and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
•The in-lab guidelines and their carbonless copy are due at the beginning of the lab period on the day of the experiment. The in-lab guidelines should be done on a new page in your lab notebook. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab without the completed in-lab guidelines and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
•You must wear appropriate lab attire to be allowed to conduct any wet experiment. Appropriate lab attire consists full face safety goggles, long pants or a long skirt, and closed toe shoes (no shorts allowed.)  Your shirt must have sleeves (no spaghetti straps, cut off sleeves, tank tops or tube tops allowed.)  Your pants or skirt must cover your calves (no capris allowed). You may bring your own lab coat to protect your clothes but the clothes under your coat must still meet lab requirements. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab if you do not wear proper lab attire and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report. If you remove your goggles from your eyes at any time during the laboratory period, you will be asked to leave immediately and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
•Each lab period during which we will conduct a wet experiment will begin with a lecture on the procedure and safety briefing. Do not be late to lab. If you are late to lab, you will NOT be allowed to participate in lab and will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
•Postlab reports are due the day of the next class at the beginning of the lecture period. You should complete these directly on the page from your lab manual. Postlab reports will not be accepted for credit unless the carbonless copy of your lab data (in-lab guidelines) from your lab notebook (signed by the instructor at the end of the preceding lab period) is turned in stapled to the postlab report. The student is responsible for obtaining the instructor’s signature on the copy of the data sheet at the end of each lab period. The postlab report form must reflect information obtained and recorded in the lab notebook by the student while in the laboratory. If the student does not staple the signed copy of the data sheet with the postlab report, he or she will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
•A student should never begin an experiment until they are told to do so. A student will know it is time to begin when the instructor asks everyone to put on his or her goggles and then says, “You may begin.” If a student is found beginning an experiment without the instructor’s verbal consent, they will be asked to leave and will receive 0 points for the postlab report.

Prelab questions (worth 10 pts) and postlab report forms (worth 10 pts) must be turned in individually (i.e., each student must turn in an assignment). Neatness and completeness of the data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned (i.e., if I cannot read it, I cannot grade it.)  Experiments and worksheets count for 200 points of your final course grade.


Grades will be calculated in the following manner:

400 points 4 exams at 100 pts each   
200 points experiment/WS       
175 points lab midterm/final       
125 points lecturette quizzes       
100 points in-class clickers       
100 points online  homework       
100 points student presentations       
300 points final exam            
1500 points total      

The range of each letter grade is strictly as follows:  
To get an A, get 1350 points
To get a B, get 1200 points
To get a C, get 1050 points
To get a D, get 900 points

Note:  If and only if you have complete 100% of the homework and are within ten points (out of 1500) of a letter grade, I will round up to that letter grade. For instance, if you do 100% of your homework, then 1340 points is an A.

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

Class and Lab Behavior Rules:
1. Never talk on a cell phone in a classroom or lab room.
2. Smart phones, laptop computers or netbooks are allowed in class or lab but must be used for class activities only.
3. The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited at all times on Blinn College campus.
4. If a student has a question, he or she should raise their hand and wait to be called on to ask it. Otherwise please do not talk.
5. If a student is late to lecture, he or she should enter the classroom in such a way that does not disrupt class.
6. Students who are late to wet labs are not allowed to participate in that lab.
7. Students should never begin an experiment until they are told to do so.
8. Students should never remove their goggles from their eyes in the lab room from the time they are told to don them until the time they are told they may remove them.

Failure to adhere to these rules could result in the student being asked to leave the classroom or laboratory room due to uncivil behavior, as per the civility protocol.

Problem Resolution:  If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should contact the Chemistry Department Coordinator, Ms. Lorraine Lindsay at  If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the Coordinator level, you should contact the Assistant Division Chair for Chemistry, Dr. Lee Don Bienski at  If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the Assistant Division Chair level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241,

Absences:  Students are expected to attend both lecture and lab and to punctually arrive at both. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class. If you miss roll call, you will be marked absent. If you arrive after roll call but before the break, and if you alert me to your presence at the break and you will be marked tardy. If you arrive after break you will be marked absent. Tardies are worth one quarter of one absence. Attendance will be checked daily in both lecture and lab. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their instructor regarding anticipated absences and to obtain any materials given out or discussed during their absence.

For an absence to be excused, the student must email or text the instructor within 48 hours of the absence to explain the absence AND meet the following criteria:
•If an absence is due to illness, the student must provide a verifiable medical doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must state that the student was too sick to attend class for each day missed; the student will only be allowed to make up work from days that their doctor’s note covers. All excused absences due to illness require paper documentation from a doctor’s office as proof.
•If an absence is due to a car accident, a copy of the police report must be provided.
•If an absence is due to a death in the family, the student must provide a copy of the obituary or a program from the funeral.
•If an absence is due to an official college or high school function, the student must provide proper documentation from the college stating this.
•If an absence is due to military service, the student must provide proper documentation from the commanding officer stating this.

Paper documentation is due on the day the student returns to class.

Make-up Work: If an absence is excused and is properly documented, a lab quiz or an exam may be made up at the Learning Center in the second floor of the library building. The student should contact the instructor via email to arrange for this. There are no make up labs for any reason at any time. Under rare circumstances and only with proper documentation, the prelab questions may be turned in for credit for a missed experiment.

Late work:  Hard copy (not online) work is considered late if it is not turned in with all other work at the beginning of the lecture period. Late work for hard copy work will not be accepted unless it is late due to an excused absence. Online assignments not completed by their posted due date will not be accepted. Online assignment due dates are listed in the syllabus and online.

How to succeed: Chemistry will probably be one of the most challenging courses in your college career. There are things that you can do to help insure your success. To be successful in college chemistry, a student should spend at least three hours studying outside of class for every hour of time spent in class. A student should also seek help with difficult concepts early and often to succeed. Here are some other ways to succeed in chemistry class:

•View all lecturettes or read all chapters before coming to class.
•Understand all laboratory responsibilities so points are not lost unnecessarily.
•Come to office hours with any questions.
•Email the instructor at with questions.
•Txt the instructor with questions to 347.709.CHEM (2436).
•Go to the Learning Center in the second floor of the library building on Blinn campus for free tutoring. Hours can be found at the Blinn College Learning Center website.
•Form a study group with your classmates and meet regularly in a quiet location conducive to productive studying.
•Private tutoring can be sought at the student’s own expense. Group rates are available from most local tutors.



Tue, Aug 27, 2013/Introduction to Class/Safety Training Pt. 1

Thu, Aug 29, 2013/Ch 2 Measurements and Calculations/Safety Training Pt. 2

Tue, Sep 3, 2013/Ch 2/Ch 3 Matter/Exp 1 (Math)

Thu, Sep 5, 2013/Ch 4 Chemical Foundations:  Elements, Atoms, and Ions/Exp 2 (Density)

Tue, Sep 10, 2013/Ch 4 Chemical Foundations:  Elements, Atoms, and Ions/Clicker Challenge

Thu, Sep 12, 2013/Exam 1 (Pt. 1)/Exam 1 (Pt. 2)

Tue, Sep 17, 2013/Ch 5 Nomenclature/Exp 3 Pt 1 (Mixtures)

Thu, Sep 19, 2013/Ch 6 Chemical Reactions:  An Introduction/Exp 3 Pt 2 (Mixtures)

Tue, Sep 24, 2013/Ch 7 Reactions in Aqueous Solutions/Clicker Challenge

Thu, Sep 26, 2013/Exam 2 (Pt. 1)/Exam 2 (Pt. 2)

Tue, Oct 1, 2013/Ch 8 Chemical Composition/Exp 4 (Naming)

Thu, Oct 3, 2013/Ch 8 Chemical Composition/Exp 5 (Rxns)

Tue, Oct 8, 2013/Ch 9 Chemical Quantities/Exp 6 (Solubility)

Thu, Oct 10, 2013/Ch 9 Chemical Quantities/Exp 7 (pH)

Tue, Oct 15, 2013/Ch 11 Modern Atomic Theory/Lab Midterm

Thu, Oct 17, 2013/Ch 11 Modern Atomic Theory/Clicker Challenge

Tue, Oct 22, 2013/Exam 3 (Pt. 1)/Exam 3 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Oct 24, 2013/Ch 12 Chemical Bonding/Exp 8 (Acid/Base)

Tue, Oct 29, 2013/Ch 12 Chemical Bonding/Exp 11 (Fireworks)

Thu, Oct 31, 2013/Ch 13 Gases/Exp 10 (Lewis Structures)

Tue, Nov 5, 2013/Ch 13 Gases/Ch 14 Liquids and Solids/Exp 9 (Gas Laws)

Thu, Nov 7, 2013/Ch 14 Liquids and Solids/Clicker Challenge

Tue, Nov 12, 2013/Exam 4 (Pt. 1)/Exam 4 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Nov 14, 2013/Ch 15 Solutions/Exp 12 (Nuclear)*

Tue, Nov 19, 2013/Ch 19 Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy/Lab Final

Thu, Nov 21, 2013/Ch 20 Organic Chemistry/Clicker Challenge

Tue, Nov 26, 2013/Exam 5 (Pt. 1)/Exam 5 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Nov 28, 2013/Holiday/Holiday

Tue, Dec 3, 2013/Student Presentations/Student Presentations

Thu, Dec 5, 2013/Clicker Challenge

Thu, Dec 12, 2013/Final Exam in Lecture Room from 12:45 to 2:45pm