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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM


Introductory Chemistry I CHEM-1405

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_305 CRN-20745

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 04/22/2014



Meeting Times


Class 2:50 pm - 4:05 pm TR H - Building H207 Jan 13, 2014 - May 06, 2014 Combined Lecture/Lab  
Class 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm TR Science Building S218 Jan 13, 2014 - May 06, 2014 Combined Lecture/Lab

Contact Information


Instructor:  Ms. Vicki Amszi

          Email: Vicki.amszi@blinn.edu

          Office: S117

         Phone:  979-209-8278

         Office hours:  Tues & Thurs 11:00 - 12:00

Description


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.

Outcomes


  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.

Materials


Bryan

Textbook: Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 7th Edition, Zumdahl & DeCoste, 2010.

Lab Manual: Introductory Chemistry 1405 Laboratory Manual, 2nd Edition, by Chammi S. Miller and Beverly Clement.

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage; www.cengage.com/OWL

Lab Notebook: 8 ½” x 11” carbonless copy perforated pages

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

Safety Equipment: safety goggles (OSHA approved,  REQUIRED), aprons (optional)

 

 

 

Course Requirements


  • Chemistry 1405 will cover chapters 1-16, and 19 of the text plus additional material presented in the lecture. This is a 4 credit hour course.  Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work. 
  • Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the class. Attendance will be taken to comply with financial aid requirements and BlinnCollege attendance policy.
  • Cell phones are to be turned off for both the lecture and the lab. 
  • All students are given an email account at registration.  I will use this account to communicate with you as needed.  Get in the habit of checking this account regularly.
  • There will be 4 major exams that may consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions.  The final is cumulative and entirely objective.

 

Lecture:

Lecture will be from 2:50-4:05PM in H207. During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. Not all material in the text may be covered in lecture.  Students will be responsible for all assigned material.A short amount of time will be allocated to answering questions and solving problems.

 

Laboratory:

The lab will be held from 4:15-5:30PM in S218. The lab work consists of selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class. All laboratory exercises will be completed in the laboratory classroom and will be due at the conclusion of the laboratory class period. Please Note: Students will be dismissed from the laboratory if they fail to follow safety procedures, fail to wear protective eye wear at all times, or wear clothing inappropriate for the laboratory.

 

Help:   

It is easy to fall behind and become overwhelmed by the work.  Students should make every attempt to keep up and stay current with the instruction in the lecture.  Every student should feel free to schedule an appointment for help.  There are also free tutors and computerized tutorials available in the LearningCenter.

Evaluation


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1. Major Exams:  There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam.  Exams can include multiple choice and short answer questions.   The lowest exam grade will be dropped.  In the event of absence, this will be the dropped exam grade. There will be no makeup exams.
  2. Laboratory Exercises: The laboratory portion of Chemistry 1410 will include approximately 11 exercises designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the class.  All laboratory exercises will be completed during the laboratory period with lab reports due at the beginning of the next lecture class period. Absence from a laboratory class period for which a laboratory exercise is scheduled will result in a grade of zero for the laboratory exercise.  Due to limitations on laboratory class time and availability, no make-up laboratory exercises will be offered. The lab exam will be given around mid semsester and may include any information covered in the lab sessions.

  3. Homework: Homework related to each of the topics covered in the lecture portion of the class will be periodically assigned. All homework assignments handled by the Online Web-Based Learning (OWL) System. An account password as soon as possible and login to begin. 

    Further instructions are given at the website: http://owl.cengage.com. 

    Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:
    1. homework is completed on time;
    2. assignment is complete;
    3. answers are correct.

    Failure to submit homework assignments before the due dates will result in a grade of zero for the homework assignment.

  4. Quizzes

    There will be one quiz per chapter.  The quizzes will be given in the Online Web-Based Learning (OWL) System.  Under each chapter in the End of Chapter questions and Self Assessment area is a Self Assessment.  This will count as one quiz grade for each chapter.  Be sure to check the calendar in OWL weekly for assignment due dates.

  5. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course.   

Point Distribution:     

                      

4 Major Exam 300 points
Lab Reports 200 points 
Lab Exam   50 points 
Homework  100 points 

Quizzes

150 points 
Final Exam 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%                      “

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 www.blinn.edu/disability/index.html.

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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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


Course Policies:                                      

Chemistry 1410 will cover chapters 1-16, 19 and additional material presented in the lecture. This is a 4 credit hour course.  Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work. 

Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the class. Attendance will be taken to comply with financial aid requirements and Blinn College attendance policy.

Cell phones are to be turned off for both the lecture and the lab. 

All students are given an email account at registration.  I will use this account to communicate with you as needed.  Get in the habit of checking this account regularly. I will also use ecampus to post announcements.  I will post grades in ecampus also, but these will not be your official grades, only for you information.

There will be 4 major exams that may consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions. The lowest exam grade will be dropped.  No makeup exams will be given.   The final is cumulative and entirely objective.

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.  The last day to Q drop a course this semester is April 11, 2014.

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 request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, dbohlmeyer@blinn.edu.

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

Schedule


Course Content:

                                                                                                                                                                                   

Date:               Lecture:         Topic                           Assignment                                   Lab:                                              Assignment

1/14     Introduction                                                                                      Introduction

1/16     Chapter 1         Chemistry: An Introduction     Chap 1 Hmwk                 Experiment 1

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1/21      Chapter 2        Measurements & Calculations   Chap 2 Hmwk                 Experiment 2           PstLab 1, PreLab 2

1/23     Chapter 3         Matter                                      Chap 3 Hmwk              Experiment 3          PstLab 2, PreLab 3    

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1/28      Chapter 4        Elements Atoms & Ions           Chap 4 Hmwk                   Experiment 4         PstLab 3 ,PreLab 4

1/30       Chapter 4       Elements Atoms & Ions                                               Exam 1 Review        PstLab 4

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2/4        EXAM 1                     Chap 1,2,3,4 Hmwk Due                                       Chapter 5

2/6       Chapter 5         Nomenclature                          Chap 5 Hmwk             Nomenclature Handout           

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2/11     Chapter 6         Chemical Reactions                 Chap 6 Hmwk                          

2/13     Chapter 7         Aqueous Reactions                  Chap 7 Hmwk             Chapter 7          

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2/18     Chapter 8         Chemical Composition              Chap 8 Hmwk             Experiment 5              PreLab 5 Due

2/20     Chapter 9         Chemical Quantities                 Chap 9 Hmwk             Exam 2 Review           PstLab 5 Due

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2/25     EXAM 2                      Chap 5,6,7,8,9 Hmwk Due                                             Experiment 6                 PreLab 6 Due

2/27     Chapter 10       Energy                                    Chap 10 Hmwk           Chapter 10                  PstLab 6 Due

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3/4        Chapter 10       Energy                                                               Chapter 10

3/6       Chapter 11       Modern Atomic Theory             Chap 11 Hmwk             Experiment 11             PreLab 11 Due

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3/11     Spring Break

3/13     No Classes

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3/18     Chapter 11       Modern Atomic Theory                                                Chapter 11               PstLab 11 Due

 3/20     Chapter 12       Chemical Bonding                   Chap 12 Hmwk           Chemical Bonding Handout

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3/25     Chapter 12       Chemical Bonding                                                       Experiment 10           PreLab 10 Due

3/27     Chapter 12      Chemical Bonding                                                       Exam 3 Review           PstLab 10 Due

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4/1       EXAM 3                      Chap 10,11,12 Hmwk Due                                                 Experiment 8                 PreLab 8 Due  

4/3       Chapter 13       Gases                                       Chap 13 Hmwk           Chapter 13                  PstLab 8 Due

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4/8            Chapter 14       Liquids & Solids                      Chap 14 Hmwk           Experiment 9              PreLab 9 Due  

4/10     Chapter 14       Liquids & Solids                      Chap 15 Hmwk                  Chapter 15               PstLab 9 Due              

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4/15     Chapter 15       Solutions                                 Chap 16 Hmwk                       Chapter 16

 4/17     Chapter 19       Nuclear Chemistry                                                         Nuclear Energy Handout

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4/22     Chapter 19       Nuclear Energy                                                              Review exam 4        

4/24     Chapter 20       Organic Chemistry                                                         Lab Exam

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4/29     EXAM 4                      Chap 13,14,15,19  Hmwk Due                                                   Experiment 12       PreLab 12 Due

5/1       Final Exam Review                                                                                                        PstLab 12 Due

 

5/6       FINAL EXAM                        12:45 – 2:45                Rm H-207

 

 The last day to Q drop a course this semester is April 11, 2014.