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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Introductory Chemistry II CHEM-1407

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-20746
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/09/2014

Meeting Times

Tuesday/Thursday 7:45-10:25

Lecture 7:45-9:00 H207

Laboratory 9:10-10:25 S218

Contact Information

[email protected]


Office Hours:  Tuesday 1:15-3:15 or by appointment.



An introduction to the fundamentals of organic and physiological chemistry. Designed for non-science majors.

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. Evaluate the general importance of organic chemical compounds.
  2. Classify the unsaturated hydrocarbons as alkenes, alkynes or aromatics.
  3. Distinguish between reactions which are specific for alcohols, phenols and ethers.
  4. Recognize the carbonyl group and classify compounds as aldehydes or ketones.
  5. Describe the major features of carboxylic acids and esters.
  6. Describe the major functions of carbohydrates in living organisms and their uses.
  7. Analyze the general characteristics of enzymes and their role in body chemistry.
  8. Recognize amino acid structure and explain how proteins fold.
  9. Explain the flow of genetic information from DNA to protein.
  10. Classify different lipids and explain how they are metabolized in the body.



Textbook: Organic and Biochemistry for Today, 8th Edition, Seager and Slabaugh, 2014.

Lab Manual: Safety Scale Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry for Today, 8th Edition, Seager and Slabaugh, 2014. 

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Both the textbook and lab. manual can be purchased as ebooks or echapters at

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved)

Course Requirements


Chemistry 1407 covers chapters 1-14 of the text.  It 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 expected and necessary for successful completion of the class. Attendance will be taken to comply with financial aid requirements and Blinns attendance policy.

There will be 4 major in term exams. The exams will have 2 parts. The first will be an open book collaborative effort. The second will be individual and will consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions.

The final is cumulative and entirely multiple choice.




4 Major Exams      400 points

Lab Reports          240 points

Homework             90 points

Quizzes                 70 points

Final Exam           200 points

Total                 1000 points


870-1000 A

740-869   B

610-739   C

500-609   D

<499       F



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

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


Lecture will be from 7:45-9:00 in H207. During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. Questions relevant to the material under discussion will be accepted at any time during the lecture period. A short amount of time willbe allocated each period to answering questions and solving problems as needed. I do not provide copies of missed notes to students; therefore, if you miss class you must make arrangements with another student to get the notes. The powerpoints are available under my name on the Natural Sciences home page at


 The labs will be held from 9:10-10:25 in S218. The lab work consists of several selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class. . Prelabs are due at the BEGINNING of the laboratory period and are worth 5 points. The prelab will serve as the attendance indicator for the laboratory. If you come late, your prelab will not be accepted and you will be counted absent for that day. The analysis and post-lab questions are due before you leave and are worth 10 points.

There are no provisions for making up a missed lab; a missed lab will result in a zero grade unless accompanied by a valid excuse (see Make-up policy).  All labs will be done in partners; this means groups of 2. Each group must complete all of the assigned procedures and every person will submit their own report. If you do not bring your lab book, 5 points will be deducted from your lab grade for that experiment.

Laboratory rules and regulations:

There is no eating or drinking allowed in the lab.

Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during laboratory sessions. Appropriate eye protection will be:

      safety goggles (required for contact lenses)

      OSHA approved safety glasses

 Students will not be allowed in the lab with open-toed shoes. (no flip-flops)

 Clothing must cover the skin from the neck to below the knees.

 Shirts must have sleeves.

If a student comes to lab without safety glasses, with open toed shoes or wearing clothing that does not meet the above standard, they will be asked to leave and will receive a zero grade for that lab.

Student E-mail:

Students are assigned an E-mail account at registration that must be checked regularly for official Blinn communications and course information. It is accessed through myBlinn. I will be using this email address if I need to contact you.


There will be a number of short quizzes during the semester covering material from the lecture and laboratory. They will generally be given at the start of lecture period and take 5minutes. Some may be unannounced. They will be worth 10 points each. When given, quizzes will serve as the attendance indicator for that day. There will be no make up for missed quizzes.


Homework will be assigned for each chapter covered. Homework collection and grading will be handled by the Online Web-Based Learning (OWL) System. A code must be purchased in order to access this system. Further instructions are given at the website:

Make-up Policy:

A severe personal problem such as an illness or death in the family may warrant special consideration for making up certain work or turning in certain material late. All circumstances must be backed up with written documentation. If such a situation arises, it is the students responsibility to inform the instructor of the circumstances immediately via email and provide supportive documentation. Even though missed work may be accepted late, apart from the excused absences as noted under attendance, all other absences will be reported as unexcused.

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) may be dropped.  It is the students responsibility to officially drop the class if he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, secure the required signatures and return the completed form.  The last day to drop with a Q is April 11.  Failure to drop by this date could result in a QF in the course.

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 Department Coordinator [email protected] If the issue remains unresolved, you may request a meeting with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].








Jan 14

CH 1    Alkanes



Jan 16

CH 1

Safety Video



Jan 21

CH 2    Unsaturated   


Molecular Models of Hydrocarbons (sent via email)


Jan 23


18 Hydrocarbons



Jan 28

CH3     Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers

19 Reactions of Alcohols and Phenols



Jan 30

CH3        Alcohols, Phenols, Ethers



Feb 4




Feb 6

CH 4    Aldehydes and


20 Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones



Feb 11


21 Reactions of Carboxylic Acids, Amines and Amides



Feb 13

CH 5    Carboxylic Acids

               And Esters

22 The Synthesis of Aspirin and Other Esters


Feb 18


24 Synthetic Polymers



Feb 20

CH6     Amines and




Feb 25




Feb 27

CH 12 Nutrition and  

            Energy for Life     

Literature Review



Mar 4


CH7 Carbohydrates


Mar 6


26 A Study of Carbohydrates



March 10-14  SPRING BREAK

Mar 18

CH 13 Carbohydrate


Hydrolysis of Starch (sent via email) 



Mar 20

CH8 Lipids

27 Preparation of Soap by Lipid Saponification




Mar 25


28 Isolation of Natural Products: Trimyristin and Cholesterol



Mar 27




Apr 1

CH9 Proteins

CH 9 Proteins


Apr 3


29 Amino Acids and Proteins


Apr 8

CH10 Enzymes

30 Enzymes: Natures Catalysts


Apr 10




Apr 15

Literature Presentations

Literature Presentations


Apr 17

CH 11 Nucleic Acids and

            Protein Synthesis

DNA Lab (handout)


Apr 22




Apr 24




Apr 29