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Gen. Chemistry For Engineers CHEM-1410
CHEM 1410 is a course designed for engineering majors which will incorporate the major concepts and principles of both CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412. Applications of these principles will be emphasized. The major areas which will be covered are: Matter and energy relationships, structure of matter, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.
Prerequisites: Math 1314 with a grade of "C" or higher or an SAT math score of 550 or higher or an ACT math score of 22 or higher.
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.
- Classify atoms, molecules and compounds
- Describe the characteristics of matter, measurements, and calculations in chemistry.
- Understand the atomic nature of matter: electrons and nuclei, the elements, ions.
- Demonstrate the representation and naming ionic and molecular compounds.
- Demonstrate the mole concept of matter, mass-mole conversions, determining chemical formulas, aqueous solutions.
- Interpret chemical equations to determine yields of chemical reactions, percent yields, the limiting reactant, excess reactants, and reactions involving solutions.
- Discuss the behavior of both ideal and real gases and reactions involving gases.
- Understand the properties of electrons, quantum theory and quantum numbers, shapes of atomic orbitals, and chemical periodicity.
- Discuss ionic and covalent bonding, electronegativity and polarity.
- Draw Lewis structures and use VSEPR theory and Valence Bond theory to describe molecules.
- Summarize the properties and behavior of solids and liquids.
- Describe the energy changes of chemical reactions.
- Illustrate how energy, entropy and free energy affect the spontaneity of chemical processes.
- Understand the field of chemical kinetics applied to reaction mechanisms and rates of reaction.
- Demonstrate the principles of chemical equilibrium.
- Describe the different types of electrochemical cells.
Textbook: Chemistry for Engineering Students, 2nd Edition, Lawrence S. Brown & Thomas A. Holme, Thomson Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010.
Lab Manual:General Chemistry for Engineers 1410 Lab Manual, Steve J. Rathbone, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2012.
Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage; www.cengage.com/OWL
Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)
Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (Optional)
Student Solution Manual and Study Guide, Steve Rathbone, Cengage Learning 2006. (Optional)
Exams are a requirement. There will be 4 exams worth 100 points each given about as indicated in the attached schedule. Each of the exams will include all of the material covered through that stage of the course, i.e., all exams are comprehensive. The lowest of the four exam grades will be dropped. Format of the exams will vary. Make up exams will be allowed in exceptional situations at my discretion, but only if taken before the graded exam is returned to the class. The final exam is comprehensive worth 150 points.
Laboratory Experiments are a requirement. The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade. We have 9 labs scheduled. You will be graded on your lab report. Lab reports will be due at the beginning of the next class period after the lab is completed. The lowest of the lab grades will be dropped. You will lose 5 points per class period for labs turned in late.
Quizzes are a requirement. There will be a number of quizzes given during the year. There will be no make-up offered for quizzes. The lowest of the quiz grades will be dropped.
Homework is a requirement. There will be 4 assignments due during the semester worth 5 points each. Homework collection and grading will be handled by the online OWL system. A code must be purchased in order to access this system. Further instructions and due dates are given at the website.
Eye protection is a requirement. Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during laboratories. Appropriate eye protection for this class will be safety glasses with side shields.
Grades will be calculated in the following manner:
Lecture Points Possible:
Exams (4 exams @ 100 pts. ea.) 300 pts.
Comprehensive Final 150 pts.
Homework 20 pts.
Quizzes 30 pts
Total Lecture Points 500 pts.
Lecture accounts for 75 % of the final Course Grade
Laboratory accounts for 25 % of the final Course Grade
The grading scale will be:
Course Grade ≥ 90 % = A
Course Grade ≥ 80 % = B
Course Grade ≥ 70 % = C
Course Grade ≥ 60 % = D
Course Grade < 60 % = F
Blinn College Policies
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.
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:
- 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);
- representing the College District at an official institutional function;
- high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
- 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.
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
Final Grade Appeal
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.