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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Sciences • Chemistry - CHEM

Gen. Chemistry For Engineers CHEM-1410

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-20751
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/08/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S 209


  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, S 226

Contact Information

Professor: Mr. Thomas Jose

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, H 253
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, H 253


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.


  1. Classify atoms, molecules and compounds
  2. Describe the characteristics of matter, measurements, and calculations in chemistry.
  3. Understand the atomic nature of matter: electrons and nuclei, the elements, ions.
  4. Demonstrate the representation and naming ionic and molecular compounds.
  5. Demonstrate the mole concept of matter, mass-mole conversions, determining chemical formulas, aqueous solutions.
  6. Interpret chemical equations to determine yields of chemical reactions, percent yields, the limiting reactant, excess reactants, and reactions involving solutions.
  7. Discuss the behavior of both ideal and real gases and reactions involving gases.
  8. Understand the properties of electrons, quantum theory and quantum numbers, shapes of atomic orbitals, and chemical periodicity.
  9. Discuss ionic and covalent bonding, electronegativity and polarity.
  10. Draw Lewis structures and use VSEPR theory and Valence Bond theory to describe molecules.
  11. Summarize the properties and behavior of solids and liquids.
  12. Describe the energy changes of chemical reactions.
  13. Illustrate how energy, entropy and free energy affect the spontaneity of chemical processes.
  14. Understand the field of chemical kinetics applied to reaction mechanisms and rates of reaction.
  15. Demonstrate the principles of chemical equilibrium.
  16. 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;

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)

Course Requirements

All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will include:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A minimum of 8 laboratory experiments
  3. A comprehensive final exam


Lectures and readings are designed to help you develop an understanding of the material being emphasized.  Sometimes I will ask you to read material before you come to class and other times after a lecture is delivered.  Please pay attention to announcements in class as to where you should be with the readings.


There will be 5 assignments due during the semester worth 20 points each set (100 pts. maximum).  Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:(1) Homework is turned in on time, (2) The assignment is complete and (3) The answers are correct. 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:  The deadline for each assignment is the date/time of each Lecture Exam.

Lecture Quizzes

Several opportunities will be given during the course of the semester to earn quiz credit.  This credit can take many forms, including small out-of-class projects.  Some of these quizzes will be individual and some will be group efforts.  There will be a minimum of 5 quizzes given during the semester, of which your 5 best may be counted towards your final grade.  Your score on the quizzes will contribute a maximum of 50 points toward your final course grade.


There will be 5 Lecture Exams worth 80 points each given on the days indicated in the attached schedule.  These exams may have a combination of multiple-choice questions that will be machine-graded and non-multiple choice questions that will be hand-graded. The Final Exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points. 

Laboratory Experiments

The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade. For each worksheet/experiment you will receive a total score between 0 and 10. The Lab Report must reflect information obtained by you while in the laboratory and recorded in your lab notebook. A Data Sheet from your lab notebook must be turned in before you leave; alternatively, a Lab Attendance Sheet must be signed. Lab Reports will not be accepted unless one of these has been completed for the experiment. Lab Reports must be turned in individually (i.e. each student must turn in an assignment). The Prelab Questions should be done prior to starting the experiment. Prelab Questions/Report Forms/Postlab Questions are due the day of the next lab quiz. Neatness and completeness of your data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned. Points can be deducted for materials not submitted on the date due. There will be 13 experiments performed during the semester, all of which will be counted toward the final course grade (130 pts. maximum).

Laboratory Quizzes

In addition, 4 Lab Quizzes based on laboratory material will be given during the lab period on the days indicated in the attached schedule. These laboratory quizzes are worth 30 points each.


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

  1. Three or four major exams covering the lecture material.
  2. Laboratory work, which may include quizzes or a laboratory final, represents 25% of the total grade for the class.
  3. Minor exams, quizzes and or homework assigned at the discretion of the instructor.
  4. Additional reports or projects assigned at the discretion of the instructor. 
  5. A comprehensive final exam worth no less than 20% of the total grade for the class.
  6. Participation in both class and laboratory activities will constitute a minimum of 10% of the course grade.


Lecture Points Possible:

Exams (5 exams @ 80 pts. ea.)      400 pts.

Comprehensive Final                       200 pts.

Homework (5 @ 20 pts. ea.)            100 pts.

Quiz Credit (5 best @ 10 pts. ea.)     50 pts.

Total Lecture Points                       750 pts.


Laboratory Points Possible:

Experiments (13 reports @ 10 pts. ea.)                        130 pts.

Laboratory Quizzes (4 quizzes @ 30 pts. ea.)              120 pts.

Total Laboratory Points                                                250 pts.

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

Attendance Policy Reminder

Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence. Two (2) absences count as one week's absence. Students accumulating two week's worth of absences will be dropped.

Safety Equipment Usage

Students are responsible for purchasing and correctly wearing appropriate eye protection during the lab period. Students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes any time chemicals or equipment are being moved by anyone in the laboratory. Failure to wear eye protection or appropriate footwear will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the experiment involved (this action constitutes an absence and the student will receive no points for that experiment)

Problem Resolution

If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problem or issue.  If the problem or issue cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, S 241, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
January 13
Chapter 1 Introduction to Chemistry
January 15
Chapter 1 Introduction to Chemistry

Safety Video / Quiz

January 20
January 22
Chapter 2 Atoms & Molecules

Exp. 1 Working with Density (shoes & goggles)

January 27
Chapter 2 / 3

Nomenclature Worksheet

January 29
Chapter 3 Moles & Equations

Exp. 4 Percent Copper in a Compound (shoes & goggles)

February 3
Exam 1

lab report work day

February 5
Chapter 4 Stoichiometry

Lab Quiz 1

February 10
Chapter 4 Stoichiometry

Exp. 5 Titration (shoes & goggles)

February 12
Chapter 5 Gases

lab report work day

February 17
Chapter 5 / 6

Exp. 6 Gas Laws

February 19
Chapter 6 pt. 1 Atomic Structure

lab report work day

February 24
Exam 2
February 26
Chapter 6 pt. 2 The Periodic Table

Electron Configuration Worksheet

March 3
Chapter 6 / 7

Lab Quiz 2

March 5
Chapter 7 Molecular Structure

Exp. 8 Periodic Behavior (shoes & goggles)

March 10
March 12
March 17
Chater 7 / 8

Exp. 9 pt. 1 Lewis Structures

March 19
Chapter 8 Molecules & Materials

Exp. 9 pt. 2 Molecular Geometry

March 24
Exam 3
March 26
Chapter 9 The First Law of Thermodynamics

Exp. 10 Calorimetry (shoes & goggles)

March 31
Chapter 9 / 10

lab report work day

April 2
Chapter 10 / 11

Lab Quiz 3

April 7
Chapter 11 Chemical Kinetics

Exp. 11 Rate of Reaction (shoes & goggles)

April 9
Exam 4
April 14
Chapter 12 Chemical Equilibrium

Exp. 12 Rate Law (shoes & goggles)

April 16
Chapter 12 Chemical Equilibrium

lab report work day

April 21
Chapter 12 / 13

Equilibrium Simulation Handout

April 23
Chapter 13 Electrochemistry

Exp. 14 Electrolytic Cell (shoes & goggles)

April 28
Exam 5

lab report work day

April 30
Final Exam Review

Lab Quiz 4

May 5
Final Exam

12:45 - 2:45 PM, S 209