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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_315 CRN-20781
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/17/2014

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

Txt only phone number: 347.709.2436

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, H256
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, H256


and other times by appt


Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences, health sciences, and engineering; topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodicity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, properties of gases, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. The laboratory experiments are designed to support theoretical principles presented in lecture and include an introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and the preparation of laboratory reports.


Prerequisites: MATH1314 or MATH 1414 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. Define the fundamental properties of matter.
  2. Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions.
  3. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.
  4. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table.
  5. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
  6. Solve stoichiometric problems.
  7. Write chemical formulas.
  8. Write and balance equations.
  9. Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds.
  10. Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions.
  11. Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems.
  12. Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions.
  13. Convert units of measure and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills.
  14. Use basic apparatus and chemicals with proper laboratory techniques and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
  15. Make a detailed written laboratory report that includes careful recording of accurate experimental observations, interpretations of experimental data, and the presentation of logical conclusions according to theoretical principles with supporting references.
  16. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry.


Textbook: Chemistry, 6th Edition, McMurry-Fay; Pearson – Prentice Hall, 2012.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1411 Laboratory Manual 4th Edition, Beverly A. Clement, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2013.

Online Homework: Mastering Chemistry; Pearson – Prentice Hall;

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

Safety Equipment: full-face safety goggles, aprons (optional)

eInstruction CPS RF clickers

General Chemistry-Official Study Guide by ACS; ISBN 0-9708042-0-2 (Optional)

Course Requirements

•Reading the book is a requirement. Reading quizzes will be given for point credit.

•Homework is a requirement. An access code must be purchased in order to use the online homework system.

•Exams are a requirement. There will be five exams. Each exam will be cumulative to that point in the semester.

•The final exam is a requirement. It is comprehensive, all multiple-choice.

•The laboratory final is a requirement.

•Laboratory experiments are a requirement. The 10 best experiment scores will count toward your grade.

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. 

•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. Begin summarizing where the lab manual 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 and questions.

•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 and questions.

•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. 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 and questions. 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 and questions.

•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 wet labs. If you are late to a wet lab, you will NOT be allowed to participate in lab and will receive 0 points for the postlab report and questions.

Postlab reports and questions 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 and questions 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 and questions.

•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 and questions.

Prelab questions and postlab report forms and questions must be turned in individually (i.e., each student must complete an assignment).


Grades will be calculated in the following manner:

Exams (5 exams)                               40.0%

Reading Quizzes (11 quizzes)               5.0%

Comprehensive Final                           20.0%

0nline Homework                                10.0%

Experiments (10 best)                         15.0%

Laboratory Final                                  10.0%

Total Course Points                            100.0%


The range of each letter grade is strictly as follows: 

Total Course Percentage ≥ 90.0% = A

Total Course Percentage ≥ 80.0% = B

Total Course Percentage ≥ 70.0% = C

Total Course Percentage ≥ 60.0% = D

Total Course Percentage < 60.0% = 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


Class and Lab Behavior Rules:

1. Never talk on a cell phone in a classroom or lab room.

2. The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited at all times on Blinn College campus.

3. 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.

4. If a student is late to lecture, he or she should enter the classroom in such a way that does not disrupt class.

5. Students who are late to lab are not allowed to participate in lab.

6. Students should never begin an experiment until they are told to do so.

7. 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 request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected]

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 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 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.

Late work:  Hard copy (not online) work is considered late if it is not turned in with all other work at the first minute 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:

•Realize that college is not high school. You will have to study to pass and you will have to study much more to get an A.

•Realize that your learning is your responsibility and no one else’s. As your instructor, I can help you to learn but I cannot learn it for you.

•Read all chapters before they are covered in class.

•Understand all laboratory responsibilities so points are not lost unnecessarily.

•Come to office hours with any questions.

•Email the instructor at [email protected] 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.

•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.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

Last day to drop classes w/a “Q”- Spring 2014: Friday April 11th


Tue, Jan 14, 2014/Introduction to Class/Introduction to Lab

Thu, Jan 16, 2014/Ch 1 Chemistry: Matter and Measurement/Safety Training

Tue, Jan 21, 2014/Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions/Exp 1 Math

Thu, Jan 23, 2014/Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions/Practice Test/Review

Tue, Jan 28, 2014/Exam 1 (Pt. 1)/Exam 1 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Jan 30, 2014/Ch 3 Formulas, Equations, and Moles/Exp 2 (Density)

Tue, Feb 4, 2014/Ch 3 Formulas, Equations, and Moles/Exp 3 (Epsom Salt)

Thu, Feb 6, 2014/Ch 3/Ch 4 Reactions/Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds.)

Tue, Feb 11, 2014/Ch 4 Reactions/Cont. Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds.)

Thu, Feb 13, 2014/Ch 4 Reactions/Practice Test/Review

Tue, Feb 18, 2014/Exam 2 (Pt. 1)/Exam 2 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Feb 20, 2014/Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure/Exp 5 (ID Unknown Metals)

Tue, Feb 25, 2014/Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure/Exp 6 Atomic Spectra

Thu, Feb 27, 2014/Ch 6 Ionic Bonds…/Practice Test/Review

Tue, Mar 4, 2014/Exam 3 (Pt. 1)/Exam 3 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Mar 6, 2014/Ch 7 Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure/Exp 8 (Alum)

Tue, Mar 11, 2014/Spring Break/Spring Break

Thu, Mar 13, 2014/Spring Break/Spring Break

With new instructor…//

Tue, Mar 18, 2014/Ch 7 Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure/Cont. Exp 8 (Alum)

Thu, Mar 20, 2014/Ch 7/Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy/Exp 11 (Lewis Structures)

Tue, Mar 25, 2014/Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy/Exp 12 (Hess' Law)

Thu, Mar 27, 2014/Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy/Practice Test/Review

Tue, Apr 1, 2014/Exam 4 (Pt. 1)/Exam 4 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Apr 3, 2014/Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior/Exp 7 (Activity Series)

Tue, Apr 8, 2014/Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior/Exp 9 (Acid/Base)

Thu, Apr 10, 2014/Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior/Exp 10 (Redox Titration)

Tue, Apr 15, 2014/Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes/Exp 13 (Mass Mg)

Thu, Apr 17, 2014/Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes/Lab Final

Tue, Apr 22, 2014/Ch 18 Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Water/Practice Test/Review

Thu, Apr 24, 2014/Exam 5 (Pt. 1)/Exam 5 (Pt. 2)

Tue, Apr 29, 2014/Practice Test/Review/

Fri, May 2, 2014/Final Exam from 7:45 am to 9:45 am in H207