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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_322 CRN-20790
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/15/2014

Meeting Times


  • Friday, 7:45 AM to 10:25 AM, S113


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, S218

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Lorraine M Lindsay

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, H 252
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, H 252


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: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (optional)

eInstruction CPS RF clickers

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


Course Requirements

Course Outline: Chemistry 1411 covers chapters 1-10 & 18 of the text. Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work. 


Lecture: During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. There will be assigned material that will not be covered in lecture, but that does not mean that the material is not to be covered on exams. Questions relevant to the material under discussion will be accepted at any time during the lecture period. A short amount of time will be allocated at the beginning of each period to answering student questions.  Students may not use electronic devices, other than ‘clickers’, during lecture.  Lecture outlines are available on eCampus under the ‘Lessons’ tab.  Print these off as: handouts, 4 slides /page, grayscale, no frames, landscape orientation.  Please turn all cell phone, music players and computers off during lecture.


Reading Assignments:  The syllabus lists the appropriate reading assignment that should be completed prior to lecture.  Prior reading of the material familiarizes students with the pertinent vocabulary and concepts allowing the students to gain a better understanding through lecture and practice.


Quizzes:   Short clicker quizzes will be given daily over reading assignments or lecture material. Each student’s best 10 quiz grades will be kept.


Exams: The 5 lecture exams will be composed of a combination of multiple-choice and free response questions. Responses to the multiple choice portion will be made via the eInstruction CPS RFClickers.   Only the simple scientific calculators (nonprogrammable) will be allowed. The instructor will not loan calculators to students without the appropriate calculator.  All mobile phones and electronic devices must be turned off and stowed during the exam.  Students may not leave the exam to go to the restroom.  The final exam will be comprehensive and all multiple-choice worth 200 points.  Exams missed without timely notification of the instructor will be given a grade of zero. This means you must email or phone the instructor the day of the exam.  Make-up exams will be available to those who appropriately notified the instructor of a missed exam.


Homework:  The 5onlinehomework assignments will coincide with the 5 regularly scheduled exams and be due 11:55 pm the night before the exam.   Homework will be graded based on completion of assignment (questions required for the mastery of the material).  Homework collection and grading will be handled by the Mastering Chemistry online tutorial and homework, a companion to you textbook. To access the homework you must have an access code which should come packaged with any new textbook and any used textbook from the Blinn Bookstore. Further instructions are given in the Mastering Chemistry Registration handout or at the website: .  Those acquiring used books from somewhere other than the Blinn Bookstore will need to purchase the access code online at the above URL.


Lab Work: The lab work consists of the best ten of eleven selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class.  Each lab activity is worth 15 points: 3 points for the Pre—Lab Questions, 2 points for a copy of the Data Sheet, 10 points for the Post-Lab Report and Questions.  Pre-Lab Questions, Post-Lab Reports and Post-Lab Questions are expected to be the students own work. 

To successfully perform a lab a student must:

  • Prior to entering the lab
    • Read the introductory and conceptual information pertinent to the experiment and complete the Pre-Lab Questions through eCampus the night before the lab
    • Prepare the lab notebook:
      • Write out theprocedure in bulleted format, include waste disposal
      • Copy the In-Lab Guidelines onto a fresh carbonless lab notebook page to use as your Data Sheet.
  • After completion of the experiment
    • Have the instructor initial and date both copies of  your Data Sheet and turn in one copy of the before leaving the lab
    • Complete the Post-Lab Report and Post-Lab Questions in the Lab Manual and turn these in at the next lab meeting


All calculations must organized and include equations, units and significant figures.  Answers to questions should include an explanation.

Missed Labs: Makeup labs are not available. Partial credit for Pre-lab and Post-lab questions will be given for missed labs if the student promptly emails the instructor and requests data. The lowest lab activity grade becomes bonus points.


Deadlines: All assigned work is expected to be turned in on time.   Late work may be turned in at the next class meeting for a maximum of half points earned.


Lab Quizzes will include questions on chemistry concepts and calculations involved in the experiments as well as laboratory safety and techniques.  Make-up lab quizzes are available if students notify instructor in a timely manner.


Lab Safety Protection Policy: Students are required to wear long pants and long sleeves. Closed toe shoes and appropriate safety eye wear must be worn at all times during lab procedures.  Failure to do so will result in expulsion from that laboratory experience.  Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during lab.  Appropriate eye protection will be:

1.  ANSI Z87 chemical vapor resistant safety goggles (required for contact lenses)

2.  ANSI Z87 approved safety glasses with side shields

3.  Full face safety shields

No ‘loaners’ are available.


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

Grading                                                                                  Letter Grade (typical): 

5 Major Exams (5 * 80)        =          400 points                  A     =      900 - 1000

10 Quizzes/workshops          =            50 points                  B     =          800 - 899

5 Homework (5* 20)             =          100 points                 C     =          700 - 799

10 Laboratory reports            =          150 points                 D    =          600 - 699

2 Laboratory Quizzes (2*50) =          100 points                  F     =          ≤ 599

Lecture Final Exam               =          200 points            

Total                                   =        1000 points

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

a.    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 weeks’ worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.


b.    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].


c.   Dropping the Course:  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 this semester with a Q is Friday, April 11th 2014.

d.   Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.






Lab    Topic

Lecture Topic


1/14    - 17

Ch 1 & 2

Introduction,   Safety, lab notebook Matter &   Measurement; Math Lab

Atoms & Molecules

Atoms & Molecules


1/21 - 24

Ch 3

Density lab


Mass and Chemical Reactions



1/28 - 31


Exam 1

Epsom salt Lab

Mass and Chemical Reactions

Mass and Chemical Reactions


2/4 - 7

Ch 3 & 4

Aqueous Reactions


Aqueous Reactions

Aqueous Reactions


2/11 - 14

Ch 4

Copper Lab


Exam 2



2/18 - 21

Ch 5

Precipitation Lab

Electronic Structure

Electronic Structure

Periodic Trends & Ionic Bonds


2/25 - 28

Ch 5 & 6

Reactivity of Metals Lab

Mid Term Lab Quiz

Periodic Trends & Ionic Bonds

Covalent Bond & Molecular Structure


3/4 - 7

Ch 6 & 7

Acid-Base Titration Lab


Exam 3







3/18 - 21


Lewis Structures Lab

Covalent Bond & Molecular Structure

Covalent Bond & Molecular Structure



3/25 - 28

Ch 7 & 8


Hess’s Law Lab




4/1 – 4

Ch 9



Exam 4


4/8 - 11




Gas Lab


Last Day to Drop with a Q

Liquids, solids & Phase Changes

Liquids, solids & Phase Changes


4/15 - 18

Ch 10 & 18

Hydrogen and Oxygen

Final Lab Quiz



4/22 - 25


Redox Reaction Lab


Exam 5






Final Review

Final Exam