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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Introductory Chemistry I CHEM-1405

  • Summer I 2014
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-30213
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/02/2014 to 06/30/2014
  • Modified 06/01/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:45 PM to 3:40 PM, H-207


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:50 PM to 5:45 PM, S-218

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Tamari Narindoshvili

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM, S-117


An introduction to the fundamentals and principles of chemistry as related to man's culture and environment. Designed for liberal arts and non-science majors. Cannot be substituted for CHEM 1411.

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. Recognize the symbols of the elements and distinguish between isotopes.
  2. Differentiate between nuclear fusion and fission reactions and write balanced nuclear equations. 
  3. Solve problems based on the concept of half-life. 
  4. Predict trends that occur within a group or across successive periods on the periodic table. 
  5. Identify the shapes of molecules and distinguish whether molecules are polar or non-polar. 
  6. Differentiate between intermolecular forces by strength and identify the intermolecular forces present in a collection of molecules. 
  7. Write balanced chemical equations and perform calculations based on those equations. 
  8. Differentiate between strong and weak acids and bases and calculate the pH of strong acid or base solutions. 
  9. Identify which reactants are being oxidized or reduced. 
  10. Differentiate between classes of organic compounds by functional group and name. 
  11. Describe the solution process and specify solution concentration numerically. 
  12. Describe relationships between the pressure, volume, temperature and number of moles of a gas and calculate changes in quantity when the pressure, volume or temperature of a gas is varied.



Textbook: Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 8th Edition, Zumdahl & DeCoste, 2010.

Lab Manual: Introductory Chemistry 1405 Laboratory Manual, 2nd edition, by Chammi S. Miller and Beverly Clement.

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Lab Notebook: 8 ½” x 11” carbonless copy perforated pages

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

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




Textbook: Conceptual Chemistry, 4th Edition, Suchocki, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2010.

Lab Manual: Laboratory Manual Conceptual Chemistry, 4th Edition, Gibson & Suchocki, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011.

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)

Explorations in Conceptual Chemistry: A Student Activity Manual, 4th Edition, Jeffrey

Paradis, Prentice Hall, 2011. (Recommended)


Course Requirements

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

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. Comprehensive final exam

    Lecture Exams: 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.  Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-blank, short answer and essay questions.

    Make up exams for the following one week are only offered to students will an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, plus a death in the family or an illness with a doctor’s certification. To arrange for make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence.

    The final exam is comprehensive worth 200 points. 

    Scantron is required for each exam.


    Laboratory Experiments are a requirement. The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25 % of the total course grade.  For each experiment you will receive a total score between 0 and 25. We have 10 labs scheduled.(250 points)

         There are several requirements for each wet laboratory experiment:

    The lab grade for an experiment has 3 components:  the Pre-Lab, the Data/Report section, and the Post-Lab report and Post-Lab Questions.  For a 25 point Lab score 10 points are allotted to the Pre-Lab, 15 points to the Post-Lab section(report and questions). 

    1.  Pre-lab reports will be due at the beginning of the lab period. In order to complete Pre lab report, you must read carefully Introduction, Discussion and etc. given in each experiment prior to the Pre-lab questions.
    2. It is required to read and study an Introduction and get familiar to the experiment procedure you will be doing in the lab.
    3. The Lab Report must reflect information obtained by you while in the laboratory and recorded in your lab notebook. Carbonless copy of your  Data Sheet from your lab notebook must be turned in before you leave; Lab Reports must be turned in individually (i.e. each student must turn in an assignment).
    4. Postlab Report and Questions are due the day indicated in syllabus content. If you are late in submitting a lab report, you can only get 5 points.  (instead of 25)
    5. DO Not Be Late to lab! Otherwise you will not be allowed to participate in the lab experiment.
    6. You must wear appropriate lab attire to be allowed to conduct any experiment.

    You must always wear Safety goggles-eye protection.

    1. No make up labs.

    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 goggles.


    Quizzes are a requirement.  There will be a number of quizzes given during the year.  The format of the quizzes will be varied. The class participation quiz is mandatory. There will be no make-up offered for quizzes.


    Online homework assignments are a requirement. Homework will be graded on the following criteria: 1. Homework completed by deadline; 2. The assignment is complete and 3. The correct answer.  The homework is worth 80 points. Check OWL regularly for homework deadlines. Do not ask your instructor about the homework deadlines. If you fail to submit your homework, you will receive a grade of zero for that section. You will receive a score for each chapter assignment.  No extensions for online homework.

    You need to register of OWL course: CHEM 1405_2014_Summer_ Tamari


Criteria for Grading and Determining Final Grade


Grades will be posted on e-campus. E-campus grade book is not an official grade book.

Formal grading will be based upon a point system as follows:

Four Major Exams               100 points each (400 total)

Quizzes                               70 points

Laboratory Work                 250 points

Homework                          80 points

Comprehensive Final           200 points

_______________________________________Total                         1000 points


The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:

A ≥ 900 points       mastery of material

B ≥ 800 points                  “

C ≥ 700 points                  „‟

D ≥ 600 points                  “

F less than 599 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

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.

Problem Resolution:

 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 Assistant Division Chair, Dr. Lee Don Bienski, Science 231, [email protected]

Eating and Drinking:

 Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Exam Procedures

During exams there are some special rules to insure fairness.  If you must leave the room for any reason, you must turn in your exam.  Please visit the restroom, if required, before you receive your exam.  Restroom breaks are not allowed.  Usually you will be expected to place any personal belongings such as books, and backpacks against the wall and away from your desk.  Using your cell phone is not allowed.   If your cell phone is visible during your exam, the exam will be taken up.  Programmable calculators are not allowed.

All exams are closed book exams.  No notes may be used on the exams.  All necessary information will be supplied.

Bring a scantron for each exam since most or all of the exam will be multiple choice questions.  Mark all of your answers on the exam as well as the scantron before turning in the exam.  Should there be questions concerning accuracy of scantron grading, the answers given on the exam are the only ones that will be graded.

 Laboratory Conduct:  The students work in teams (two students per one team).  In no case will you allowed to work in a group consisting of more than 3 students. Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection:  safety goggles. The students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes in the lab.  Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the performed experiment and will automatically result in grade zero for this lab.  The students are expected to practice safe lab procedures and to clean up the working lab area and equipment before leaving the lab.  Failure to clean up your lab area and equipment will result in loss of points (50%).











Intro/Orientation/Ch. 1

Safety (Video and Quiz)

Intro to Lab



Ch. 2  Measurements and Calculations

Exp. 1:  Math Review



Quiz 1

Ch. 3, Ch. 4


Exp. 2: 

Densities of Sol and Liquids

Exp. 2 Prelab Due

Exp. 1 Report Due



Elements, Atoms and Ions

Exp. 3

Separation of Mixtures

Exp. 3 Prelab Due

Exp. 2  Report Due



Exam 1

OWL Due # 1

Exp. 3





    Ch. 5 Nomenclature 

Exp. 4

 Naming Compounds

Exp. 4 Prelab Due

Exp. 3  Report Due



Quiz 2

Ch. 6

Chemical reactions


Exp. 5

Evidence for a Chemical Reaction

Exp. 5 Prelab Due

Exp. 4  Report Due



Ch. 7

Precipitation Reactions

Solubility Rules

Exp. 6

Solubility Test

Exp. 6 Prelab Due

Exp. 5  Report Due



Exam 2

OWL Due # 2

Exp. 6  Report Due



Ch. 8

Chemical Composition

Ch. 8

Chemical Composition




Quiz 4

Ch. 9

 Chemical Quantities



 Solution Composition





Chemical Quantities

Exp. 8

Acid base Titration

Exp. 8 Prelab Due



Quiz 5

OWL Due # 3

Exam 3

Exp. 8  Report Due



Ch. 11

Modern Atomic Theory

Exp. 11

The Flame Test

Exp. 11 Prelab Due



Ch. 11

Modern Atomic Theory

Last day for Q

Ch. 12

Chemical Bonding







Ch. 12

Chemical Bonding


Exp. 10

Lewis Structures and

Molecular Shapes

Exp. 10 Prelab Due

Exp.11 Report Due



Quiz 6

Ch. 13


Ch. 13, Ch. 14





Liquids and Solids

Exp. 9

Gas Lows

Exp. 9 Prelab Due

Exp.10 Report Due



Quiz 7

Ch. 19



Ch. 20 Organic Chemistry

Exp.9  Report Due




Exam 4

 OWL Due # 4


Review for the final



Final Exam