Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM
General Chemistry I CHEM-1411
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:35 am – 11:30 am H 207
11:40 am – 1:35 pm S218
Instructor: Dr. Grzegorz Sławiński
Office: A265 (temporarily)
Office Hours: Monday 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Phone: (979) 209-8902 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Define the fundamental properties of matter.
- Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions.
- Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.
- Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table.
- Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
- Solve stoichiometric problems.
- Write chemical formulas.
- Write and balance equations.
- Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds.
- Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions.
- Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems.
- Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions.
- Convert units of measure and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills.
- Use basic apparatus and chemicals with proper laboratory techniques and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
- 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.
- 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; www.masteringchemistry.com
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)
Textbook: Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter, 6th Edition, Jespersen, Brady and Hyslop.
Lab Manual: General Chemistry I Laboratory Manual, CHEM 1411, Blinn College, Brenham Campus.
One subject ruled notebook, wire bound.
All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will include:
- A minimum of three major exams
- A minimum of 8 laboratory experiments
- A comprehensive final exam
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 during lecture. 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 quizzes will be given over reading assignments or lecture material.
Exams: The 3 lecture exams will be composed of a combination of multiple-choice and free response questions. 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 the instructor at least one day before the day of the exam. Make-up exams will be available only to those who appropriately notified the instructor of a missed exam.
Homework: The 5onlinehomework assignments will coincide with the 3regularly scheduled exams and be due night before the final exam (June 29th). 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: www.masteringchemistry.com . Those acquiring used books from somewhere other than the Blinn Bookstore will need to purchase the access code online at the above URL.
Course ID for homework assignment is: SLAWINSKI1411SUMMER
Homework is split into 5 sections, each covering two chapters. All homework is available from (06/02/14 at 06:00am) and due to end of semester (06/29/14 at 08:00pm).
Lab Work: The lab work consists of the ten experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class. Each lab activity is worth 20 points: 5 points for the Pre—Lab Questions, 10 points for the Post-Lab Report and Questions, and 5 points for a copy of the Data Sheet.
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
- 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 work 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. Random numbers without explanation will not receive any credits.
Missed Labs: Makeup labs are not available.
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. There is no make-ups for quizzes.
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.
- Major Exams: At least three major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Major exams will account for at least 30% of the final grade.
- Laboratory Reports: At least 8 laboratory experiments will be performed. Lab Exams may be given at the discretion of the instructor. The laboratory work will account for 25% of the final grade
- Homework: Assigned by the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
- Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
- Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.
Grading Letter Grade:
Major Exams (3 * 100) = 300 points
Lecture Final Exam = 200 points
Quizzes/workshops = 100 points
Laboratory Quizzes = 100 points
5 Homework (5* 20) = 100 points
Laboratory reports = 200 points
Total = 1000 points
A = 900 - 1000
B = 800 - 899
C = 700 - 799
D = 600 - 699
F = ≤ 599
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
- 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, you should contact the Assistant Division Chair for Chemistry, Dr. Lee Don Bienski at email@example.com. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the Assistant Division Chair level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair
- c. Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.
Schedule - lectures:
06/02– 06/03 - Chapter 1
06/04– 06/05 - Chapter 2
06/06– 06/09 - Chapter 3
06/10– 06/11 - Chapter 4
06/12– 06/13 - Chapter 5
06/16– 06/17 - Chapter 6
06/18– 06/19 - Chapter 7
06/20– 06/23 - Chapter 8
06/24– 06/25 - Chapter 9
06/26– 06/27 - Chapter 10
Exams : Schedule - laboratories:
Exam 1 06/10 Experiment #1 06/03
Exam 2 06/18 Experiment #2 06/04
Exam 3 06/26 Experiment #3 06/05
Final 06/30 Experiment #4 06/06
Experiment #5 06/09
Experiment #7 06/10
Lab quiz 1 06/10 Experiment #9 06/11
Lab quiz 2 06/17 Experiment #10 06/12
Experiment #11 06/13
Experiment #13 06/16
All homework assignments: due to 06/29/14 at 08:00pm (GMT -6)
Last day to drop class with a Q is June 20