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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry II CHEM-1412

  • Summer II 2014
  • Section SECTION_322 CRN-40132
  • 4 Credits
  • 07/08/2014 to 08/05/2014
  • Modified 07/02/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:45 PM to 3:40 PM, S113


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:50 PM to 5:45 PM, S228

Contact Information

Professor: Steve Rathbone

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: S230
  • Phone: 209-7262
  • Website:


Chemical equilibrium; phase diagrams and spectrometry; acid-base concepts; thermodynamics; kinetics; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; an introduction to organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry. The laboratory experiments are designed to support theoretical principles presented in lecture and include an introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, chemical instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and the preparation of laboratory reports.


Prerequisites: CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.

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. State the characteristics of liquids and solids, including phase diagrams and spectrometry.
  2. Articulate the importance of intermolecular interactions and predict trends in physical properties.
  3. Identify the characteristics of acids, bases, and salts, and solve problems based on their quantitative relationships.
  4. Identify and balance oxidation-reduction equations, and solve redox titration problems.
  5. Determine the rate of a reaction and its dependence on concentration, time, and temperature.
  6. Apply the principles of equilibrium to aqueous systems using LeChatelier’s Principle to predict the effects of concentration, pressure, and temperature changes on equilibrium mixtures.
  7. Analyze and perform calculations with the thermodynamic functions, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy.
  8. Discuss the construction and operation of galvanic and electrolytic electrochemical cells, and determine standard and nonā€standard cell potentials.
  9. Define nuclear decay processes.
  10. Describe basic principles of organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry.
  11. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
  12. Use basic apparatus and chemicals with proper laboratory techniques and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
  13. 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.
  14. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry and chemical instrumentation.



Textbook:  General Chemistry, John E. McMurry, Robert C. Fay, 6th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1412 Laboratory Manual, 4th Edition, Beverly A. Clement, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2012.

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)

Study Guide (0-321-72724-X) by Julie Klare, Gwinnett Technical College (Optional)

General Chemistry – The Official Guide, American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education (Optional)



Textbook: Chemistry, 5th Edition, Brady-Senese.

Lab Manual: Labworks Volume 1, Joseph R. Crook (Out of print), Kinetic Blues (Small Scale Chemistry) (The selected labs will be distributed as handouts.)

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage; (Optional)

Course Requirements



Final grade will be determined based on the percentage of points earned out of the total possible 1000: >90% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, <60% F.


3 Major Exams (worth 125 pts ea.)         =          375 points

Lecture Quizzes/ Prelabs                      =            25 points

Lab Average                                        =          225 points

Homework                                          =          100 points

Lab Final Exam                                   =            25 points

Comprehensive Final Exam                 =          250 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


3.         Dropping: If a student chooses to drop the course, it is that student’s responsibility to complete a drop order at the Office of Enrollment Services. Failure to do so could result in a grade of F in the course. The last day to withdraw with a “Q” is Friday June 21, 2013. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO WITHDRAW FROM THE CLASS.

4.         Classroom  Conduct:  Do not bring anything to eat or drink into the classroom; Do not make a habit of coming to class late;  Talking or other disruptive behavior will not be tolerated- you will be asked to leave class so other students can hear the lecture. Cell phones must be turned off in class and lab.  Students are expected to behave in a civil, respectful manner that is conducive to learning.


5.         Exam Conduct: Major exams will be closed notes/books.  A periodic table will be provided.   Only conventional scientific calculators will be permitted (no graphing/extended memory). 

Dishonesty Statement:  Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism or other acts of dishonesty.  Definitions of these acts and procedures for dealing with them are described in “Scholastic Dishonesty” in the Blinn College Student Handbook, copies of which are available at the information desk in the administration building.

Make-up Policy: There will be no makeup exams except under extreme circumstances, such as illness requiring a physician’s care or a death in the immediate family.  For a make-up exam to be given you must notify me before the exam and you must have written documentation of your situation.  Make-up exams, if given, will be taken in the learning center and will be different than the regular class exam.


7.  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].

8.      Electronic Device Policy: All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all Blinn College classrooms and associated laboratories. Any noncompliance with this policy will be addressed in accordance with the Blinn College civility policy (Administrative Policy).


9.         Homework: All homework assignments involve the Mastering General Chemistry system.  You must purchase an access code and register to begin.  There are deadlines to the assignments and some may be missed if you delay opening your account.  You will get an access code with purchase of your new textbook or you can purchase one online separately.  The results from your homework assignments will count 100 points toward your final grade.

10.   Student E-mails: Students are assigned an E-mail address that must be checked regularly for official Blinn communications and course information.  The address is of the form: [email protected] .  Information about accessing this account can be found at:


11.       Laboratory Conduct:  Any student failing to practice safe lab procedure (as discussed at the first lab meeting) will be asked to leave immediately.  This will automatically result in the loss of points from your lab grade.   There are no provisions for making up a missed lab.  Lab quizzes are conducted during the first five minutes of lab.  Students arriving late will receive a zero for the quiz.

Lab Attire: Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during lab.  Appropriate eye protection will be

1.  Safety goggles (required for contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses)

2.  OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields

Students must wear closed-toed shoes in lab.  Students must wear shirts with sleeves.  Students must be clothed from the neck to below the knees or wear a labcoat.  Failure to dress according to these guidelines will result in removal from the lab and loss of credit for the day.

The experiments are designed to be practical learning experiences.  It is the student's responsibility to complete all work due on time and in full.  If you miss a lab you will get a grade of zero for the lab performed that day.  Failure to clean up your lab area and equipment will result in loss of points. 


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

CHEM 1412 SUMMER II 2014

PROPOSED COURSE ACTIVITIES:       (schedule subject to change)



Date:                  Lecture:                         PrelabLab:                                      


T  Jul 8               CIS; (Ch 8) Ch 16               No       Ch 16, MasteringChemistry Homework Intro


W  Jul 9              Ch 16                               No         Lab Intro, Safety


R Jul 10             Ch 11                               Yes        Expt. 21, MW by freezing point depression


F Jul 11             Ch 11/12                           Yes       Ch 12/ Expt. 22, Factors influence rates of reactions



M  Jul 14            Ch 12                                No         Review for exam


T Jul 15             EXAM 1 (Ch 16,11,12)     No         Research Writing Lab (due July 29)


W  Jul 16          Ch 13                                 Yes        Expt. 23, Iodine clock reaction – rate expression


R  Jul 17          Ch 13                                  Yes         Expt. 25, Spectroscopic determination of equilibrium


F  Jul 18           Ch 14                                 Yes         Ch 14/ Expt. 26, pH of common items



M  Jul 21           Ch 15                                Yes          Expt. 28, Antacid analysis 


T  Jul 22            Ch 15                                Yes          Expt. 29, Ksp of slightly soluble compound/ Finish expt. 28, Antacid analysis 


W  Jul 23           Ch 17                                Yes          Review for exam


R  Jul 24           EXAM 2 (Ch 13,14,15)      No            Video Lab


F  Jul 25           Ch 17/20                             Yes          Ch 17/Expt. 30, Electrochem: Avogadro’s/Faradays #  



FM Jul 28           Ch 20                                 No            Electrochemistry Worksheet***


T  Jul 29           Ch 22                                  No            Water Hardness experiment***


W  Jul 30         Ch 22                                   No            Review for exam3 and lab finals


R Jul 31          EXAM 3 (Ch 17,20, 22)        No             Expt. 33, Synthesis of Esters  


F Aug 1           Ch 23                                     No             Lab Finals



M Aug 4           Ch 23                                   No               Lab Finals


T Jul 5             Final Exam (comprehensive, S113)                                             



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