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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry II CHEM-1412

  • Summer I 2014
  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-30222
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/02/2014 to 06/30/2014
  • Modified 06/02/2014

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:50 PM to 5:45 PM, S209


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 5:55 PM to 7:50 PM, S226

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Michael Golladay

Office Hours: M-F 3:00 - 3:45 PM or by appointment


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

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1412 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, safety goggles- REQUIRED), aprons (Optional)

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

Course Requirements

Criteria for Grading:

Lecture Exams:

There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam. Exams can include multiple choice and short answer questions. In the event of absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the first class period following the missed exam in order to schedule a make-up for the exam. Make-up exams will only be offered to students with 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. An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.


Laboratory Exercises:

The laboratory portion of Chemistry 1412 will include approximately 7 exercises designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the class. All laboratory exercises will be completed during the laboratory period with lab reports due at the start of the next class period. Absence from a laboratory class period for which a laboratory exercise is scheduled will result in a grade of zero for the laboratory exercise. Due to limitations on laboratory class time and availability, no make-up laboratory exercises will be offered.



There will be several short quizzes given during the semester covering material from the lecture and laboratory. Quizzes will generally be given at the start of the lecture or laboratory period and take less than 20 minutes. There will be no make up for missed quizzes.



Homework related to each of the topics covered in the lecture portion of the class will be periodically assigned. All homework assignments involve the interactive tutoring online homework program “Mastering General Chemistry”.  You must purchase an account password as soon as possible and login to begin.  Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:

  1. homework is completed on time;
  2. assignment is complete;
  3. answers are correct.

Failure to submit homework assignments before the due dates will result in a grade of zero for the homework assignment.



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

  1.  Major Exams: Four major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Major exams will account for 40% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory Reports: 7 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
  3. Homework: Assigned by the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for 20% of the final grade.
  5. Quizzes: Given at the discretion of the instructor will account for 5% of the final grade.

Grading Criteria:

4 Major Exams            =          400 points

Lab Reports                =          250 points

Homework                  =          100 points

Quizzes                      =            50 points

Lecture Final Exam      =          200 points

Total                         =         1000 points


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


A         =          90-100% mastery of material

B         =          80-89%

C         =          70-79%

D         =          60-69%

F          =         less than 59%  

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

Chemistry 1412 will cover chapters 11-17, 20, and 22-23 of the text plus additional material presented in the lecture. This is a 4 credit hour course.  Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work. 

  •  Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the class. Attendance will be taken to comply with financial aid requirements and Blinn College attendance policy.
  •  Cell phones are to be turned off for both the lecture and the lab. 
  •  All students are given an email account at registration.  I will use this account to communicate with you as needed.  Get in the habit of checking this account regularly.
  • There will be 4 major exams that may consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions.  The final is cumulative and entirely objective.

Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  Students accumulating three unexcused absences will be dropped.

Dropping:  If a student chooses to drop the course, it is that student’s responsibility to complete a class withdrawal form at the Office of Enrollment Services. Failure to do so could result in a grade of F in the course. The last day to drop with a “Q” is Friday, June 20, 2014.

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 Chemistry Department coordinator, Ms. Lorraine Lindsay,Rm. H-252, or at [email protected].  If the problems or issues remain unresolved, you have the option to request a conference with the Assistant Division Chair, Dr. Lee Don Bienski, Rm. S-231, [email protected]

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















Chapter 8



Chapter 10



Chapter 11

Colligative Properties

Chap 11 Hmwk

Chapter 11



Chapter 12

Chemical Kinetics

Chap 12 Hmwk

Experiment 21

Prelab 21 Due


Chapter 12

Chemical Kinetics


Exam 1 Review

Postlab 21 Due


Exam 1

Chap   11,12

Homework Due

Experiment 22

Prelab 22 Due


Chapter 13


Chap 13 Hmwk

Chapter 13

Postlab 22 Due


Chapter 14

Acids and Bases

Chap 14 Hmwk

Experiment 23

Prelab 23 Due


Chapter 15

Applications of   Equilibria

Chap 15 Hmwk

Chapter 15

Postlab 23 Due


Chapter 15

Solubility Product


Exam 2 Review



Exam 2

Chap   13,14, & 15

Homework Due

Experiment 25

Prelab 25 Due


Chapter 16

Entropy & Free   Energy

Chap 16 Hmwk

Chapter 16

Postlab 25 Due


Chapter 17


Chap 17 Hmwk

Experiment 30

Prelab 30 Due


Chapter 17

Cell Potentials


Exam 3 Review

Postlab 30 Due


Exam 3

Chap   16 & 17

Homework Due

Chapter 20 



Chapter 20

Coordination Chemistry

Chap 20 Hmwk

Experiment 31

Prelab 31 Due


Chapter 22

Nuclear Chemistry

Chap 22 Hmwk

Chapter 22

Postlab 31 Due


Chapter 23

Organic Chemistry

Chap 23 Hmwk

Experiment 32

Prelab 32 Due


Chapter 23

Organic Reactions


Exam 4 Review

Postlab 32 Due


Exam 4

Chap   20,22 & 23

Homework Due





Final Exam Review


Final Exam Review


Final Exam

3:50   – 5:50 PM