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Bryan · Natural Sciences · Chemistry - CHEM

Gen. Chemistry For Engineers

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_304 CRN-21709
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/09/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, Science Bldg 113


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, Science Bldg 228

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Steve Rathbone

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Science Bldg 230
  • Phone: (979) 209-7262
  • Website:

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 8:40 AM to 9:10 AM, S 230
  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:45 PM to 3:45 PM, S 230
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, S 230
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 4:05 PM to 4:35 PM, S 230


CHEM 1410 is a course designed for engineering majors which will incorporate the major concepts and principles of both CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412. Applications of these principles will be emphasized. The major areas which will be covered are: Matter and energy relationships, structure of matter, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.


Prerequisites: Math 1314 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. Classify atoms, molecules and compounds

2. Describe the characteristics of matter, measurements, and calculations in chemistry.

3. Understand the atomic nature of matter: electrons and nuclei, the elements, ions.

4. Demonstrate the representation and naming ionic and molecular compounds

5. Demonstrate the mole concept of matter, mass-mole conversions, determining chemical formulas, aqueous solutions.

6. Interpret chemical equations to determine yields of chemical reactions, percent yields, the limiting reactant, excess reactants, and reactions involving solutions.

7. Discuss the behavior of both ideal and real gases and reactions involving gases.

8. Understand the properties of electrons, quantum theory and quantum numbers, shapes of atomic orbitals, and chemical periodicity.

9. Discuss ionic and covalent bonding, electronegativity and polarity.

10. Draw Lewis structures and use VSEPR theory and Valence Bond theory to describe molecules.

11. Summarize the properties and behavior of solids and liquids.

12. Describe the energy changes of chemical reactions.

13. Illustrate how energy, entropy and free energy affect the spontaneity of chemical processes.

14. Understand the field of chemical kinetics applied to reaction mechanisms and rates of reaction.

15. Demonstrate the principles of chemical equilibrium.

16. Describe the different types of electrochemical cells.



Textbook: Chemistry for Engineering Students, 2nd Edition, Lawrence S. Brown & Thomas A. Holme, Thomson Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010.

Lab Manual:General Chemistry for Engineers 1410 Lab Manual, Steve J. Rathbone, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2012.

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Chem 1410 Course Pack: Available at Blinn Copy Center.

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

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

Student Solution Manual and Study Guide, Steve Rathbone, Cengage Learning 2006. (Optional)



Course Requirements

There will be three major exams and one comprehensive final covering the above
lecture and laboratory topics.  The average of all laboratory assignments will be worth 200 points, the average of all pre-labs and lecture quizzes will be worth 50 points and there will be a practical lab final at the end of the course worth 50 points.  Homework (OWL) assignments will be given worth a total of 100 points.



3 Major Exams (125 points each)       = 375 points

Lecture Quizzes and Pre-labs             =  50 points

Lab Average                                      = 200 points

OWL Homework                                 = 100 points

Lab Final Exam                                  =  50 points

Comprehensive Final Exam                = 225 points

Total                                                 = 1000 points



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.

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

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 College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  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 week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

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].

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

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.

Laboratory 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.


Exam Conduct


Major exams will be closed notes/books.  A formula sheet and periodic table will be provided.   Only conventional scientific calculators will be permitted (no graphing/extended memory). 


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.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes






Tuesday Jan.   15

Thursday Jan. 17

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Introduction, OWL,   Pretest



Tuesday   Jan. 22

Thursday   Jan. 24

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Experiment   1, Density Lab

Ch 3, Experiment   2, Polymers Lab


Tuesday   Jan. 29

Thursday   Jan. 31

Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Nomenclature   Worksheet (coursepack)

Expt 4, Percent   Copper in a Compound Lab


Tuesday   Feb. 5

Thursday   Feb. 7

Chapter 4

Chapter   4,5

Ch 4, Expt   4, % Copper in a Compound

Experiment   5, Titration Lab, part one


Tuesday   Feb. 12

Thursday   Feb. 14

Exam 1 (ch 1-4)

Chapter 5

Video Lab

Experiment   5, Titration Lab, part two


Tuesday   Feb. 19

Thursday   Feb. 21

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Experiment   6, Gas Laws Lab

Experiment   7, Preparation of Alum, day one


Tuesday   Feb. 26

Thursday   Feb. 28

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Electron Config.   Worksheet (coursepack)

Experiment   7, Preparation of Alum, day two


Tuesday   Mar. 5

Thursday   Mar. 7

Chapter 7

Chapter 7,8

Experiment   8, Periodic Behavior of Metals

Experiment   9, Molecular Models Lab


Tuesday   Mar. 12

Thursday   Mar. 14

Spring   Break

Spring   Break



Tuesday   Mar. 19

Thursday   Mar. 21

Chapter 8

Exam 2 (Ch 5-8)

Experiment   9, Molecular Models , review

Research   Assignment


Tuesday   Mar. 26

Thursday   Mar. 28

Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Experiment   10, Calorimetry Lab, part two

Experiment   10, Calorimetry Lab, part two


Tuesday   Apr. 2

Thursday   Apr. 4

Chapter 9,   10

Chapter 10,   11

Ch 10

Experiment   12, Iodine Clock Reaction Lab


Tuesday   Apr. 9

Thursday   Apr. 11

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Experiment   12, Iodine Clock Reaction Lab

Experiment   11, Rates of Reactions Lab


Tuesday   Apr. 16

Thursday   Apr. 18

Chapter 11,12

Chapter 12

Experiment   11, Rates of Reactions Lab

Review for   Exam 3


Tuesday   Apr. 23

Thursday   Apr. 25

Exam 3 (ch 9-12)

Chapter 12

Review for   Lab Final

Lab Final   Practical Exam


Tuesday   Apr. 30

Thursday   May 2

Chapter 13

Final Exam 10:15 AM


Lab Final   Practical Exam