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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-21716
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/25/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:35 AM to 12:00 PM, S113


  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S228

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms Florinda R Sanchez McKinley


CHEM 1411 consists of the study of fundamental laws, theories, and concepts of chemistry including quantitative relationships involving mass and energy, the structure and properties of matter and the chemical and physical changes it undergoes as well as the study of solutions. The laboratory component involves the application of the basic techniques and methods of chemical experimentation.


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.


1. Define the fundamental properties of matter.

2. Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions.

3. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.

4. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table.

5. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.

6. Solve stoichiometric problems.

7. Write chemical formulas.

8. Write and balance equations.

9. Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds.

10. Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions.

11. Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems.

12. Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions.

13. Convert units of measure and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills.



Textbook: Chemistry, 6th Edition, McMurry-Fay; Pearson – Prentice Hall, 2008.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1411 Laboratory Manual 3rd 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)

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.

Course Requirements


:  MATH 1314 or 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.



Exams (@ 100 pts. ea.)

400 pts.

Comprehensive Final

200 pts.

Online Homework

In Class Assignments

  60 pts.

  40 pts.

Quizzes ( 5 @ 20 pts. Ea.)

100 pts.

Wet/Dry Labs (10 best Wet Labs @ 10 pts.

                           /5 Dry labs @ 10pts)

150 pts.

Laboratory Quizzes (2 Quizzes at 25 pts. ea.)  

  50 pts.

Total Course Points

1000 pts.

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.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes





Due Online at

Due in Lecture or Lab





12:01 AM




Course Information Sheet

Ch 1 Matter and Meas.





Mastering Chemistry






Ch 1 Matter and Meas./Problems

Math Review Worksheet





Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions     

Lab Write UP






Safety Training





Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

Nomenclature Activity/Lab Expl.





Ch 1 and 2 Quiz/Review Quiz

Exp 2 (Density) Pt. 1/2


Exp 2 Pre Lab/Writ Up



Exam 1 (Pt. 1)

Exam 1 (Pt. 2)

HW I (Ch 1,2)




Review Exam problems/ Writing equ.

Chap 3. Mass Relationships


Exp 2 Post Lab Due



Chap 3. Mass Relationships

Exp 3 (Epsom Salt)





Chap 3. Mass Relationships

Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds.) Pt. 1


Exp 3 Pre Lab/Write Up



Ch 4 Reactions

Ionic Equations Prac. Prob./Exp 4. P2


Exp 4 Pre Lab/Write Up



Exp 5

Exp 6


Exp 5 and 6 PreLab/Write Up






Exp 3 Post Lab



Ch 4 Reactions

Exp 8:


Exp 8 Pre Lab/Write Up






Exp 4 Post Lab Due



Ch 3 and 4 Quiz/Review Quiz

Exp 9: Oxidation/ Reduction


Exp 9 Pre Lab/Write Up



Exam 2 (Pt. 1)

Exam 2 (Pt. 2)

HW II (Ch3, 4)




Review Exam problems/ Intro Chap 5

Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure


Exp 5 and 6 Post Lab Due



Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure

Ch 6 Ionic Bonds


Exp 8 Post Lab















Ch 6 Ionic Bonds

Chap 6 Ionic Bonds


Exp 9 Post Lab



Quiz Ch 5 and 6/ Review Quiz

Exp 7 (Alum) Pt. 1


Exp 7 Pre Lab/Write Up



Exam 3 (Pt. 1)

Exam 3 (Pt. 2)

HW III (Ch 5,6)




Review Exam 3/Ch 7 Cov/Mol

Ch 7 Covalent Bonds/Mol. Struc.






Exp 7 (Alum) Pt. 2





Ch 7 Covalent Bonds/Mol Struc.

Exp 10 Molecular Structure


Exp 10 Pre Lab/Write Up



Ch 8 Thermochemistry

Exp 11 (Hess' Law)


Exp 11 Pre Lab/Write Up






Exp 7 Post Lab Due



Ch 8 Thermochemistry

Ch 8 Thermochemistry


Exp 10 Post



Quiz Ch 7 and 8 / Review Quiz

Exp 12 (Mass Mg)


Exp 12 Pre Lab



Exam 4 (Pt. 1)

Exam 4 (Pt. 2)

HW IV (Ch 7,8)




Exam Review/Ch 9 Gases

Ch 9 Gases


Exp 11 Post Lab



Ch 9 Gases/Ch 10 Liquids, Solids….

Ch 10 Liquids, Solids,  Phase Changes


Exp 12 Post Lab



Exam 5 (Pt. 1)

Exam 5 (Pt. 2)

HW V (Ch 9, 10)




Ch 18 Hydrogen, Oxygen and Water

Lecture Runover/Review Final


Last Class Day



Final Exam