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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-21719
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/11/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, H207


  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, S218

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Lee Don Bienski

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, S231
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, S231


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)

General Chemistry-Official Study Guide by ACS; ISBN 0-9708042-0-2 (Optional)

Course Requirements


Quizzes:  Unannounced quizzes will be given.  It will not be possible to offer makeup quizzes for those that are missed in that the quizzes are an extension of lecture discussion and continue the dialog between instructor and student.


Homework is a requirement. 

There will be 5 graded assignments due during the semester worth approximately 12 points each set (60 pts. Maximum total).  In addition, an introductory assignment will be assigned.  Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:

• Homework is turned in on time

• The assignment is complete

• The answers are correct

Homework collection and grading will be handled by MasteringChemistry, an online homework system.  Details of how to register and course codes will be announced in class


Laboratory work is a requirement.    There are 12 Laboratory graded laboratory experiments scheduled for this semester. 


Lab Safety is a requirement: 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)

2.  OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields 


Please note that only safety goggles give reasonable protection in all laboratory situations.   Covering the forehead or hair with goggles does not count as eye protection.  It is mandatory that the shoes or boots worn to lab cover the feet and toes.  If the goggles are taken off during lab or inappropriate footwear is worn, the student will be asked to leave.    Do not forget to wear appropriate footwear (see attendance policy), it will be checked at the beginning of lab.


Clothing worn to lab must cover the skin from the neck to below the knees and shirts must have sleeves OR a lab coat may be worn over the clothing.


Criteria for Grading:

Grading will be based on a point system as follows:

Five Major Exams                           80 points each (400 total)

Quizzes                                        90 points

Labs, Lab Exams, Lab Quizzes        250 points

Homework                                     60 points

Comprehensive Final                      200 points


Total                                          1000 points


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


A = 90-100%             mastery of course material

B = 80-89%                                “

C= 70-79%                                 “

D= 60-69%                                 “

F= less than 59%                      “


The lab grade for an experiment has 3 components:  the Pre-Lab, the Data/Report section, and the Post-Lab.  For a 18 point Lab score 5 points are allotted to the Pre-Lab, 5 points to the Post-Lab, and 8 points are allotted to the Data/Report section.  The Pre-Lab must be turned in at the start of the lecture period to receive any points.  The Data/Report and the Post-Lab must be turned in a week (approx. 2 class meetings) after the lab is completed.  Points will be deducted to Reports and Post-Labs turned in late.  Reports turned in later than 6 class meetings after the lab is completed will not be graded.  Note that the lab grade is 25% of the total grade.  


Lab Exams: Two lab exams are scheduled this semester.  Each Lab Exam is worth 25 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

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

Exam Procedures

During exams there are some special rules to insure fairness.  If you must leave the room for any reason, you must turn in your exam.  Please visit the restroom, if required, before you receive your exam.  Restroom breaks are not allowed.  Usually you will be expected to place any personal belongings such as books, and backpacks against the wall and away from your desk.  Using your cell phone is not allowed.   If your cell phone is visible during your exam, the exam will be taken up.  Programmable calculators are not allowed.

All exams are closed book exams.  No notes may be used on the exams.  All necessary information will be supplied.

Bring a scantron for each exam since most or all of the exam will be multiple choice questions.  Mark all of your answers on the exam as well as the scantron before turning in the exam.  Should there be questions concerning accuracy of scantron grading, the answers given on the exam are the only ones that will be graded.


Laboratory Conduct:  The students work in teams (two students per one team).  In no case will you allowed to work in a group consisting of more than 3 students. Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection:  safety goggles (required for contact lenses), or OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields). The students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes in the lab.  Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the performed experiment and  will automatically result in grade zero for this lab.  The students are expected to practice safe lab procedures and to clean up the working lab area and equipment before leaving the lab.  Failure to clean up your lab area and equipment will result in loss of points (50%).


Guide to Answering Post Lab Questions:

  1.  Most post lab questions are designed to test your understanding of the experiment and the calculations.
  2. When a question asks what happens to the results, it is asking about the final, calculated results or answer, not the data.  However in order to answer the question about the results you must first consider what happens to the data and explain that.
  3. If the question is about the (calculated) result, then first explain what goes wrong with the measurement; then describe whether this makes the final answer too high or too low, etc.  To receive credit for the answer, you must explain why.  Simply putting “too High” or “too Low” will not receive any points.

Answering by saying “you must repeat the experiment” or “the data are off” will receive zero points.


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 request a conference with your instructor to 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.


Meeting number


Lecture Period

Lab Period

Class Meeting 1


January 14

Intro to Chem, Chapter 1, Measurement, Density

Safety Video, Safety Quiz

Class Meeting 2

January 16

Chap 1 Measurement, Density

Chap 2 Periodic Chart, Ions, Nomenclature

Lab 1 (no prelab)


January 21



Class Meeting 3

January 23

Chapter 2 Nomenclature cont’d

Quiz 1

Class Meeting 4

January 28

Balancing equations, the mole, intro to stoichiometry

Lab 2 (prelab due, goggles required)

Class Meeting 5

January 30

Exam 1

Lab 3 (prelab due, goggles required)

Class Meeting 6

February 4

Chapter 3 stoichiometry cont’d

Lab 2 report and postlab questions due

Quiz 2

Class Meeting 7

February 6

Titrations, types of reactions

Lab 3 report and postlab questions due

Quiz 3

Class Meeting 8

February 11

Electrolytes, solubility, ionic equations

Lab 4 (prelab due, goggles required)


Class Meeting 9

February 13

Redox reactions, ox. numbers

Quiz 4

Lab 4 (cont’d, goggles required)

Class Meeting 10

February 18

Balancing redox equations

Exam Review


Class Meeting 11

February 20

Exam 2

Lab Exam I

Lab 4 report and postlab questions due

Class Meeting 12

February 25

Observables in Quantum Mechanics, light and energy

Lab 5 (prelab due)

Class Meeting 13

February 27

Quantum Mechanics in chemistry

Quiz 5

Class Meeting 14

March 4

Periodic properties, atomic and ionic size, ionization energies

Lab 6 (prelab due, goggles required)

Lab 5 report and post lab questions due

Class Meeting 15

March 6

Electron affinities, octet rule, Born Haber cycle

Lab 8 (prelab due, goggles required)

Spring Break

March 11-15



Class Meeting 16

March 18

Covalent Bonds, Exam review

Exam review

Lab 6 report and post lab questions due

Class Meeting 17

March 20

Exam 3

Lab 8 (prelab due, goggles required)

Class Meeting 18

March 25

Covalent Bonds

Lab 10

Class Meeting 19

March 27

Lewis Structures, molecular shapes, VSEPR,VB theory

Lab 10

Lab 8 report and post lab questions due


Class Meeting 20

April 1

Molecular shapes, MO theory, thermochemistry

Lab 10

Class Meeting 21

April 3

Enthapy and PV work

 Lab 7 (prelab due, goggles required)


Class Meeting 22

April 8

2 forms of Hess’s Law

Lab 7 (Cont’d; goggles required)


Class Meeting 23

April 10

Exam 4

Lab 10 prelab and report due

Lab 9 (prelab due, goggles required)

Class Meeting 24

April 15

Ideal Gas laws

Lab 7 report and post lab questions due

Class Meeting 25

April 17

Real Gases

Lab 9 report and post lab questions due

Class Meeting 26

April 22

Liquids, properties of liquids, intermolecular forces

 Lab 11 (prelab due, goggles required)

Class Meeting 27

April 24

Solids, properties of solids, intermolecular forces

Lab 12 (prelab due, goggles required)

Class Meeting 28

April 29

Exam 5

Lab Exam 2     

Lab 11 report and post lab questions due

Lab 12 report and post lab questions due

Class Meeting 29

May 1

Review for Final Exam


Final Exam

May 4

9:00 am-11:00am


Room to be announced