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General Chemistry I CHEM-1411
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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.
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; www.masteringchemistry.com
Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)
Safety Equipment: full safety goggles are mandatory
eInstruction CPS RF clickers
Optional: Lecture notes are available at Copy Center or on eCampus
Optional: General Chemistry-Official Study Guide by ACS; ISBN 0-9708042-0-2
Reading is a requirement. Pop quizzes may be given to insure that reading is completed before the lecture has been given. Students should read over material in their book prior attending lecture over that material for each lecture given.
Homework will be weighted by a total of 100 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester. Homework collection and grading will be handled by the online system. An access code must be purchased in order to access this system.
Clickers or Classroom Response Devices will be used during class to answer questions for point credit. CPS points will be weighted by a total of 50 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester.
Exams will be weighted by a total of 400 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester. Each exam counts for 100 points. There will be five exams; the lowest will be dropped. The final exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points.
Laboratory quizzes are a requirement. There will 2 lab quizzes based on laboratory material given during the lab period on the days indicated in the attached schedule. The laboratory quizzes are worth 50 points each for a total of 100 pts to be counted toward your final grade.
Laboratory experiments are a requirement. The laboratory experiment portion of this course counts for 150 points of the final course grade. For each experiment or worksheet you will receive a total score between 0 and 15.
Worksheets are a requirement. Worksheets will be handed out in class and are worth 15 points each. They will be grouped with the experiment grades.
There are several requirements for each wet laboratory experiment:
There are many requirements for experiments: The prelab questions are due at midnight on the day before the experiment. These are to be completed on eCampus. They are under the Lessons tab.
The experimental procedure summary and its carbonless copy are due at the beginning of the lab period on the day of the experiment. The experimental procedure should be summarized in no more than one page and no less than 1/2 of a page. The experimental procedure may be found in the lab manual. Begin summarizing where it reads, “Experimental Procedure” and go all the way through (and include) the “Safety” section at the end. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab without the completed experimental procedure summary in your lab notebook and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
The in-lab guidelines and their carbonless copy are due at the beginning of the lab period on the day of the experiment. The in-lab guidelines should be done on a new page in your lab notebook. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab without the completed in-lab guidelines and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
You must wear appropriate lab attire to be allowed to conduct any wet experiment. Appropriate lab attire consists full face safety goggles, long pants or a long skirt, and closed toe shoes (no shorts allowed.) Your shirt must have sleeves (no spaghetti straps, cut off sleeves, tank tops or tube tops allowed.) Your pants or skirt must cover your calves. You may bring your own lab coat to protect your clothes but the clothes under your coat must still meet lab requirements. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab if you do not wear proper lab attire and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report. If you remove your goggles from your eyes at any time during the laboratory period, you will be asked to leave immediately and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
Each lab period during which we will conduct a wet experiment will begin with a lecture on the procedure and safety briefing. Do not be late to lab. If you are late to lab, you will NOT be allowed to participate in lab and will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
Postlab reports are due the day of the next class at the beginning of the lecture period. You should complete these directly on the page from your lab manual. Postlab reports will not be accepted for credit unless the carbonless copy of your lab data (in-lab guidelines) from your lab notebook (signed by the instructor at the end of the preceding lab period) is turned in stapled to the postlab report. The student is responsible for obtaining the instructor’s signature on the copy of the data sheet at the end of each lab period. The postlab report form must reflect information obtained and recorded in the lab notebook by the student while in the laboratory. If the student does not staple the signed copy of the data sheet with the postlab report, he or she will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
A student should never begin an experiment until they are told to do so. A student will know it is time to begin when the instructor asks everyone to put on his or her goggles and then says, “You may begin.” If a student is found beginning an experiment without the instructor’s verbal consent, they will be asked to leave and will receive 0 points for the postlab report.
Prelab questions (worth 7 pts) and postlab report forms (worth 8 pts) must be turned in individually (i.e., each student must turn in an assignment). Neatness and completeness of the data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned (i.e., if I cannot read it, I cannot grade it.) Experiments and worksheets count for 15% of your final course grade (150 pts. maximum).
Grades will be calculated in the following manner:
400 pts. Exams (4 best exams @ 100 pts. ea.)
200 pts. Comprehensive Final
100 pts. Online Homework
50 pts. CPS Points
150 pts. Experiments/Worksheets (10 best @ 15 pts. ea.)
100 pts. Laboratory Exams (2 exams at 50 pts. ea.)
1000 pts. Total Course Points
The range of each letter grade is strictly as follows:
Total Course Points ≥ 900 = A
Total Course Points ≥ 800 = B
Total Course Points ≥ 700 = C
Total Course Points ≥ 600 = D
Total Course Points < 600 = F
Note: If and only if you have complete 100% of the homework and are within five points of a letter grade, I will round up to that letter grade.
How to succeed: Chemistry will probably be one of the most challenging courses in your college career. There are things that you can do to help insure your success. To be successful in college chemistry, a student should spend at least three hours studying outside of class for every hour of time spent in class. A student should also seek help with difficult concepts early and often to succeed. Here are some other ways to succeed in chemistry class:
•Read all chapters before they are covered in class.
•Understand all laboratory responsibilities so points are not lost unnecessarily.
•Come to office hours with any questions.
•Email the instructor at email@example.com with questions.
•Txt the instructor with questions to 347.709.CHEM (2436).
•Go to the Learning Center in the second floor of the library building on Blinn campus for free tutoring. Hours can be found at the Blinn College Learning Center website.
•Form a study group with your classmates and meet regularly in a quiet location conducive to productive studying.
•Private tutoring can be sought at the student’s own expense. Group rates are available from most local tutors.
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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf.
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:
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.
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, www.blinn.edu/student%20handbook.pdf. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.
Class and Lab Behavior Rules:
1. Never talk on a cell phone in a classroom or lab room.
2. No smart phones, laptop computers or netbooks allowed in class or lab.
3. The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited at all times on Blinn College campus.
4. If a student has a question, he or she should raise their hand and wait to be called on to ask it. Otherwise please do not talk.
5. If a student is late to lecture, he or she should enter the classroom in such a way that does not disrupt class.
6. Students who are late to lab are not allowed to participate in lab.
7. Students should never begin an experiment until they are told to do so.
8. Students should never remove their goggles from their eyes in the lab room from the time they are told to don them until the time they are told they may remove them.
Failure to adhere to these rules could result in the student being asked to leave the classroom or laboratory room due to uncivil behavior, as per the civility protocol.
Absences: Students are expected to attend both lecture and lab and to punctually arrive at both. Roll will be taken at the beginning of class. If you miss roll call, you will be marked absent. If you arrive after roll call but before the break, and if you alert me to your presence at the break and you will be marked tardy. If you arrive after break you will be marked absent. Tardies are worth one quarter of one absence. Attendance will be checked daily in both lecture and lab. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their instructor regarding anticipated absences and to obtain any materials given out or discussed during their absence.
For an absence to be excused, the student must email or text the instructor within 48 hours of the absence to explain the absence AND meet the following criteria:
•If an absence is due to illness, the student must provide a verifiable medical doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must state that the student was too sick to attend class for each day missed; the student will only be allowed to make up work from days that their doctor’s note covers. All excused absences due to illness require paper documentation from a doctor’s office as proof.
•If an absence is due to a death in the family, the student must provide a copy of the obituary or a program from the funeral.
•If an absence is due to an official college or high school function, the student must provide proper documentation from the college stating this.
•If an absence is due to military service, the student must provide proper documentation from the commanding officer stating this.
Paper documentation is due on the day the student returns to class.
Make-up Work: If an absence is excused and is properly documented, a lab quiz or an exam may be made up at the Learning Center in the second floor of the library building. The student should contact the instructor via email to arrange for this. There are no make up labs for any reason at any time. Under rare circumstances and only with proper documentation, the prelab questions may be turned in for credit for a missed experiment.
Late work: Hard copy (not online) work is considered late if it is not turned in with all other work at the beginning of the lecture period. Late work for hard copy work will not be accepted unless it is late due to an excused absence. Online assignments not completed by their posted due date will not be accepted. Online assignment due dates are listed in the syllabus and online.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013/Introduction to Class/Safety Training Pt. 1
Wed, Jan 16, 2013/Ch 1 Chemistry: Matter and Measurement/Safety Training Pt. 2
Mon, Jan 21, 2013/Holiday
Wed, Jan 23, 2013/Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions/Exp 1 (Math)
Mon, Jan 28, 2013/Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions/Clicker Challenge
Wed, Jan 30, 2013/Exam 1 (Pt. 1)/Exam 1 (Pt. 2)
Mon, Feb 4, 2013/Ch 3 Formulas, Equations, and Moles/Exp 2 (Density)
Wed, Feb 6, 2013/Ch 3 Formulas, Equations, and Moles/Exp 3 (Epsom Salt)
Mon, Feb 11, 2013/Ch 3/Ch 4 Reactions/Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds.) Pt. 1
Wed, Feb 13, 2013/Ch 4 Reactions/Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds.) Pt. 2
Mon, Feb 18, 2013/Ch 4 Reactions/Clicker Challenge
Wed, Feb 20, 2013/Exam 2 (Pt. 1)/Exam 2 (Pt. 2)
Mon, Feb 25, 2013/Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure/Exp 5 (ID Unknown Metals)
Wed, Feb 27, 2013/Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure/Exp 6 (Activity Series)
Mon, Mar 4, 2013/Ch 6 Ionic Bonds and Some Main-Group Chemistry/Clicker Challenge
Wed, Mar 6, 2013/Exam 3 (Pt. 1)/Exam 3 (Pt. 2)
Mon, Mar 11, 2013/Holiday
Wed, Mar 13, 2013/Holiday
Mon, Mar 18, 2013/Ch 7 Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure/Lab Midterm
Wed, Mar 20, 2013/Ch 7 Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure/Exp 7 (Alum) Pt. 1
Mon, Mar 25, 2013/Ch 7/Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy/Exp 7 (Alum) Pt. 2
Wed, Mar 27, 2013/Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy/Exp 10 (Lewis Structures)
Mon, Apr 1, 2013/Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy/Clicker Challenge
Wed, Apr 3, 2013/Exam 4 (Pt. 1)/Exam 4 (Pt. 2)
Mon, Apr 8, 2013/Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior/Exp 8 (Acid/Base)
Wed, Apr 10, 2013/Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior/Exp 9 (Redox Titration)
Mon, Apr 15, 2013/Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior/Exp 11 (Hess' Law)
Wed, Apr 17, 2013/Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes/Exp 12 (Mass Mg)
Mon, Apr 22, 2013/Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes/Lab Final
Wed, Apr 24, 2013/Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes/Clicker Challenge
Mon, Apr 29, 2013/Exam 5 (Pt. 1)/Exam 5 (Pt. 2)
Wed, May 1, 2013/Clicker Challenge
Sat, May 4, 2013/Final Exam from 9am to 11am