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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_307 CRN-21725
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/11/2013

Meeting Times

Lecture: S209; MW 2:50 – 4:05 pm     

Laboratory: S226; MW 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Contact Information

Instructor: Heath Giesbrecht

Office: S117 (MW); S209 (F)

Office Hours: MW 11:00 – 11:45 am; F 11:00 – 1:00 pm

Office Phone: 979-209-8871

Instructor Email: [email protected]

Instructor Website:

Instructor YouTube:


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

All Blinn College requirements and practices will apply.

Course Outline: Chemistry 1411 covers chapters 1-10 & 18 of the text. Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work.

a. Lecture

During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. There will be assigned material that will not be covered in lecture, but that does not mean that the material is not to be covered on exams. Questions relevant to the material under discussion will be accepted at any time during the lecture period. A short amount of time will be allocated at the beginning of each period to answering student questions.  Students may not use electronic devices, other than ‘clickers’, during lecture.  Lecture outlines are available on eCampus under the ‘Lessons’ tab.  Print these off as: handouts, 4 slides /page, grayscale, no frames, landscape orientation.  Please turn all cell phone, music players and computers off during lecture.

b. Homework

Homework sets will be made available on Mastering Chemistry as they are assigned. Quizzes and exams will be based HEAVILY on the homework sets. Office hours will be dedicated to solving previously assigned homework and textbook problems.

c. Quizzes

Quizzes, based on assigned homework problems, will be given during lecture the week indicated in the Lecture Schedule. At the end of the semester, the lowest quiz score will be dropped.

d. Major Examinations

Five exams will be given during our regular class time. The midterm exams will rely heavily on the concepts presented in the Lectures and Mastering Chemistry Homework Sets. The tentative dates of the exams are listed on the Lecture Schedule. A Practice Final Exam will be given to those who wish to automatically replace their lowest exam grade.

Only the simple scientific calculators (nonprogrammable) will be allowed. The instructor will not loan calculators to students without the appropriate calculator. All mobile phones and electronic devices must be turned off and stowed during the exam. Students may not leave the exam to go to the restroom.

Exams missed without timely notification of the instructor will be given a grade of zero. This means you must email or phone the instructor before the day of the exam. Make-up exams will be available to those who appropriately notified the instructor of a missed exam.

e. Final Examination:

A final exam will be given in class at the scheduled time during finals week. The final exam will be comprehensive and all multiple-choice worth 200 points.

f. Laboratory Policy

Lab Work: The lab work consists of the best ten of eleven selected experiments and a lab midterm all of which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class.

Each lab activity is divided into 2 sections:

1.    Sections due before the lab period. No exceptions!

Prelab Questions

Lab Notebook (Prelab)

2.    Sections due at a later date.

Data Sheet

Post Lab Report/Questions

Lab Notebook (Post Lab)

To successfully perform a lab a student must:

  • Prior to entering the lab
    • Read the introductory and conceptual information pertinent to the experiment and complete the Pre-Lab Questions in the Lab Manual and turn in to instructor
    • Prepare the lab notebook:
      • Check the Lab Hints appropriate for the experiment. These will be found on eCampus under the Lessons tab in the Lab Hints folder. Make any instructor recommended modifications to experiment.
      • Copy the experimental procedure, in numbered list format, onto a fresh carbonless lab notebook page; include the Clean Up and Safety sections. Do NOT include raw data collection blanks (In-lab Guidelines) in this portion.
      • Copy the In-Lab Guidelines onto a fresh carbonless lab notebook page to use as your Data Sheet.
  • After completion of the experiment
    • Have the instructor initial and date both copies of  your Data Sheet and turn in one copy of the before leaving the lab
    • Complete the Post-Lab Report and Post-Lab Questions in the Lab Manual and turn these in at the next lab meeting

All calculations must organized and include equations, units and significant figures. Answers to questions should include an explanation. Makeup labs are not available. Partial credit for Prelab and Post-lab questions will be given for missed labs if the student promptly emails the instructor and requests data.

Lab Quizzes will include questions on chemistry concepts and calculations involved in the experiments as well as laboratory safety and techniques.

Lab Safety Protection Policy: Students are required to wear long pants and long sleeves. Closed toe shoes and appropriate safety eye wear must be worn at all times during lab procedures.  Failure to do so will result in expulsion from that laboratory experience.  Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during lab.  Appropriate eye protection will be:

1.  ANSI Z87 chemical vapor resistant safety goggles (required for contact lenses)

2.  ANSI Z87 approved safety glasses with side shields

3.  Full face safety shields

No ‘loaners’ are available.

g. Attendance: 

Class attendance is very important in the learning of chemistry. Attendance will be taken at least every day. Missing four sections will result in an automatic drop from the course.


Criteria for Grading:

The overall course grade for all sections will be based on the following point distribution:

• Lecture Component Average:          75%                

• Laboratory Component Average:     25%

The method of calculation will be exactly as shown in the table below.

























If a student takes the Practice Final Exam and is able to attain a better mark than at least one of his/her previous exams, the final exam grade will automatically replace the lowest exam score.


A (90.00% - 100.00%) B (80.00% - 89.99%) C (70.00 – 79.99%)

D (60.00% - 69.99%) F (0.00% - 59.99%)


***An incomplete (I) may be given at the discretion of the instructor. However, a student must have a passing grade (D or above) at the time of an incomplete being assigned.***

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

Important Notes:

You are expected to read and be familiar with the syllabus and tentative schedule.

You must wear proper lab attire (long pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes) and goggles for all wet experiments.

Prelab questions must be completed; procedures and in-lab guidelines must be written out in lab notebook to participate in lab.

In-lab guidelines must be initialed and dated by instructor upon completion of experiment.  The copy must be left with the instructor on the day of the experiment.

Post-labs consist of Post lab report and Post lab Questions


Important Dates:

01/18/13 Last Day to change classes

04/12/13 Last day to drop with a ‘Q’

05/04/13 Final Exam (Saturday)


Tentative Class Outline:






M, Jan 14

Syllabus, Course Introduction,

Ch. 1: Chemistry: Matters and Measurement

Safety Training (Part 1),

Equipment Inventory


W, Jan 16

Ch. 1: Chemistry: Matters and Measurement,

Quiz 1: Administration Quiz

Safety Training (Part 2),

Equipment Inventory,

Safety Quiz


M, Jan 21

MLK Day!!!!!

MLK Day!!!!!


W, Jan 23

Ch. 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

Experiment 1: Math (Due)

Experiment 2: Density


M, Jan 28

Ch. 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

Ch. 3: Formulas, Equations, Moles


W, Jan 30

Ch. 3: Formulas, Equations, Moles,

Quiz 2: Chapter 1,

HW Exam 01

Experiment 3: Epsom Salt


M, Feb 04

Exam 1a (Ch. 1-2)

Exam 1b (Ch. 1-2)


W, Feb 06

Ch. 3: Formulas, Equations

Experiment 4: Copper Compounds


M, Feb 11

Ch. 4: Reactions,

Quiz 3: Chapter 3

Ch. 4: Reactions


W, Feb 13

Ch. 4: Reactions,

HW Exam 02

Experiment 8: Acid-Base Chemistry


M, Feb 18

Exam 2a (Ch. 3-4)

Exam 2b (Ch. 3-4)


W, Feb 20

Ch. 5: Periodicity and Atomic Structure

Experiment 5: ID Unknown Metals


M, Feb 25

Ch. 5: Periodicity and Atomic Structure

Ch. 6: Ionic Bonds and Main Group Chemistry


W, Feb 27

Ch. 6: Ionic Bonds and Main Group Chemistry,

Quiz 4: Chapter 5

Ch. 6: Ionic Bonds and Main Group Chemistry


M, Mar 04

Ch. 7: Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure,

HW Exam 03

Lab Midterm


W, Mar 06

Exam 3a (Ch. 5-6)

Exam 3b (Ch. 5-6)


M, Mar 11

Spring Break!!!!!

Spring Break!!!!!


W, Mar 13

Spring Break!!!!!

Spring Break!!!!!


M, Mar 18

Ch. 7: Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure

Experiment 10: Lewis Structures


W, Mar 20

Ch. 8: Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy,

Quiz 5: Chapter 7

Experiment 7: Alum


M, Mar 25

Ch. 8: Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

Ch. 8: Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy


W, Mar 27

Ch. 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior

Experiment 11: Hess’ Law


M, Apr 01

Ch. 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior,

HW Exam 04

Ch. 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior


W, Apr 03

Exam 4a (Ch. 7-8)

Exam 4b (Ch. 7-8)


M, Apr 08

Ch. 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior

Experiment 9: Redox Titration


W, Apr 10

Ch. 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior

Ch. 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior


M, Apr 15

Ch. 10: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes,

Quiz 6: Chapter 9

Experiment 6: Activity Series


W, Apr 17

Ch. 10: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes

Experiment 12: Mass of Magnesium


M, Apr 22

Ch. 10: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes,

HW Exam 05

Ch. 10: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes


W, Apr 24

Exam 5a (Ch. 9-10)

Exam 5b (Ch. 9-10)


M, Apr 29

Ch. 18: Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Water

Ch. 18: Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Water


W, May 01

Practice Final Exam,

Exit Quiz,

HW Final Exam

Practice Final Exam



May 04

Final Exam (Comprehensive)

Final Exam (Comprehensive)