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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_313 CRN-21764
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 03/26/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 2:40 PM, Lecture H207 12 - 1:15; Lab S218 1:25-2:40PM

Contact Information


E-mail: [email protected]

Office: S117, 979-209-7571

Office Hours: T/Th 1130 -12:00 by appointment

Course ID:MCJACOB15974


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

Lectures: the most difficult concepts of a particular chapter will be emphasized, but the students are responsible for all material presented in the textbook. You are expected to read the relevant sections of the chapter before you come to class. Feel free to ask questions relevant to discussed material. If material is still not clear to you, please, stop by my office to discuss it for further clarification.

 Exams: will cover material in the textbook, handouts, lectures, homework problems, and labs. There will be four major exams worth 100 points each. All exams are closed notes/books format. Periodic table will be provided. You need a scantron, standard calculator, and know how to use it.  Test remains the property of the instructor but you are encouraged to view it in my office after it is graded to work those problems that you missed on exam.

 Homework: All homework assignments involve the online homework program “Mastering Chemistry”. They are tailored toward each particular exam and due on the day of that exam. All information about the registration for this program is given in the student access code kit accompanying your textbook. You need your Course ID (MCJACOB15974) to logon to begin. The grading is based on the following criteria:

a. homework is turned in on time;

b. assignment is complete;

c. answers are correct.

You have 6 trials for each problem, except for True/False and Multiple Choice questions for which you have only one trial. At the end of semester (Exam IV day) your access to homework would be cut off by the system. Homework collection and grading will be handled by the system. If you fail to submit your homework, you will receive a grade of zero.

 Quizzes: Unannounced quizzes will be given at the beginning of lecture period. It will not be possible to offer makeup quizzes because they are an extension of lecture discussion and continuation of the dialog between instructor and student.

 Labs: Lab work consists of the selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in our course and specified in the schedule. Each Lab Report (25 points) consists of three components: (1) Pre-Lab Questions (5 points), (2) Post-Lab Report and the Experimental Data (Originals) recorded during lab in laboratory notebook based on In-Lab Guidelines (15 pts.), (3) Post-Lab Questions (5 pts.). Pre-Lab Questions must be turned in at the start of the lab period before we start the experiment to receive full credit. Pre-Lab turned in after that time would receive a late penalty (50%). Your answers and data are expected to be your own, and not a collective, or team effort, in which case it is treated as a plagiarism, and all participants receive grade of zero. The students are responsible for correct planning of lab time to complete all work due on time and in full. In-Lab Guidelines suggest a format for you to prepare your Laboratory Notebook ahead of time so that you can efficiently collect and record the data needed for each part of the experiment. Turn in the duplicate pages of your data and observations to your instructor; clean your workstation, Completed Lab Report which includes Post-Lab Report, Post-Lab Questions, and the 1st copy of your experimental data (all pages in this particular order, and stapled together) are due the next lab meeting, unless lab requires two lab periods for its completion. If you don’t have goggles, or closed toed shoes, or the appropriate attire, you would be asked to leave the lab, and you will lose points for this assignment. If you missed a lab (excused or unexcused absence) you can only turn in Pre-Lab and Post-Lab Questions (if they are not directly related to the performed experiment) for grading. To receive the full credit for a lab, your physical presence in the lab is required. Neatness and completeness of your data and answers are considered when points are assigned. The questions should be answered in full format (direct answer and the reasoning), calculations should be given step-by-step with the related equations, units, and the appropriate number of significant figures. While you are allowed to work in pairs while collecting data, this does not mean that you can work in pairs to complete the lab report. Each student must work his/her own lab report. Copying data, or answers from another student will be considered academic dishonesty and all participants will receive a zero for assignment. The experiments are designed to be practical learning experiences and therefore are not graded based only on results. Labs collected for grading may not be returned. Labs make up 25% of your final grade.

 Computer Use: You are expected to use the computer to access eCampus and Mastering Chemistry for this course. Computers are available in the Learning Center and in the Open Computer Labs.

 Final Exam: This exam is a comprehensive exam (cover the entire semester). It is worth 200 points and you will have two hours for its completion. Time and place will be announced later. Students may view their final grades in their myBlinn account under the “My records” tab.

 Conduct: Adult, honest and courteous behavior is expected. If you are late, enter the room in such way that does not disrupt class. If you have a question, raise your hand and wait to be called. Chattering, sleeping, excessive lateness, unexcused exits from class, talking out of turn, or other disruptive classroom behavior has no place in college setting. If a student is caught cheating (exam, quiz, presentation, lab data/answers, etc.), a written report is filed with the division chair, and the academic dean, following with grade zero for the assignment (course).

 During exams there are some special rules to insure fairness. All exams are closed notes/books. Only standard scientific calculators are allowed (no memory/graph features, no sharing of calculator with other students). Make sure you can use such type of calculator ahead of time. Visit the restroom, if required, before you receive your exam. If you must leave the room for any reason, you must turn in your Exam (exam is over). All students will remove hats and sunglasses before the exam. At the beginning of the exam you would be asked to put your bags, cell phones and other materials on the back of the room. Violation of these rules would result in grade zero for the exam.

 The students work in teams for the lab (two students per one team and no more). The students must wear approved eye protection, closed toed shoes, and the clothing that covers skin neck to below the knees, shirts with sleeves, or the lab coat/apron during the whole time of the experiment. No spare protection is available. Failure to follow the safety requirements will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the performed experiment. Each lab period will start with a briefing on the experimental procedure and safety. You can begin the experiment after this section, only when the instructor tells you to put on your protective gear and start. 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%).


Grading will be based on a point system outlined below. I reserve the right to adjust these levels in a direction to benefit the students to accurately assess their ability. Any adjustment will be for all students at the same performance level.

Four Major Exams (100 points each) -400 points

Homework      -50 points

Laboratory Work and Quizzes -250 points

Quizzes and worksheets -100 points

Final Exam -200 points

Total 1000 points

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

A = 90 –100% mastery of material

B = 80 - 89%

C = 70 - 79%

D = 60 - 69%

F = < 60%

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

Late Assignments: Assignments turned in late will receive a maximum of half credit during the first week after the due date and zero credit after that.


Make-Up Policy: There will be no makeup assignments except in case of excused absences. If an absence is due to illness, the student must provide doctor’s note. The student will be allowed to make up work from days covered by doctor’s note. If an absence is due to a death in the family, the student must provide a copy of the obituary. If an absence is due to an official school function, the student must provide a proper documentation. For a make-up to be given you must explain and provide documentation of why you missed a particular assignment (within 2 days of your returning to class). If your excuse is valid and you have sufficient written documentation, you will be given a chance to make- up exam in the Learning Center (L258). Make-up exams would be different from the regular exams. No make ups for labs.





Lecture, H207

12:00 – 1:15PM

Lab, S218

1:25 – 2:40PM



Jan 15

Intro, Syllabus

Ch.1, Safety (Video, Quiz)



Jan 17





Jan 22


Writing Lab Report/Exp:1 calculations



Jan 24


Exp.2: Densities of Solids and Liquids



Jan 29


Dry Lab: Nomenclature



Jan 31





Feb 5


Ch.3: Calculations



Feb 7

Ch.3, Review

Exp.3: Grav. Det. of Water of Hydration



Feb 12

EI (Ch.1, 2, 3), MC #1 due

Exam1 part 2



Feb 14





Feb 19


 Exp4:Form wt. of Copper compound



Feb 21





Feb 26





Feb 28


Ch.5 worksheet



Mar 5





Mar 7

E11(Ch. 4&5) Part 1

E11(Ch. 4&5) Part 2



Mar 11-15

Spring break (11-15)









Mar 19





Mar 21


Exp. 8: Acid-Base Titrations



Mar 26


Ch7/Molecular Models



Mar 28


Exp9: Redox titration



Apr 2


Exp10: molecular models



Apr 4

EIII (Ch. 6&7),




Apr 9

Ch. 8

Ch. 8



Apr 11


Ch.8, Review (EIII)



Apr 12

Last day to drop classes w/a “Q”




Apr 16

EIV (Ch. 8), MC #3 due

Exp.11: Hess’ Law and Heats of Neutralization



Apr 18





Apr 23





Apr 25


Ch.18, Review (EIV)



Apr 30

EV (cumulative), MC #4 due

Info (Final), Workshop



May 2

Review (Final), Subtotals

Workshop (Final)



May 4


9-11 AM Blinn CPC building