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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_318 CRN-21769
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/14/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM, S209


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S226

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Hillary C Agbo

Txt only phone:   832-305-6858

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, S117


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: 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

Course Requirements

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.

 Pop quizzes 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 5 pts) and postlab report forms (worth 10 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. Quiz 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

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 protected] with questions.
•Txt the instructor with questions to 832.305.6858
•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.

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

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, [email protected]

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Course Syllabus                            Blinn College                            Chem 1411.318  Spring 2013                                                                     Instructor: Dr. Hillary Agbo


Important dates

1/18/13 Last day to change   classes

4/12/13 Last day to drop with a “Q”

5/4/13 Final from 9:00am to 11:00am


Important notes:

Every exam has two parts,   one for lecture and one for lab time. If you do not come to lab on exam day, you   will lose many points on your exam.

You will not be permitted   to participate in any wet experiments until you have been cleared for safety.

You must prepare your lab notebook correctly, wear   proper lab attire and bring goggles to participate in lab for all wet lab   experiments. These days are in bold and darkened for your convenience.







Tue, Jan 15,2013

Introduction to class

Safety Training Pt.1

Thu, Jan17,2013

Ch 1 Chemistry: Matter and   Measurement

Safety Training Pt.2

Tue, Jan 22,2013

Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules and   Ions

Exp 1 (Math)

Thu, Jan 24, 2013

Ch 2  Atoms, Molecules and Ions


Tue, Jan 29, 2013

Exam 1 (Pt.   1)

Exam 1 (Pt   2)

Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Ch 3 Formulas, Equations   and Moles

Exp 2 (Density)

Tue, Feb 5,2013

Ch 3 Formulas, Equations   and Moles

Exp 3 (Epsom Salt)

Thu, Feb 7, 2013

Ch3/Ch 4 Reactions

Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds) Pt.1

Tue, Feb 12,2013

Ch 4 Reactions

Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds) Pt.2

Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Ch 4 Reactions


Tue, Feb 19, 2013

Exam 2   (Pt.1)

Exam 2 (Pt.   2)

Thu, Feb 21, 2013

Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic   Structure

Exp 5 (ID unknown metals)

Tue, Feb 26, 2013

Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic   Structure

Exp 6 (Activity Series)

Thu, Feb 28,2013

Ch 6 Ionic Bonds and Some Main-group Chemistry


Tue, Mar 5,2013

Exam 3 (Pt.   1)

Exam 3   (Pt.2)

Thu, Mar 7,2013

Ch7 Covalent Bonds and   Molecular Structure

Lab Midterm

Tue, Mar 12,2013



Thu, Mar 14,2013



Tue, Mar 19,2013

Ch7 Covalent Bonds and   Molecular Structure

Exp 7 (Alum) Pt.1

Thu, Mar 21,2013

Ch7/Ch8 Thermochemistry:   Chemical Energy

Exp 7 (Alum) Pt. 2

Tue, Mar 26, 2013

Ch 8 Thermochemistry:   Chemical Energy

Exp 8 (Acid/Base)

Thu, Mar 28,2013

Ch 8 Thermochemistry:   Chemical Energy


Tue, Apr 2,2013

Exam 4   (Pt.1)

Exam 4   (Pt.2)

Thu, Apr 4,2013

Ch 9 Gases: Their   Properties and Behavior

Exp 9 (Redox Titration)

Tue, Apr 9,2013

Ch 9 Gases: Their   Properties and Behavior

Exp 10 (Lewis Structures)

Thu, Apr 11,2013

Ch 9 Gases: Their   Properties and Behavior

Exp 11 (Hess’ Law)

Tue, Apr 16,2013

Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and   Phase Changes

Exp 12 (Mass Mg)

Thu, Apr 18,2013

 Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes

Lab Final

Tue, Apr 23,2013

Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and   Phase Changes


Thu, Apr 25,2013

Exam 5   (Pt.1)

Exam 5   (Pt.2)

Tue Apr 30, 2013

Final Review

Final review

Sat, May 4,2013

Final Exam 9:00am to 11:00am




Course Syllabus                            Blinn College                         Chem 1411.318  Spring 2013                                                                      Instructor: Dr. Hillary Agbo





Tue, Jan 29,2013

Exam 1

Tue, Apr 19,2013

Exam 2

Tue, Mar 5,2013

Exam 3

Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Exam 4

Thu, Apr 25,2013

Exam 5

Sat, May 4,2013

Final Exam





All Due Dates for the Semester






Due online on Mastering   Chem



Due in Lab


Due in Lab


Due in Lab

Tue, 1/22

Intro to MC




Thu, 1/24



Exp 1 Basic Math Rev



HW I(Ch 1,2)




Thu, 1/31


Exp 2 Prelab Ques


Exp 2 Procedure

Tue, 2/5


Exp 3 Prelab Ques

Exp 2 Postlab Report

Exp 3 Procedure

Thu, 2/7


Exp 4 Prelab Ques

Exp 3 Postlab Report

Exp 4 Procedure

Tue, 2/12





Thu, 2/14



Exp 4 Postlab Report


Tue, 2/19

HW II (Ch 3,4)




Thu, 2/21


Exp 5 Prelab Ques



Tue, 2/26


Exp 6 Prelab Ques

Exp 5 Postlab Report

Exp 6 Procedure

Thu, 2/28



Exp 6 Postlab Report


Tue, 3/5

HW III (Ch 5,6)




Thu, 3/7





Tue, 3/19


Exp 7 Prelab Ques


Exp 7 Procedure

Thu, 3/21





Tue, 3/26


Exp 8 Prelab Ques

Exp 7 Postlab Report

Exp 8 Procedure

Thu, 3/28



Exp 8 Postlab Report



HW IV (Ch 7,8)




Thu, 4/4


Exp 9 Prelab Ques


Exp 9 Procedure



Exp 10 Prelab Ques

Exp 9 Postlab Report

Exp 10 Procedure



Exp 11 Prelab Ques

Exp10 Postlab Report

Exp 11 Procedure



Exp 12 Prelab Ques

Exp 11 Postlab Report

Exp 12 Procedure

Thu, 4/18








Exp 12 Postlab Report



HW V (Ch 9,10)