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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_320 CRN-21771
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/15/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:05 PM to 8:15 PM, S113


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 8:15 PM to 9:45 PM, S228

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Vladimir Bakhmoutov

Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:35 PM, 9.45-10.15 PM


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)

eInstruction CPS RF clickers

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



Textbook: Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter, 6th Edition, Jespersen, Brady and Hyslop.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry I Laboratory Manual, CHEM 1411, Blinn College, Brenham Campus.

One subject ruled notebook, wire bound.

Course Requirements

Reading is a requirement. Lectures and readings are designed to help you develop and understanding of the material being emphasized. Sometimes I will ask you to read material before you come to class and other times after a lecture is delivered.  Please pay attention to announcements in class as to where you should be with the readings.

Homework is requirement. There will be 5 assignments due during the semester worth 20 points each set (100 pts. maximum). 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 the Mastering General Chemistry system. A code must be purchased in order to access this system. Further instructions are given at the website:


Quizzes are a requirement. Several opportunities will be given during the course of the semester to each quiz credit.  This credit can take many forms, including small out of class projects. Some of these quizzes will be individual and some will be group efforts. There will be a minimum of 5 quizzes given during the semester, of which your 5 best may be counted towards your final grade. Your score on the quizzes will contribute a maximum of 50 points toward your final course grade.

Exams are a requirement. There will be 5 Lecture Exams worth 80 points each given on the days indicated in the attached schedule. These exams may have a combination of multiple-choice questions that will be machine-graded and non-multiple choice questions that will be hand-graded. The Final Exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points.

Laboratory Experiments are a requirement. The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade. For each experiment you will receive a total score between 0 and 13. The Lab Report must reflect information obtained by you while in the laboratory and recorded in your lab notebook. A Data Sheet from your lab notebook must be turned in before you leave; alternatively, a Lab Attendance Sheet must be signed. Lab Reports will not be accepted unless one of these has been completed for the experiment. Lab Reports must be turned in individually (i.e. each student must turn in an assignment). The Prelab Questions (3 pts.) should be done prior to starting the experiment. Report Forms/Postlab Questions (10 pts.) are due the day of the next lab quiz. Neatness and completeness of your data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned. Points can be deduced for materials not submitted on the data due. There will be 12 experiments performed during the semester, of which the best 10 will be counted toward the final course grade (130 pts. maximum).

Laboratory Quizzes are a requirement. In addition, 4 Lab Quizzes based on laboratory material will be given during the lab period on the days indicated in the attached schedule. These laboratory quizzes are worth 30 points each.

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



Grading Criteria:

Grades will be calculated in the following manner:

Lecture Points Possible:

Exams (5 exams @ 80 pts. ea.)………………400 pts.

Comprehensive Final……………………………..200 pts

Homework (5 @ 20 pts. ea.)…………………….100 pts.

Quiz Credit (5 best @ 10 pts ea,.)……………50 pts.

Total Laboratory Points …………………………..250 pts.


The range of each letter grade will be assigned at the end of the semester. Based on past grade assignments, typical grade rages are:

            Total Course Points ³ 900 = A

Total Course Points ³ 780 = B

Total Course Points ³ 640 = C

Total Course Points ³ 500 = D

Total Course Points < 500 = F

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


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

Jan/15: Introduction, Chapter 1: Matter and Measurements

Lab Safety,  Chemical Procedures, Methods and Tools

Jan/17:  Chapter 1: Matter and Measurements

Review of Basic Math (exp.1)

Jan/22: Chapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions.

 Densities of Solids and Liquids (exp. 2)

Jan/24: Chapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions.

 Lab Quiz 1

Jan/29: Chapter 3. Formulas, Molecules, and Moles.

Water of Hydration of Epsom Salt (exp.3)

Jan/31: Chapter 3. Formulas, Molecules, and Moles.

Lab Report Work Day

Feb/05.: Exam 1

Feb/07: Chapter 4. Reactions in Aqueous Solution.

Lab Quiz 2

Feb/12: Chapter 4. Reactions in Aqueous Solution.

Formula Weight and Percent Copper in a Compound (exp.4)

Feb/14: Chapter 5. Periodicity and Atomic Structure.

Identification of Unknown Metal Ions (exp. 5)

Feb/19: Chapter 5. Periodicity and Atomic Structure.

Relative Reactivity of Metals (exp.6)

Feb/21: Exam 2

Feb/26 : Chapter 6. Ionic Bonds and Some Main-Group Chemistry.

Lab Report Work Day

Feb/28: Chapter 6. Ionic Bonds and Some Main-Group Chemistry.

Lab Quiz 3.  

March/05: Chapter 7. Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure

Lewis Dot Structures (exp. 10)

March/07: Chapter 7. Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure

Hybridization and Shapes of Molecules and Ions(exp. 10)

March/19: Exam3

March/21: Chapter 8. Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

Acid-Base Titration (exp. 8)

March/26: Chapter 8. Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

Hess’ Law and Heat of Neutralization (exp. 11)

March/28: Chapter 9. Gases: Properties and Behavior.

Lab Quiz 4

Apr/02: Chapter 9. Gases: Properties and Behavior

 Lab Report Work Day

Apr/04: Exam 4

Apr/09: Chapter 10. Liquids, Solids and Phase Changes.

Determination of the Mass of Magnesium (exp. 12)

Apr/11: Chapter 10. Liquids, Solids and Phase Changes.

Oxidation-Reduction Titration (exp. 9)

Apr/16: Chapter 18. Hydrogen, Oxygen and Water.

Preparation of Common Alum (exp. 7)

Apr/18: Chapter 18. Hydrogen, Oxygen and Water.

Lab Report Work Day


Apr/23: Exam 5


Apr/ 30: Final Exam Review 2

Apr/25: Final Exam Review 1


May/ 02: Final Exam Review 3



All sections of CHEM 1411 will have a common final exam on Saturday, May 04, 2013

from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Blinn CPC facility.