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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry II CHEM-1412

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-21773
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/11/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, S 209


  • Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S 226

Contact Information

Professor: Mr. Thom Jose

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, H 253
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, H 253


CHEM 1412 consists of the study of the fundamental laws, theories and concepts of chemistry including oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, nuclear and organic chemistry.


Prerequisites: MATH 1314 or its equivalent, CHEM 1410 or CHEM 1411 with a grade of "C" or better.

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. State the characteristics of liquids and solids, including phase diagrams and spectrometry.

2. Articulate the importance of intermolecular interactions and predict trends in physical properties.

3. Identify the characteristics of acids, bases, and salts, and solve problems based on their quantitative relationships.

4. Identify and balance oxidation-reduction equations, and solve redox titration problems.

5. Determine the rate of a reaction and its dependence on concentration, time, and temperature.

6. Apply the principles of equilibrium to aqueous systems using LeChatelier’s Principle to predict the effects of concentration, pressure, and temperature changes on equilibrium mixtures.

7. Analyze and perform calculations with the thermodynamic functions, enthalpy, entropy, and free energy.

8. Discuss the construction and operation of galvanic and electrolytic electrochemical cells, and determine standard and non-standard cell potentials.

9. Define nuclear decay processes.

10. Describe basic principles of organic chemistry and descriptive inorganic chemistry.



Textbook:  General Chemistry, John E. McMurry, Robert C. Fay, 6th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1412 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)

Course Requirements

Reading is a requirement.  Lectures and readings are designed to help you develop an 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 a 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 deadline for each assignment is the date/time of each Lecture Exam.  Past due assignments are accessible until the day of the final exam.


Quizzes are a requirement.  Several opportunities will be given during the course of the semester to earn 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 worksheet/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 should be done prior to starting the experiment.  Prelab Questions/Report Forms/Postlab Questions are due at the end of the following lab report work day.  Neatness and completeness of your data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned.  Points can be deducted for materials not submitted on the date due.  There will be 11 experiments performed during the semester, of which 10 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.


Students are responsible for purchasing and correctly wearing appropriate eye protection during the lab period. Students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes any time chemicals or equipment are being moved by anyone in the laboratory. Failure to wear eye protection or appropriate footwear will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the experiment involved (the student will receive no points for that experiment).



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 Lecture Points                       750 pts.


Laboratory Points Possible:

Experiments (10 best @ 13 pts. ea.)                         130 pts.

Laboratory Quizzes (4 quizzes @ 30 pts. ea.)              120 pts.

Total Laboratory Points                                                250 pts.

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

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 calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

CHEM 1412 – 301 Spring 2013 Tentative Schedule




14 Introduction / Review Chapter 8 Thermochemistry

16 Chapter 16 Thermodynamics

Lab Safety

21 Holiday

23 Chapter 16 Thermodynamics

Calorimetry – handout

28 Chapter 11 Solutions and Their Properties

Mol. Wt. by Freezing Pt. Depression

30 Chapter 11 Solutions and Their Properties

lab report work day


4 Exam 1


6 Chapter 12 Chemical Kinetics

Lab Quiz 1

11Chapter 12 Chemical Kinetics

Factors Which Influence Rate

13 Chapter 12 / 2.7-2.9

Iodine Clock Reaction

18 Chapter 22 Nuclear Chemistry

lab report work day

20 Chapter 22 Nuclear Chemistry

Nuclear Chemistry

25 Exam 2


27 Chapter 13 Chemical Equilibrium

Lab Quiz 2


4 Chapter 13 Chemical Equilibrium

Equilibrium Simulation – handout

6 Chapter 13 / 14

Determination of the Ka of a Weak Acid

11 Spring Break


13 Spring Break


18 Chapter 14 Aqueous Equilibria: Acids and Bases

lab report work day

20 Chapter 14 Aqueous Equilibria: Acids and Bases

Determination of the Ksp

25 Exam 3


27 Chapter 15 Applications of Aqueous Equilibria

lab report work day


1 Chapter 15 Applications of Aqueous Equilibria

Lab Quiz 3

3 Chapter 17 Electrochemistry


8 Chapter 17 Electrochemistry

lab report work day

10 Exam 4


15 Chapter 20 Coordination Chemistry

Preparation of Coordination Complexes

17 Chapter 20 Coordination Chemistry

lab report work day

22 Chapter 23 Organic Chemistry

Preparation of Aspirin and Oil of Wintergreen

24 Chapter 23 Organic Chemistry

Lab Quiz 4

29 Exam 5






1 Final Exam Review

Final Exam: Saturday May 4th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, CPC building