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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Introductory Chemistry I CHEM-1405

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_300 CRN-21798

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/10/2013

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 10:35 AM to 11:50 AM, H-207


Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, S-218

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Chammi S Gamage-Miller

Office: H-252
Phone: 979-209-8609

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, H-252
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, H-252

Or by an appoinment


An introduction to the fundamentals and principles of chemistry as related to man's culture and environment. Designed for liberal arts and non-science majors. Cannot be substituted for CHEM 1411.

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. Recognize the symbols of the elements and distinguish between isotopes.

2. Differentiate between nuclear fusion and fission reactions and write balanced nuclear equations.

3. Solve problems based on the concept of half-life.

4. Predict trends that occur within a group or across successive periods on the periodic table.

5. Identify the shapes of molecules and distinguish whether molecules are polar or non-polar.

6. Differentiate between intermolecular forces by strength and identify the intermolecular forces present in a collection of molecules.

7. Write balanced chemical equations and perform calculations based on those equations.

8. Differentiate between strong and weak acids and bases and calculate the pH of strong acid or base solutions.

9. Identify which reactants are being oxidized or reduced.

10. Differentiate between classes of organic compounds by functional group and name.

11. Describe the solution process and specify solution concentration numerically.

12. Describe relationships between the pressure, volume, temperature and number of moles of a gas and calculate changes in quantity when the pressure, volume or temperature of a gas is varied.



Textbook: Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 7th Edition, Zumdahl & DeCoste, 2010.

Lab Manual: Introductory Chemistry 1405 Laboratory Manual, by Chammi S. Miller and Beverly Clement.

Lab Notebook: 8 ½” x 11” carbonless copy perforated pages (This is included in the lab manual)

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (optional)

eInstruction: e-campus 

Course Requirements


There will be 4 exams worth 100 points each given about as indicated in the attached schedule.  Each of the exams will include all of the material covered through that stage of the course, i.e., all exams are comprehensive. .  Make up exams will be allowed in exceptional situations at my discretion, but only if taken before the graded exam is returned to the class. 

Final exam

The final exam is comprehensive and worth 200 points. 

Laboratory Experiments

The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade.  We have 11 labs scheduled. You will be graded on your lab reports.  Pre lab reports will be due at the beginning of the lab period and post lab report will be due at the next laboratory period after the lab is completed.  Pre lab – 5 points, data/in lab – 10 points, post lab – 5 points. The lowest lab grade will be dropped.  You will lose 5 points per class period for labs turned in late. There will be no makeup labs! Pre lab questions and post lab questions can be submitted for partial credit. Due dates for labs will be available on e-campus calendar.

Lab Exams

There will be 4 lab exams scheduled and worth 50 total points. Make up lab exams will be allowed in exceptional situations at my discretion, but only if taken before the graded exam is returned to the class. 


There will be a number of quizzes given during the year.  The format of the quizzes will be varied. The class participation quiz is mandatory. You will be called upon to present a problem from a given worksheet. Your work will be graded on the completeness and accuracy of your presentation. There will be no make-up offered for quizzes.



Formal grading will be based on a point system as follows:

Four Major Exams            100 points each (400 total)

Quizzes                           100 points

Laboratory Work              200 points

Lab Exams                       50 points

Homework                        50 points

Comprehensive Final        200 points


Total                            1000 points


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

A ≥ 900 points       mastery of material

B ≥ 800 points                  “

C ≥ 700 points                  “

D ≥ 600 points                  “

F less than 599 points       “

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

Laboratory dress policy

(1) Closed-toe shoes must be worn, (2) Clothing must cover the skin from the neck to below the knees, (3) Shirts must have sleeves; alternatively, a lab coat / an apron may be worn, (4) Students are responsible for providing their own safety goggles / glasses and (5) If safety glasses are worn they must be high-impact.

Unable to present to the laboratory with proper attire will cost you an unexcused absence plus a zero grade for the lab.

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,

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.




MW H-207 (10.35-11.50)

MW S-218 (12.00-1.15)



Introduction and Lab safety


Ch 1, Ch 2 measurements

Ch 2 measurements


Ch 2 measurements

Exp. 1 Math lab


Ch 3 Matter

Exp. 2 density


Ch 4 Chemical foundation

Ch 5 Names of ions


Names of ions




Lab Exam 1


Ch 5 Nomenclature



Exp. 4 Naming compounds

Exp. 4 Naming compounds


Ch 6 Chemical reactions

Exp. 5 Evidence for reactions


Ch 7 Reactions in water

Ch 7/16 acid-base reactions


Practice problems

Exp. 6  solubility test






Lab Exam 2


pH scale

Exp. 7 - pH




Ch 8 chemical composition

Chemical quantities


Ch 9/15  Chemical quantities

Exp. 8 - titration


Ch 13  gases

Exp. 9 - Gas laws


Gas laws

Ch 10 - energy






Lab Exam 3


Ch 11 - atomic theory

Exp. 11 - flame test


atomic theory

Ch 12 Bonding


Bonding, Exp 10

Ch 14  liquids and solids


Ch 19 - Nuclear chemistry

Exp. 13 - Dye



Ch 20 Organic






Lab Exam 4







                        Final Exam – 10.15 AM– 12.15 AM