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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Introductory Chemistry I CHEM-1405

  • Spring 2013 Full Term 2013

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-21804

  • 4 Credits

  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013

  • Modified 01/16/2013

Meeting Times


Tuesday, Thursday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, H207


Tuesday, Thursday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, S218

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Bell

Office: H256
Phone: 979-209-8606

Txt only phone: 347-709-2436

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, H256

Office visits can also be arranged by appointment.


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.

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Lab Notebook: 8 ½” x 11” carbonless copy perforated pages

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


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.
•Clickers or Classroom Response Devices will be used during class to answer questions for point credit. CPS 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:

•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 write up and its carbonless copy are due at the beginning of the lab period on the day of the experiment. The experimental procedure should be transcribed word for word onto a new page in your lab notebook. Begin transcribing where it reads, “Safety”, also include the entire “Experimental Procedure”section. You will NOT be allowed to participate in lab without the completed experimental procedure write up 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 7 pts) and postlab report forms (worth 8 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. CPS 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

Note:  If and only if you have complete 100% of the homework and are within five points of a letter grade, I will round up to that letter grade.

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 with questions.
•Txt the instructor with questions to 347.709.CHEM (2436).
•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,

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



Tue, Jan 15, 2013/Introduction to Class/Safety Training Pt. 1

Thu, Jan 17, 2013/Ch 2 Measurements and Calculations/Safety Training Pt. 2

Tue, Jan 22, 2013/Ch 2/Ch 3 Matter/Exp 1 (Math)

Thu, Jan 24, 2013/Ch 4 Chemical Foundations:  Elements, Atoms, and Ions/Exp 2 (Density)

Tue, Jan 29, 2013/Ch 4 Chemical Foundations:  Elements, Atoms, and Ions/Clicker Challenge

Thu, Jan 31, 2013/Exam 1 (Pt. 1)/Exam 1 (Pt. 2)

Tue, Feb 5, 2013/Ch 5 Nomenclature/Exp 3 Pt 1 (Mixtures)

Thu, Feb 7, 2013/Ch 6 Chemical Reactions:  An Introduction/Exp 3 Pt 2 (Mixtures)

Tue, Feb 12, 2013/Ch 7 Reactions in Aqueous Solutions/Clicker Challenge

Thu, Feb 14, 2013/Exam 2 (Pt. 1)/Exam 2 (Pt. 2)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013/Ch 8 Chemical Composition/Exp 4 (Naming)

Thu, Feb 21, 2013/Ch 8 Chemical Composition/Exp 5 (Rxns)

Tue, Feb 26, 2013/Ch 9 Chemical Quantities/Exp 6 (Solubility)

Thu, Feb 28, 2013/Ch 9 Chemical Quantities/Exp 7 (pH)

Tue, Mar 5, 2013/Ch 11 Modern Atomic Theory/Lab Midterm

Thu, Mar 7, 2013/Ch 11 Modern Atomic Theory/Clicker Challenge

Tue, Mar 12, 2013/Holiday

Thu, Mar 14, 2013/Holiday

Tue, Mar 19, 2013/Exam 3 (Pt. 1)/Exam 3 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Mar 21, 2013/Ch 12 Chemical Bonding/Exp 8 (Acid/Base)

Tue, Mar 26, 2013/Ch 12 Chemical Bonding/Exp 9 (Gas Laws)

Thu, Mar 28, 2013/Ch 13 Gases/Exp 10 (Lewis Structures)

Tue, Apr 2, 2013/Ch 13 Gases/Exp 11 (Fireworks)

Thu, Apr 4, 2013/Ch 14 Liquids and Solids/Clicker Challenge

Tue, Apr 9, 2013/Exam 4 (Pt. 1)/Exam 4 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Apr 11, 2013/Ch 15 Solutions/Exp 12 (Nuclear)*

Tue, Apr 16, 2013/Ch 15 Solutions/Solutions WS

Thu, Apr 18, 2013/Ch 19 Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy/Lab Final

Tue, Apr 23, 2013/Ch 20 Organic Chemistry/Clicker Challenge

Thu, Apr 25, 2013/Exam 5 (Pt. 1)/Exam 5 (Pt. 2)

Tue, Apr 30, 2013/Clicker Challenge

Thu, May 2, 2013/Final Exam in Lecture Room from 12:45-2:45 pm