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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Introductory Chemistry I CHEM-1405

  • Spring 2013
  • Section SECTION_304 CRN-21806
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/14/2013 to 05/07/2013
  • Modified 01/22/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, H207


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, S218


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM, S117

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Tamari Narindoshvili


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

eInstruction CPS RF clickers



Textbook: Conceptual Chemistry, 4th Edition, Suchocki, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2010.

Lab Manual: Laboratory Manual Conceptual Chemistry, 4th Edition, Gibson & Suchocki, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011.

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)

Explorations in Conceptual Chemistry: A Student Activity Manual, 4th Edition, Jeffrey

Paradis, Prentice Hall, 2011. (Recommended)


Course Requirements

Lecture Exams

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.  Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-blank, short answer and essay questions. Make up exams are only offered to students will an excused absence. Excused absences include those officially recognized by Blinn College, plus a death in the family or an illness with a doctor’s certification. To arrange for make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence. The final exam is comprehensive worth 200 points. 

Laboratory Experiments

Laboratory Experiments are a requirement. The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25 % of the total course grade.  We have 10 labs scheduled.

There are several requirements for each wet laboratory experiment:

  1.  Pre-lab reports will be due at the beginning of the lab period. In order to complete Pre lab report, you must read carefully Introduction, Discussion and etc. given in each experiment prior to the Pre-lab questions. Without Pre-lab reports you will not be allowed to participate in the lab experiment.
  2. It is strongly advised to read and get familiar to the experiment procedure you will be doing at the lab.

It is required to briefly outline the procedure in your lab notebook and obtain carbonless copy signed by me before starting your experiment.

  1. Your work at lab and data/in lab report will be graded -5 point. The experimental procedure should be transcribed onto a new page in the lab notebook and you obtain carbonless copy signed by me after you finish your experiment.  
  2. Post lab report will be due at the next laboratory period after the lab is completed.
  3. Each lab for wet experiment will begin with a lecture on procedure and a safety briefing. DO Not Be Late to lab! Otherwise you will not be allowed to participate in the lab experiment.
  4. You must wear appropriate lab attire to be allowed to conduct any experiment.

You must always wear Safety goggles-eye protection.

Eye protection is a requirement.  Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during laboratories.  Appropriate eye protection for this class will be safety goggles.

There will be 4 lab exams scheduled and worth 200 total points.


Quizzes are a requirement.  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. You will be graded on the completeness and accuracy of your presentation. There will be no make-up offered for quizzes. The lowest two quiz grades will be dropped (excluding mandatory quiz).

Online homework assignments

Online homework assignments are a requirement. Homework will be graded on the following criteria: 1. Homework completed by deadline; 2. The assignment is complete and 3. The correct answer.  The


homework is worth 50 points. Check OWL regularly for homework deadlines. Do not ask your instructor about the homework deadlines. If you fail to submit your homework, you will receive a grade of zero for that section. You will receive a score for each chapter assignment.  No extensions for online homework.



     Criteria for Grading and Determining Final Grade

Grades will be posted on e-campus on % basis. E-campus grade book is not an official grade book.

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

Four Major Exams            100 points each (400 total)

Quizzes                             100 points

Laboratory Work              50 points

Lab Exams                        200 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

Additional Faculty Guidelines

Additional Faculty Guidelines:  

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 / 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. To avoid such a situation, please leave a pair of goggles, an apron, and a pair of proper shoes in your vehicle or in your backpack. 

Electronic devices:  You are allowed to take electronic notes. If you use electronic devices for personal activities, it will cost you -2 points from the total points. 

Cell phones:  Once instructor entered into the class room or the lab, students need to stow their cell phones in backpacks. Any cell phone activities in the class room will cost -2 points from the total points. 

Class interruption: Once instructor enters into the classroom students need to be quiet. If you like to say something or you have a question raise your hand. Then you will have an opportunity to talk. Otherwise any form of class interruptions will cost -2 points under any circumstances.

Personal Folder: Each student must maintain a personal folder to turn in all the material to be graded.  The folder should contain only the ungraded assignments. Make sure to write your name, class, and the section number in the front of the folder.  

Course Policy

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
Lectures, Labs, Exams

Introductory Chemistry 1405   /Schedule/2013 spring




Lecture    H-207

Lab S-218




Lab safety training


Ch 1 Chemistry , 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


Ch 4 Names of ions





Lab Exam 1


Ch 5 Nomenclature

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 /Ch 8 chemical composition

Exp.   7 - pH


Ch 8 chemical composition

Practice problems

 WEEK 9 SPRING BREAK (03/12-03/14)



Ch 9 Chemical quantities

Lab Midterm


Ch 9/15    Chemical quantities

Exp.   8 - Titration



Ch 13    gases

Exp.   9 - Gas laws


Gas laws

Gas laws







Lab Exam 3



Ch 11 - atomic theory

Exp.   11 - Flame test


Ch 11 -atomic theory

Ch 12 Chemical Bonding



Ch12-Chemical Bonding

Ch 14    liquids and solids


Ch 20 Organic Chemistry

Ch 20 Organic Chemistry



Ch 19 – Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy

Exp.   13 - Dye


Ch 19 – Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy





Lab Exam 4