Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM
General Chemistry I CHEM-1411
Instructor: Ms. Lorraine M Lindsay
Phone: (979) 209-7424
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: McGraw Hill Connect
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.
Chemistry 1411 covers chapters 1-10 & 18 of the text. Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work.
During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. There will be assigned material that will not be covered in lecture, but that does not mean that the material is not to be covered on exams. Questions relevant to the material under discussion will be accepted at any time during the lecture period. A short amount of time will be allocated at the beginning of each period to answering student questions. Students may not use electronic devices, other than ‘clickers’, during lecture. Lecture outlines are available on eCampus under the ‘Lessons’ tab. Print these off as: handouts, 4 slides /page, grayscale, no frames, landscape orientation. Please turn all cell phone, music players and computers off during lecture.
The syllabus lists the appropriate reading assignment that should be completed prior to lecture. Prior reading of the material familiarizes students with the pertinent vocabulary and concepts allowing the students to gain a better understanding through lecture and practice.
Short clicker quizzes will be given daily over reading assignments or lecture material. Each student’s best 10 quiz grades will be kept.
The 4 lecture exams will be composed of a combination of multiple-choice and free response questions. Responses to the multiple choice portion will be made via the eInstruction CPS Clickers. Only the simple scientific calculators (nonprogrammable) will be allowed. The instructor will not loan calculators to students without the appropriate calculator. All mobile phones and electronic devices must be turned off and stowed during the exam. Students may not leave the exam to go to the restroom. The final exam will be comprehensive and all multiple-choice worth 200 points. Exams missed without timely notification of the instructor will be given a grade of zero. This means you must email or phone the instructor the day of the exam. Make-up exams will be available to those who appropriately notified the instructor of a missed exam.
There are two types of online homework each worth 5% of the final grade.
Type Iis a preparatory assignment to be completed by 12:05 pm, prior to coming to class.
Type II is a typical homework assignment which will coincide with the 4 regularly scheduled exams and be due 11:55 pm the night before the exam.
Homework will be graded based on completion of assignment (questions required for the mastery of the material). Homework collection and grading will be handled by the McGraw Hill Connect online tutorial and homework. To access the homework you must have an access code provided to you by the instructor
The lab work consists of the best ten of eleven selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class. Each lab activity is worth 15 points: 3 points for the Pre—Lab Questions, 2 points for a copy of the Data Sheet, 10 points for the Post-Lab Report and Questions. Pre-Lab Questions, Post-Lab Reports and Post-Lab Questions are expected to be the students own work.
will include questions on chemistry concepts and calculations involved in the experiments as well as laboratory safety and techniques. Make-up lab quizzes are available if students notify instructor in a timely manner.
Formal Grading Letter Grade (typical):
4 Major Exams (4 * 100) = 400 points A = 900 - 1000
10 Quizzes/workshops = 50 points B = 800 - 899
4 Homework (4* 25) = 100 points C = 700 - 799
10 Laboratory reports = 150 points D = 600 - 699
2 Laboratory Quizzes (2*50) = 100 points F = ≤ 599
Lecture Final Exam = 200 points
Total = 1000 points
Blinn College Policies
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.
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:
- 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);
- representing the College District at an official institutional function;
- high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
- 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.
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
Final Grade Appeal
Attendance Policy Reminder
Missing lecture, lab or both will countas one absence. For classes that meet five times a week during the summer semester, 3 absences count as two week’s absences. Students accumulating two week’s of absences (three unexcused absences) will be dropped.
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 contact the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, S 241, email@example.com.
Eating and Drinking
Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories
CH 1 - 4
Atoms Molecules and Ions;
Formulas, Equations and Moles;
Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
Safety; Exp. #1: Math Review
Exp. #2: Density
Exp. #3: Water of Hydration
6/10 - 14
CH 4 - 7
Exam 1 (CH 1 – 3)
Reactions in Aqueous Solutions;
Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure;
Exp. #4: Copper Compound
Exp. #5: Unknown Metal Ions
Exp. #6: Reactivity of Metals
Mid-Term Lab Quiz
6/17 - 21
CH 7 - 9
Exam 2 (CH 4 – 6)
Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure;
Exam 3(CH 7 – 8)
Exp. #10: Lewis Dot Structures
Exp. #11: Hess’s Law
Exp. #8: Acid-Base Titration
6/24 - 28
CH 9, 10 & 18
Liquids, Solids and Phase Changes;
Hydrogen, Oxygen and Water
Exam 4 (CH 9-10)
Exp. #12: Gas Laws
Final Lab Quiz
Exp. #9: Redox Reactions
CH 1 – 10 & 18