Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM
General Chemistry I CHEM-1411
Instructor: Mr. Lee Jennings
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: Mastering Chemistry; Pearson – Prentice Hall; www.masteringchemistry.com
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.
There will be 10 assignments due during the semester worth 2 points each. Homework
collection and grading will be handled by the online Mastering Chemistry website. A code must be purchased in order to access this system. Further instructions and due dates are given at the website: www.masteringchemistry.com.
There will be 4 exams worth 100 points each 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. The lowest of thefour exam grades will be dropped. Format of the exams will vary. 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. The final exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 150 points.
There will be 10 experiments worth 12 points each about as indicated in the attached
schedule. Experiments objectives, introduction, procedures, and report forms are found in General Chemistry 1411 Laboratory Manual, 2nd Edition. Experiment 1 will be done in lab on the first day of lab but will not be taken for a grade. You will be graded on the lab report that you turn in which will consist of Pre-Lab Questions, Post-Lab Report, and Post-Lab questions. All calculations must include equations, units, and significant figures. Lab reports will be due at the end of the week that the lab is scheduled. One lab may be turned in late for full credit. Make-up labs are not available.
There will be three quizzes given during the year. There will be no makeup offered for quizzes.
Students re responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye
protection during laboratories. Appropriate eye protection for this class will be safety goggles or OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields. No “loaners” are available.
Lecture Points Possible:
Exams (4 exams @ 100 pts. ea.) 300 pts.
Comprehensive Final 150 pts.
Homework (10 @ 2 pts. ea.) 20 pts.
Quizzes (3 @ 10 pts each) 30 pts
Labs (10 @ 12 pts each) 120 pts
Total Course Points 620 pts
The grading scale will be:
Course Grade ≥ 90 % = A
Course Grade ≥ 80 % = B
Course Grade ≥ 70 % = C
Course Grade ≥ 60 % = D
Blinn College Policies
Final Grade Appeal
Students with Disabilities
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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.
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