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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-11105
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/29/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, H207


  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:10 AM to 10:25 AM, S218

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms Florinda Rachel Sanchez


Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences, health sciences, and engineering; topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodicity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, properties of gases, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry. The laboratory experiments are designed to support theoretical principles presented in lecture and include an introduction of the scientific method, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and the preparation of laboratory reports.


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.
  14. Use basic apparatus and chemicals with proper laboratory techniques and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
  15. Make a detailed written laboratory report that includes careful recording of accurate experimental observations, interpretations of experimental data, and the presentation of logical conclusions according to theoretical principles with supporting references.
  16. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry.



Textbook: Chemistry, 6th Edition, McMurry-Fay; Pearson – Prentice Hall, 2012.

Lab Manual: General Chemistry 1411 Laboratory Manual 4th Edition, Beverly A. Clement, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2013.

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)

eInstruction CPS RF clickers

General Chemistry-Official Study Guide by ACS; ISBN 0-9708042-0-2 (Optional)


Course Requirements


A)  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 to attending lecture over that material for each lecture given.

B.) 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

C.) Quizzes will be used during class to answer questions for point credit.  Quiz points will be weighted by a total of 100 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester.

D.) Exams will be weighted by a total of 400 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester.  Each exam counts for 100 points. 

E.) The final exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points.

F.)  Laboratory quizzes are a requirement.  There will be 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.

G.)  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 will be provided for you in class.  The first few pages for each experiment contains the prelab discussion, experimental procedure and safety guidelines.  The last few pages for each experiment contains the prelab, in-lab guidelines, and postlab report.


There are several requirements for each wet laboratory experiment:


1.) The Prelab questions are due at the beginning of the lecture period on the day of the experiment.  You should complete these directly on the print out from the experiment’s documents in your lab manual.

2.) 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 onto a new page in your lab notebook.  The experimental procedure may be found in the first of the two experiment documents.  Begin transcribing where it reads, “Experimental Procedure” and go all the way through (and include) the “Safety” section at the end of the first experiment document.  You may paraphrase.  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.

3.)  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.  Directions for the in-lab guidelines can be found in the second of the two experiments documents.  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.

4.)  You must wear appropriate lab attire to be allowed to conduct any wet experiment.  Appropriate lab attire consists of 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.) You will NOT be allowed to participate in you do not wear proper lab attire and you will receive 0 points for the postlab report.  I 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.

5.)  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!  I you are late to lab, you will NOT be allowed to participate in lab and will receive 0 points for the postlab report.

6.)  Postlab reports are due the day of the next class at the beginning of the lecture period.  You should complete these directly on the print out from the experiment’s documents 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 is signed by the instructor at the end of the preceding lab period and 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.

7.)  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, “Go.”  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.

8.) Prelab questions (worth 2 pts) and postlab report forms (worth 3 pts) must be turned in individually (i.e., each student must turn in an assignment).  Lab write up worth 10pts. Neatness and completeness of the data sheets, pre-labs, and reports will be considered when points are assigned (i.e., if I cannot read it, I cannot grade it.) Experiments and in-lab worksheets count for 15% of your final course grade (150 pts. Maximum).






Exams (@ 100 pts. ea.)

400 pts.

Comprehensive Final

200 pts.

Online Homework

100 pts.

Lecture Quizzes ( 4 @ 25 pts. Ea.)

100 pts.

Experiments/Worksheets (10 best @ 15 pts. ea

150 pts.

Laboratory Quizzes (2 Quizzes at 25 pts.ea.)   

  50 pts.

Total Course Points

1000 pts.


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

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


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
      Lecture Due in Lec Lab Due in Lab Due Online
Wk 1 M 8/26 Course Information Sheet   Lab Write Up    
      Mastering Chemistry   Safety Video/Safety Quiz    
      Ch 1. Matter and Meas.        
  W 8/28 Ch 1. Matter and Meas.   Lab 1    
Wk 2 M 9/2 Holiday   Holiday    
  W 9/4 Ch 2. Atoms, Molecules… Lab 1 Wkst. Nomenclature    
Wk 3 M 9/9 Ch 2. Atoms, Molecules… Wkst Nomen. Lab 2 Pre Lab 2/WU  
  W 9/11 Ch 3. Formulas, Equations..   Wkst. Equations/Lab 3 Pre Lab 3/WU  
Wk 4 M 9/16 Ch 3. Formulas, Equations.. Post Lab 2 Wtkst. Equations/Stoic Prob     
  W 9/18 Quiz 1/Review Quiz   Lab 4: Part 1 Pre Lab 4/WU  
Wk 5 M 9/23 Exam 1 Part 1: Chap 1,2,3   Exam 1 Part 2: Chap 1,2,3   HW 1/2/3
          Lab 4: Part 2    
  W 9/25 Rev. Exam 1/Chap 4 Rxs Post Lab 3 Ch 4. Rxs/Lab  5 Video Pre Lab 5/WU  
Wk 6 M 9/30 Ch 4. Reactions Post Lab 4 Chap 4 Cont./Wkst. Ionic Equ    
  W 10/2 Ch 5. Periodicity and Atomic Structure Post Lab 5 Lab 6 Pre Lab 6/WU  
Wk 7 M 10/7 Ch 5. Periodicity and Atomic Structure   Chap 5 Cont./Act. Wkst    
  W 10/9 Ch 6. Ionic Bonds Post Lab 6 Lab 8 Pre Lab 8/WU  
Wk 8 M 10/14 Ch 6. Ionic Bonds   Ch 6. Ionic Bonds    
  W 10/16 Quiz 2/Review Quiz Post Lab 8 Lab 9 Pre Lab 9/WU  
Wk 9 M 10/21 Exam 2 Chap 4,5,6   Exam 2 Part 2: Chap 4,5,6   HW 4/5/6
  W 10/23 Review Exam 2/ Ch 7 Post Lab 9 Lab 10 Pre Lab 10/WU  
Wk 10 M 10/28 Ch 7/   Chap 7    
  W 10/30 Ch 8-Thermochemistry Post Lab 10 Lab 7 Pre Lab 7/WU  
Wk 11 M 11/4 Ch 8.   Chap 8 /Lab 7 Pt 2: Collect Wt.    
  W 11/6 Quiz 3/Review Quiz Post Lab 7 Lab 11 Pre Lab 11/WU  
Wk 12 M 11/11 Exam 3 Chap 7/8   Exam 3 Part 2: Chap 7,8   HW 7/8
  W 11/13 Review Exam 3/Ch 9. Gases Post Lab 11 Lab 12 Pre Lab 12/WU  
Wk 13 M 11/18 Chap 9   Chap 9/Problems    
  W 11/20 Chap 9 Post Lab 12 Ch 10. Liquids, Solids...     
Wk 14 M 11/25 Ch 10. Liquids, Solids...    Lab Practical    
  W 11/27 Holiday   Holiday    
Wk 15 M 12/2 Quiz 4   Rev. Quiz/Ans. Ques. Final Exam    
  W 12/4 Exam 4 Chap 9/10/Cumulative   Exam 4 Part 2: Chap 9/10/Cum   HW 9/10
Wk 16 M 12/9 Chap 18/Presentations    Review Final    
  W 12/11 Final Exam