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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_306 CRN-11117
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/23/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, S-209


  • Monday, Wednesday, 2:50 PM to 4:05 PM, S-226

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Michael Golladay

OFFICE HOURS:    MW 12:30-1:15PM, TR 3:15-4:00PM, or by appointment


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, safety goggles - REQUIRED), lab coat or apron (optional)

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


Course Requirements

Chemistry 1411 is a 4 credit hour course and will consist of two components, a lecture component and a laboratory component. Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work. Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the class.



Lecture will be from 1:25-2:40PM in S209. During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized.  A short amount of time will be allocated to answering questions and solving problems. 



The lab will be held from 2:50-4:05PM in S226.  The lab work consists of selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class.  All laboratory exercises will be completed in the laboratory classroom and will be due at the beginning of the next lecture class period.  Please Note: Students will be dismissed from the laboratory if they fail to follow safety procedures, fail to wear protective eye wear at all times, or wear clothing inappropriate for the laboratory.


The following are required components of a student’s final grade.

  1. Major Exams: Four major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Major exams will account for 40% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory Reports: Twelve laboratory experiments will be performed.   The laboratory work will account for 25% of the final grade
  3. Homework: Assigned by the instructor. These materials will account for 10% of the final grade.
  4. Quizzes: Random, unannounced quizzes will be given throughout the semester.  The quizzes will account for 5% of the student's final grade.
  5. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for 20% of the final grade.


Lecture Exams:

There will be four lecture exams during the semester plus a comprehensive final exam.  Each of the exams will be closed book and closed note exam. Exams can include multiple choice and short answer questions.   In the event of absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the first class period following the missed exam in order to schedule a make-up for the exam.  Make-up exams will only be offered to students with 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.    An unexcused absence from an exam will result in a grade of zero.


Laboratory Exercises: 

The laboratory portion of Chemistry 1411 will include approximately 12 exercises designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the concepts presented in the lecture portion of the class.  All laboratory exercises will be completed during the laboratory period with lab reports due at the beginning of the next lecture class period. Absence from a laboratory class period for which a laboratory exercise is scheduled will result in a grade of zero for the laboratory exercise.  Due to limitations on laboratory class time and availability, no make-up laboratory exercises will be offered.



There will be several short quizzes given during the semester covering material from the lecture and laboratory.  Quizzes will generally be given at the start of lecture period and take less than 15 minutes.  There will be no make up for missed quizzes.



Homework related to each of the topics covered in the lecture portion of the class will be periodically assigned. All homework assignments involve the interactive tutoring online homework program “Mastering General Chemistry”.  You must purchase an account password as soon as possible and login to begin.  Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:

  1. homework is completed on time;
  2. assignment is complete;
  3. answers are correct.

Failure to submit homework assignments before the due dates will result in a grade of zero for the homework assignment.


Point Distribution:     

4 Major Exams                                             400 points

Lab Reports                                                 250 points

Homework                                                   100 points

Quizzes                                                          50 points

Lecture Final Exam                                     200 points  

Total                                                            1000 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

Course Policies:                                      

Chemistry 1411 will cover chapters 1-10, and additional material presented in the lecture. This is a 4 credit hour course.  Completion of both the lecture and the lab is required to receive a single grade for 4 credit hours of work. 

Attendance is mandatory for successful completion of the class. Attendance will be taken to comply with financial aid requirements and Blinn College attendance policy.

Cell phones are to be turned off for both the lecture and the lab. 

All students are given an email account at registration.  I will use this account to communicate with you as needed.  Get in the habit of checking this account regularly.

There will be 4 major exams that may consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions.  The final is cumulative and entirely objective.

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the fall 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


Date Lecture Topic Assignment Laboratory Assignment
26-Aug Introduction     Introduction  
28-Aug Chapter 1   Matter & Measurement Chap 1 Hmwk  Experiment 1  
2-Sep Holiday        
4-Sep Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules & Ions Chap 2 Hmwk Experiment 2 PostLab 1 Due
9-Sep Chapter 2 Naming Compounds   Chapter 2 Postlab 2 Due
11-Sep Chapter 3 Balancing Equations Chap 3 Hmwk Experiment 3 Prelab 3 Due
16-Sep Chapter 3 Stoichiometry   Chapter 3 Postlab 3 Due
18-Sep Chapter 3 Percent Composition   Exam 1 Review  
23-Sep Exam 1 Chap 1, 2, & 3 Homework Due Experiment 4 Prelab 4 Due
25-Sep Chapter 4 Chemical Reactions Chap 4 Hmwk Chapter 4  
30-Sep Chapter 4 Chemical Reactions   Chapter 4 Postlab 4 Due
2-Oct Chapter 5 Light & Energy Chap 5 Hmwk Experiment 5 Prelab 5 Due
7-Oct Chapter 5 Atomic Structure   Experiment 6 Postlab 5 Due
9-Oct Chapter 5 Electron Configuration   Exam 2 Review Postlab 6 Due
14-Oct Exam 2 Chap 4 & 5 Homework Due Experiment 7 Prelab 7 Due 
16-Oct Chapter 6  Ionic Bonding Chap 6 Hmwk Experiment 8 Postlab 7 Due
21-Oct Chapter 6  Main Group Chem.   Chapter 6   
23-Oct Chapter 7 Covalent Bonding Chap 7 Hmwk Chapter 7 Postlab 8 Due
28-Oct Chapter 7 Dot Structures   Experiment 11 Prelab 11 Due
30-Oct Chapter 7 Molecular Shape   Exam 3 Review Postlab 11 Due 
4-Nov Exam 3 Chap 6 & 7 Homework Due Experiment 9 Prelab 9 Due
6-Nov Chapter 8  Thermodynamics Chap 8 Hmwk  Chapter 8 Postlab 9 Due
11-Nov Chapter 8  Enthalpy & Entropy   Experiment 12 Prelab 12 Due
13-Nov Chapter 9 Gases Chap 9 Hmwk Chapter 9 Postlab 12 Due
18-Nov Chapter 9 Environ. Chem.   Experiment 13 Prelab 13 Due
20-Nov Chapter 10 IM Forces Chap 10 Hmwk Chapter 10 Postlab 13 Due
25-Nov Chapter 10 Liquids & Solids   Exam 4 Review  
27-Nov Holiday        
2-Dec Exam 4 Chap 8, 9, & 10  Homework Due    
4-Dec Chapter 18 Hydrogen & Oxygen   Chapter 18  
9-Dec   Final Exam Review   Final Exam Review  
13-Dec Final Exam 12:45 – 2:45 PM Rm H207