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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_308 CRN-11119
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 11/14/2013

Instructor:  Dr.  John E. Wharton

Meeting Times

Office: S117

Office Hours: MW 9:10 am – 10:10 am

Class: Mon & Wed: Lecture: 4:15 –5:30 pm, Lab: 5:40 – 6:55 pm

Contact Information

Phone: 979-209-8253

Email: [email protected] 


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)

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


Course Requirements

All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will include:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A minimum of 8 laboratory experiments
  3. A comprehensive final exam



There are 4 exams worth 100 points each; the lowest exam grade is dropped. There are 17 quizzes worth 10 points each; the 2 lowest quiz grades are dropped. A maximum of 10 labs worth 25 point each will be counted towards your final grade.  Home work is worth 100 points. The final exam is worth 200 points, giving a total of 1000 points. 


Letter Grade




90 – 100%     


80 – 89 %


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


59% - below


Homework collection and grading will be handled by the Mastering General Chemistry system. A code must be purchased in order to access this system. Further instructions are given at: You are responsible for answering as many problems from the text as possible in preparation for quizzes and exams. We will work some of these problems in class.

Quizzes and Exams

All of the exams are scheduled for Monday of the week listed.  The quizzes are short and will be given at the very beginning of the class.  If you are late to class, you will be late to the quiz and will receive no additional time for the quiz.  Class will follow the quiz.  The exams are given for the full class period.  There are no make-up quizzes or exams. 

Quizzes will cover material from one quiz or exam to the next.  Exams will cover material covered since the last exam. The coverage for quizzes and exams will be announced in class.  You need to be on time to class to make sure that you hear all of the announcements.

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

Academic Integrity

I will prosecute to the fullest extent allowable in the event of academic misconduct.  A grade of “F” in the course will be received in the event of academic misconduct which includes the following:  copying material in lab, copying the prelab from the work of other students, looking at the quizzes or exams of others during class, etc.  Please consult the Student Conduct Code. 


Attendance will be taken seriously. You should know that there is a strong correlation between good grades and good class attendance.

 Professionalism Issues

A good attitude is important in a class and laboratory such as this one.  I expect to witness this in all of you at all points during the course.  This will be a factor in determining borderline grades.  Please turn off all portable communication devices before entering the classroom. They create a disturbance.  Violators of this policy can be removed from the course.

Please let me know if you are having problems with class material.  It can be enormously difficult to catch up once you get behind.  I’m more than happy to work with you in my office and to make various study suggestions.  Remember that I am available at times other than my office hours for help.

Tips for Success

Attend all classes.  The quizzes and exams are based mostly on material that is covered in class.  You must be present to know what is going on!

  1. Do not wait until the night before the exam or quiz to begin studying.  You should practice chemistry at least an hour or so a day.
  2. Be on time to class.  Quizzes are given at the start of class and you risk missing it altogether if you are late.  Announcements are also given at the start of class.
  3. Do not wait until we have finished covering a chapter before working on chapter problems.  Read one section and begin doing the problems pertaining to that section.
  4. Come to see me when you start to run into problems.  I am the most underutilized resource available to you!  I will be happy to work with you to see where your problems are and to offer solutions.

Laboratory Policies

The Laboratory Dress Code is mandatory for all Chemistry labs.  Students who do not comply with the Laboratory Dress Code will not be permitted to participate in laboratory assignments.  

      A.   Safety glasses or goggles cover your entire eyes.

      B.   Closed shoes - toes & heel must be covered

      C.   Legs covered to the ankle

      D.   Shirt or blouse must have sleeves

      E.   No exposed midriffs 


  1. You must bring goggles or safety glasses to lab each week.  You will not be allowed to work in the laboratory without them.  You must wear them to enter the laboratory.  If you are not wearing your laboratory goggles or safety glasses, we will remind you to put them on once.  If we have to remind you a second time, 2 points will be removed from your lab grade.  A third violation will result in eviction from the laboratory.


  1. You must be on time to lab.  If you are late to lab, you will lose 2 points from the lab for every 3 minutes late.  At 7 minutes after the hour, you will not be allowed into the lab.  You must be present for the prelab discussion which includes safety information.  Absence from this discussion will result in a zero for the lab grade.


  1. You must be appropriately dressed for lab at all times.  See the dress code above.


  1. Prelaboratory exercises are required for each laboratory and are due at the start of the laboratory period. They are worth 5 points out of the 25 point lab grade.


  1. Laboratory work will be due at the end of the lab session unless otherwise notified.


  1. Cleaning-up is part of your lab grade.  If your work station is not cleaned or glassware not put away, then points will be deducted from your lab.


  1. Dry-labbing (making up lab data without performing the experiment or copying old lab data from the lab reports of others) is considered a form of academic misconduct and will be treated accordingly.




Week of

Tentative Chapter Coverage


Quizzes and Exams

Aug 26

Chapter 2:  Atoms Molecules and Ions.

Safety Lab. Introductory Lab

Quiz 1


Sep 2

Chapter 3: Mass Relation in Chemical Reaction

Experiment 1


Quiz 2




Sep 9

Chapter 3 continued. Chapter 4: Reactions in Aqueous Solution 

Experiment 2

Exam 1.  (M)

Quiz 3


Sep 16

Chapter 4 continued. Chapter 5: Periodicity and the Electronic Structure of Atoms

Experiment 3


Quiz 4

Quiz 5

Sep 23

Chapter 5 continued:

Experiment 4


Quiz 6

Quiz 7


Sep 30

Chapter 6: Ionic Bonds and Some Main-Group Chemistry


Experiment 5


Exam 2. (M)

Quiz 8


Oct 7

Chapter 6 continued. Chapter 7: Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure

Experiment 6



Quiz 19

Quiz 10

Oct 14

Chapter 7 continued

Experiment 7

Quiz 11

Quiz 12


Oct 21

Chapter 8: Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

 Experiment 8

Exam 3. (M)

Quiz 13


Oct 28

Chapter 8 continued. Chapter 9: Gases: Their Properties and Behavior


Experiment 9


Quiz 14

Quiz 15


Nov 4

Chapter 9 continued

Chapter 10: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes.

Experiment 10

Quiz 16

Quiz 17


Nov 11

Chapter 10 continued

Chapter 18: Hydrogen,Oxygen, Water

Experiment 11

Exam 4. (M)

Nov 18

 Chapter 18 continued


Experiment 13


Nov 25



Dec 1



Friday, December 13

3:15-5:15 pm



Final Exam