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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_310 CRN-11121
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 10/09/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, H207


  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, S218

Contact Information

Instructor: Mr. Wayne Harshbarger

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 8:20 PM to 9:30 PM, S218


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)



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.

Course Requirements

Absences  A severe personal problem such as illness or a death in the family may, with adequate documentation, warrant special academic consideration during the ongoing term for making-up certain work or turning in certain materials late.  However, the difficult situation is not in itself an excuse for failure to meet the course requirements.  If such a situation arises it is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor immediately of the situation and the surrounding circumstances.  Supportive documentation must be provided regardless of the circumstances.  Make-up work may or may not be given for unexcused absences. 


I do not provide copies of missed notes to students; therefore, make arrangements with another student to get the notes. 


Reading is a requirement.  Lectures and readings are designed to help you develop an understanding of the material being emphasized.  Sometimes I will ask you to read material before you come to class and other times after a lecture is delivered.  Please pay attention to announcements in class as to where you should be with the readings.


Homework is a requirement.  There will be 4 assignments due during the semester worth 25 points each set (100 pts. maximum).  Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:

• Homework is turned in on time

• The assignment is complete

• The answers are correct

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:  The deadline for each assignment is the date/time of each Lecture Exam.  Past due assignments are accessible until the day of the final exam.


Quizzes are a requirement. There will be at least 10 pop quizzes during the lecture portion of the course. These quizzes will be given during the first 5 minutes of class and be worth 5 points each. The 10 highest scores will count for a maximum of 50 points towards your final grade.   


Exams are a requirement.  There will be 4 Lecture Exams worth 100 points each given on the days indicated in the attached schedule.  These exams may have a combination of multiple-choice questions that will be machine-graded and non-multiple choice questions that will be hand-graded. The Final Exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points. 


Laboratory Experiments are a requirement.  The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade.  For each worksheet/experiment you will receive a total score between 0 and 13.  The Lab Report must reflect information obtained by you while in the laboratory and recorded in your lab notebook.  A Data Sheet from your lab notebook must be turned in before you leave; alternatively, a Lab Attendance Sheet must be signed.  Lab Reports will not be accepted unless one of these has been completed for the experiment.  Lab Reports must be turned in individually (i.e. each student must turn in an assignment).  The Prelab Questions should be done prior to starting the experiment.  Prelab Questions/Report Forms/Postlab Questions are due at the end of the following lab report work day.  Neatness and completeness of your data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned.  Points can be deducted for materials not submitted on the date due.  There will be 12 experiments performed during the semester, of which 10 be counted toward the final course grade (130 pts. maximum)


Laboratory Quizzes are a requirement.  In addition, 4 Lab Quizzes based on laboratory material will be given during the lab period on the days indicated in the attached schedule.  These laboratory quizzes are worth 30 points each.


Students are responsible for purchasing and correctly wearing appropriate eye protection during the lab period. Students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes any time chemicals or equipment are being moved by anyone in the laboratory. Failure to wear eye protection or appropriate footwear will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the experiment involved (the student will receive no points for that experiment).



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

  1. Major Exams: At least three major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Major exams will account for at least 30% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory Reports: At least 8 laboratory experiments will be performed.  Lab Exams may be given at the discretion of the instructor.  The laboratory work will account for 25% of the final grade
  3. Homework: Assigned by the instructor. These materials will account for approximately 10% of the final grade.
  4. Final Exam: Comprehensive exam covering the entire course. The comprehensive final exam will account for at least 20% of the final grade.
  5. Additional Reports or Projects: Given at the discretion of the instructor.


Grading Criteria: Grades will be calculated in the following manner:


Lecture Points Possible:

Exams (4 exams @ 100 pts. ea.)  400 pts.

Comprehensive Final                    200 pts.

Homework (4 @ 25 pts. ea.)         100 pts.

Quiz Credit (5 best @ 10 pts. ea.)                50 pts.

Total Lecture Points                    750 pts.


Laboratory Points Possible:

Experiments (13 reports @ 10 pts. ea.)                    130 pts.

Laboratory Quizzes (4 quizzes @ 30 pts. ea.)         120 pts.

Total Laboratory Points                                           250 pts.


Major Assignments Calendar:


Exam 1


Homework 1


Lab Quiz 1


Exam 2


Homework 2


Lab Quiz 2


Exam 3


Homework 3


Lab Quiz 3


Exam 4


Homework 4


Lab Quiz 4








Final Exam






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

CHEM 1411 Fall 2013 Tentative Schedule





26 Chapter 1 Chemistry: Matter and Measurement   / Lab Safety

28 Chapter 1/ Experiment 2 Densities of Solids and Liquids


23 Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules and Ions



Sep2 Chapter 2 & Chapter 3

Sept4 Chapter 3 and Experiment 3 Waters of Hydration of Epsom  Salt

Sept 9 Chapter 4 Reactions in Aqueous Solution

          Experiment 4  


Sept 11 Chapter 4

Sept 16 Review for Exam 1/ LAB QUIZ 1  

Sept 18 EXAM 1 Chapters 1,2,3,4


Sept 23 Chapter 5/ Experiment 5

Sept 25 Chapter 5/ Chapter 6


Sept 30  Chapter 6/ Experiment 6

Oct 2 Chapter 7


Oct 7 Chapter 7 Experiment 10 Hybridization & Shapes


Oct 9 Review for Exam 2/ Lab Quiz 2 

Oct 14 EXAM 2 Chapters 5,6,7

Oct 16 Chapter 8/ Experiment 12

Oct 21 Chapter 8 Thermochemistry/ Experiment 8 Acid – Base Titration



Oct 23Chapter 9/ Experiment 11

Oct 28  Chapter 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior 


Oct 30 Exam 3 Review Lab Quiz 3



Nov 4 EXAM 3 Chapters 8,9

Nov 6  Chapter 10 / Experiment 9 Oxidation – Reduction Titration


Nov 11 Chapter 10: Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes 

Nov 13 Chapter 11Experiment 7 Preparation of Common Alum


Nov 18 Chapter 11: Solutions and Their Properties


Nov 20 Chapter 18 / Lab Quiz 4


Nov 25 Chapter 18 Hydrogen, Oxygen and Water/

Nov 27 Exam Review

Dec 2  EXAM 4 Chapters 10,11,18

Dec 4 Final Exam Review

Dec 9th Final Review



Final Exam: TBA