Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM
General Chemistry I CHEM-1411
Instructor: Ms. Tracy Fulton Office: S-117
Office Hours: MW 1:30 to 2:30 or by appointment
Classes and Laboratories will be held on the Mondays and Wednesdays that the Bryan Blinn campus is open.
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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.
- Define the fundamental properties of matter.
- Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions.
- Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.
- Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table.
- Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
- Solve stoichiometric problems.
- Write chemical formulas.
- Write and balance equations.
- Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds.
- Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions.
- Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems.
- Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions.
- Convert units of measure and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills.
- Use basic apparatus and chemicals with proper laboratory techniques and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
- 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.
- 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; www.masteringchemistry.com
Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)
Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons or lab coats (optional)
General Chemistry-Official Study Guide by ACS; ISBN 0-9708042-0-2 (Optional)
Course Outline: Chemistry 1411 covers chapters 1 through 10 and chapter 18 of the textbook. Completion of both the lecture and the laboratory is required for a single grade for 4 credit hours of work.
Lecture: The material in lecture will cover the above mentioned chapters. There will be additional material in the textbook that will not be covered in lecture, you will be responsible for that material as well. I will ask student during several times for any questions, but questions are welcome at any point. Lecture outlines will be available on eCampus under the lessons tab. Additional worksheets or practice tests will also be available on eCampus. You may print any of this material up for your use. All cell phones and any additional electronic devices will not be used during lecture or class time.
Reading Assignments: This syllabus lists reading assignments that will be due prior to the lecture. Quizzes covering the reading assignments will be given during lecture time to ensure that your reading assignments are completed.
Exams: There will be 5 major exams for this class that are composed of both multiple choice and free response questions. Only simple scientific calculators (standard, without graph and memory features) will be allowed during an exam or quiz. Other electronic devices, including cell phones, must be turned off and put away during the exam. The multiple choice questions and the free response questions will be filled out appropriately on the test. I will give further details about how to respond to the questions to ensure maximum points to be assigned. Students may not leave the exam to go to the restroom.
Homework: There will be seven homework assignments through MasteringChemistry. The due dates are listed below in this syllabus, they are due by 10AM on the due date listed. MasteringChemistry is an online tutorial and homework system. To access the homework, you must have an access code. This is available with the purchase of any new textbook, an electronic textbook package, or you can purchase the access code for MasteringChemistry by itself. I will review these options during the first day of lecture. You can find information on the access code and any desired instructions on www.masteringchemistry.com.
Laboratory: There will be 12 laboratories covered in this course. There will be times in which we will not be working on a laboratory during the alloted time. You will be required to attend this alloted laboratory time, regardless. We will be doing additional lectures during this time period.
Laboratory Work: The lab work makes up 25% of your grade. This grade will be determined by pre-lab work, attendence in the lab, the laboratory report, and laboratory . There will be pre-lab questions, reading assignments, pre-lab questions and preparation of the in-lab guidelines due at the start of each lab. During the laboratory, all safety procedures must be followed.
Lab Safety: There will be certain safety procedures that must be followed at all times. Failure to follow procedures will result in a expulsion from the laboratory and a zero for that laboratory. There will be a contract stating your intentions to follow all safety procedures and a safety quiz that you must pass before you can attend any lab.
Students are required to wear closed toes shoes that cover the entire foot, safety glasses, at a minimum short sleeves (no tank tops), and at a minimum skirts/shorts that cover the knees. If appropriate clothes are not worn, the student cannot attend the lab and will be given a zero for that lab grade. It would be advisable to have a spare set of pants and shoes in your vehicle or purchase a lab coat to carry to class, in addition to your goggles.
Lab Quizzes: There will be two laboratory quizzes through the semester. The questions in these quizzes will be centered around mathmatical components of the laboratory, techniques learned in the laboratory, and the objectives of each laboratory. Make up quizzes are only available if the student has a university excused absence.
Missed Labs: There will be no makeup labs available. Partial credit for pre-lab questions and post-lab questions will be given for credit if completed for an excused absence. The criteria for grades shows that 10/12 labs are used for 20% of the grade.
Deadlines:All assigned work is expected to be turned in on time. Late work may be turned in at the next class meeting for a maximum of half points earned.
Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive and all multiple-choice worth 200 points.
|Best 4/5 Major Exams||=||400 points||A =||900 - 100|
|Reading Quizzes/Worksheets||=||50 points||B =||800 - 899|
|7 Homework||=||100 points||C =||700 - 799|
|Best 10/12 Lab Reports||=||200 points||D =||600 - 699|
|Lab Quizzes||=||50 points||F =||< 599|
|Final Exam||=||200 points|
There are six different components of your final grade.
|Exams||40%||Chem 1411 Objectives||
5 total exams will be given. The top four grades will be used to calculate your grade.
|Homework||10%||Chem 1411 Objectives||
Seven homework assignments on MasteringChemistry
|Laboratory Pre-lab and Reports||20%||Laboratory Objectives||
12 grades from Pre-lab work and Lab Reports. Only the best 10 of the reports will be used to calculate the grade.
|Laboratory Quizzes||5%||Safety and Procedures||
One safety quiz and two laboratory procedure quizzes will be given. The dates of these quizzes are not in the syllabus, they will be pop quizzes to ensure that you are completing all of the assignments.
There will be several reading assignment quizzes given throughout the semester. The dates of these quizzes are not in the syllabus. These will be pop quizzes to ensure that the assigments are being completed.
|Final Exam||20%||All material from Chem 1411||
The final exam will be given on December 11th. The final will be composed of comprehensive multiple-choice questions.
Laboratory Grade Guidelines: The pre-lab questions, the procedure, and the in-lab guidelines are due at the beginning of each lab. I will come around and initial these at the start of class. If I haven't initialled your lab by the first 20 minutes, please ask me to come by. This component of your lab grade is worth 5 points. The format of your final lab report, the clean state your lab station and glassware was left in, and whether the safety guidelines were followed are worth 5 points of the lab grade. The final data from the lab is worth 5 points and the post-lab questions and lab report are worth 5 points. You must also have your lab data initialled for the points.
|A||900 - 1000|
|B||800 - 899|
|C||700 - 799|
|D||600 - 699|
|F||< or = 599|
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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.
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This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process. The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.
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:
- 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.
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.
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
Final Grade Appeal
Please communicate primarily via email with the instructor or visit with the instructor during office hours. Texting to (832) 534-CHEM will be allowed as well. If you are going to be absent to a lab, lecture, or test, please advise the instructor and if the absence is not a college excused absence, please visit the instructor or email the instructor to discuss further.
Lecture and Laboratory Policies
Please be respectful of the instructor and their policies during class time and laboratory time. If any vulgur language is used, the instructor has a right to ask you to leave the class or lab.
Eating and Drinking
Eating or drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.
Please request a conference with your instructor first to resolve the problem or issue. If a resolution cannot be reached, then contact the Chemistry Department Coordinator, Ms. Lorraine Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance is required for both the laboratory and the lecture. If either one is missed it counts as an absence. Four absences that are not excused absences recognized as above mentioned by Blinn College will result in the student being dropped from the course.
Dropping the Course: It is the student's responsibility to officially drop a class. The last day to drop this semester with a Q is November 15th.
All students are expected to present only their work in this course. Any student presenting collaborative work with a second student will recieve a zero for that work and can be expelled for the semester from the course.
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