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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_315 CRN-11135
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 09/09/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, H - 207


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, S- 218

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Hanan Abdou

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, S-117


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

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

Homework is a requirement. There will be 10 assignments due during the semester worth approximately 10 points each set (100 pts. maximum). Homework will be graded based on the following criteria:

  1. Homework      is turned in on time
  2. The      assignment is complete
  3. The      answers are correct

Homework collection and grading will be handled by the Mastering Chemistry Online System. We will teach you how this works during the first lecture. Course ID is CHEM1411FALL2013

Quizzes are a requirement. Several quizzes will be given during the course of the semester for quiz credit. It will not be possible to offer makeup quizzes for those who miss them.

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 question that will be hand-graded. The Final Exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points.

No exams are dropped. However, one major exam grade can be replaced by the final examination grade percentage if and only if the final exam grade is higher and depend on class average.

Final exam: December 10th 10:15 -12:15 am.Only the head of the Chemistry Department, can offer make up exams for the final exam. All exams are closed book exams. No notes may be used on the exams. All necessary information will be supplied. Makeup exams may be offered for students with a valid excuse for missing the exam, with the exception of the final exam. If the final is missed a grade of zero will be entered for the final exam. For students who, under very unusual circumstances miss the final and yet have an acceptable excuse and qualify for an incomplete, the final may be taken as a makeup subject to the conditions that apply for all incompletes.

Laboratory Experiments are a requirement. The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade. For each experiment you will receive a total score between 0 and 20. The Prelab Questions should be done prior to starting the experiment.  A copy of your data must be turned in before you leave the lab the day of the experiment. Report and the Postlab Questions are due the day of the next lab.  

Laboratory final quiz is a requirement.  One Lab final quiz based on laboratory material will be given during the lab period on the day indicated on the attached schedule. This laboratory quiz is worth 50 points .


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. each)        400 pts.

            Comprehensive Final                              200 pts.

            Homework (10 @ 10 pts. each)              100 pts.

            Quiz Credit                                                 50  pts.

            Total Lecture Points                              750 pts.

            Laboratory Points Possible:

            Experiments                                              200 pts.

            Lab Final                                                     50  pts.

           Total Laboratory Points                         250 pts

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





Safety Video and Safety Quiz


 29 Chapter 1- Chemistry   Matter and

Measurements-HW1,2,3(will be assigned on   masteringchemistry online web.)

Dry lab Exp. 1 Review of   Basic Math


03  Chapter 2- Atoms, Molecules and Ions

Exp. 2 Densities of Solids and Liquids

05  Chapter 2 cont.

Exp. 3   Gravimetric Determination of the Water of Hydration of Epsom Salt


10 Chapter 3-   Formulas, Equations, and Moles  

Exp. 3   Gravimetric Determination of the Water of Hydration of Epsom Salt cont.

12  Chapter 3 cont.

 Exp. 8    Acid-Base Titration


17  Chapter 3 cont.

 Exp. 8    Acid-Base Titration


19    Exam 1     

 HW # 1,2,3 due

24  Chapter 4-Reactions   in Aqueous Solution-HW4,5(will be assigned on masteringchemistry   online web.)

     Exp. 6 Relative Reactivity of   Metals  

26 Chapter 4   cont.               

 Relative Reactivity of Metals cont.   



 01 Chapter 4 cont.

Exp. 9 Oxidation Reduction Titration  


03 Chapter 5- Periodicity and Atomic Structure

 Oxidation   Reduction Titration cont


08  Chapter 5 cont.

  Exp. 7 Preparation of Common Alum  


10 Chapter 5 cont.

  Preparation of Common Alum cont


15 Exam 2( over ch.4 and 5)

      HW # 4,5   due


18  Chapter 6 - Ionic Bonds and Main-Group   Chemistry-HW 6,7,8(will be assigned on masteringchemistry   online web.)

Chapter 6 cont


22   Chapter 7- Covalent bonds and molecular   structure

Exp. 4   Determination of the Formula Weight of a Copper Compound


24   Chapter 7 cont.

Determination of the Formula Weight of a Copper   Compound cont



 29  Chapter 7   cont.

Dry lab exp. 10   (Lewis Dot Structures, Hybridization, and Shapes of Molecules andIons)

31  Chapter 8   Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

Lewis Dot Structures, Hybridization, and Shapes of   Molecules andIons cont.


05    Chapter 8 cont.

Exp. 11 Hess’ Law and Heats of Neutralization

07  Chapter 8   cont.

Hess’ Law and Heats of Neutralization cont.


12  EXAM 3 (ch.6,   7,  8)

     HW # 6,7,8 due



14    Chapter 9- Gases: Their Properties and   Behavior-HW 9,10(will be assigned on masteringchemistry   online web.)

 Exp.12   Determination of the Mass of Magnesium Metal in a Sample

19  Chapter 9   cont.

 Determination of the Mass of Magnesium Metal   in a Sample cont. 

21 Ch.10-   Liquids, Solids, and Phase     

Chapter 10 cont.


26   Ch.18-   Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Water

Chapter 18 con.t

Final lab Q




03  EXAM   4(ch.9,ch.10,ch.18)     HW# 9,10   due 


05   Final Exam Review  

Final Exam

December 10th 10:15 -12:15   am