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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_319 CRN-11139

  • 4 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/20/2013

Meeting Times


Tuesday, Thursday, 4:15 PM to 5:40 PM, S209


Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 AM to 6:55 AM, S226

Office Time

Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, S 117

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Tamari Narindoshvili

Phone: 3528709625


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

    Lecture Exams: There will be 5 exams worth 80 points each given about as indicated in the attached schedule.  Each of the exams will include all of the material covered through that stage of the course, i.e., all exams are comprehensive.  Exams can include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-blank, short answer and essay questions. Make up exams are only offered to students will 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. To arrange for make-up exam see me during the first class period following your absence. The final exam is comprehensive worth 200 points. 


    Lab Exams: There will be 2 lab exams scheduled and worth 100 total points.


    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 15. We have 10 labs scheduled.(150 points)

         There are several requirements for each wet laboratory experiment:

    The lab grade for an experiment has 3 components:  the Pre-Lab, the Data/Report section, and the Post-Lab.  For a 15 point Lab score 5 points are allotted to the Pre-Lab, 5 points to the Post-Lab, and 5 points are allotted to the Data/Report section. 

    1.  Pre-lab reports will be due at the beginning of the lab period. In order to complete Pre lab report, you must read carefully Introduction, Discussion and etc. given in each experiment prior to the Pre-lab questions.
    2. It is strongly advised to read and get familiar to the experiment procedure you will be doing at the lab.

    It is required to briefly outline the procedure in your lab notebook.

    1. The Lab Report must reflect information obtained by you while in the laboratory and recorded in your lab notebook. Carbonless copy of your  Data Sheet from your lab notebook must be turned in before you leave; Lab Reports must be turned in individually (i.e. each student must turn in an assignment).
    2. Prelab Questions/Report Forms/Postlab Questions are due the day of the next week indicated in syllabus days. If you are late in submitting a lab report, you can only get 0-5 point. (instead of 0-15)
    3. DO Not Be Late to lab! Otherwise you will not be allowed to participate in the lab experiment.
    4. You must wear appropriate lab attire to be allowed to conduct any experiment.

    You must always wear Safety goggles-eye protection.

    Eye protection is a requirement.  Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during laboratories.  Appropriate eye protection for this class will be safety goggles.


    Quizzes are a requirement.  There will be a number of quizzes given during the year. Among them 5 quizzes will be mandatory (credit) quizzes worth total 50 points. The format of the quizzes will be varied. You will be graded on the completeness and accuracy of your presentation. There will be no make-up offered for quizzes.


     Homework is requirement. There will be 5 graded assignments due during the semester worth total 100 points. 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 website:


    Course ID: Tamari1411


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.

     Criteria for Grading and Determining Final Grade


    Grades will be posted on e-campus on % basis. E-campus grade book is not an official grade book.

    Formal grading will be based upon a point system as follows:

    Five Major Exams          80 points each (400 total)

    Quizzes                           50 points

    Laboratory Work             150 points

    Lab Exams                      100 points

    Homework                       100 points

    Comprehensive Final  200 points


    Total                           1000 points



    The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:

    A ≥ 900 points       mastery of material

    B ≥ 800 points                  “

    C ≥ 700 points                  „‟

    D ≥ 600 points                  “

    F less than 599 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

Exam Procedures

During exams there are some special rules to insure fairness.  If you must leave the room for any reason, you must turn in your exam.  Please visit the restroom, if required, before you receive your exam.  Restroom breaks are not allowed.  Usually you will be expected to place any personal belongings such as books, and backpacks against the wall and away from your desk.  Using your cell phone is not allowed.   If your cell phone is visible during your exam, the exam will be taken up.  Programmable calculators are not allowed.

All exams are closed book exams.  No notes may be used on the exams.  All necessary information will be supplied.

Bring a scantron for each exam since most or all of the exam will be multiple choice questions.  Mark all of your answers on the exam as well as the scantron before turning in the exam.  Should there be questions concerning accuracy of scantron grading, the answers given on the exam are the only ones that will be graded.


Laboratory Conduct:  The students work in teams (two students per one team).  In no case will you allowed to work in a group consisting of more than 3 students. Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection:  safety goggles (required for contact lenses), or OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields). The students must wear approved eye protection and closed toed shoes in the lab.  Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the laboratory for the performed experiment and will automatically result in grade zero for this lab.  The students are expected to practice safe lab procedures and to clean up the working lab area and equipment before leaving the lab.  Failure to clean up your lab area and equipment will result in loss of points (50%).


Guide to Answering Post Lab Questions:

  1.  Most post lab questions are designed to test your understanding of the experiment and the calculations.
  2. When a question asks what happens to the results, it is asking about the final, calculated results or answer, not the data.  However in order to answer the question about the results you must first consider what happens to the data and explain that.
  3. If the question is about the (calculated) result, then first explain what goes wrong with the measurement; then describe whether this makes the final answer too high or too low, etc.  To receive credit for the answer, you must explain why.  Simply putting “too High” or “too Low” will not receive any points.

Answering by saying “you must repeat the experiment” or “the data are off” will receive zero points.


Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab, or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring 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 request a conference with your instructor to 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,

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.



Important notes:

  • You will not be permitted to participate in any wet experiment until you have been cleared for safety.
  • You must prepare you lab notebooks correctly, wear proper lab attire and bring goggles to participate in lab for all experiments.
  • Tentative course content for Fall, 2013

     Final Exam – December 12, 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM;





    Lecture, S209

    4:15 – 5:30 PM

    Lab, S226

    5:40 –6:55 PM





    Intro/Orientation, Ch. 1

    Safety (Video and Quiz)




    Ch. 1 The foundations of chemistry

    Exp. 1:  Math Review; Intro. to Lab






    Ch. 1/Ch. 2

    Exp. 2:  Densities of Sol and Liquids




    Ch. 2 Chemical formulas and composition stoichiometry

    Ch. 2 Chemical formulas and composition stoichiometry






    Exam 1 (Ch. 1, 2), MC #1 Due

    Lab Report Work Day

    Exp.1, 2 Report Due




    Ch. 3 Composition stoichiometry

    Exp. 3:  Grav. Determination of the Water of Hydration of Epsom Salt






    Ch. 3 Chemical equations and reactions stoichiometry

    Ch. 3




    Ch. 3 Chemical equations and reactions stoichiometry

    Exp. 3 Report Due

    Exp. 9:  Acid-Base Titration






        Ch. 4 Chemical equations and reaction stoichiometry

    Lab Report Work Day

    Exp. 9

      Report Due




    Ch. 4 Some types of Chemical Reactions

    Exp. 4 Grav. Determination of the Formula Weight of Cu Compound






    Ch. 4 Some types of Chemical Reactions

    Review, Exp. 4

    Report Due




    Exam 2 (Ch. 3, 4), MC #2 Due

    Lab exam 1




    Ch. 5 The structure of atoms

    Exp. 6: Atomic Emissions Spectra





    Ch. 5 Chemical periodicity

    Ch 5.





    Ch. 6 Chemical Bonding, Ionic compounds

    Exp. 6 Report Due

    Exp. 7:  Reactivity of Metals




    Ch. 6 Chemical Bonding, Ionic compounds

    Ch. 6 Chemical Bonding, Ionic compounds





    Exam 3 (Ch. 5, 6), MC #3 Due

    Lab Report Work Day

    Exp7. Report Due




    Ch. 7 Covalent bonding theories

    Exp. 11:  Lewis Dot Structures, Hybridization, and Shapes of Molecules and Ions





    Ch. 7 Covalent bonding theories

    Exp. 11 continued




    Ch. 7 Molecular shapes

    Ch. 7

    Exp.11 Report Due





    Ch. 8 Thermochemistry, enthalpy

    Exp.12:  Hess’ Law and Heats of Neutralization



    Ch. 8 Calorimetry, Hess Law






    Exam 4 (Ch. 7, 8), MC #3 Due

    Lab Report Work Day

    Exp. 12 Report Due




    Ch. 9 Gasses and the kinetic-molecular theory

    Ch. 9 Gasses and the kinetic-molecular theory





    Ch. 9 Gasses and the kinetic-molecular theory

    Exp 13:  Determination of the Mass of Magnesium Metal in a Sample




    Ch. 10 Liquids and solids

    Ch. 10 Liquids and solids





    Ch. 10 Liquids and solids

    Lab Report Work Day Exp.13  Report Due










    Exam 5 (Ch. 9, 10), MC #5 Due


    Lab Exam 2



    12/05 (last day)

    Review for Final Exam

    Review for Final Exam