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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

General Chemistry I CHEM-1411

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_321 CRN-11141
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/27/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 5:40 PM to 6:55 PM, S113


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:05 PM to 8:20 PM, S228

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr Hillary Chidi Agbo

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM, S117

 OR by appointment


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


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

  1. Major Exams: There will be five major exams covering the lecture material, evenly distributed throughout the semester. Major exams will account for 40% of the final grade.
  2. Laboratory Reports: At least 10 laboratory experiments will be performed. Two Lab Exams  worth 50 points each will be administered while the laboratory experiments account for a total of 150 points.  The laboratory work will account for 25% of the final grade
  3. Homework: Assigned by the instructor. These materials will account for  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.



Homework will be weighted by a total of 100 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester. Homework collection and grading will be handled by the online system. An access code must be purchased in order to access this system.

•Pop quizzes will be given during classes for point credit. Quiz points will be weighted by a total of 50 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester.

•Exams will be weighted by a total of 400 points out of 1000 possible points for the semester. Each exam counts for 100 points. There will be five exams; the lowest will be dropped. 

The final exam is comprehensive, all multiple-choice and worth 200 points.

•Laboratory quizzes are a requirement. There will 2 lab quizzes based on laboratory material given during the lab period on the days indicated in the attached schedule. The laboratory quizzes are worth 50 points each for a total of 100 pts to be counted toward your final grade.

•Laboratory experiments are a requirement. The laboratory experiment portion of this course counts for 150 points of the final course grade. For each experiment or worksheet you will receive a total score between 0 and 15.

Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes

Grades will be calculated in the following manner:


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

Comprehensive Final                                                  200 pts.

Online Homework                                                      100 pts.

Pop Quizzes                                                                50 pts.

Experiments/Worksheets (10 best @ 15 pts. ea.)       150 pts.

Laboratory Exams (2 exams at 50 pts. ea.)                 100 pts.

Total Course Points                                                     1000 pts.


The range of each letter grade is strictly as follows: 

Total Course Points ≥ 900 = A

Total Course Points ≥ 800 = B

Total Course Points ≥ 700 = C

Total Course Points ≥ 600 = D

Total Course Points < 600 = F

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

1. Never talk on a cell phone in a classroom or lab room.

2. No smart phones, laptop computers or tablets allowed in class or lab.

3. The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited at all times on Blinn College campus.

4. If a student has a question, he or she should raise their hand and wait to be called on to ask it. Otherwise please do not talk.

5. If a student is late to lecture, he or she should enter the classroom in such a way that does not disrupt class.

6. Students who are late to lab are not allowed to participate in lab.

7. Students should never begin an experiment until they are told to do so.

8. Students should never remove their goggles from their eyes in the lab room from the time they are told to don them until the time they are told they may remove them


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes



Important notes:

Every exam has two parts, one for lecture and one for lab time. If you do not come to lab on exam day, you will lose many points on your exam.

You will not be permitted to participate in any wet experiments until you have been cleared for safety.

You must prepare your lab notebook correctly, wear proper lab attire and bring goggles to participate in lab for all wet lab experiments. These days are in bold and darkened for your convenience.







Tue, Aug 27,2013

Introduction to class

Safety Training Pt.1

Thu, Aug 29,2013

Ch 1 Chemistry: Matter and Measurement

Safety Training Pt.2

Tue, Sep 3,2013

Ch 2 Atoms, Molecules and Ions

Exp 1 (Math)

Thu, Sep 5,2013

Ch 2  Atoms, Molecules and Ions


Tue, Sep 10, 2013

Exam 1 (Pt. 1)

Exam 1 (Pt 2)

Thu, Sep 12, 2013

Ch 3 Formulas, Equations and Moles

Exp 2 (Density)

Tue, Sep 17,2013

Ch 3 Formulas, Equations and Moles

Exp 3 (Epsom Salt)

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Ch3/Ch 4 Reactions

Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds) Pt.1

Tue, Sep 24,2013

Ch 4 Reactions

Exp 4 (Cu Cmpds) Pt.2

Thu, Sep 26,2013

Ch 4 Reactions


Tue, Oct 1, 2013

Exam 2 (Pt.1)

Exam 2 (Pt. 2)

Thu, Oct 3, 2013

Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure

Exp 5 (ID unknown metals)

Tue, Oct 8, 2013

Ch 5 Periodicity and Atomic Structure

Exp 6 (Activity Series)

Thu, Oct 10,2013

Ch 6 Ionic Bonds and Some Main-group Chemistry


Tue, Oct 15,2013

Exam 3 (Pt. 1)

Exam 3 (Pt.2)

Thu, Oct 17,2013

Ch7 Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure

Lab Midterm

Tue, Oct 22,2013

Ch7 Covalent Bonds and Molecular Structure

Exp 7 (Alum) Pt.1

Thu, Oct 24,2013

Ch7/Ch8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

Exp 7 (Alum) Pt. 2

Tue, Oct 29,2013

Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy

Exp 8 (Acid/Base)

Thu, Oct 31,2013

Ch 8 Thermochemistry: Chemical Energy


Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Exam 4 (Pt.1)

Exam 4 (Pt.2)

Thu, Nov 7,2013

Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior

Exp 9 (Redox Titration)

Tue, Nov 12,2013

Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior

Exp 10 (Lewis Structures)

Thu, Nov 14,2013

Ch 9 Gases: Their Properties and Behavior

Exp 11 (Hess’ Law)

Tue, Nov 19,2013

Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes

Exp 12 (Mass Mg)

Thu, Nov 21,2013

Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes

Lab Final

Tue, Nov 26,2013

 Ch 10 Liquids, Solids, and Phase Changes


Thu, Nov 28,2013

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving Holiday

Tue, Dec 3,2013

Exam 5 (Pt.1)

Exam 5 (Pt.2)

Thu, Dec 5,2013

Final Review


Fri, Dec 12,2013

Final Exam 3:15 -5:15 Rm S113






Tue, Sep 10,2013

Exam 1

Tue, Oct 1,2013

Exam 2

Tue, Oct 15,2013

Exam 3

Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Exam 4

Tue, Dec 3,2013

Exam 5

Fri, Dec12,2013

Final Exam





All Due Dates for the Semester






Due online on Mastering Chem



Due in Lecture


Due in Lecture


Due in Lab

Tue, 9/3

Intro to MC




Thu, 9/5



Exp 1 Basic Math Rev



HW I(Ch 1,2)




Thu, 9/12


Exp 2 Prelab Ques


Exp 2 Procedure

Tue, 9/17


Exp 3 Prelab Ques

Exp 2 Postlab Report

Exp 3 Procedure

Thu, 9/19


Exp 4 Prelab Ques

Exp 3 Postlab Report

Exp 4 Procedure




Exp 4 Postlab Report


Tue, 10/1

HW II (Ch 3,4)






Exp 5 Prelab Ques





Exp 6 Prelab Ques

Exp 5 Postlab Report

Exp 6 Procedure

Thu, 10/10



Exp 6 Postlab Report



HW III (Ch 5,6)




Tue, 10/22


Exp 7 Prelab Ques


Exp 7 Procedure

Tue, 10/29


Exp 8 Prelab Ques

Exp 7 Postlab Report

Exp 8 Procedure

Thu, 10/31



Exp 8 Postlab Report



HW IV (Ch 7,8)




Thu, 11/7


Exp 9 Prelab Ques


Exp 9 Procedure



Exp 10 Prelab Ques

Exp 9 Postlab Report

Exp 10 Procedure



Exp 11 Prelab Ques

Exp10 Postlab Report

Exp 11 Procedure



Exp 12 Prelab Ques

Exp 11 Postlab Report

Exp 12 Procedure




Exp 12 Postlab Report



HW V (Ch 9,10)