Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM
General Chemistry I CHEM-1411
Office Hours: 6:35 -7.05 PM, 9.45-10.15 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
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.
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.
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 (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.
All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will include:
Reading is a requirement. Lectures and readings are designed to help you develop and 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 requirement. There will be 5 assignments due during the semester worth 20 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 website:
Course ID: MCBAKHMOUTOV90883
In this course you will be using MasteringChemistry®, an online tutorial and homework program that accompanies your textbook. If you have joined a MasteringChemistry course before and can still log in
Quizzes are a requirement. Several opportunities will be given during the course of the semester to each quiz credit. This credit can take many forms, including small out of class projects. Some of these quizzes will be individual and some will be group efforts. There will be a minimum of 5 quizzes given during the semester, of which your 5 best may be counted towards your final grade. Your score on the quizzes will contribute a maximum of 50 points toward your final course grade.
Exams are a requirement. There will be 5 Lecture Exams worth 80 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 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 (3 pts.) should be done prior to starting the experiment. Report Forms/Postlab Questions (10 pts.) are due the day of the next lab quiz. Neatness and completeness of your data sheets, pre-labs, and reports may be considered when points are assigned. Points can be deduced for materials not submitted on the data due. There will be 12 experiments performed during the semester, of which the best 10 will 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 the experiment).
The following are required components of a student’s final grade.
Grades will be calculated in the following manner:
Lecture Points Possible:
Exams (5 exams @ 80 pts. ea.)………………400 pts.
Comprehensive Final……………………………..200 pts
Homework (5 @ 20 pts. ea.)…………………….100 pts.
Quiz Credit (5 best @ 10 pts ea,.)……………50 pts.
Total Laboratory Points …………………………..250 pts.
The range of each letter grade will be assigned at the end of the semester. Based on past grade assignments, typical grade rages are:
Total Course Points > 900 = A
Total Course Points > 780 = B
Total Course Points > 640 = C
Total Course Points >500 = D
Total Course Points < 500 = F
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.
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:
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.
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and Drinking: Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories
Final Exam: Students with evening classes should check with their instructor for final exam times.