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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Gen. Chemistry For Engineers CHEM-1410

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-11166
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/23/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, 7:45 AM to 10:25 AM, S226


  • Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 10:25 AM, S209

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Lorraine M Lindsay


CHEM 1410 is a course designed for engineering majors which will incorporate the major concepts and principles of both CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412. Applications of these principles will be emphasized. The major areas which will be covered are: Matter and energy relationships, structure of matter, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.


Prerequisites: Math 1314 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. Classify atoms, molecules and compounds
  2. Describe the characteristics of matter, measurements, and calculations in chemistry.
  3. Understand the atomic nature of matter: electrons and nuclei, the elements, ions.
  4. Demonstrate the representation and naming ionic and molecular compounds.
  5. Demonstrate the mole concept of matter, mass-mole conversions, determining chemical formulas, aqueous solutions.
  6. Interpret chemical equations to determine yields of chemical reactions, percent yields, the limiting reactant, excess reactants, and reactions involving solutions.
  7. Discuss the behavior of both ideal and real gases and reactions involving gases.
  8. Understand the properties of electrons, quantum theory and quantum numbers, shapes of atomic orbitals, and chemical periodicity.
  9. Discuss ionic and covalent bonding, electronegativity and polarity.
    Draw Lewis structures and use VSEPR theory and Valence Bond theory to describe molecules.
  10. Summarize the properties and behavior of solids and liquids.
  11. Describe the energy changes of chemical reactions.
  12. Illustrate how energy, entropy and free energy affect the spontaneity of chemical processes.
  13. Understand the field of chemical kinetics applied to reaction mechanisms and rates of reaction.
  14. Demonstrate the principles of chemical equilibrium.
  15. Describe the different types of electrochemical cells.



Textbook: Chemistry for Engineering Students, 2nd Edition, Lawrence S. Brown & Thomas A. Holme, Thomson Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010.

Lab Manual:General Chemistry for Engineers 1410 Lab Manual, 2nd ed,Steve J. Rathbone, Blinn College, Bluedoor, LLC, 2013.

Online Homework: OWL (Online Web Learning) Cengage;

Calculator: simple scientific calculator (standard, without graph and memory features)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (Optional)

Student Solution Manual and Study Guide, Steve Rathbone, Cengage Learning 2006. (Optional)


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


During the time devoted to lecture, the most difficult sections of a reading assignment will be emphasized. There will be assigned material that will not be covered in lecture, but that does not mean that the material is not to be covered on exams. Lecture outlines are available on eCampus under the ‘Lessons’ tab.  Print these off as: handouts, 4 slides /page, grayscale, no frames, landscape orientation.  Questions relevant to the material under discussion will be accepted at any time during the lecture period. A short amount of time will be allocated at the beginning of each period to answering student questions.  

Please turn all cell phone, music players and computers off during lecture. Students may not use electronic devices, other than ‘clickers’, during lecture.

Reading Assignments

The syllabus lists the appropriate reading assignment that should be completed prior to lecture.  Prior reading of the material familiarizes students with the pertinent vocabulary and concepts allowing the students to gain a better understanding through lecture and practice.

Lecture Quizzez

Short clicker quizzes will be given daily over
reading assignments or lecture material. Each student’s best 10 quiz grades
will be kept


The 5 lecture exams will be composed of a combination of multiple-choice and free response questions. Responses to the multiple choice portion will be made via the eInstruction CPS RF Clickers.   Only the simple scientific calculators (nonprogrammable) will be allowed. The instructor will not loan calculators to students without the appropriate calculator.  All mobile phones and electronic devices must be turned off and stowed during the exam.  Students may not leave the exam to go to the restroom.  The final exam will be multiple-choice comprehensive worth 200 points. 

Exams missed without timely notification of the instructor will be given a grade of zero. This means you must email or phone the instructor the day of the exam.  Make-up exams will be available to those who appropriately notified the instructor of a missed exam.

Online Homework

The five onlinehomework assignments will coincide with the five regularly scheduled exams and be due 11:55 pm the night before the exam.   Homework will be graded based on completion of assignment (questions required for the mastery of the material).  Homework collection and grading will be handled by the Online Web Learning (OWL) online tutorial and homework, a companion to you textbook. To access the homework you must have an access code which should come packaged with any new textbook and any used textbook from the Blinn .  Those acquiring used books from somewhere other than the Blinn Bookstore will need to purchase the access code online at the above URL.

Lab Work

The lab work consists of the best ten of eleven selected experiments which are integrated with the material being presented in the lecture portion of class.  Each lab activity is worth 15 points: 3 points for the Pre—Lab Questions submitted through eCampus, 2 points for a copy of the Data Sheet, 10 points for the Post-Lab Report and Questions.  Pre-Lab Questions, Post-Lab Reports and Post-Lab Questions are expected to be the students own work. 

To successfully perform a lab a student must:

  • Prior to entering the lab
    • Read the introductory and conceptual information pertinent to the experiment and complete the Pre-Lab Questions through eCampus
    • Prepare the lab notebook:
      • Write out the procedure in bulleted format in the lab notebook
      • Set up a Data Sheet to collect data in an organized manner during the lab. The laboratory time is primarily for data collection.  Calculations are to be done outside of lab or as time allows.

      • After completion of the experiment
        • Have the instructor initial and date both copies of  your Data Sheet and turn in one copy of the before leaving the lab
        • Complete the Post-Lab Report and Post-Lab Questions in the Lab Manual and turn these in at the next lab meeting.  Be sure to show examples of all calculations.


All calculations must organized and include equations, units and significant figures.  Answers to questions should include an explanation. Makeup labs are not available. Partial credit for Pre-lab and Post-lab questions will be given for missed labs if the student promptly emails the instructor and requests data. The lowest lab activity grade becomes bonus points.

Lab Quizzes

will include questions on chemistry concepts and
calculations involved in the experiments as well as laboratory safety and
techniques.  Make-up lab quizzes are
available if students notify instructor in a timely manner.


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

  1. Three or four major exams covering the lecture material.
  2. Laboratory quizzes or laboratory final exam that represents 25% of the total grade for the class.
  3. Minor exams, quizzes and or homework assigned at the discretion of the instructor.
  4. Additional reports or projects assigned at the discretion of the instructor. 
  5. A comprehensive final exam worth no less than 20% of the total grade for the class.
  6. Participation in both class and laboratory activities will constitute a minimum of 10% of the course grade.



Formal Grading                                                                                 Letter Grade (typical): 

  5 Major Exams (5 * 80)        =          400 points               A          =          900 - 1000

10 Quizzes/workshops            =            50 points              B          =          800 - 890

  5 Homework (5* 20)             =          100 points               C         =          700 - 790

10 Laboratory reports             =          150 points               D         =          600 - 690

  5 Laboratory Quizzes (5*20) =          100 points               F          =          ≤ 590

     Lecture Final Exam           =           200 points                 

Total                                    =         1000 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


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.

Dropping the Course

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 this semester with a Q is Friday, November 15th 2013.

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 first request a conference with your instructor to try and 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, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking

 Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.






Lab Topic

Lecture Topic


8/26 - 28

Ch 1 & 2

Introduction, Safety, lab notebook


Atoms & Molecules


9/2 - 4

Ch 2 & 3



Atoms & Molecules

Molecules, moles and chemical   equations


9/9 - 11

Ch 3

Molecules, moles and chemical   equations; Density lab

Molecules, moles and chemical   equations


9/16 - 18

Ch 4


% Copper lab

Exam 1



9/23 - 25

Ch 5


Acid-Base Titration lab




9/30 – 10/2

Ch 6

Periodic Table & Atomic   Structure Gas Laws lab

Periodic Table & Atomic   Structure



10/7 - 9

Ch 7

Bonding & Molecular Structure

Periodic Behavior of Metals lab

Exam 2



10/14 – 16

Ch 7

& 8

Bonding & Molecular Structure

Molecular Models Lab

Molecules & Materials

Molecules & Materials


10/21 – 23

Ch 8

& 9

Energy & Chemistry

Mid Term Lab Quiz

Energy & Chemistry



10/28 – 30

Ch 9

& 10


Calorimetry lab

Exam 3



11/4 – 6


Ch 10 & 11






11/11 – 13

Ch 11

& 12


Rate Law lab

Exam 4

Equilibrium Simulation


11/18 – 20


Ch 12


Equilibrium Constant lab



11/25 – 27

Ch 13


Electrochemistry lab



12/2 – 4


Final Lab Quiz


Exam 5



12/9 - 11


Final Review

Final Exam