Carl Albert State College Instructor: Beverly Afzali
Division of Science Office Location: RC 207
CHEM 1115/ General Chemistry I with lab Office Phone: 918.647.1413
5.00 Credits Email: email@example.com
Lecture Textbook: Chemistry: The Central Science by T.L. Brown, H.E. LeMay, Jr., B.E. Burnsten, 12th Ed. This is an excellent book and if read carefully will help you understand the material and thereby do well on the exams;
Laboratory Manual: Customized manual; must be purchased from the CASC Student Union Bookstore.
Basic scientific calculator and goggles
Course Description: This course covers the more important elements, their history, and occurrence; common methods of preparations, properties, and practical uses of many commonly used acids, bases, and salts; and the theory of inorganic chemistry. Pre- / Co- Requisite: MATH 1513 College Algebra
Chemistry 1115 Course Outcomes:
By the end of the course students will be able to:
· Demonstrate basic laboratory procedures, skills, and safety relative to freshman level Chemistry.
· Recognize basic concepts, principles and theories of Chemistry.
· Relate the observable physical properties of atoms and molecules to their electronic structure.
· Apply the rules of nomenclature to all types of ions, atoms, and inorganic molecules.
· Apply dimensional analysis to metric system conversions and other real world problems.
· Solve various gas law problems including: Boyle’s law, Charles’s Law, Ideal Gas Law, and Dalton’s law of Partial Pressures.
Context: This is a first semester introductory chemistry course. The general topics covered are those contained in the first thirteen chapters of the textbook. These topics are prerequisites for the second semester of the course (Chemistry 1215), for more advanced courses in chemistry and engineering, and are necessary to understand many concepts, procedures, and equipment in the medical sciences. Furthermore, many of the topics of this course will appear on professional entry exams such as the MCAT and science teacher qualification exams.
Goals: The objectives of this class are three-fold. First, to acquaint you with basic chemical phenomena; second, to familiarize you with the field of chemistry; third, to provide experience with problem solving. In addition to meeting these objectives, the various components of the class - lecture and laboratory - have been structured so as to foster an attitude of intellectual interest and inquiry and to provide opportunities to work together in a group.
Lecture: The lectures will develop a theoretical framework to explain chemical phenomena. Applications will be discussed through special problems. You should complete the reading assignments prior to the lecture. The lecture will be more helpful if you take notes on the chapter and reproduce the simpler problems before class. Cell phones will placed on the table in plain view of the instructor. Any student caught texting during lecture or lab will be dismissed and receive an automatic "F" in this course.
Laboratory Experience: Laboratory experience with chemical phenomenon is essential in understanding the chemical principles presented in class. The laboratory is designed to provide explicit examples of well-defined chemical phenomenon. There will be several different lab grades, the lowest of which will be dropped. All the labs, minus the lowest, averaged together will be worth 100 points, or equivalent to 1 exam. See the attached sheet for more lab information.
Notebook: A three-ring binder notebook is required for this course. I will give you several handouts as well as notes to keep up with. I require you to keep some kind of organization in this notebook. I will grade it for a homework score 1 or 2 times during the semester. At the end of the course it may be turned in for a maximum of 1 % bonus credit, based upon organization and materials.
Homework: The homework enhances understanding the chemical phenomena by extending the theory to new situations and provides experience in problem solving. It is absolutely crucial that you spend as much time as necessary to complete the homework successfully in order to do well on the exams. It is impossible to solve hitherto unseen problems quickly on an exam if you have not done the homework.
There will be several homework exams, the lowest of which will be dropped. All the homework exams, minus the lowest, averaged together will be worth 100 points, or equivalent to 1 exam. You may use YOUR homework on most of the homework exams. A study guide is available through the bookstore that has solutions to the exercises. Most students find this resource to be very helpful in solving the assigned problems. Copies of the solutions may not be used on the homework exams.
Examinations: There will be three one hour exams during the course of the semester and a 1 1/2 hour final exam during the final test week. Tests one, two, and three will each total 100 points. The lowest of the first three regular exams will be dropped. The final examination will total 100 points. All the tests and quizzes will be ‘curved’ a maximum of 20%. All cell phones must be placed on the table in plain view of the instructor. Smartphones may not be used as a substitute for a calculator!
Cheating: You are expected to take the examinations entirely on your own without any outside influences. Outside influences include, but not limited to, obtaining information of any kind from fellow students, obtaining information from class notes or the book, and obtaining preprogrammed information from programmable calculators. I will provide important formulas and a periodic table on exam days. Cases of clear and flagrant cheating will be referred to the vice-presidents office, and college policy regarding cheating will be followed fully and in detail. My concern in this matter is to give the advantage to those students who have worked diligently to master the material.
Make-up: No make-up exams will be given. If ONE of the first three exams is missed, a zero will be recorded. The lowest of the first three exams is dropped in calculating the final grade. If a student misses one of these exams a zero will be recorded and that is the grade that will be dropped. The final exam cannot be dropped! If you take the first three exams, the lowest exam grade will be dropped. If a make-up is allowed due to extenuating circumstances, no curve to the grade will be given, and prior arrangements must be made.
ATTENDANCE: Punctual and regular class attendance is expected of all students. This is considered the responsibility of the student. It is also the responsibility of the student to consult with the instructor (i.e. via phone, email, etc.) when an absence must be excused. Instructors are given the prerogative of determining the excusableness of student absences. A student is also responsible for all class work covered during his/her absence from class, even in cases in which s/he is able to satisfy the instructor that the absence was unavoidable. Unexcused absences in excess of the number of credit hours may result in a student being advised to withdraw from the class. If a student is advised to withdraw and fails to do so, the student will receive a failing grade in the course. The maximum number of allowed absences is three (3) lecture sessions and one (1) lab session. Roll call will be taken promptly at each lecture session. Any student arriving to class late (after roll has been called) will be counted as being absent. Recorded laboratory assignments will serve as the attendance record for lab.
An Administrative Withdrawal (AW) may be assigned by the instructor or the Office of Academic Affairs to indicate that a student has been "involuntarily" withdrawn from class(es) after CASC’s Add/Drop Period for a special reason (i.e. disciplinary action, health issue, etc.). Administrative withdrawals are GPA neutral but do affect a student’s financial aid.
Grading points: Grading points according to class component and breakdown of letter grades are as follows:
Assistance: Check with Student Support Services’ Learning Resource Center for available tutors. You may and should also take advantage of the instructor’s office hours.
Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:
* Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class,
* Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the ADA Coordinator located in the Student Disability/Student Counseling Services office in the Ollie Center in office OC1203.
Chemistry 1115 Lab Information
· Pre-Lab discussion will be on the day the lab is assigned. Bring your lab sheets to class everyday!
· Pre-Lab is due before beginning the experiment. The instructor will initial the pre-lab before you begin.
· All labs are to be completed and turned in the Friday following the lab time, unless the instructor sets other due dates. Late labs will be assessed a 10% penalty. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in the lab assignments during the Friday lecture. When you turn in the lab, all pages are to be turned in with your name and class time on the front page.
· No work on lab sheets is to be done in ink. Pencils only.
· You may miss one lab without penalty. If more than one lab is missed, a score of
zero will be recorded.
· You MUST wear approved eye protection at ALL times while in the lab. No student will be able to do a lab without eye protection. A 10% penalty will be assessed for failure to wear eye protection. NOTE: NO visitors in the lab.
· Breakage is to be paid at the end of the semester or at time of withdrawal.
· No work in the laboratory will be allowed after your assigned lab time.
· It is recommended that you not wear contact lens in the laboratory.
· In the event that while in the lab you get anything into your eye, chemical or otherwise, contact the lab instructor immediately. The eye wash station will be used!
Lab Schedule: This is a tentative schedule of the labs we will do this semester. We may do more labs than are listed if time allows. It is your responsibility to have completed the pre-lab when you come to your lab section. The first week we will lecture in the lab sections.
Lab 1 ---- 430 Lab 5 ---- 301
Lab 2 ---- 440 Lab 6 ---- 386
Lab 3 ---- 374 Lab 7 ---- 420
Lab 4 ---- 399 Lab 8 ---- Peanut lab (handout)
Exams Chapters Covered
1 1 & 2
2 3 & 4
3 5,6, & 7
Final 8,9,10, and selected topics from 11, 12 & 13 if they are covered!
Chapters for each exam are tentative.
1.1, 1.2, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20, 1.21, 1.27, 1.28, 1.29, 1.30, 1.35, 1.46, 1.47, 1.48, 1.51, 1.71
2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.19, 2.22, 2.23, 2.25, 2.26, 2.27, 2.35a, 2.43, 2.45, 2.46, 2.55, 2.56, 2.59 (skip b), 2.65 (g can also be written as CaC2H3O2), 2.66 (skip b), 2.67 (skip g), 2.68 (skip c), 2.69 (b,c,d,&f only), 2.70 (f can also be written as HC2H3O2), 2.71, 2.72
3.11, 3.12 (a,b,c,d,e,g), 3.13, 3.14, 3.17(a,b,c,d) 3.18, 3.19, 3.20, 3.21(a,b,c,d,f,g), 3.22, 3.23, 3.33, 3.34, 3.35,(a,b,c), 3.38, 3.40, 3.43, 3.44, 3.49, 3.50, 3.51, 3.61, 3.66, 3.68, 3.70, 3.75, 3.76, 3.77, 3.81
4.20, 4.22, 4.23, 4.24, 4.39, 4.40 (a & b only), 4.41, 4.49(a,b,c,d,e), 4.50, 4.54, 4.55, 4. 61, 4.62, 4.67, 4.73
5.15, 5.43(a,b), 5.45(a,b), 5.47(a,b), 5.53(a), 5.55, 5.71, 5.72, 5.73, 5.74, 5.83(a), 5.84,
Additional Problems: Write the complete and shorthand configuration for:
7.23, 7.42, 7.44, 7.45, 7.46
8.9, 8.10, 8.13, 8.14, 8.19, 8.20, 8.33, 8.34, 8.35, 8.39, 8.41(Recall ionic bonds do have polarity), 8.42, 8.47, 8.48
10.21, 10.22, 10.24a, 10.28, 10.36, 10.38, 10.41, 10.43, 10.53, 10.54, 10.59, 10.65
The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus as deemed necessary.