General Chemistry Syllabus

CHEM 1100 Principles of Chemistry I

MWF: 10:00-10:50 N101
Dr. Koni Stone

Office: N358, 667-3570,
Email: ude.natsusc|enotsk#ude.natsusc|enotsk or moc.em|enotskk#moc.em|enotskk
Office hours:MWF 11-11:50, or by appointment
Smart work class for Fall 2018 is 138800
Text: Chemistry, Gilbert, Kirss, Foster, Bretz, Davies, 5th edition, Smartwork5 access required. ISBN: 978-0-393-26484-5

Census date is February 21, 2019. You must drop this class before the census date. This class does not have the grading option of CR/NC. You must take this class for a grade.

Introduction: This is the first semester of a two semester Principles of Chemistry class. This class is the appropriate course for all chemistry, physics, computer science majors. It is also applicable to forensic’s concentration, pre-physical therapy, pre-med, pre- pharmacy, pre-vet and pre-dental students.

This is a rigorous, labor intensive course. You will need 16-20 hours per week to attend every lecture and discussion class, read the text and do the Smartwork(online) problems. Many CHEM 1100 students will need to get assistance from the Tutoring center (Library)and/or attend SI (supplemental instruction) sessions.

You must be currently enrolled in the discussion and lab. If you are not currently enrolled in a discussion you will be dropped from the lecture. If you are not enrolled in a lab (or passed the lab course with a C-) you will be dropped from the course. The lab course requires an additional 9-12 hours of work outside of class.

You must have taken the ALEKS and placed into Pre-Calculus or Calculus. This course will require you to use college algebra. You will need a calculator that has scientific notation and log functions. Bring your calculator, a pencil and your brain to every lecture, lab and discussion class.

This is a lecture based course that incorporates time in class to practice problems. During the lecture portions, please turn off your electronic devices. No photography, videotaping or recording is allowed. Take notes during lecture. Then, re-write your notes after class. If you miss something, please consult your classmates and/or the text. Also, incessant chatter interferes with the navigational abilities of your pilot. When your instructor pauses to take a breath you can indicate that you would like to speak by raising your hand. Otherwise, please refrain from using your vocal chords during the lecture portion of each class.

The learning goals for this course are:
1. Gain factual knowledge of chemistry. This includes learning the language of chemistry and the methods that are used to study chemical phenomena.

2. Understand some fundamental principles of chemistry, including: Atomic nature of matter, composition of molecules, chemical reactions and stochiometry, behavior of gases, atoms and light, chemical bonding, and intermolecular forces.

3. Enhance problem solving skills. Use chemistry knowledge and math skills to solve problems.

Since this is a general education class there are the following additional GE goals:
Goal 1: Develop the intellectual skills and competencies necessary to participate effectively in society and the world.
Essential learning outcome, students will be able to:
Apply quantitative reasoning concepts and skills to solve problems.
Goal 2: Develop broad knowledge of biological and physical sciences, humanities and creative arts, and social sciences.
Essential Learning outcome, students will be able to:
Explain and apply basic scientific methods.
Goal 3: Develop abilities to integrate knowledge, make informed ethical decisions, and accept civic responsibility.
Essential learning outcome, students will be able to:
Integrate and combine knowledge and abilities developed in several fields to analyze and critically evaluate specific problems, issues, or topics.

Learning Assessment Devices

Assessment Dates Points
Cumulative Final Exam Wednesday, May 22, 8:30-10:30, No early or late final exams. 200
Exams February 15, March 25, April 19, May 15. There are no early or late exams, if you miss an exam, you forfeit the points. 100 points each. 400
In Class Clicker questions every day 50
Discussion Every discussion 100
Online homework Smartwork5 150


This course is graded with letter grades with plus/minus. Grades will be earned using the following minimum scores: A, 90%; B, 80%; C, 70%; D, 60%. This class can not be graded CR/NC.

iClickers: You will need an i-clicker for this class. Your total clicker points will be added up, divided by the total possible and then multiplied by 50.

Exams: No early and no late exams. If you miss an exam, you forfeit the points. Students may not leave the classroom during an exam until they are finished with the exam. There is a strict "no re-entry" policy.

Discussion: You need to attend every discussion. Your discussion instructor will determine how you earn points in discussion. Your total discussion points will be divided by the total possible and then multiplied by 100.

Textbook Problems and Smartwork5:
Problems at the end of each chapter will be assigned and listed on the course web page under “Suggested Homework Problems”. These problems will not be collected or graded but are strongly recommended in order to master the material presented in lecture. Smartwork5 allows you to practice more homework and get feedback. instructions for signing up are on the first web page for this course. The percentage of Smartwork points that you earn is multiplied by 150/100 to determine how many points you earn for your SmartWork. No late assignments are accepted. If you miss a deadline, you forfeit the points and your overall percentage is lowered.

No make-up final exams, exams or class activities will be given. If you have extenuating circumstances that involve serious and compelling reasons for missing class, you are advised to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stone as soon as possible, so that an appropriate plan of action can be developed.

Academic Integrity. Any cheating on examinations, or homework is a serious offense. The first cheating offense results in a zero score. Any subsequent instance justifies a failing grade in the course. Copying answers and/or using unauthorized notes during quizzes and/or exams are regarded as cheating and will not be tolerated. The instructor may remove any person suspected of cheating from the lecture room. Copying the work of others in lab reports is also cheating and will result in a score of zero for the first lab and a failing grade in the course for any subsequent offenses.


Please read the following blog from Prof. Cara A. Finnegan (Communication, U of Illinois U-C).
"Technology and the Problem of Divided Attention
In recent years the saturation of cell phones, text messaging, and laptops, combined with the broad availability of wireless in classrooms, has produced something I call the problem of divided attention. A March 25, 2008 article in the New York Times summarized recent studies of productivity in business settings. Researchers found that after responding to email or text messages, it took people more than 15 minutes to re- focus on the “serious mental tasks” they had been performing before the interruption. Other research has shown that when people attempt to perform two tasks at once (e.g., following what’s happening in class while checking text messages), the brain literally cannot do it. The brain has got to give up on one of the tasks in order to effectively accomplish the other. Hidden behind all the hype about multi-tasking, then, is this sad truth: it makes you slower and dumber. For this reason alone you should seek to avoid the problem of divided attention when you are in class. But there’s another reason, too: technology often causes us to lose our senses when it comes to norms of polite behavior and, as a result, perfectly lovely people become unbelievably rude."

For both these reasons, then, turn off your cellphones or set them on silent mode when you come to class; it is rude for our activities to be interrupted by a ringing cellphone. Similarly, text messaging will not be tolerated in class; any student found to be sending or checking text messages during class will be invited (quite publicly) to make a choice either to cease the texting or leave the classroom. You are welcome to bring your laptop to class and use it to take notes, access readings we’re discussing, and the like. You are not welcome to surf the web, check email, or otherwise perform non-class-related activities during class. Here’s my best advice: If you aren’t using it to perform a task specifically related to what we are doing in class at that very moment, put it away.

For the same reasons explained above, and it is disrespectful and rude when these techno-activities are performed during class, the following policy will be followed (lecture, discussion and lab):

In General Chemistry, you only need your notebook, pencil (or pen), and your textbook. But most important of all, you need to actively participate in class. You must turn-off and put your cellphone, computer, iPod, iPad, and iWhathever-is-new away. Otherwise, I will ask you to leave the classroom. Avoid the temptation and put them in your backpack.

Spring Course schedule

Days Chapter Topics
Jan 25, 28, 30, Feb 1 1 SI Units/Prefixes, Density, Scientific Notation and Significant Figures
Feb 4-13 2 Atoms, ions and molecules
Feb 15 1,2 Exam 1
Feb 18-March 1 3 Stoichiometry: mass, formulas and reactions
March 4-March 15 4 Solution chemistry
March 18-22, no classes Spring Break
March 25 4 Exam 2
March 27-April 10 5 Thermochemistry
April 12-17 6 Gas Laws
April 19 5, 6 Exam 3
April 22-May 1 7 Quantum model of atoms: waves and particles
May 3-8 8 Chemical bonds
May 10-13 9 Molecular geometry
May 15 7, 8, 9 Exam 4
May 22 1-9 Final Exam 8:30-10:30, no early or late exams

This syllabus is not a legal contract. It is a guide. It was updated on August 15, 2018 by Dr. Koni Stone

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