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CHEMISTRY 111 - General Chemistry II  Lycoming College  Spring 1999

Instructor: Dr. Charles H. Mahler, 321-4351 (w) or 322-8840 (h), mahler@lycoming.edu
Office Hours: Heim 202, MWF 10-11 AM, MW 1-2 PM, by appointment, or drop by.
Lab Coordinator: Dr. David A. Franz, 321-4181 (w), franz@lycoming.edu

Lecture in Heim G09, M W F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM.
Recitations in Heim G09, R 7:45 - 8:35 AM (Sec. B); R 1:00 - 1:50 PM (Sec. C).
Labs in Heim 241: T 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Franz, Sec. T); T 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Franz, Sec. U); R 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Mahler, Sec. X); R 2:00-4:50 PM (Dr. Franz, Sec. Y).

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry 110.

Materials for Course: "Chemistry: Molecules, Matter and Change" 3rd Ed., by Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones ; Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions (no passing or sharing allowed in quizzes and exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only); (above items all available in bookstore); Laboratory Safety Glasses or Goggles; General Chemistry II Labs ($3, handed out in labs; this and $5 refundable deposit due in first lab).

Quizzes:         January 22 & 29, February 19 & 26, March 26 & 31, and April 9 & 23, 1999.
Tests:             Exam 1          February 5, 1999 (Friday)
                      Exam 2          March 12, 1999 (Friday)
                      Exam 3          April 16, 1999 (Friday)
                      Final Exam     Week of April 26-30, 1999

Evaluation and Grading: The course grade will be determined based on the following weighting scheme: Labs 25%, Quizzes 20%, Three One-Hour Exams 35%, and Final Exam 20%. Three extra credit points (on a 1000 point scale) will be given for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. Alternative extra credit will be available for those with schedule conflicts (must be arranged before March 31, 1999). Extra credit is limited to 2% of the total. ALL QUIZZES AND EXAMINATIONS ARE COMPREHENSIVE, ESPECIALLY THE FINAL.

The following scale will be applied to determine the final letter grade: A > 90% > B > 80% > C > 70% > D > 60% > F. Plus and minus grades are included in these ranges and will be determined at the end of the semester. Adjustments to this scale are possible, but unlikely.

Course Description: This course builds on the foundations of Chemistry 110, and will examine many of the ways chemical systems can change, especially those involving energy and time. Topics to be covered include: solids, an overview of organic chemistry, solutions, equilibria, acids and bases, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, an overview of transition-metal chemistry, and (time allowing) some nuclear chemistry.

If you have questions or comments about anything in the course, please come see me. I am ready and willing to meet with you and discuss your concerns, answer questions, explain concepts, solve problems, etc. I would rather help you to understand something before a quiz or test, than to find out you don't understand it while grading your work.

Attendance and Absences: Attendance is required. Bring your textbook and calculator to lecture. Absences (after three) will be penalized 3 points per day (on a 1000 point scale). Extra credit points will be applied towards absences first. Only absences notified ahead of time may be excused. Notification is expected as soon as possible for planned (athletic events, class trips) or emergency (illness) absences; call (321-4351, w or 322-8840, h) or e-mail me (mahler@lycoming.edu), or call the Department Secretary (321-4180, answering machine). The cause of absences must be verified by the Dean or substantiated (note from coach or parent, doctor's excuse, etc.).

Exam and Quiz Absences: No make-up exams or quizzes will be given. The (cumulative) final exam grade will be substituted for one excused absence exam grade (as a %). There will be at least eight quizzes during the semester. The average quiz grade for the semester will be substituted for one excused absence quiz grade (as a %). Barring exceptional circumstances, all subsequent missed quizzes or exams will receive a grade of zero.

Lab and Lab Make ups: See the attached lab syllabus for due dates, a schedule of labs, and other information. All requests to make up an excused lab absence must go through Dr. Franz. In some cases, students may be allowed to work outside scheduled lab hours by first obtaining permission from a chemistry professor (who must be in the building while they work and be notified when they leave), and then having a "buddy" present.

General Comments: Students are responsible for knowing material in the assigned reading, problems, labs, and lectures. Working problems, studying and understanding the material are keys to doing well. Much of the course material involves a high degree of conceptual understanding (not simple memorization), so adequate preparation and study are essential. It is not sufficient to learn the material from the lecture alone - you should read and think about the topics covered before attending lecture. We will cover eleven detailed and difficult chapters this semester, so our pace must be geared toward those who are prepared to learn. In quizzes and exams be neat, box answers, show your work and units (partial credit will be given). On a test, look at all problems, then do the easiest ones first. Don't spend too much time on any one problem. Homework will not be collected or graded. A list of assigned problems and quiz/exam answer keys will be posted. Administrative procedures (withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the college and department.

Academic Honesty: On all quizzes, exams and lab reports, copying someone else's work or allowing another to copy your work and submit it as their own is academic dishonesty. It will not be tolerated and can lead to penalties such as failing the assignment or even dismissal from the college. Because all work submitted for a grade should be your own, I can not work graded problems for you if you come to see me. However, we can work similar problems, or I can help you work the problem yourself by asking "leading questions". To avoid plagiarism, be sure to include references for all sources cited (i.e. in labs). For further information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Pathfinder or Student Handbook.

Final Exam: The final exam will be a comprehensive, multiple-choice test, prepared by the American Chemical Society, which covers both semesters of General Chemistry (110 and 111).

Teaching Style: When I teach, I try to convey my current understanding of a topic while recalling how I learned it. I illustrate a topic by explaining it from different points of view, frequently using humor and analogy. Analogies allow us to apply our understanding of a topic in a different context to chemistry. Still, I encourage you to use whatever methods work best for your own comprehension. Because I feel it is better for you to work out an answer yourself, if you ask me a question, you'll generally find I respond with a series of my own questions for you. I do this to help guide your thoughts from what you know to the answer sought, which should teach you more than if I gave you the answer directly. This is a difficult class, so you may ask me a question which takes me a while to think about and answer. I may also involve other students in answering the question, or rephrase the question to make sure I understand what you are asking. This just means you've asked a good question, so keep on thinking and questioning!

Study Group And Review Sessions: Phil Levesque, a junior Chemistry major, will attend all lectures and run a study group. Meeting times and locations will be announced in class. I will run an exam review session in Heim G09 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM the Wednesday evening before each exam. Review session notes will be posted and put on reserve in the library that evening. There will be a review before the final. Review session times may be altered by a class vote.

Posting: Scores will be posted after exams using a secret, four character code chosen by each student. If you prefer not to have your scores posted, let me know (in writing) by 1/15/1999.

World Wide Web: This syllabus, homework assignments and other class items can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/spring1999/111syl.htm.

Course Content: The tentative plan is to cover the following chapters and sections of the text (note that definitive assignments of the material covered will always be made in class):
 Ch. 10, Sec. 6-12;
 Ch. 11, Sec. 1-10;
 Ch. 12, Sec. 1-13;
 Ch. 13, Sec. 1-11;
 Ch. 14, Sec. 1-13;
 Ch. 15, Sec. 1-15;
 Ch. 21, Sec. 5-8;
 Ch. 16, Sec. 1-16;
 Ch. 17, Sec. 1-10;
 Ch. 18, Sec. 1-17;
 Ch. 22, Sec. 1-12 (if time allows).


LABORATORY SYLLABUS FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY 111
Spring 1999     Lycoming College       Lab Coordinator: Dr. Franz  (Heim 232, 321-4181)

    The labs for Chem 111 consist of two quantitative analysis experiments followed by a series of qualitative ananlysis determinations.  Grades in lab are much more dependent on the accuracy of your results than was the case in Chem 110. In each experiment, students will work individually on their own unknowns.  You are welcome to consult with your friends and neighbors, as well as with the teaching assistant and instructor, but please remember that your grade ultimately depends on your own work.

    Please note the following reminders concerning lab safety. Unsafe behavior in Lab will not be tolerated.  Repeated unsafe behavior will result in a zero for that lab.  In lab: 1) Goggles must be worn at all times; 2) No eating, drinking, or smoking; 3) No horseplay; 4) No unauthorized, "independent" experiments; 5) No sandals (enclosed shoes only); 6) No shorts (long pants only);  7) Additional safety rules given in Lab.  You are expected to read the safety information in the Lab Folder and to come to lab each week well prepared.  Report all accidents and injuries immediately.  Know the location of all exits and emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, fire blanket, eye wash, showers, etc.)  When in doubt, ask.  Wearing contact lenses in lab is highly discouraged.  If you do wear them in lab, please let the lab instructor and the lab assistant know (you will not be penalized - it is good to know in case of an accident).  Wear older clothes - they could be stained or ruined. Above all, use common sense and your chemical intuition - THINK.  As a student chemist, you will be working in many situations which demand your utmost care and attention to protect the safety and health of yourself, your fellow students, and the environment.  Preparation and careful, patient work are needed to obtain the results required in each experiment.

    Your Lab Notebook should be neat, well organized, up-to-date and complete, with a Table of Contents.  Leave room to record your data, the uncertainties in measurements, and any observations about the experiment.  Make a copy of each notebook page with carbon paper.

    Lab reports consist of the carbon copies of your notebook pages, the appropriate report form, sample calculations, and answers to any questions. Additional instructions will be given in the prelab lectures.  For all parts of Exp. 21, there are simple report forms indicating the presence or absence of the cations in question.

    In order to make-up a lab, only absences notified ahead of time will be excused.  All requests to make up a lab or attend a section other than your normal lab must go through Dr. Franz.  Students who simply show up at a different lab section will not be admitted to that lab. Prelabs are due at the start of lab, and will not be accepted late.  Lab report due dates are given below - any changes will be announced in lab.  The overall Lab grade will be scaled to 25% of the course grade (see course syllabus).

 
 
Week of Lab   Tentative Laboratory Schedule for Chemistry 111,  Spring 1999 Expt Due
1/11-1/15  Check in, Safety, Exp. 17 Pipet Use, Exp. 18 Set Up   
1/18-1/22  Exp. 18: Gravimetric Analysis       Exp. 17
1/25-1/29   Exp. 18: Gravimetric Analysis  
2/1-2/5  Exp. 20: Acid-Base Titrations  Exp. 18
2/8-2/12   Exp. 20: Acid-Base Titrations  
2/15-2/19  Exp. 21, Qualitative Analysis of Cations: Group I, Unknown #1   Exp. 20
2/22-2/26  Exp. 21: Groups II and III Known  Exp. 21, #1
3/1-3/5  "SPRING" BREAK (No Labs)  
3/8-3/12  Exp. 21: Groups II and III Known and Unknowns #2-3  
3/15-3/19  Exp. 21: Groups IV and V Known  Exp 21, #2-3
3/22-3/26  Exp. 21: Groups IV and V Known and Unknowns #4-5   
3/29-4/2  Exp. 21:  General Unknown  Exp. 21, #4-5
4/5-4/9    Exp. 21:  General Unknown  
4/12-4/16 Finish Exp. 21  
4/19-4/23 Checkout of Lab Exp. 21, Gen. Unk.
 
 
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