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The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.


CHEMISTRY 111: General Chemistry
SPRING 2000 SYLLABUS

 
Instructors: Phone: Office: e-mail:
Dr. Holly D. Bendorf (lecture)  321-4365, 327-2888   209 Heim Bldg. bendorf@lycoming.edu
Dr. David Franz (lab coord.)  321-4181   232 Heim Bldg. franz@lycoming.edu
Ms. Louann Miller (lab)  321-4080
Mr. Brad Deacon (lab)  321-4080
Ms. Sara Hirst (study group facilitator)

 
Course Schedule:  Lecture:  MWF 11:30 - 12:20 in Heim G-09 
Recitation:  Th 7:45 - 8:35 or 1:00 - 1:50 in Heim G-09
Lab:
 
T 8:45 - 11:35 or 6:00 - 8:50
Th 8:45 - 11:35, 2:00 - 4:40, or 6:00 - 8:50 in Heim 241

HDB's Office Hours: Tues. 10:15 - 11:05 and Thurs. 2:00 - 3:00. Also by appointment and walk-in.

Course Description: A continuation of CHEM 110, with emphasis placed on the foundations of analytical, inorganic,
and physical chemistry. Topics include kinetics, general and ionic equilibria, acid-base theory, electrochemistry,
thermodynamics and coordination chemistry. The laboratory treats aspects of quantitative and qualitative inorganic
analysis.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHEM 110.

Text and Materials:

"General Chemistry: An Integrated Approach" (2nd Edition) by Hill and Petrucci.
Laboratory Notebook
Scientific Calculator (cannot be shared during exams and quizzes)
Safety glasses or goggles
Lab breakage deposit of $5, refunded (minus breakage fees) upon check-out. There is also a non-refundable $3
fee to cover the cost of copying the lab handouts. Be sure to bring your safety glasses and $8 to the first lab
meeting.
 
Grading Criteria: Quizzes   80 points
Exams (3)  300 points
Final  110 points
Laboratory       160 points
Total  650 points

Final letter grades will be assigned as follows: >90% A, 80-90% B, 70-80% C, 60-70% D, <60% F. The ranges
given include "+" and "-" grades. Be aware that you must pass both the lecture and laboratory to receive a
passing grade for the course.

Quizzes: Quizzes are an incentive to stay current with the course. They provide you with a means of evaluating your
progress and allow you to identify any potential "trouble spots" before the exam. The lowest quiz grade will be
dropped.

Quiz dates: January 21 and 28 February 11, 18 and 25 March 24 and 31 April 7 and 19
All are Fridays, except for April 19. Mark them on your calendar!

Exams: There will be three mid-semester exams and a final exam. The exam dates are given below.
Friday, February 4         Friday, March 10         Friday, April 14
The final exam will be administered on the day and time assigned by the registrar. No exceptions.
The mid-semester exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer and calculation-based questions.

The final is the American Chemical Society exam for general chemistry. It is a multiple-choice exam and covers
Chemistry 110 and 111. The grade on the final can be substituted (based on %) for a lower mid-semester exam
grade.

Attendance Policy:
Lecture: Regular attendance at lecture is expected, and repeated absences will be penalized (3 points per absence
after third absence).
Quizzes and Exams: Attendance is mandatory. Make-up exams and quizzes will not be given. For an excused
absence from an exam, the grade on the final (%) will be substituted for the missed exam. For an excused absence
from a quiz, the end-of-semester quiz average will be substituted for that quiz grade. Unexcused absence from a
quiz or exam results in a grade of zero for the quiz or exam.
What constitutes an excused absence? I am notified prior to the absence, preferably in person or over the phone
(voice mail or e-mail, if necessary) and the cause of the absence can be documented--note from coach, verification
from Dean, etc.

Extra Credit: Extra credit points can be earned by attending departmental colloquia (3 per colloquium). Extra credit
points can also be earned by writing a brief research paper on a mutually agreed upon topic (up to 20 points
depending on length of paper, number of sources, quality of paper). Extra credit will not be accepted after the last
day of class. Extra credit is limited to 20 points. The colloquium schedule can be found on the Chemistry
Department web site: www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/sspring2000/colloq.htm

Academic Honesty: Be aware that in accordance with the College's policy on academic honesty, any work you
submit must be your own. Any instances of plagiarism (including copying answers from a classmate) will be
penalized to the fullest extent of the law!

Assignments From the Text: The chapters we will cover are listed below. We will cover a lot of material this
semester and most of it is quite challenging. I suggest you skim the assignment before class and read it more
thoroughly afterwards. Work the problems that are given throughout each chapter and, at a minimum, the problems
I assign from the end of the chapter. Be sure to stay current with the reading and problems: lectures and in-class
exercises are prepared with the assumption that you have studied the assigned material and have completed the
problems.
 
Chapter:  Sections:
12 Physical Properties of Solutions  12.1-9
13 Chemical Kinetics  13.1-10
14 Chemical Equilibrium  14.1-5
15 Acid-Base Equilibria  15.1-4, 6-11
16 Equilibria of Slightly Soluble Salts  16.1-5, 7
17 Thermodynamics  17.1-7
18 Electrochemistry  18.1-7, 9-11
22 Coordination Chemistry  22.7-12 (time permitting)

Study Suggestions: Perhaps the best advice I can give you on how to succeed in this course is: Don't get behind!
We cover a lot of material in this class and cramming for a night or two before an exam simply will not work. Just
like learning a foreign language or becoming proficient at a sport, you need to practice each day. Review your
notes, read the text, discuss the material with your colleagues, quiz yourself, and most importantly: work lots of
problems. And remember, my job is to help you learn chemistry--if you have questions, if you are not sure how to
approach a certain type of problem, or if a concept is still a little fuzzy, ask me about it right away!


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