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While every effort has been made to make sure this electronic syllabus is error-free, it is not official.
The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.


Spring 2003       Chemistry in Context 100            Lycoming College

 

Instructor: Dr. Eric Wisniewski, Phone 321-4357, wisniews@lycoming.edu                                             

Office Hours: Heim 213, MWF 10:30 am to 11:30 pm and 1 pm to 2 pm, by appointment, or drop by

 

Please take advantage of my office hours if you need help.  It is important to me that you understand the concepts of the course and that you are able to complete assigned problems so that you have success on quizzes and examinations. 

 

CLASS meets MWF from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm in Heim 220.

LAB meets R from 9:45 am to 11:35 am or 3:00 pm to 4:50 pm, depending on your section, in Heim 239

 

Materials for Course:

Chemistry in Context, 4th Ed., by Stanitski, Eubanks, Middlecamp and Stratton

 Laboratory Manual for Chemistry in Context, 4th Ed., by Stratton, Silberman, Stanitski and Schwartz

Safety Glasses or Goggles (sold by the Chemistry Club)

Calculator

A lab deposit of $5 will be collected in the first lab and will be used to cover breakage

 

Evaluation and Grading: Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme:

 

Quizzes                                                  50 points

Exams  (3)                                            300 points       

Laboratory                                           100 points

Homework and other                              50 points

Total                                                    500 points

 

Course grades will be assigned as follows: 450-500 pts A, 400-450 pts B, 350-400 pts C, 300-350 pts D and below 300 pts F.  These ranges include + and grades. Adjustments to this scale are possible, but unlikely.

 

 

Exams:             Hour Exam 1                Friday, February 14th, 2003

Hour Exam 2                Friday, March 28th, 2003

Hour Exam 3                Week of April 28th, 2003, To Be Announced

                       

The final exam will not be comprehensive though some ideas and concepts will continue to be revisited throughout the semester and will be repeated on exams.  Notify me immediately of any conflicts!!  If you have difficulty finding me, send me an email. Exams will consist of short answer/essay, multiple choice and some calculation-based problems.

 

Quizzes and Homework:

Announced quizzes will be given periodically throughout the semester and are intended to keep you current with the topics discusses in lecture and lab.  You should read the text and complete the Your Turn problems (answers given in the text or in Appendix 4) prior to attempting the homework assignments.  Late homework will not be accepted!  Answer keys will be posted outside the lab after the due date.

 

Laboratory: 

Scientific courses use labs to supplement lecture material and illustrate the points discussed.  Each lab will have a response sheet that will be complete and turned in at the end before leaving.  These will be graded on a 10 point scale and the total of twelve labs will be scaled to a total of 100 points.

 

The laboratory is no place for unsafe behavior.  Care must be taken to avoid accidents.  You will be required to read and sign a Lycoming College safety contract.  No shorts or open toed shoes are permitted.  No drinking or eating in lab this includes gum and candy.  Safety glasses must be worn at all times.  Points may be deducted for repeated violation of the rules.

 

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance in lecture is expected and continued unexcused absences will be penalized (3 pts per absence after the third absence). 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 or e-mail me or the Department Secretary (321-4180). The cause of absences must be verified by the Dean or substantiated (note from coach or parent, doctor's excuse, etc.).  Email me if you cannot find me elsewhere.

 

Attendance in laboratory is mandatory and make-ups are not permitted without a note from a doctor or the Dean documenting an illness or family emergency, etc.

 

Prior arrangements must be made with me before missing a quiz or exam.  A missed exam or quiz without making arrangements will receive a zero.  No make-up exams will be given!  Labs cannot be made up.

 

Content:  In this course, I plan to cover topics in Chapters 1-9 in the text.  Other topics will be considered if time permits.

 

Academic Honesty: On all exams and other course material, copying someone else's work or allowing another to copy your work and submit it as their own is academic dishonesty and can lead to penalties such as failing the assignment or even dismissal from the college. Unless otherwise stated, all work submitted for a grade should be your own work (although you can study with others to understand the concepts). Always include citations for all sources consulted in labs or homework to avoid plagiarism. For further information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Pathfinder or Student Handbook.


 

Laboratory Syllabus for Chemistry in Context, Chem 100, Spring 2003

 

Week

Date

Experiment

Chapter in Lab Manual

1

1/16

Check-in

 

2

1/23

Air in a Breath

Handout

3

1/30

Preparation and Properties of Gases

1

4

2/6

Chemical Bonds, Molecular Models

5

5

2/13

Chemical Moles

7

6

2/20

Energy Content of Fuels

9

7

2/27

Energy Conservation Problem

8

8

3/6

Spring Break!!

 

9

3/13

Water Hardness

12

10

3/20

Conductivity Detector

10

11

3/27

Salt in Soup

26

12

4/3

Polymers

Handout

13

4/10

Classification and Identification of Plastics

21

14

4/17

Fat Content of Potato Chips

24

15

4/24

Check-out

 

16

5/1

Finals Week

 

 

This laboratory schedule may be modified though ample notice will be given in the event of a change.


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