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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.


Lycoming College

CHEMISTRY 100: Chemistry in Context

Spring 2007 Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Holly D. Bendorf Phone: x4365, 998-8647

Office: 209 Heim Bldg. e-mail: bendorf@lycoming.edu

Course Schedule: Lecture: MWF 10:15 – 11:05 in Heim 220

Lab: Th 9:45 – 11:35 or 1:00 – 2:50 in Heim 239

Office Hours: MWF 9:00 – 9:50 am, by appointment or just drop-by.

Course Description: CHEM 100, Chemistry in Context, explores current issues and events that are chemistry-related. These include air and water quality, the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain, nuclear energy, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition. The chemistry knowledge associated with these issues is built on a need-to-know basis.

Text and Materials:

• "Chemistry in Context" (5th Edition), American Chemical Society

• "Laboratory Manual for Chemistry in Context" (5th Edition), American Chemical Society

• Safety glasses or goggles (sold by the Chemistry Club).

• Calculator (programmable calculators not permitted on quizzes or exams)

• Chemistry in Context Web Site: www.mhhe.com/cic

 

Grading Criteria: Quizzes (10) 100 points

Exams (3) 300 points

Laboratory 120 points

Intro. Assignment 5 points

Writing Assignments (3) 75 points

Total 600 points

Course grades will be assigned as follows: 90 - 100% A, 80 - 90% B, 70 - 80% C, 60 - 70% D, below 60% F. These ranges include + and - grades.

Exams consist of short answer and essay-type questions. Some calculation-based problems will be included. Please note that programmable calculators may not be used on quizzes and exams. The three exams are scheduled for the following dates:

Exam 1: Wednesday, February 14

Exam 2: Wednesday, March 28

Exam 3: Thursday, April 26 at 1:00 pm

Quizzes will be given each week. They are intended to help you assess your progress and to alert you to any "trouble spots" before you take an exam. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. Quiz dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 21; March 7, 14, 21; April 4, 11, 18.

Homework: Homework will be assigned regularly but will not be collected. Questions on the weekly quizzes will come from the homework. You can check you answers to the homework problems on the class Moodle site: Go to moodle.lycoming.edu, login using your Novell password, choose CHEM100. You will be prompted for a password (enrollment key). It is "chem100".

Writing Assignments: There will be three brief writing assignments during the course of the semester. More information will be provided in class (25 points each).

Laboratory: Labs are intended to enhance and illustrate the concepts we discuss in class. Each lab will have a response sheet that will be completed before leaving the laboratory. Response sheets are graded on a 10-point scale. There are thirteen labs, twelve of which will count towards the final grade (the lowest lab grade is dropped). A 3-point bonus will be given to students who complete all thirteen labs.

Lab Safety: Unsafe behavior in the lab will not be tolerated and violations will be penalized. Repeated violations during a class may result in a zero for that lab. Safety glasses must be worn in the laboratory at all times. Keep in mind that lab safety also includes laboratory hygiene. In the event that common areas are left dirty, points may be deducted from the entire section's lab grade. If you have any questions regarding lab safety, please ask.

Attendance Policy:

Lecture: Regular attendance at lecture is expected. Students with perfect attendance will receive a 5 point bonus at the end of the semester. Students with more than three absences (for any reason) will have their grade reduced by 5 points.

Quizzes, Exams and Laboratory Meetings: Attendance is mandatory. Generally, make-ups are not permitted. Exceptions may be granted if I am notified prior to the absence and there are extenuating circumstances -- usually a case of medical or family emergency that must be documented (note from doctor, notification from Dean). Missing an exam or quiz without making arrangements with me prior to the absence will result in a grade of zero for the exam or quiz.

Labs cannot be made-up.

**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 will be penalized severely.

CHEM 100 Lab Syllabus

Spring 2007

Labs are intended to enhance and illustrate the concepts we discuss in class. Each lab will have a 10-point response sheet that you will complete before leaving the laboratory. There are thirteen labs, twelve of which count towards the final grade (the lowest lab grade is dropped). Students who complete all thirteen labs will receive a 3-point bonus.

Lab Meeting Times: Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:35 or 1:00 – 2:50 in Heim 239

Attendance: You must attend the lab section for which you are registered. Arriving late to lab will result in points being deducted from the lab grade. Lab make-ups are usually not feasible.

Lab Safety: Unsafe behavior in the lab will not be tolerated and violations will be penalized. Repeated violations during a class may result in a zero for that lab. Safety glasses must be worn in the laboratory at all times. Keep in mind that lab safety also includes laboratory hygiene. In the event that common areas are left dirty, points may be deducted from the entire section's lab grade. If you have any questions regarding lab safety, please ask.

 

Week Date Experiment Chapter in Lab Manual

1 1/11 Check-in

2 1/18 Prep’n and Properties of Gases 1

3 1/25 Chemical Bonds, Molecular Models 7

4 2/1 What Protects Us from UV Light 5

5 2/8 Global Warming Video

6 2/15 Chemical Moles 9

7 2/22 Energy Content of Fuels 11

3/1 Have a nice spring break!

8 3/8 Building a Conductivity Tester 12

9 3/15 Reactions of Acids 17

10 3/22 pH Measurements of Common Substances

11 3/29 Three Mile Island Video

12 4/5 Identification of Analgesic Drugs 25

13 4/12 Sugar in Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices 28

14 4/19 Polymer Synthesis 23

 


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