University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

 

CHM 103 General Chemistry I

 

Instructor:  Dr. Keith D. Beyer, Room 443,  extension 5-8292

 

Class Hours:  M, W, F:  7:45 – 8:40 am, 141 CWH

            Discussion, Thursdays:  D51 1:10 – 2:05 pm, 201 CH; HHHD52 3:20 – 4:15 pm, 301 CH; D53 4:25 – 5:20 pm, 252 CH.

 

Office Hours:  M - F:  9 - 10 am, others as available – just stop in!

 

Textbook:  Chemistry The Central Science by Brown, LeMay & Bursten, 9th Ed.

 

Lab:  Experiments in First Semester General Chemistry, 14th ed.

            Safety goggles ($5 at bookstore, or $3.50 from Chemistry Club)

 

Required for this course:  Calculator with scientific functions, safety goggles (available from chemistry club or in the bookstore), lab manual (for the lab portion).

 

Course Description:  An introduction to chemistry including topics in atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, chemical stoichiometry, reactivity, states of matter, solutions, acid-base theory, and nuclear chemistry, and also including selected topics in descriptive and applied chemistry.  Scientific inquiry, experimental design and data analysis are included.

 

Exams:  There will be six exams and a comprehensive final.  Exams will be on Fridays during class according to the attached semester calendar.  Exams can not be missed.  You will receive zero points for a missed exam.  You will be allowed to bring one 3 inch by 5 inch index card to the exams with any information you deem necessary on it.  You will be given a periodic table for use during the exam; you may not bring your own. The final exam for this course is Tuesday December 19th 10 am – noon. 

 

Quizzes:  There will be seven quizzes in the discussion sections on Thursdays in weeks when there is no exam (see semester calendar.) You will be allowed 15 minutes to complete quizzes.  Quizzes are worth 10 points each and can not be missed for any reason.  

 

Laboratory:  The laboratory is very important to an understanding of chemistry and attendance is mandatory.  The laboratory grade accounts for 20% of the course grade.  Any student receiving a grad of F in the laboratory will automatically receive a grade of F in the entire course.  You must pass both the laboratory and lecture portions of the course to receive a passing grade in Chemistry 103.  Your laboratory instructor will give you a syllabus for the lab including the grading scale.  The laboratory instructor will report a percentage grade and/or a letter grade to me at the end of the semester, which I will include in your final average.  If I receive a letter grade, it will be converted to points according to the table below:

A

120

C

80

A-

112

C-

76

B+

104

D+

72

B

96

D

68

B-

88

D-

64

C+

84

F

fail the course

 

Additional Exercises:  We are planning to have three pre and post course diagnostic quizzes.  Two of these will be on line (pre and post) and one will be in class.  You will be graded on participation only.  You will receive 2 points for each pre and post test you complete.  Also, I will hand out an information sheet on the first day of class.  You will receive 2 points for completing this sheet and handing it in at the first discussion session.

 

Daily Problems:   Suggested problems will be assigned daily from the text book.  It is your responsibility to work through these problems and bring any questions you have to the discussion section.  We will spend time in the discussion sections working through any questions you have on problems that have been assigned.  These problems will not be handed in or graded.

 

Attendance Policy:  You are expected to attend all lectures, discussions, and labs.  If you must miss a lab for a particular reason, discuss this with your laboratory instructor to make alternate arrangements.  Also, anticipate any conflicts you may have with a specific lab period in advance so that you can make other arrangements (such as being on an athletic team for a scheduled event).  It is to your advantage to do all labs.  Labs and suggested problems will help you keep on top of the material for the exams.  Missing exams or quizzes is not acceptable.  You will not be excused for missing an exam or quiz for any reason other than a doctor certified illness.  You will receive 0 points for a missed exam or quiz.  If you are ill, you must contact me via e-mail or phone before class.  Excuses such as "I slept through my alarm" are inappropriate and will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to take whatever means necessary to make it to class for an exam or quiz.  Experience has shown that relying on your roommate to get you out of bed is unreliable!  7:45 am is very early, but you can do it! J

 

Additional Help: 1)  Office hours.  2)  Tutor.  The chemistry department provides a tutor for this course and will bear all costs of this tutoring.  You are encouraged to take advantage of this free service if you feel it will improve your understanding of the course topics.  The tutor for this class is Jameson Bothe, bothe.jame@uwlax.edu. 3)  Additional resources posted on D2L, the internet, the CD-ROM for the book, textbook website.


Grading Policy:  Grades will be determined according to the following system:

 

100 - 93%

A

Tests

300

50%

(50 points each)

92 - 88%

AB

Final

100

16%

 

87 - 80%

B

Labs

120

20%

(10 points each)

79 - 75%

BC

Quizzes

70

12%

(10 points each)

74 - 67%

C

Additional exercises

14

2%

(2 points each)

66 - 59%

D

 

 

 

 

58 - 0%

F

Total

604

 

 

 

Academic Conduct:  A high level of academic honesty and integrity is expected, and any indication that these standards are not being met will be confronted.  For complete details on the University’s policy on student conduct, please look at http://www.uwlax.edu/StudentLife/uws14.htm.  Plagiarism, cheating on exams/quizzes, and copying the work of fellow students invoke severe penalties and may lead to dismissal from the University.

 

Desire to Learn:  I will utilize D2L with this course.  I will post your grades for each exam, quiz, etc. on D2L which you may access at any time.  I may also post additional items on D2L related to the course such as answer keys to the tests/quizzes, etc.

 

University Accommodation Policy: Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Services (DRS) Office

 

Class Schedule:

 

Chapter

Sections covered

Topic

1

1 – 6

Matter and Measurement

2

1 – 8

Atoms, Molecules and Ions

3

1 – 7

Stoichiometry:  Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations

4

1 – 6

Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry

6

1 – 9

Electronic Structure of Atoms

7

1 – 6

Periodic Properties of the Elements

8

1 – 7

Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding

9

1 – 6

Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories

10

1 – 7, 9

Gases

21

1 – 4

Nuclear Chemistry

5

5

Calorimetry

11

1 – 6

Intermolecular Forces, Liquids and Solids