Instructor: Dr. Charles H. Mahler, Phone 3214351 or 3228840 (h), mahler@lycoming.edu
CLASS meets MWF from 9:00 to 9:50 AM in Heim 215.
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, MATH 129 and one year
of physics; or consent of instructor.
Materials for Course: "Physical Chemistry"
6th Ed. Peter Atkins; Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions
(no passing or sharing allowed in exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with
quadrille pages (for lab use only); Safety Glasses or Goggles; Experimental
Procedures will be distributed in class. A lab deposit of $5 will be collected
in the first lab  the cost of lab handouts will be taken from this.
Evaluation and Grading: Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme: 3 Exams (45%), a Final Exam (20%), Labs (25%), and Homework and Quizzes (10%). 3 extra credit points (to a limit of 20, on a 1000 point scale) will be given for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. Alternative extra credit will be available for those whose schedules conflict with colloquium (but you must see me to arrange this by Friday, November 10, 2000).
ALL 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.
Tests:
Content: Physical Chemistry provides the theoretical
basis for explaining and interpreting chemical systems by focusing on the
energy and time involved as they change. In this course we plan to cover
topics in Chapters 110 of the text. We will study and attempt to understand
many of the basic principles and phenomena of chemical systems in equilibrium,
including Gases and their properties, Chemical Thermodynamics, Phase Relationships
and Diagrams, Chemical Equilibrium, and Electrochemistry. Physical Chemistry
II 331 will continue where this course ends, and has a comprehensive, multiplechoice
ACS exam (over both semesters) as part of the final.
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 test or before a lab report is due, than to find out you don't understand it while grading your work.
Exam and Lab Absences: No makeup exams
will be given. The (cumulative) final exam grade (as a %) will be substituted
for one excused absence exam grade (as a %). Barring exceptional
circumstances, all subsequent missed exams will receive a grade
of zero. Because students often work in groups in lab, absences hurt everyone
and should be avoided. Make up labs will vary (and may not be possible),
depending on the circumstances of that week's experiment. 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.
Homework: Each chapter has a set of recommended
problems (see below) which students are strongly encouraged to work. In
addition, most days there will be graded homework problems assigned. These
are due at the start of the next lecture (or as soon as you enter lecture,
if late), and we will go over the solution in that lecture. Many students
find it useful to keep a copy of the problem to review. No late homework
will be accepted and the lowest homework grade will be dropped. If you
must be absent, have someone else take notes and hand in any assignments
for you.
Recommended homework: Chapter 1: Exercises
1.1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29. Chapter 2: Exercises 2.3,
4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 20, 24, 29, 35, 38, 45. Chapter 3: Exercises 3.6,
9, 10. Problems 3.9, 10, 11, 21. Chapter 4: Exercises 4.1, 3, 5,
7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23. Chapter 5: Exercises 5.1, 2, 4,
9; Problems 5.5, 6, 7, 8. Chapter 6: Exercises 6.1, 2, 5, 9, 10,
try 12; Problem 6.3. Chapter 7: Exercises 7.1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9,
10, 12, 18. Chapter 8: Exercises 8.1, 3, 6, 9, 5, 1118.
Chapter
9: Exercises 9.1, 3, 4, 6, 11, 1215. Chapter 10: Exercises
10.2, 5, 9, 12, 1518, 21, 26, 29. Note that answers for the (a) exercises
and some problems are given in the back of the textbook (p. 955 ff.)
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. It is assumed that the students are familiar with the background
material in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. While I am glad to help
you in reviewing these topics, it is your responsibility to make
up any weaknesses or deficiencies you might have. 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. If you still
can't get a problem or concept, please see me for help. We will cover much
detailed and difficult material this semester, so our pace must be geared
toward those who are prepared to learn. In homework and exams be neat,
box answers, show your work and units (partial credit will be given).
Review Sessions: An exam review session will be held before each exam (including the final). The reviews will be in Heim 203 (the lab) from 7:30 to 9:30 PM the Sunday evening prior. Review session notes, and keys for problems and exams will be posted and/or reviewed in class.
Academic Honesty:
On all 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 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.
Miscellaneous:Administrative procedures
(withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the
college and department. This syllabus and other class items can be found
at http://www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/fall2000/330syl.htm.
Scores will be posted after exams using a secret, fourcharacter code
chosen by each student. If you prefer not to have your scores posted, let
me know (in writing) by 9/4/2000.
Laboratory: In the first lab (8/29/2000), we will go over the lab schedule, safety issues, writing lab reports, error analysis, and the use of spreadsheet programs. Experiments will be done by three groups of four students, with three different experiments being done (by different groups) in any one lab period. Thus the first lab will also have a prelab (overview) for each experiment. Please be sure to bring your notebook and take good notes. Lab report due dates are given on the schedule (below). For the first three reports you will be allowed to turn in a draft report. You can see how you've done, then revise only the calculations, results, and conclusions of the report (if need be). Start work on lab reports well before they are due  these can not be done well at the last minute. Many Physical Chemistry Lab Reports involve as much time (or more) in writing and calculation as the original experimental procedure did. More information and experimental procedures will be given out in lab.
Date

Group A

Group B

Group C 
Aug. 29

Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry

Sept. 5

Electrochemistry
(due Sept. 12)

Electrochemistry
(due Sept. 12)

Electrochemistry
(due Sept. 12)

Sept. 12

Bomb Calorimetry

Solution Calorimetry

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases

Sept. 19

Bomb Calorimetry
(due Nov. 14)

Solution Calorimetry
(due Fri. Oct. 27)

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases
(due Oct. 3)

Sept. 26

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

Oct. 3

Solution Calorimetry

NMR

Bomb Calorimetry

Oct. 10

Solution Calorimetry
(due Fri. Oct. 27)

NMR
(due Oct. 17)

Bomb Calorimetry
(due Nov. 14)

Oct. 17

NMR

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases

Solution Calorimetry

Oct. 24

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

Oct. 31

NMR
(due Nov. 7)

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases
(due Nov. 7)

Solution Calorimetry
(due Nov. 7)

Nov. 7

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases

Bomb Calorimetry

NMR

Nov. 14

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases
(due Fri. Dec. 1)

Bomb Calorimetry
(due Fri. Dec. 1)

NMR
(due Fri. Dec. 1)

Nov. 21

THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING

Nov. 28

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

Dec. 5

Checkout, review

Checkout, review

Checkout, review

Group A: Stacy Howerter, Chris Robbins, Leanne Shultz
Group B: Jen Kowalchick, Chris Micklitsch, Tara Tiley
Group C: Samantha Geyer, Steve Hoprich, Heather McElwain, Jen Smith
Last updated September 4, 2000.
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