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


Fall 2002       Physical Chemistry I 330                Lycoming College

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

Office Hours: Heim 213, MW 10 am to 12 pm, W 1-2 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 9:00 to 9:50 AM in Heim 215.

LAB meets T from 7:45 to 11:35 AM in Heim 203.

 

Prerequisites: CHEM 111, MATH 129 and one year of physics; or consent of instructor.

 

Materials for Course: Physical Chemistry 7th Ed., Peter Atkins; ACS Style Guide” 2nd Ed.; 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 1, 2002).

 

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:               Hour Exam 1                Tuesday, September 24, 2002 (in lab)

Hour Exam 2                Tuesday, October 15, 2002 (in lab)

Hour Exam 3                Tuesday, November 19, 2002 (in lab)

Final Exam                   Week of December 9 - 13, 2002, To Be Announced

Notify me immediately of any conflicts!!  If you have difficulty finding me, send me an email.

 

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 1-10 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, multiple-choice ACS exam (over both semesters) as part of the final.


 

Lecture Attendance and Absences: Lecture attendance with textbook and calculator is required. All unexcused lecture absences after three will be penalized 2 percent (of total possible points) per day. 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.).

 

Exam and Lab Absences: No make-up 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 and Quizzes:  On occasion there will be graded homework problems assigned during lecture. 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.  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.  On most Fridays, a short (10-15 minute) quiz will be given on topics covered during the week.  The lowest quiz grade will also be dropped.

 

Recommended homework: Will be assigned during the semester as progress is made through the textbook.

 

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 in this course. You should be familiar with background material in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. While I am able to help you in reviewing these topics during office hours, it is your responsibility to identify any weaknesses or deficiencies you might have and correct them. We will cover much detailed and difficult material this semester, so the pace of lecture 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 exam review locations will be announced and will typically be on Friday.  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/fall2002/330syl.htm. Scores will be posted after exams using a secret, four-character code chosen by each student. If you prefer not to have your scores posted, let me know (in writing) by 8/30/2002; an email is adequate.

 

Laboratory: In the first lab (8/27/2002), we will go over the lab schedule, safety issues, writing lab reports, error analysis, and the use of spreadsheet programs in the Heim OCT lab. Experiments will be done by two groups of two or three students each, with up to two different experiments being done (by different groups) in any one lab period. Thus the first lab will also have an 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 two 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 take time and cannot 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.

 

 


 

 

TENTATIVE LABORATORY SCHEDULE

Date

Group A

Group B

Aug. 27

Check in, lab, Excel, etc.

 

Check in, lab, Excel, etc.

Sept. 3

Electrochemistry

 (due Wed. Sept. 11)

 

Electrochemistry

 (due Wed. Sept. 11)

Sept. 10

Bomb Calorimetry I

 

Bomb Calorimetry I

Sept. 17

Solution Calorimetry I

 

Solution Calorimetry I

Sept. 24

 

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

Oct. 1

 

Bomb Calorimetry II

(due Fri. Oct. 18)

Solution Calorimetry II

 (due Fri. Oct. 18)

 

Oct. 8

 

Solution Calorimetry II

 (due Fri. Oct. 25)

Bomb Calorimetry II

 (due Fri. Oct. 25)

 

Oct. 15

 

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

Oct. 22

 

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases I

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases I

Oct. 29

 

Viscosity

(due Fri. Nov. 8)

Surface Tension

(due Fri. Nov. 8)

Nov. 5

 

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases II

 (due Wed. Nov. 13)

Viscosity

(due Wed. Nov. 13)

 

Nov. 12

 

Surface Tension

 (due Fri. Nov. 29)

Cp/Cv Ratios of Gases II

(due Fri. Nov. 29)

 

Nov. 19

 

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

Nov. 26

 

THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING

Dec. 3

 

Checkout, review

Checkout, review


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