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Fall 2005       Chemistry 330             Lycoming College

Instructor: Dr. Charles H. Mahler, Phone 321-4351 or 322-8840 (h), mahler@lycoming.edu

Office Hours: Heim 202, MWF 10 - 11 AM, MW 1:30 – 2:30 PM, by appointment, or drop by.

 

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 lab or test or other assignment, than to find out you don't understand it while grading your work.

 

CLASS: MWF from 9:00 to 9:50 AM in Heim 215. LAB: T from 7:45 to 11:35 AM in Heim 204.

 

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

 

Materials for Course:

Physical Chemistry, 7th Ed. Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula; 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; The Laboratory Manual for 330-331W will be distributed in class (for cost). The lab deposit will be $10.

 

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 4, 2005).

 

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.

 

Exams:             Hour Exam 1                Tuesday, September 27, 2005 (in lab)

Hour Exam 2                Tuesday, October 25, 2005 (in lab)

Hour Exam 3                Tuesday, November 29, 2005 (in lab)

Final Exam                   Week of Dec. 12 - 16, 2005, To Be Announced

 

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, 19, 20 and 24 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, Electrochemistry, and (time allowing) Statistical Thermodynamics. Physical Chemistry II 331W 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 calculator and textbook 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.

 

Quizzes:

There will be a quiz on most of the Mondays this semester, except for weeks when there is an exam.  The specific dates are: Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct.17, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, and Dec 5. Quizzes will be given at the end of the period. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

 

Homework:

Each chapter has a set of recommended problems (see below) which students are strongly encouraged to work. In addition, many 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:

Almost all of the ‘discussion questions’ are useful (i.e. the first several exercises for each chapter). Chapter 1: Exercises 1.4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 19 (part a), 22, 25. Chapter 24: Exercises 24.4, 5, 7. Chapter 2: Exercises 2.6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16, 23, 27, 32, 37, 39, 45.  Chapter 3: Exercises 3.9, 12a&b, 13, 18. Problems 3.12, 13, 14, 24. Chapter 4: Exercises 4.4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26.

Chapter 5: Exercises 5.4, 5, 7, 12; Problems 5.5, 6, 7, 8. Chapter 6: Exercises 6.4, 5, 8, 11, 12, try 14; Problem 6.3. Chapter 7: Exercises 7.4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 21. Chapter 8: Exercises 8.4, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, try 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. Chapter 9: Exercises 9.5, 7, 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. Chapter 10: Exercises 10.5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29, 32. Chapter 19 and Chapter 20: TBA.

More exercises and problems may be added to this preliminary list. Note that answers for the (a) exercises and some problems are given in the back of the textbook (p. 1112 and following.)

 

Review Sessions:

A review session will be held before each exam. The reviews will be in Heim 203 (the lab) or other announced room (Heim 215 or G41) from 8:30 to 10 PM the Sunday evening prior. Review session notes, and keys for problems and exams will be posted and/or reviewed in class. Final exam review time is TBA.

Miscellaneous:

Administrative procedures (withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the college and department. The class web page: http://www.lycoming.edu/chem/fall2005/330syl.htm.

 

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).

 

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.

 

Scores will be posted, generally 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 9/2/2005.

 

Laboratory: In the first lab (8/30/2005), we will go over the lab schedule, safety issues, writing lab reports, error analysis, and the use of spreadsheet programs in the Heim ITS lab. Experiments will be done by four groups of three or four students each, with up to four 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 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.

 

Because most of the experiments are done and handed in by groups over the course of the semester, returning graded lab reports is an issue. Students need the feedback only a graded lab report can provide. However, if later groups of students have access to graded reports for the experiment they are doing, then that is not fair to the students who turned in their reports for that particular experiment early. Here is the system we will try for this academic year to try to satisfy both requirements.

This semester the first experiment (Electrochemistry) will be done by every student at the same time. The reports for this experiment will all be turned in by the same due date and will all be graded and  returned promptly, so students have at least one example of graded lab work. Other lab reports will also be graded promptly, but will be kept in Dr. Mahler’s office. Students will be able to look at these reports and discuss them with Dr. Mahler in his office as often as they would like, but they can not have the reports back until all reports for that experiment have been turned in. This hopefully allows students the feedback needed, while avoiding any “information leakage”.

 

Pre-Labs:

Because different groups will do different experiments in lab most weeks, it will not be possible to have a traditional pre-lab at the start of lab each week to explain and demonstrate that week’s experiment in detail. Instead, there will be a pre-lab overview of all experiments the first week. There will also be a detailed pre-lab including electrochemistry theory and some sample calculations for the first experiment. For subsequent weeks, many of the experiments will have online photographic pre-labs available through the web page for the course. These will chiefly be for experiments using new or unfamiliar equipment or techniques (so NMR or typing in a computer is not included). Instead, each online pre-lab will illustrate some of the equipment and techniques used in that experiment. Each student in a group is responsible for looking at the online pre-lab before the experiment starts. Students who do not look at the online pre-lab first will be penalized in their grade for that experiment. Printouts of the photographs will also be available in lab for reference of the group(s) doing that experiment that week. The instructor will also be available for any questions.

 

Writing Project: In response to student feedback from previous years, we will start the Writing Project at the end of the semester. Only the “Project Topic” (due Nov. 11) and “Project References” (draft due Dec. 2, final version due at the final exam) will be due this semester. More information about all aspects of the writing project is in the Lab Manual and will be discussed later. The grades will count in the homework and quizzes category. This is designed to allow more time for the Writing Project as it continues in the Spring Semester in Physical Chemistry II 331W.

 

College Policies:

Because this course meets a distribution requirement, it includes a writing component.  At least 10 pages of writing must be produced by each student during the semester and some of those assignments will be formally evaluated for writing. I will be reserving some class or office time to help each student with written work.

 

If you have a specific disability and choose to request academic accommodations to meet your needs, please consult with Mr. Dan Hartsock, Co-ordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities.  His office is in the Academic Resource Center on the third floor of Snowden Library.

 

Departmental and ACS policy:

The following are not allowed to be used during quizzes and exams: programmable calculators (unless the memory is cleared by the instructor), cell phones, PDA’s, headphones, or other personal electronic devices.

 

Lab Groups:

Lab groups will be assigned by Monday Sept. 5, 2005 (at the latest). If there is information you want me to be aware of when making the lab group assignments, please let me know by Wednesday Aug. 31, 2005.

 

Tentative Laboratory Schedule for Physical Chemistry I 330, Fall Semester 2005

Date

Group Earth

Group Air

Group Fire

Group Water

Aug. 30

 

Check In, Pre-Labs, Excel, etc.

Check In, Pre-Labs, Excel, etc.

Check In, Pre-Labs, Excel, etc.

Check In, Pre-Labs, Excel, etc.

Sept. 6

 

Electrochemistry

Due W Sept. 14

Electrochemistry

Due W Sept. 14

Electrochemistry

Due W Sept. 14

Electrochemistry

Due W Sept. 14

Sept. 13

Bomb Cal A-I

Bomb Cal A-I

Solution Cal A-I

Solution Cal A-I

Sept. 20

 

Bomb Cal A-II

Due W Oct. 5

NMR

Due W Oct. 5

CAChe

Due W Oct. 5

Solution Cal A-II

Due W Oct. 5

Sept. 27

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

Oct. 4

 

NMR

Due W Oct. 19

Bomb Cal A-II

Due W Oct. 19

Solution Cal A-II

Due W Oct. 19

CAChe

Due W Oct. 19

Oct. 11

Cp/Cv B-I

Cp/Cv B-I

Bomb Cal B-I

Bomb Cal B-I

Oct. 18

 

Cp/Cv B-II

Due W Nov. 2

CAChe

Due W Nov. 2

Bomb Cal B-II

Due W Nov. 2

Library Time

Oct. 25

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

Nov. 1

 

CAChe

Due W Nov. 16

Cp/Cv B-II

Due W Nov. 16

Library Time

Bomb Cal B-II

Due W Nov. 16

Nov. 8

Solution Cal C-I

Solution Cal C-I

Cp/Cv C-I

Cp/Cv C-I

Nov. 15

 

Library Time

Solution Cal C-II

Due W Dec. 7

Cp/Cv C-II

Due W Dec. 7

NMR

Due W Dec. 7

Nov. 22

 

Solution Cal C-II

Due Mon. Dec. 12

Library Time

NMR

Due Mon. Dec. 12

Cp/Cv C-II

Due Mon. Dec. 12

Nov. 29

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

Dec. 6

Checkout, review

Checkout, review

Checkout, review

Checkout, review

 

Important Dates for Physical Chemistry 330 Fall 2005 (These are all tentative)

 

Fall Semester 2005 Exams (all Tuesdays):  Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29.

 

Fall Semester 2005 Quizzes (all Mondays):

Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct.17, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Dec 5.

 

Fall Semester 2005 Labs Due (almost all Wednesdays):

Sept 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Dec. 7, and Monday Dec. 12 (Finals Week).

 

Fall Semester 2005 Writing Project Deadlines (first two are Fridays):

Topics due by Nov. 11, References Draft due by Dec. 2, References Final Version due by Final Exam.

 


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