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General Chemistry 110


Fall 2006




Office Number

Office Hours

Email Address

Dr. Jeremy Ramsey

Lecture, Recitation

232 Heim, x4103

Just stop by or make an appointment


Dr. Charles Mahler

Laboratory Coordinator,Lab Sections N, Q, R

202 Heim, x4351

MWF 10:00-11:00 amMW 1:30-2:20 pm


Dr. David Franz

Lab Section S




Course Description


The material presented in this course covers the fundamental principals of chemistry.  Topics to be covered include models of atomic structure, stoichiometry,  gas laws, thermochemistry, basic quantum theory, chemical bonding, molecular shape, and intermolecular forces   The concepts presented will be used to understand the chemical nature of the major classes of matter—solids, liquids, and gases.


The instructors’ goal is to see each student gain a working knowledge of basic chemistry skills and we are dedicated to reaching this goal.  The motivation, however, must begin with you.  The material in this course will be challenging and requires a lot of hard work for its mastery.  A wealth of opportunities exists to assist you with your studies so please take advantage of them.  If you do, I am confident that we can achieve our goals for the semester.





Because this course meets a distribution requirement, it includes a writing component.  At least 10 pages of writing will be expected from each student during the semester, some of which will be formally evaluated. If you need help with writing, please feel free to ask the instructors for assistance.  You can also get assistance with writing at the writing center on the third floor of Snowden Library.


Meeting Times


                Lecture                                   MWF                                     11:30 am-12:20 pm                                G09 Heim

                Recitation                              Th                                           7:45 am or 1:00 pm                                G09 Heim                                                                                                              

Course Materials



Special Needs


If you have a specific disability and choose to request academic accommodations to meet your needs, please consult with Mr. Dan Hartsock, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities.  His office is in the Academic Resource Center on the third floor of Snowden Library.  You can also reach him by phone (570-321-4294). 

Office Hours


Office hours are for the purpose of walk in instruction, discussion, or just to chat.   Unless otherwise announced, the instructors will be available during their office hours, but you are always welcome to make an individual appointment.  The Academic Research Center (ARC) is available for course tutoring, including writing.  ARC is on the third floor of Snowden Library.  If possible, do not wait until the night before an exam or assignment is due.  An optional study group led by a student facilitator (Amber Rock) will be scheduled (date and time to be announced later).  The path to success in this course is through hard work.  If you find yourself struggling with the material, please get help before you get behind.








Examinations (4)



Highest midterm score



Middle midterm score



Lowest midterm score



Final exam














³ 90%                     A

80-89%                   B

70-79%                   C

60-69%                   D

< 60%                     F



Academic Honesty (from the Student Handbook):  

Academic dishonesty is a willful perversion of truth, or stealing, cheating, or defrauding in instructional matters. Students will have engaged in academic dishonesty if they copied the work of another without attribution, willfully allowed another to copy their work, falsified information, submitted the work of another as though it were their own, or committed other acts of plagiarism or actions deemed to be dishonest by the instructor.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IS A VERY SERIOUS CHARGE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO SUSPENSION FROM THE COLLEGE.  All students should become familiar with the rules of academic honesty and apply them in ALL academic work. 








This course utilizes a content management system (fancy name for a website) called Moodle.  You will be expected to check this website frequently for announcements, course information, and scheduling.  The web address for the site is






Quizzes will be announced at least one lecture before they will occur and will be given in lecture.  The purpose of these quizzes is to provide you with an opportunity to determine where your deficiencies may be and to provide a “gentle” reminder of how important it is to stay current with the progress of the course.  As with the examinations, quizzes should be considered cumulative and may contain information from the laboratory or lecture portion of the course.  Quizzes are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays, but a vote of the class will determine the permanent quiz day.




Examinations will be given during lecture and will be administered on the following dates.  Because the material presented later in the class builds upon concepts presented earlier, all exams should be considered cumulative. 


Examination 1

September 22

Examination 2

October 20

Examination 3

November 17

Final Examination



** The final examination time and date is established by the registrar.




In this course, homework assignments will not be collected, but it is strongly suggested that you attempt them.  The selected homework problems provide an indication of the topics that are important.  This makes solving them of utmost importance to your grade and your performance in the course will likely correlate with the amount of time spent solving problems.  Because learning can be much more efficient through failure, I feel strongly that they should be attempted individually before seeking help from others.  Please feel free to stop by my office to discuss any difficulties you may have with any of the suggested problems.




Regular attendance at lecture and recitation is expected.  I will take attendance each day after the drop-add period is over.  Each student with perfect attendance for the semester will receive a 6 point bonus.  Students with 3 or fewer absences will receive a 3 point bonus.  I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences.  Extra credit will also be awarded for attendance at chemistry colloquium (Fridays and some Wednesdays from 3-4:15pm).  Three points will be awarded for each seminar attended (to a maximum of 21 points).  If your schedule does not permit attendance at colloquium, you may submit additional, unique molecules to the molecule library (one for each colloquium missed to a maximum of seven molecules).


While you are expected to attend and participate in this class, your cell phone and iPod are not.  Use of cell phones and iPods during class (and especially during quizzes and examinations) will not be permitted and may result in your dismissal from the class for the day.




Acceptable performance in the laboratory is imperative for success in chemistry.  No student will pass the course with less than a score of 60% in the laboratory portion of the course.  You will be expected to arrive to laboratory on-time.  Missing the prelab session may result in your dismissal from the lab for the day.  Attendance in laboratory is mandatory.  Makeup laboratory experiments will be difficult, if not impossible, and will only be permitted for legitimate reasons.  All laboratory makeup sessions must be approved by the laboratory coordinator.




Safe laboratory practices, including proper attire, will be expected at all times.  Long pants are required as well as closed toe shoes (no sandals or bare feet).  Wearing contact lenses during laboratory session is strongly discouraged.  If you feel you need to wear your contact lenses during laboratory session, you should first discuss this with the laboratory coordinator (Dr. Mahler).  You will not be permitted to begin any experimental procedures until all safety concerns have been addressed.  Repeated safety violations will cause your expulsion from the laboratory and a zero for the experiment.


Topic Schedule


The lecture schedule presented here is tentative and may change during the semester.



Week Beginning

Lecture Topic (Chapters)

August 28


September 4


September 11


September 18


September 25


October 2


October 9


October 16


October 23


October 30


November 6


November 13


November 20


November 27


December 4


December 11

Final Exam


General Chemistry 110, Lycoming College,
Fall 2006



What’s Due


29, 31

Orientation, Check in, Brief Expt. On  Scientific Method and Conclusions

Lab Deposit, Buy safety glasses, get key


5, 7

The Measurement of Mass and Volume:

Density of Liquids and Solids


Start of lab: Density Prelab and Title,

Objective, and Approach (TOA)

Leave lab: Density data sheets


12, 14

The Separation of a Mixture

Start of lab: Separation Prelab, TOA

Density lab report

Leave lab: Separation data sheets


19, 21

Percent Water in a Hydrate

Start of lab: : % Water Prelab, TOA

Separation lab report

Leave lab: % Water data sheets


26, 28


The Synthesis of Potassium Aluminum

Sulfate (Alum) From Aluminum Scrap

Start of lab Alum Prelab, TOA

% Water lab report

Leave lab: Alum data sheets


3, 5

The Nine Bottle Problem

Start of lab: Nine Bottle Prelab, TOA

Alum lab report

Leave lab: Nine Bottle lab report


10, 12*

Separation of the Mixture by Simple Distillation and Measurement of the

Boiling Point of the Solvent (Part 1)

Start of lab: Distillation Prelab, TOA

Nine Bottle Questions (lab report)

Leave lab: Distillation data sheets


17, 19*


Freezing Point (F.P.), Density and IR of

the Solvent (Part 2)

Start of lab: FP, Density Prelab, TOA

Distillation lab report

Leave lab: FP, Density data sheets


24, 26*


Recrystallization And Melting Point

(M.P.) Of The Solute (Part 3)


Start of lab: Recrystal, MP Prelab, TOA

FP, Density lab report

Leave lab: Recrystal, MP data sheets

Oct. 31

Nov. 2*


Calorimetry, ΔH, and Hess' Law

Start of lab: Calorimetry Prelab, TOA

Recrystal, MP lab report

Leave lab: Calorimetry data sheets


7, 9*


The Atomic Weight of a Metal

Start of lab: At. Weight Prelab, TOA, Calorimetry lab report

Leave lab: At. Weight data sheets


14, 16


Molar Mass Of The Solvent By Vapor

Density (Dumas Method) (Part 4)

Start of lab: Molar Mass Prelab, TOA

At. Weight lab report

Leave lab: Molar Mass data sheets


21, 23




28, 30

Confirmatory Identification by Gas Chromatography (GC) and Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy (Part 5)

Start of lab: Molar Mass lab report

Leave lab: GC, IR data sheets if any


5, 7


Start of lab: GC, IR lab report

Leave lab: Turn in key, get deposit back

Note: The experiments in a new order are marked with an asterisk*.


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