While every effort has been made to make sure this
electronic syllabus is error-free, it is not official.
The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.
Faculty Responsibilities Office Dr. Chriss McDonald lectures, lab, recitations HBC 233 Mrs. Henriette Evans lab HBC G28
321-4186 (work), 433-4493 (home, call up to 10 pm [no kidding]), or E-mail (email@example.com)
Texts and other stuff
a. Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biochemistry, Fifth Edition by John Holum*
b. Chemistry 115 Lab Manual, by McDonald*
c. Bound laboratory notebook by Freeman*
d. Lab safety glasses*
e. Calculator (add, subtract, multiply, divide, logs)
f. Lab deposit, $10.00 at lab check-in cash only (refundable upon check- out)
* Available at the bookstore
Lectures - MWF, 11:30 - 12:20, HBC G11. Attendance required.
Recitations - Thursday, 7:45 - 8:35 am and 1:00-1:50 pm, HBC G09. The primary method for evaluating chemistry students in testing situations is to have them do problems. Here we will practice the types of problems you will see on tests and quizzes. Attendance expected. I will not take attendance but will use some of the examples discussed in recitation as exam and quiz questions. I have found that, on the average, students who attend recitation in my classes get one full letter grade higher, than students who don't attend.
Assigned homework - Problems designed to enhance your understanding and prepare you for testing situations. A key will be posted in the secretary's office. Homework will not be collected. A large chunk of recitation will be devoted to working these problems.
Laboratory -X: 8:45 - 11 :35 am, Tuesday (Evans), Y: 2:00-4:50 pm Thursday (McDonald), Z: 2:00 - 4:50 PM, Thursday (McDonald), HBC 220, 239. Attendance required. Makeups for missed labs are usually not possible. Here you will experience what chemists actually do. Your lab work will be evaluated as described on the lab syllabus as well as on the lecture exams. Approximately 5% of each exam will be drawn from the labwork. A lab syllabus will be distributed the first week of lab. Make sure and show up for prelab the first week with your lab manual and lab deposit (cash only).
a. The final grade is based on the number of points obtained out of a possible 650 points. The points will be distributed as follows:
intro/biog. 10 points (02%) quizzes 70 points (11%) hour exams 300 points (45%) final exam 100 points (15%) laboratory 180 points (27%) --------------------------------------------------------------------- total 650 points (100%)b. Assignment of letter grades is based on the following scale: 594 - 660 A, 528 -593 B, 462 - 527 C, 396 - 461 D, < 396 F.
c. A word about learning chemistry. Studying chemistry is hard work for most people (this is certainly true for me). I would recommend you work on the lecture material one hour per day outside of class for starters. Once you see how things are going this amount can be adjusted up or down depending on your needs (I suggest significantly up prior to exams). If you are having trouble, make sure and see me and I'll do what I can to help you (I'm pretty easy to talk to so don't hesitate to come in). A tutor is also available. Her name is Gail Forsht and she tutors from 7:30 to 8:30 on Monday and Wednesday nights. You will be responsible for all of the material listed on the following schedule for the indicated exams and quizzes. It is not sufficient to learn the information from the lecture alone, you are expected to have read and thought about the assignment prior to the lecture. We must cover a large amount of material so our pace must be geared towards those who are ready to learn. The exams will be somewhat cumulative in the sense that we often need to know the earlier material to comprehend the latter.
Policy on attendance
Attendance at quizzes and exams is mandatory. Makeups will be administered only if I deem the reason for absence to be legitimate and I am made aware of the absence beforehand. Each documented, unexcused lecture absence will cost you one point from your total.
SCHEDULE FOR CHEMISTRY 115 DATE TOPIC READING ASSN.. Q/E 1/8 introduction 12.1 1/10 bonding and hydrocarbon structure 12.2,3, 5.2 1/12 nomenclature and functional groups 12.4-6, 5.4 (last day to drop) 1/15 more nomenclature, alkane physical properties 12.5,6, 5.6, 6.6 1/17 alkane rxns 12.7, 3.3 1/19 alkene nomenclature 13.1-3 quiz 1 1/22 alkene addition rxns 13.4, 9.1 1/24 more of same 13.4 1/26 arenes and substitution rxns 13.7 quiz 2 1/29 alcohol properties and nomenclature 14.1,2, 6.6, 7.2 1/31 alcohol rxns 14.3 2/2 thiols 14.6 quiz 3 2/5 aldehyde/ketone nomenclature & properties 15.1,2 2/7 A/K redox behavior 15.3,4 2/9 exam 1 exam 1 2/12 A/K and alcohols 15.5 2/14 carboxylic acid nomenclature/acidity 16.1,2 2/16 esters, structure and rxns 16.4,5 2/19 amines, structure and basicity 17.1,2 2/21 amides structure and rxns 17.3 2/23 penicillin, nylon 17.3 fatquiz 4 2/26 spri - 2/28 ng b - 3/1 reak - 3/4 enantiomerism 18.1 3/6 diastereomerism 18.2 3/8 exam 2 - exam 2 3/11 biochemistry overview 19.1 3/13 monosaccharWe structure 19.2-4 3/15 di- and polysaccharides 19.5,6 3/18 fatty acids and esters 20.1,2 3/20 amino acids 21.1 3/22 protein structure 21.2-7 fatquiz 5 3/25 as above 21.2-7 3/27 enzymes 22.1 3/29 how enzymes work 22.2-4 quiz 6 4/1 medical applications of enzymes 22.5 4/3 cell structure 24.1 4/5 good friday - 4/8 exam 3 - exam 3 4/10 nucleic acid structure 24.2 4/12 dna replication 24.2 4/15 rna and transcription 24.3 4/17 translation 24.3,4 4/19 the hiv-1 virus and biochemical warfare 24.5 4-22 thru 4/25 final exam week