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Spring 2005       Chemistry 111              Lycoming College

Instructors:                       Duties:                      Phone:           Office:             e-mail:                        

Dr. Charles H. Mahler     Lecture, Recitation   321-4351       Heim 202        mahler@lycoming.edu

Dr. David A. Franz          Lab Coordinator      321-4181       Heim 232        franz@lycoming.edu

Dr. Lou Ann Tom            Lab                           321-4180

Ms. Erika Pfaunmiller      Study Group Facilitator                                         pfaerik@lycoming.edu


Office Hours:

Dr Mahler, Heim 202, MWF 10 to 11 AM, MW 1:30 to 2:30 PM, by appointment, or drop by.

Dr. Franz, Heim 232, MWF 11:05 AM to 12 noon, MF 2 to 3 PM, by appointment, or drop by.


Lecture: MWF 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM, in Heim G09.

Recitations: R 7:45 to 8:35 AM, or R 1:00 to 1:50 PM, in Heim G09.

Labs: T 8:45 to 11:35 AM (M or MT, Dr. Franz); T 2:00 to 4:50 PM (N or NT, Dr. Franz);

R 8:45 to 11:35 AM (Q or QT, Dr. Franz); R 6:00 to 8:50 PM (S or ST, Dr. Tom); all in Heim 241.


Prerequisite: Successful completion of or credit for CHEM 110.


Materials for Course:

General Chemistry, An Integrated Approach, 3rd Ed. John W. Hill and Ralph H. Petrucci, Prentice Hall, 2002; Safety Glasses or Goggles; Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only); Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions (non-programmable or memory cleared, no passing or sharing allowed in exams); Lab key deposit $10.


Evaluation and Grading:

Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme: 3 Exams (45%), Final Exam (20%), Lab, (25%), and Quizzes (10%). 3 extra credit points (on a 1000 point scale, to a limit of 20) will be given for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. Alternative extra credit will be available for those whose schedules conflict with colloquium (must see me to arrange this before Friday, April 1, 2005). The final exam will be a comprehensive, multiple-choice test, prepared by the American Chemical Society, covering both semesters (110 and 111).



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.



Hour Exam 1               Friday, February 4, 2005

Hour Exam 2               Friday, March 11, 2005

Hour Exam 3               Friday, April 8, 2005

Final Exam                  Week of April 25 - 29, 2005, To Be Announced


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


This course builds on the foundations of Chemistry 110, and will examine many of the ways chemical systems can change, especially those involving energy and time. We will study and attempt to understand Solids (Ch. 11), Solutions (12), Kinetics (13), Equilibria (14) including Acids and Bases (15) and Solubility (16), Thermodynamics (17), Electrochemistry (18), and, time allowing, some aspects of  Nuclear (19) and Coordination Chemistry (22).



There will be a quiz on nine of the Fridays this semester. The specific dates are: Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mar. 18, Mar. 23 (this is a Wednesday), Apr. 1, and Apr. 15. All quizzes will be given at the end of the lecture period. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.


Attendance and Absences:

Lecture and recitation attendance with calculator and textbook is required. Attendance will be taken daily. All unexcused lecture absences after three will be penalized 2 percent (of total possible points) per day. If you must be absent, have someone else take notes and hand in any assignments for you.



No make-up quizzes or exams will be given. All missed quizzes will receive a grade of zero. The (cumulative) final exam grade (as a %) will be substituted for one excused absence exam grade or a lower exam grade (as a %). Barring exceptional circumstances, all subsequent missed exams will receive a grade of zero. Notification is expected ahead of time for planned absences (athletic events, class trips) or as soon as possible for  emergency absences (illness). Call Dr. Mahler (321-4351, w or 322-8840, h to 10 PM) or e-mail me (mahler@lycoming.edu), or call 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).


Each chapter has a set of recommended problems (to be posted on the class web page) which students are strongly encouraged to work. Quiz and exams problems will often resemble assigned homework problems. The best way to learn the chemistry in this course is to do lots and lots of problems, through the course of the semester (not just cramming before an exam or quiz).


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 110 and basic 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 quizzes and exams be neat, box answers, show your work and units (partial credit will be given).



Review Sessions:

A review session will be held before each exam. The reviews will be in Heim G09 (the lecture room) or other announced room from 8:30 to 10 PM the Wednesday evening prior to the exam. The final exam review time will be determined in class. Review session times may be altered by a class vote.


There will also be a study group run by our study group facilitator, Erika Pfaunmiller. There will be regular sessions of this group at times and places to be announced.


Academic Honesty:  

Academic dishonesty can lead to penalties such as failing the assignment, or course, or even dismissal from the college. 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. 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 papers, labs, or homework to avoid plagiarism. For further information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Student Handbook.


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.


Web page:

The class web page is http://www.lycoming.edu/chem/spring2005/331syl.htm. Keys for homework problems, quizzes, and exams will be posted here and/or reviewed in class. Grades will also be posted here.



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 Jan. 14, 2005.



If you choose to request academic accommodations due to a specific learning need, please consult with Mr. Dan Hartsock, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities. His office is in the Academic Resources Center (ARC) on the third floor of the Snowden Library (phone 321-4294).


Administrative procedures

(withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the college and department.


Lab and Lab Make ups:
See the attached lab syllabus for due dates, a schedule of labs, and other information. Please refer to the lab syllabus (below), lab safety contract, and 110 laboratory manual for course expectations regarding safety, lab, and lab reports. All requests to make up an excused lab absence must go through Dr. Franz. 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.




Spring 2005     Lycoming College     Lab Coordinator: Dr. Franz (Heim 232, 321-4181)


                The labs for Chem 111 consist of two quantitative analysis experiments followed by a series of qualitative analysis determinations and then two investigative labs.  Grades in lab are much more dependent on the accuracy of your results than was the case in Chem 110.  In most experiments, students will work individually on their own unknowns.  You are welcome to consult with your friends and neighbors, as well as with the teaching assistant and instructor, but please remember that your grade ultimately depends on your own work.


                 Please note the following reminders concerning lab safety.  Unsafe behavior in Lab will not be tolerated.  Repeated unsafe behavior will result in a zero for that lab.  In lab: 1) Safety glasses must be worn at all times; 2) No eating, drinking, or tobacco use; 3) No horseplay; 4) No unauthorized, "independent" experiments; 5) No sandals (enclosed shoes only); 6) No shorts (long pants only); 7) Additional safety rules given in Lab.  Report all accidents and injuries immediately.  Know the location of all exits and emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, fire blanket, eye wash, showers, etc.)  When in doubt, ask.  Wearing contact lenses in lab is highly discouraged.   If you do wear them in lab, please let the lab instructor and the lab assistant know, and you must wear a full goggle.  Wear older clothes - they could be stained or ruined.  Above all, use common sense and your chemical intuition - THINK.  As a student chemist, you will be working in many situations, which demand your utmost care and attention to protect the safety and health of yourself, your fellow students, and the environment.  Preparation and careful, patient work are needed to obtain the results required in each experiment.


                Your Lab Notebook should be neat, well organized, up-to-date and complete, with a Table of Contents.  Leave room to record your data, the uncertainties in measurements, and any observations about the experiment.  Use a different notebook page for each day’s data, and submit the carbon at the end of the lab period.


                Lab reports consist of the already submitted carbon copies of your notebook pages, the appropriate report form, sample calculations, and answers to any questions.  Additional instructions will be given in the prelab lectures.  For all parts of Exp. 21, there are simple report forms indicating the presence or absence of the cations in question.  Lab reports are due at the beginning of the lab as shown on the schedule below - any changes will be announced in lab.  Late labs will be penalized 10% plus 1 point per day late.


                In order to make-up a lab, only absences notified ahead of time will be excused.  All requests to make up a lab or attend a section other than your normal lab must go through Dr. Franz.  Students who simply show up at a different lab section will not be admitted to that lab.  Prelabs are due at the start of lab, and will not be accepted late.  The overall Lab grade based on 200 points (as shown below) will be scaled to 25% of the overall course grade.


Laboratory Schedule for Chemistry 111, Spring 2005

T/Th  Dates           Lab #     Title                                                                                                                                    Exp. Due

1/11, 1/13                             Check in; Safety; Exp. 17, Pipet Use; Exp. 18 Set Up                                            

1/18, 1/20             Exp. 18: Gravimetric Analysis for Ni2+ (50 pts.)                                                                        Exp. 17

1/25, 1/27             Exp. 18: “              “                                                                                             

2/01, 2/03             Exp. 20: Acid-Base Titration for w/w % KHP (50 pts.)                                                           Exp. 18

2/08, 2/10             Exp. 20: “              “                                                                                                             

2/15, 2/17             Exp. 21, Qualitative Analysis of Cations: Group I, Unknown #1 (10 pts.)                          Exp. 20

2/22, 2/24             Exp. 21: Qual. Analysis, Groups II and III Known                                                                  Exp. 21, #1

3/01, 3/03             "SPRING" BREAK (No Labs)

3/08, 3/10             Exp. 21: Groups II and III Known and Unknown #2-3 (40 pts.)                              

3/15, 3/17             Exp. 21: “              “                                                                                                                          Exp. 21, #2-3

3/22, 3/24             Exp. 22: Investigation of the Reaction Between Fe3+ and SCN1- Ions (25 pts.)     

3/29, 3/31             Exp. 22: “              “                                                                                                             

4/05, 4/07             Exp. 23: Synthesis of Cobalt(III) Complex (25 pts.)                                                                Exp. 22                                                              

4/12, 4/14             Exp. 23  “              “                                                             

4/19, 4/21             Checkout of Lab                                                                                                                                 Exp. 23                                                 


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