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Spring 2005       Chemistry 331W              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 Ė 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 220. LAB: T from 7:45 to 11:35 AM in Heim 203.

 

Prerequisites: CHEM 330 (and its prerequisites)

 

Materials for Course:

Physical Chemistry, 7th Ed. Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula; ACS Style Guide, 2nd Ed. Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions (memory cleared or non-programmable, no passing or sharing allowed in exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only); Safety Glasses or Goggles; Laboratory Manual for 330-331W.

 

Evaluation and Grading:

Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme: 3 Exams (45%), Final Exam (20%), Lab, including Writing Project (25%), and Homework and Quizzes (10%). Because this course is Writing Intensive, special emphasis will be placed on learning through writing in all assignments, but especially the Writing Project (see below, manual). 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 (330 and 331W).

 

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, February 8, 2005 (in lab)

Hour Exam 2               Tuesday, March 15, 2005 (in lab)

Hour Exam 3               Tuesday, April 12, 2005 (in lab)

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

 

Content:
Physical Chemistry provides the theoretical basis for explaining and interpreting chemical systems by focusing on their structure and the energy and time involved as they change. In this course we will study and attempt to understand many of the basic principles and phenomena of chemical systems including Molecular Motion & Kinetics (Ch. 24 - 27), Quantum Theory (Ch. 11 - 14), and, time allowing, some aspects of Spectroscopy (16 - 18).

 

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 nine specific dates are: Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, and Apr. 4. 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, some 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 Ďdiscussion questionsí are useful (i.e. the first several exercises for each chapter). Chapter 24: Exercises 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 28; Chapter 25: Exercises 6 - 12, 14 - 16, Problems 1, 12, 18; Chapter 26: Exercises 5, 6, 8 -12, Problems 6, 12; Chapter 27: Exercises 4, 5, 7, 15, 17; Chapter 11: Exercises 5 Ė 11, 15, 16, 18 - 20; Chapter 12: Exercises 4, 8 Ė 12, 16, 18, 19, Problems 1, 2; Chapter 13: Exercises 5, 7, 11, 14, 15, 17 - 19; Chapter 14: Exercises 5 Ė 9, 14; Chapter 16: Exercises 8 Ė 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 25, 26; Chapter 17: Exercises 6, 7, 9, 11, 14 ; Chapter 18: to be announced. 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. The final exam review time will be determined in class.

 

Writing in this Writing Intensive Course:

Every aspect of the course will incorporate writing in an effort to help you become a better scientific writer. There will be at least thirteen pages of formal writing (revised, typed) done as the Writing Project. The laboratory procedure you research, write, test, and revise will be at least six pages. The formal lab report based on another studentís procedure, and the evaluation of it will be at least five and two pages, respectively. There will also be at least fifteen pages of informal writing. All exams will include one to two pages of brief essay questions each, as well as sections of more numerical problems where you may be asked to write about and explain your results. Some quizzes and homework problems will involve writing about topics we have studied, and there will even be short writing exercises in lecture to assess learning about new topics. As usual, there will be several pages of writing in each lab report and a revision may be submitted for one report. Each student will also make a brief in-class oral presentation on their project (more information on this given out later).

 

For more help with writing, please see me or Mrs. Jane Keller and the staff of the Writing Center on the third floor of the Snowden Library (phone 321-4392).

 

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 Pathfinder or Student Handbook.

 

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).

 

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, PDAís, headphones, or other personal electronic devices.

 

The class web page is http://www.lycoming.edu/chem/spring2005/331syl.htm Grades will be posted here, 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 1/14/2005. Keys for homework problems, quizzes, and exams will be posted here and/or reviewed in class.

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.

 

Safety and Labs:

Please refer to the 330 syllabus, 330-331W laboratory manual, and lab safety contract for course expectations regarding safety, lab, and lab reports.

 

Laboratory Groups:

Red:                Hans Bottesch, Josemar Castillo, Kimberly McDowell

 

Orange:           Dylan Dupuis, Erin Karschner, Laura Lockard

 

Yellow:           Karissa Capitan, Erin Peters, Lindsey Welch

 

Green:             Anne Marie DiSante, Kelly Howerter, Lauren Watkins

 

Blue:                Olivia English, Timothy Hartingh, Theresa LaBarte

 

Violet:             Michelle Morone, Damien Reali, Lisa Stutzman

 

 

Important Dates for Physical Chemistry I 330, Spring 2005

 

Spring Semester 2005 Exams (all Tuesdays):

Feb. 8, Mar. 15, Apr. 12.

 

Spring Semester 2005 Quizzes (all Mondays):

Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, and Apr. 4.

 

Spring Semester 2005 Labs Due (all Wednesdays):

Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Mar. 9, and Mar. 23.

 

Spring Semester 2005 Writing Project Deadlines (bold dates changed from lab manual schedule):

References Final Version due by Friday Jan 14, 2005.

A list chemical reagents and equipment needed by Friday, February 11, 2005.

The write-up for your own project is due in draft form by Monday, March 7, 2005.

The final version (in two copies, one for the instructor and one for the student evaluator) is due by Monday, March 28, 2005.

Formal reports on the project you evaluate are due in draft form by Friday, April 15, 2005 (with your evaluation) and in final form by Friday, April 22, 2005.

There will be brief oral presentations on the Writing Projects in the lab period, Tuesday, April 19, 2005.


 

Date

Group Red

Group Orange

Group Yellow

Group Green

Group Blue

Group Violet

Jan. 11

 

Pre-Labs, Writing Projects, etc.

Pre-Labs, Writing Projects, etc.

Pre-Labs, Writing Projects, etc.

Pre-Labs, Writing Projects, etc.

Pre-Labs, Writing Projects, etc.

Pre-Labs, Writing Projects, etc.

Jan. 18

 

Iodine Clock

Due W Jan. 26

Iodine Clock

Due W Jan. 26

Iodine Clock

Due W Jan. 26

Iodine Clock

Due W Jan. 26

Iodine Clock

Due W Jan. 26

Iodine Clock

Due W Jan. 26

Jan. 25

 

Microscale Kinetics

Due W Feb. 2

Microscale Kinetics

Due W Feb. 2

Microscale Kinetics

Due W Feb. 2

Microscale Kinetics

Due W Feb. 2

Microscale Kinetics

Due W Feb. 2

Microscale Kinetics

Due W Feb. 2

Feb. 1

 

Library Time

Library Time

Surface Tension

Due W Feb. 16

Surface Tension

Due W Feb. 16

Dye Abs. Spectra

Due W Feb. 16

Dye Abs. Spectra

Due W Feb. 16

Feb. 8

 

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

EXAM ONE

Feb. 15

 

Surface Tension

Due W Mar. 9

Dye Abs. Spectra

Due W Mar. 9

Library Time

Dye Abs. Spectra

Due W Mar. 9

Library Time

Surface Tension

Due W Mar. 9

Feb. 22

 

Dye Abs. Spectra

Due W Mar. 23

Surface Tension

Due W Mar. 23

Dye Abs. Spectra

Due W Mar. 23

Library Time

 

Surface Tension

Due W Mar. 23

Library Time

Mar. 1

 

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

SPRING BREAK

Mar. 8

 

Project: Do Own I

Draft Due M Mar. 7

Project: Do Own I

Draft Due M Mar. 7

Project: Do Own I

Draft Due M Mar. 7

Project: Do Own I

Draft Due M Mar. 7

Project: Do Own I

Draft Due M Mar. 7

Project: Do Own I

Draft Due M Mar. 7

Mar. 15

 

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

EXAM TWO

Mar. 22

 

Project: Do Own II

Due M Mar. 28

Project: Do Own II

Due M Mar. 28

Project: Do Own II

Due M Mar. 28

Project: Do Own II

Due M Mar. 28

Project: Do Own II

Due M Mar. 28

Project: Do Own II

Due M Mar. 28

Mar. 29

 

Project: Do Otherís I

Draft Due F Apr. 15

Project: Do Otherís I

Draft Due F Apr. 15

Project: Do Otherís I

Draft Due F Apr. 15

Project: Do Otherís I

Draft Due F Apr. 15

Project: Do Otherís I

Draft Due F Apr. 15

Project: Do Otherís I

Draft Due F Apr. 15

Apr. 5

 

Project: Do Otherís II

Due Fri. Apr. 22

Project: Do Otherís II

Due Fri. Apr. 22

Project: Do Otherís II

Due Fri. Apr. 22

Project: Do Otherís II

Due Fri. Apr. 22

Project: Do Otherís II

Due Fri. Apr. 22

Project: Do Otherís II

Due Fri. Apr. 22

Apr. 12

 

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

EXAM THREE

Apr. 19

 

Oral Presentations,

Review, Checkout

Oral Presentations,

Review, Checkout

Oral Presentations,

Review, Checkout

Oral Presentations,

Review, Checkout

Oral Presentations,

Review, Checkout

Oral Presentations,

Review, Checkout


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