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Spring 2006 SYLLABUS
Instructor: Dr. Holly D. Bendorf Phone: x4365, 998-8647
Office: 209 Heim Bldg. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Schedule: Lecture: MWF 2:00 – 2:50 in Heim 220
Lab: T 9:45 – 11:35 or 1:00 – 2:50 in Heim 239
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:05 am, Thursday 1:30 – 2:30 pm or just drop-by.
Course Description: CHEM 100, Chemistry in Context, explores current issues and events that are chemistry-related. These include air and water quality, the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain, nuclear energy, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition. The chemistry knowledge associated with these issues is built on a need-to-know basis.
Text and Materials:
• "Chemistry in Context" (5th Edition), American Chemical Society
• "Laboratory Manual for Chemistry in Context" (5th Edition), American Chemical Society
• Safety glasses or goggles (sold by the Chemistry Club).
• Calculator (programmable calculators not permitted on quizzes or exams)
• Chemistry in Context Web Site: www.mhhe.com/cic
Grading Criteria: Quizzes (5) 75 points
Exams (3) 300 points
Laboratory 60 points
Intro. Assignment 5 points
Writing Assignments (3) 30 points
Homework 30 points
Total 500 points
Course grades will be assigned as follows: 90 - 100% A, 80 - 90% B, 70 - 80% C, 60 - 70% D, below 60% F. These ranges include + and - grades.
Exams are scheduled for the following dates:
Exam 1: Friday, February 17 - Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Exam 2: Friday, March 31 - Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Exam 3: Will be administered on the day and time assigned by the registrar.
No exceptions! Chapters 7, 10, 11 and 9 (time permitting)
The exams will consist of short answer and essay-type questions. Some calculation-based problems will be included. Please note that programmable calculators may not be used on quizzes and exams.
Quizzes (announced) will be given throughout the semester. They are intended to help you assess your progress and to alert you to any "trouble spots" before you take an exam.
Homework Assignments: Homework assignments will consist of problem sets and end of chapter questions from the text. You should attempt the homework problems after completing the reading assignments and working the Your Turn problems (solutions to the Your Turn problems are given immediately following the problem or in Appendix 4). Late homework will not be accepted. Answer keys will be posted on-line after the assignment has been collected.
Homework will be graded as follows:
√ + All problems are completed with only minor errors.
√ All problems are attempted, some errors are present.
√ - Problems have been skipped, significant errors are present.
0 Several problems skipped, little effort is evident, homework copied from another student (both students receive zeros) or homework received late.
Homework is worth a total of 30 points. Point values for homework will be calculated at the end of the semester. The examples below are provided to give you an idea of how this is done.
Earn a √ + on every homework: 30/30 Earn a √ on every homework: 25/30
Earn a √ - on every homework: 20/30 Earn a 0 on every homework: 0/30
Writing Assignments: There will be three brief writing assignments during the course of the semester. More information will be provided in class (10 points each).
Laboratory: Labs are intended to enhance and illustrate the concepts we discuss in class. Each lab will have a response sheet that will be completed before leaving the laboratory. Response sheets are graded on a 10-point scale. There are thirteen labs, twelve of which will count towards the final grade (the lowest lab grade is dropped). The twelve labs scores will be added and the sum divided by 2 to provide a lab grade out of a total possible 60 points. Additionally, a 3-point bonus will be given to students who complete all thirteen labs.
Lab Safety: Unsafe behavior in the lab will not be tolerated and violations will be penalized. Repeated violations during a class may result in a zero for that lab. Safety glasses must be worn in the laboratory at all times. Keep in mind that lab safety also includes laboratory hygiene. In the event that common areas are left dirty, points may be deducted from the entire section's lab grade. If you have any questions regarding lab safety, please ask.
Lecture: Regular attendance at lecture is expected. Students with perfect attendance will receive a 5 point bonus at the end of the semester. Students with more than three absences (for any reason) will have their grade reduced by 5 points.
Quizzes, Exams and Laboratory Meetings: Attendance is mandatory. Generally, make-ups are not permitted. Exceptions may be granted if I am notified prior to the absence and there are extenuating circumstances -- usually a case of medical or family emergency that must be documented (note from doctor, notification from Dean). Missing an exam or quiz without making arrangements with me prior to the absence will result in a grade of zero for the exam or quiz. Labs cannot be made-up.
**Be aware that in accordance with the College's policy on academic honesty, any work you submit must be your own. Any instances of plagiarism (including copying homework answers from a classmate) will be penalized severely.
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