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.

The website for the textbook: "Chemistry: Molecules, Matter and Change" 3rd Ed., by Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones is at http://www.whfreeman.com/chemistry3e

Class Homework Assignments

Study Group meets Tuesday and Thursday at 9 PM in Heim G09


CHEMISTRY 110 - General Chemistry I, Lycoming College, Fall 1997

Lecture, Recitation, Lab: Dr. Charles H. Mahler, 321-4351 (w), mahler@lycoming.edu
Office Hours: Heim 202, M 1:00-1:50 PM, W F 10:00-10:50 AM, by appointment, or drop by
Lab Coordinator, Labs: Dr. David A. Franz, 321-4181 (w), franz@lycoming.edu
Lab: Dr. Henry E. Berkheimer, 321-4180 (w)
Lab: Miss Lou Ann Miller, 321-4180 (w)

Lecture meets in Heim G09, M W F 9:00 - 9:50 AM.
Recitations meet in Heim G09, R 7:45 - 8:35 AM; R 1:00 - 1:50 PM .
Labs meet in Heim 241: T 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Franz, Sec. T); W 6:00 - 8:50 PM (Dr. Franz, Sec. V); R 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Berkheimer, Sec. X); R 2:00-4:50 PM (Dr. Mahler, Sec. Y); R 6:00 - 8:50 PM (Miss Miller, Sec. Z).

Prerequisite: Credit for or exemption from Math 100

Materials for Course: "Chemistry: Molecules, Matter and Change" 3rd Ed., by Peter Atkins and Loretta Jones; Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions (no passing or sharing allowed in quizzes and exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only); Laboratory Safety Glasses or Goggles; (above items all available in bookstore); General Chemistry I Labs ($3, handed out in labs; this and $5 refundable deposit due in first lab).


          Exam 1              September 26, 1997 (Friday)
          Exam 2              October 24, 1997 (Friday)
          Exam 3              November 21, 1997 (Friday)
          Final Exam          Week of December 8 - 12, 1997

Evaluation and Grading: The course grade will be determined based on the following weighting scheme: Labs 25%, Quizzes 20%, Three One-Hour Exams 35%, and Final Exam 20%. Three extra credit points will also be given for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. ALL QUIZZES AND 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.

Course Description and Content: We will study and attempt to understand many of the basic principles and phenomena of chemistry; including elements and periodicity, compounds, chemical equations and reactions, stoichiometry, the behavior of solutions, gases, liquids and solids, basic thermochemistry, atomic and molecular structure, and the chemical bond. We plan to cover Chapters 1-10 of the text. Chemistry 111 will continue from where we leave off.

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

Attendance and Absences: Attendance is required. Bring your textbook and calculator to lecture. Lecture absences (after three) will be penalized 3 points per day (on a 1000 point scale). Colloquium attendance or other extra credit points will be applied towards absences before counting as extra credit. 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 Dr. Mahler (321-4351, w or 322-8840, h) or the Department Secretary (321-4180, answering machine) or Dr. Franz (321-4181, w). The cause of absences must be verified by the Dean or substantiated (note from coach or parent, doctor's excuse).

Exam and Quiz Absences: No make-up exams or quizzes will be given. The (cumulative) final exam grade (%) will be substituted for one excused absence exam grade (%). There will be ten quizzes during the semester, with the lowest quiz grade or first missed quiz dropped. Barring exceptional circumstances, all subsequent missed quizzes or exams will receive a grade of zero.

Lab and Lab Make ups: Each lab section is full, so all requests to make up an excused lab absence must go through Dr. Franz. Students who simply show up at a different lab section will not be admitted. Prelabs are due at the start of whatever lab you are working in, and will not be accepted late. Lab reports are generally due one week after completing the lab, with due dates announced in lab. 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.

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. 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. We will cover ten detailed and difficult chapters 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). On a test, look at all problems, then do the easiest ones first. Don't spend too much time on any one problem. Homework will not be collected or graded. A list of assigned problems and quiz/exam answer keys will be posted. Administrative procedures (withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the college and department.

Teaching Style: When I teach, I try to convey my current understanding of a topic while recalling how I learned it. I illustrate a topic by explaining it from different points of view, frequently using humor and analogy. Analogies allow us to apply our understanding of a topic in a different context to chemistry. Still, I encourage you to use whatever methods work best for you own comprehension. Because I feel it is better for you to work out an answer yourself, if you ask me a question, you'll generally find I respond with a series of my own questions for you. I do this to help guide your thoughts from what you know to the answer sought, which should teach you more than if I gave you the answer directly.

Academic Honesty: On all quizzes, 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. It will not be tolerated and can lead to penalties such as failing the assignment or even dismissal from the college. Because all work submitted for a grade should be your own, I can not work graded problems for you if you come to see me. However, we can work similar problems, or I can help you work the problem yourself by asking "leading questions". To avoid plagiarism, be sure to include references for all sources cited (i.e. in labs). For further information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Pathfinder or Student Handbook.

Study Group And Review Sessions: Phil Levesque, a sophomore Chemistry major, will attend all lectures and run a study group. Meeting times and locations will be announced in class. In addition, I will run review sessions before each exam, at a time determined by the class.

Posting: 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 8/29/1997.

World Wide Web: This syllabus, homework assignments and other class items can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/fall1997/110syl.htm.

Safety and Labs: Unsafe behavior in Lab will not be tolerated. Repeated unsafe behavior will result in a zero for that lab. In lab: 1) Goggles must be worn at all times; 2) No eating, drinking, or smoking; 3) No horseplay; 4) No unauthorized, "independent" experiments; 5) No sandals (enclosed shoes only); 6) No shorts (long pants only); 7) Additional safety rules are in the Lab Folder, which you are expected to read. Come to lab each week well prepared. Report all accidents and injuries immediately. Know the location of all exits and emergency equipment (fire extinguishers and blankets, 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 (you will not be penalized - it is good to know in case of an accident). 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.

Notebook and Lab Reports: 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. Make a copy of each notebook page with carbon paper. Lab reports consist of the report form, sample calculations, and any graphs or other material needed. Graphs should be on proper paper, fill the page, show data points in ink, have linear (or proper) scales with units and labels on the axes. Data from unknowns and values determined from the graph should be clearly marked. Additional instructions will be given in the prelab lectures.

Tentative Laboratory Schedule

Week of        Lab

8/25-8/29      Check in, Safety and the lab notebook

9/1-9/5        Density of Liquids and Solids (#1)

9/8-9/12       The Separation of a Mixture (#2)

9/15-9/19      Percent Water in a Hydrate (#4)

9/22-9/26      The Nine Bottle Problem (#9)

9/29-10/3      Synthesis of Potassium Aluminum Sulfate (#3)

10/6-10/10     Atomic Weight of a Metal (#6) 

10/13-10/17    Separation, Purification and ID of a Mixture: Distillation 
                and Boiling Point (#7A)

10/20-10/24    Freezing Point and Density of Solvent (#7B)

10/27-10/31    Recrystallization and Melting Point of Solute (#7C)

11/3-11/7      Molecular Mass of Solvent by Vapor Density (#7D)

11/10-11/14    Calorimetry (#8)

11/17-11/21    Spectroscopic Identification Solute & Solvent(#7E)


12/1-12/5      Checkout of Lab
Labs meet in Heim 241:
T 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Franz, Sec. T);
W 6:00 - 8:50 PM (Dr. Franz, Sec. V);
R 8:45 -11:35 AM (Dr. Berkheimer, Sec. X);
R 2:00-4:50 PM (Dr. Mahler, Sec. Y);
R :00 - 8:50 PM (Miss Miller, Sec. Z).

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