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The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.

CHEMISTRY 150:  Chemistry in Context

Instructor:  Dr. Holly D. Bendorf     Phone:  x4365, 327-2888
Office:  209 Heim Bldg.                   e-mail:  bendorf@lycoming.edu

Course Schedule:     Lecture:    MWF  2:00 - 2:50 in Heim G-09
                                  Lab:          T  1:00 - 2:50 or 3:00 - 4:50 in Heim 239

Office Hours:  Tues. 10:15 - 11:05 and Thurs. 2:00 - 3:00.  Also by appointment and walk-in.

Course Description:  CHEM 150, Chemistry in Context, explores current issues and events that  are chemistry-related.  These issues include air and water quality, the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain,  polymers, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition.  The chemistry knowledge associated with these issues is built on a need-to-know basis.

Text and Materials:

"Chemistry in Context" (3rd Edition) by Stanitski, Eubanks, Middlecamp and Stratton.
"Laboratory Manual for Chemistry in Context" (3rd Edition) by Stratton, Silberman, Stanitski, and Schwartz.
Safety glasses or goggles.
Lab breakage deposit of $5, refunded upon check-out.
Chemistry in Context Web Site:  www.mhhe.com/cic
Grading Criteria:   Quizzes   50 points
Exams (2)  200 points 
Final  130 points 
Laboratory  120 points 
Homework and Assignments    60 points
Total  560 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:  There will be two in-class exams on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 16 (Chapters 1, 2, and 3)
Wednesday, March 29  (Chapters 4, 5, and 6)
These exams will consist of short answer and essay-type questions.  Some calculation-based problems will be included.

The final exam is worth 130 points:

100 pts: open-ended questions similar to mid-semester exams and based on Chapters 9, 10, and 11
30 pts: multiple choice questions covering the entire semester.
The final will be administered on the day and time assigned by the registrar.  No exceptions.

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:  You should attempt the homework after completing the reading assignments and working the Your Turn problems in the text (solutions to the Your Turn problems are given immediately following the problem or in Appendix 4).  The weekly assignments will be announced in class and are due at the beginning of the Wednesday class period.  Late homework will not be accepted.  Answer keys will be posted outside of the lab after class on Wednesday.

Homework will be graded as follows:

 +     All problems are completed, some minor errors may be present.
        All problems are attempted, some errors are present.
 -      Several problems have been skipped, significant errors are present.
 0     Many problems skipped, little effort is evident, homework copied from another student   (both
        students receive zeros) or homework not received on time.
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.
 Student 1:  earned a + on every homework 30/30
 Student 2:  earned a  on every homework 25/30
 Student 3:  earned a - on every homework 20/30
 Student 4:  earned a 0 on every homework   0/30
Assignments:   In addition to homework, there will be several in-class exercises, ranging from working basic chemistry problems to discussing current chemistry-related issues (10 points, based on participation).  You will also complete two web-based projects (2 x 10 points each).  Additional information on these projects will be given in class.

Laboratory:   Labs are intended to enhance and illustrate the concepts we discuss in class.  Each lab will have a response sheet that you will complete and turn-in before leaving.  Response sheets are graded and are worth 10 points each. (12 labs x 10 points each = 120 points).

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.  Keep in  mind that lab safety 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.
Attendance Policy:
Lecture:  Regular attendance at lecture is expected, and repeated absences will be penalized.
(3 points per absence after third absence)
Quizzes, Exams and Laboratory Meetings:  Attendance is mandatory.  Make-ups are not   permitted with a few exceptions--usually a case of medical or family emergency which 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 can not 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 answers from a classmate) will be penalized severely.
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