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Spring 2003       General Chemistry II 111            Lycoming College

Instructor: Dr. Eric Wisniewski, Phone 321-4357, wisniews@lycoming.edu

Office Hours: Heim 213, MWF 10:30 am to 11:30 pm and 1 pm to 2 pm, by appointment, or drop by


Lab coordinator:  Dr. David Franz, Phone 321-4181, franz@lycoming.edu

Study group facilitator: Kim Hengst, henkimb@lycoming.edu


Please take advantage of my office hours if you need help.  It is important to me that you understand the concepts of the course and that you are able to complete assigned problems so that you have success on quizzes and examinations. 


CLASS meets MWF from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm in Heim G-09.

RECITATION meets R from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm and 5:00 pm to 5:50 pm, depending on your section.  Attendance will be checked but will not be required. 


Materials for Course: General Chemistry, 2nd Ed., Hill and Petrucci; Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions (no passing or sharing allowed in exams); Bound Laboratory Notebook with quadrille pages (for lab use only); Safety Glasses or Goggles; Experimental Procedures will be distributed in class. A lab deposit of $10 will be collected in the first lab - the cost of lab handouts will be subtracted from your deposit.


Evaluation and Grading: Grades will be based on the following weighting scheme: 3 Exams (45%), a standardized ACS Final Exam (20%), Labs (25%), and Homework and Quizzes (10%). 3 extra credit points (to a limit of 20, on a 1000 point scale) will be given for each Chemistry Colloquium attended. Alternative extra credit will be available for those whose schedules conflict with colloquium (but you must see me to arrange this by Friday, January 31, 2003).




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.


Tests:               Hour Exam 1                Friday, February 7th, 2003

Hour Exam 2                Friday, March 14th, 2003

Hour Exam 3                Friday, April 11th, 2003

Final Exam                   Week of April 28th, 2003, To Be Announced

Notify me immediately of any conflicts!!  If you have difficulty finding me, send me an email.


Content:  In this course we plan to cover topics in the second half of the text book beginning with the end of Chapter 11.  Topics to be discussed are chemical solutions, kinetics, equilibria (chemical, acid/base, solubility), thermodynamics, electrochemistry and possibly nuclear chemistry.  Other topics will be considered if time permits.


Lecture Attendance and Absences: Lecture attendance with textbook and calculator 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 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.


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.  Consult Dr. Franz for details.


Homework and Quizzes:  On most Fridays, a short (10-15 minute) quiz will be given on topics covered during the week.  The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.  Homework will also be assigned and graded.


Recommended homework: Additional suggested homework will be assigned during the semester as progress is made through the textbook.  This will not be graded.


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 in this course. Be neat in homework and exams, box answers, show your work and units (partial credit will be given).


Academic Honesty: On all exams, copying someone else's work or allowing another to copy your work and submit it as their own is academic dishonesty and can lead to penalties such as failing the assignment or even dismissal from the college. 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 labs or homework to avoid plagiarism. For further information on the college policy on academic dishonesty, see the Pathfinder or Student Handbook.


Miscellaneous: Administrative procedures (withdrawals, etc.) will follow the published guidelines and rules of the college and department. This syllabus and other class items can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/spring2003/111syl.htm. 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 1/20/2003; an email is adequate.


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