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     Lycoming College

CHEMISTRY 100:  Chemistry in Context

Spring 2004 SYLLABUS


Instructor:  Dr. Holly D. Bendorf                                             Phone:  x4365, 998-8647          

Office:  209 Heim Bldg.                                                            e-mail:  bendorf@lycoming.edu


Course Schedule:       Lecture:      MWF  2:00 2:50 in Heim 220

                                    Lab:            Th  9:45 11:35 or 3:00 - 4:50 in Heim 239


Office Hours:  Tuesday 9:00 10:00 and Thursday 2:00 3:00.  Also by appointment or just drop-by.


Course Description:  CHEM 100, 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" (4th Edition) by Stanitski, Eubanks, Middlecamp and Pienta.

"Laboratory Manual for Chemistry in Context" (4th Edition) by Stratton, Steehler, Pienta, and Middlecamp.

Safety glasses or goggles (sold by the Chemistry Club).


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 20 (Chapters 1, 2, and 3)

            Exam 2:            Friday, April 2 (Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7)

            Exam 3:            Will be administered on the day and time assigned by the registrar.

                                    No exceptions!  (Chapters 9, 10, and 11) 


The exams will consist of short answer and essay-type questions.  Some calculation-based problems will be included. 


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 problems from the text and questions on articles you will receive in class.  You should attempt the homework problems from the text 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:

            Check +            All problems are completed with only minor errors.

            Check               All problems are attempted, some errors are present.

            Check -                        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 check + on every homework:  30/30         Earn a check on every homework:  25/30

            Earn a check - 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.  Each will entail internet-based research on a topic we will discuss in class or on closely related material.    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 you will complete and turn-in before leaving the laboratory.  Response sheets are graded on a 10-point scale.  The lab total will be scaled to 60 points for calculation of the final course grade.


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.


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 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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