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 Lycoming College

CHEMISTRY 111:  General Chemistry



Instructors:                                          Phone:                           Office:                               e-mail:

Dr. Holly D. Bendorf (lecture)            321-4365, 998-8647       209 Heim Bldg.                  bendorf@lycoming.edu

Dr. David Franz (lab coord.)               321-4181                         232 Heim Bldg.                  franz@lycoming.edu      

Ms. Lou Ann Tom (lab)                      321-4080

Ms. Kim Hengst (study group facilitator)


Course Schedule:                Lecture:          MWF  11:30 - 12:20 in Heim G-09

                                                Recitation:     Th  7:45 - 8:35 or 1:00 - 1:50 in Heim G-09

                                                Lab:                T  8:45 - 11:35

                                                                        Th 8:45 - 11:35, 2:00 - 4:50, or 6:00 - 8:50 in Heim 241             


HDB's Office Hours:  Tues. 9:00 – 10:00 am and Thurs. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.  Also by appointment and walk-in.


Course Description:  A continuation of CHEM 110, with emphasis placed on the foundations of analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry.  Topics include kinetics, general and ionic equilibria, acid-base theory, electrochemistry, thermodynamics and coordination chemistry.  The laboratory treats aspects of quantitative and qualitative inorganic analysis.


Prerequisite:  Successful completion of CHEM 110.


Text and Materials:

• "General Chemistry: An Integrated Approach" (3rd Edition) by Hill and Petrucci.

•  Laboratory Notebook

• Scientific Calculator (cannot be shared during exams and quizzes)

• Safety glasses or goggles


Grading Criteria:                                Quizzes                                                  120 points                                               

                                                                Exams (3)                                               300 points             

                                                                Final                                                       130 points             

                                                                Laboratory                                            150 points             

                                                                Total                                                       700 points


Final letter grades will be assigned as follows: >90% A, 80-90% B, 70-80% C, 60-70% D, <60% F.  The ranges given include "+" and "-" grades.  Be aware that you must pass both the lecture and laboratory to receive a passing grade for the course.


Quizzes:  Quizzes are an incentive to stay current with the course.  They provide you with a means of evaluating your progress and allow you to identify any potential "trouble spots" before the exam.  The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.


Quiz dates:    January 23 and 30             February 6, 20 and 27                March 12 and 26             April 2 and 22

All are Fridays, except for April 22.  Mark them on your calendar!


Exams:  There will be three mid-semester exams and a final exam.  The exam dates are given below.

Friday, February 13                            Friday, March 19                 Friday, April 16

The final exam will be administered on the day and time assigned by the registrar.  No exceptions.   

The mid-semester exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer and calculation-based questions. 

The final is the American Chemical Society exam for general chemistry.  It is a multiple-choice exam and covers Chemistry 110 and 111.  The grade on the final can be substituted (based on %) for a lower mid-semester exam grade.


Attendance Policy:

 Lecture:  Regular attendance at lecture is expected.  I will take attendance each day after the drop-add period is over.  Each student with perfect attendance for the semester will receive a 7 point bonus.  Students with 3 or fewer absences will receive a 3 point bonus.  I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. 

Quizzes and Exams:  Attendance is mandatory.  Make-up exams and quizzes will not be given.  A missed quiz or exam will result in a grade of zero on that quiz or exam.

Lab:  Regular attendance in the scheduled lab period is expected.  Any questions regarding lab attendance or scheduling should be directed to the lab coordinator, Dr. Franz.    


Extra Credit:  Extra credit points can be earned by attending departmental colloquia (3 per colloquium).  Extra credit points can also be earned by writing a brief research paper on a mutually agreed upon topic (up to 15 points depending on length of paper, number of sources, quality of paper).  Extra credit will not be accepted after the last day of class.  Extra credit is limited to 15 points.  The colloquium schedule can be found on the Chemistry Department web site:  www.lycoming.edu/dept/chem/


Academic Honesty:  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 to the fullest extent possible and reported to the Dean of the College. 


Assignments from the Text:  The chapters we will cover are listed below.  More detailed assignments will be distributed along with the chapter outlines.  Homework keys will be posted on the department web site.  Homework will not be collected, but the weekly quizzes will be based on the homework assignments. 

Chapter:                                                                                 Sections:                               

12            Physical Properties of Solutions                       12.1-9

13            Chemical Kinetics                                                13.1-10

14            Chemical Equilibrium                                           14.1-5

15            Acid-Base Equilibria                                            15.1-4, 6-11

16            Equilibria of Slightly Soluble Salts                    16.1-5, 7

17            Thermodynamics                                                 17.1-7

18            Electrochemistry                                                  18.1-7, 9-11

22            Coordination Chemistry                                      22.7-12  (time permitting)


Study Suggestions

We will cover a lot of material this semester and most of it is quite challenging.  I suggest you skim the assignment before class and read it more thoroughly afterwards.  Work the problems that are given throughout each chapter and at a minimum, the problems I assign from the end of the chapter.  Be sure to stay current with the reading and problems:  lectures and in-class exercises are prepared with the assumption that you have studied the assigned material and have completed the problems.


Perhaps the best advice I can give you on how to succeed in this course is:  Don't procrastinate!  We cover a lot of material and cramming for a night or two before an exam simply will not work.  Just like learning a foreign language or becoming proficient at a sport, you need to practice a little each day.  Review your notes, read the text, quiz yourself, and most importantly:  work lots of problems


And remember, my job is to help you learn chemistry--if you have questions, if you are not sure how to approach a certain type of problem, or if a concept is still a little fuzzy, ask me about it right away



Spring 2004     Lycoming College     Lab Coordinator: Dr. Franz (Heim 232, 321-4181)


                The labs for Chem 111 consist of two quantitative analysis experiments followed by a series of qualitative analysis determinations and then two investigative labs.  Grades in lab are much more dependent on the accuracy of your results than was the case in Chem 110.  In most experiments, students will work individually on their own unknowns.  You are welcome to consult with your friends and neighbors, as well as with the teaching assistant and instructor, but please remember that your grade ultimately depends on your own work.


                 Please note the following reminders concerning lab safety.  Unsafe behavior in Lab will not be tolerated.  Repeated unsafe behavior will result in a zero for that lab.  In lab: 1) Safety glasses must be worn at all times; 2) No eating, drinking, or tobacco use; 3) No horseplay; 4) No unauthorized, "independent" experiments; 5) No sandals (enclosed shoes only); 6) No shorts (long pants only); 7) Additional safety rules given in Lab.  Report all accidents and injuries immediately.  Know the location of all exits and emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, fire blanket, 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, and you must wear a full goggle.  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.


                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.  Use a different notebook page for each day’s data, and submit the carbon at the end of the lab period.


                Lab reports consist of the already submitted carbon copies of your notebook pages, the appropriate report form, sample calculations, and answers to any questions.  Additional instructions will be given in the prelab lectures.  For all parts of Exp. 21, there are simple report forms indicating the presence or absence of the cations in question.  Lab reports are due at the beginning of the lab as shown on the schedule below - any changes will be announced in lab.  Late labs will be penalized 10% plus 1 point per day late.


                In order to make-up a lab, only absences notified ahead of time will be excused.  All requests to make up a lab or attend a section other than your normal lab must go through Dr. Franz.  Students who simply show up at a different lab section will not be admitted to that lab.  Prelabs are due at the start of lab, and will not be accepted late.  The overall Lab grade based on 200 points (as shown below) will be scaled to 150 points for inclusion in the overall course grade.


Laboratory Schedule for Chemistry 111, Spring 2004

T/Th  Dates           Lab #      Title                                                                                                                                    Exp. Due

1/13, 1/15                               Check in; Safety; Exp. 17, Pipet Use; Exp. 18 Set Up                                                 

1/20, 1/22               Exp. 18: Gravimetric Analysis for Ni2+ (50 pts.)                                                                           Exp. 17

1/27, 1/29               Exp. 18: “                “                                                                                             

2/03, 2/05               Exp. 20: Acid-Base Titration for w/w % KHP (50 pts.)                                                   Exp. 18

2/10, 2/12               Exp. 20: “                “                                                                                                             

2/17, 2/19               Exp. 21, Qualitative Analysis of Cations: Group I, Unknown #1 (10 pts.)                   Exp. 20

2/24, 2/26               Exp. 21: Qual. Analysis, Groups II and III Known                                                                      Exp. 21, #1

                                "SPRING" BREAK (No Labs)

3/09, 3/11               Exp. 21:   Groups II and III Known and Unknown #2-3 (40 pts.)                  

3/16, 3/18               Exp. 21:   “              “                                                                                                                          Exp. 21, #2-3

3/23, 3/25               Exp. 22:   Investigation of the Reaction Between Fe3+ and SCN1- Ions (25 pts.)       

3/30, 4/01               Exp. 22:   “              “                                                                                                             

4/06, 4/08               Exp. 23:   Synthesis of Cobalt(III) Complex (25 pts.)                                                                   Exp. 22                                                                

4/13, 4/15               Exp. 23    “              “                                                             

4/20, 4/22               Checkout of Lab                                                                                                                               Exp. 23                                                                                


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