General Chemistry I (CH1154) Syllabus
General Chemistry
CH 1154

Course description:  A study of atomic and nuclear chemistry, periodic law, chemical bonding, gaseous state of matter, and thermodynamics.  Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

Ebbing, D.D. and S.D. Gammon. 2002. General Chemistry. Seventh Edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Lab Manual: Wentworth, R.A.D. 2002. Experiments in General Chemistry. Sixth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Co.,
Boston, MA.

Rationale:  This course provides an introduction to general chemistry, providing an understanding of concepts that are essential to modern biologists and chemists.  A working knowledge of chemistry is important in disciplines ranging from ecology to medicine.  Additionally, this course will provide students with experience in proper, safe lab technique.

Prerequisites: MT1133A (can be taken simultaneously)

Course objectives:
1.  To understand the language and basic concepts of chemistry, providing a conceptual framework for future reference
2.  To understand why chemistry is important in a variety of disciplines
3.  To understand basic chemical concepts and use these concepts to solve problems
4.  To understand how genetic problems may lead to disease or lethality
5.  To understand the methods and important of good laboratory technique
6.  To understand current developments in chemistry

Course Requirements:
Attendance and completion of all exams and labs is mandatory.  Students are accountable for all class assignments, class announcements, handouts, and information provided in lecture.  After three absences, a student’s course grade will be reduced by 5% for each additional absence.  If more than six lectures are missed, the student will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.
        If you must miss an exam, then you must contact me as quickly as possible.  It is always better to contact me before rather than after an absence if you know in advance that you must miss class (if you notify me in advance, it will be easier to receive approval for a makeup). Please provide a substantive excuse (e.g., a doctor’s note).  Do not assume that you will be able to make up an exam or lab.  Additionally, please do not ask to postpone an exam on the day of the exam.  If you have other exams on the same day, bring it to my attention before the exam date.
         Lab makeups will only be allowed if a legitimate and substantiated excuse is provided.
Assignments turned in after the due date will be penalized 5% for each day that they are late.  Presentations may not be rescheduled if missed.
         Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses.  Students should be familiar with the College's policies concerning academic integrity (Catalog, page 52; Student Handbook, page 32, section VII).  Students requiring any clarification of these policies should consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs.

Lecture Exam I                      50 pts
Lecture Exam II                    100 pts
Lecture Exam III                   100 pts
Lecture Exam IV                  100 pts
Lecture Exam V                   100 pts
Homework                           100 pts
Laboratory                           200 pts
Final Exam                          150 pts
Total                                   900 pts

         Homework assignments will consist of problems assigned in class.  Answers to some problems can be found at the back of the book.  However, be aware that some answers to these problems may be wrong due to publisher error.  If in doubt, please ask me.

Instructor: Ann V. Paterson
Phone: (870) 759-4717