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Unformatted text preview: Welcome to Chem 110! • Have your clickers and other materials
out before class begins CHEM 110 – Chemical Principles
Sections 37 - 48 Dr. Kyle Schmid
Office Hours: TBA
Or by appointment if necessary (via e-mail)
Must use you PSU email and please include CHEM 110 in
subject line Who Am I?
• Hometown: Danville, PA
• B.S. Chemistry
– York College of PA • Ph. D. Chemistry
– Penn State • My Dog
– Punky Team Schmid
We have four TAs for our course:
• Michael Delyser (Sections 37, 47, and 48)
Madhuri Dey (Sections 38, 39, and 40)
Codey Henderson (Sections 41, 42, and 44)
Pedro Rivera Pomales (Sections 43, 45, 46) We also have four LAs for our course:
• Nasser Al Azir
– LA study sessions TBA Who Are You?
• This is a large class at a large school…but it
doesn’t have to feel that way!
• I encourage you to send me an email and
introduce yourself! firstname.lastname@example.org
– Feel free to include your name, major, career
goals/interests, thoughts on chemistry, and
anything else you would like to share!
– I will respond to all such emails. • Or talk with me in person before/after
class! Who Are You? Clicker Poll:
Turn clickers on, hold power button (light will
flash). Press A then D to tune to our frequency. What year are you at Penn State?
A. Freshman (I just got here!)
E. Other (Super senior, post-bach, etc) Who Are You? Clicker Poll: In what college is your major or intended
B. Health and Human Development
C. College of Science
D. Agricultural Science
E. Other Required Materials
– PSU E-Chem 110: Strucures and Properties
– Online text you purchase access to in the
bookstore • ALEKS for Chemistry
– Supplemental problem solving program
– See Angel for more information • Clickers
– Classroom response system • Access to Angel
• Calculator (non-programmable) What is Chem 110? Are You Ready for Chem 110?
Course Pre-requisites: Algebra and High school chemistry Recommendations based on your ALEKS initial assessment: 45% of the topics mastered (before working in the learning mode)
Great job. You are sufficiently prepared for Chem 110. However, please work on the
topics you have not yet mastered and complete the Prep Course before classes start! 25–44% of the topics mastered (before working in the learning mode)
You are strongly recommended to register for Chem 108 concurrently with Chem 110.
Chem 108 is a one-credit course that meets for 75 minutes each week on Tuesdays. It is
specifically designed to provide help to students so they will do better in Chem 110.
You can register for Chem 108 using e-lion (elion.psu.edu) or go to 210 Whitmore for
assistance. For more information, please contact Dr. Bojan (email@example.com) or visit
http://courses.chem.psu.edu/chem108/Fall. 24% or less topic mastered (before working in the learning mode)
You are strongly recommended to drop Chem 110 and take Chem 101. If you’ve already
taken Chem 101 and are still in this situation, you are strongly recommended to add Chem
108 to your schedule. Doubts or questions about your preparation? See me after class. Fall 2015 Chem 110 Grading
Exams 1, 2, 3
Prep course (ALEKS)
Total 17% each
100% 34 points each
200 points Grade distribution given in syllabus
No extra work, etc. to
make up for poor grade! Distribution of grades
B+, B, B–
0–113 Exams (80% of your final grade) Keep these dates/times open!
Comprehensive Final Mon. Sept. 21 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Mon. Oct. 12 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Mon. Nov. 9
6:30 – 7:45 pm
TBA • Locations will be posted on the eBook.
• Conflict exams (on the day of the scheduled exam) will be
offered to students with legitimate PSU conflicts (courses,
labs, etc). Work, sports, extracurricular, etc. do not qualify for
the conflict exam.
A single make-up exam (Wed Dec. 2, 6:30 – 7:45 pm) is offered
for students who missed a midterm exam. It is comprehensive
(covers materials from exams 1, 2, and 3) and can only be used
to replace one missing exam score. Do not make plans to leave town until the final schedule is
available! MID-TERM EXAMS Aimed to test deep understanding of the
- not just HW problems with “different numbers”
- need to understand the concepts! Do NOT underestimate the exams
(a poor grade on an exam is difficult to recover from) Independent Course Work (20% of your final grade)
1. Prep Course (ALEKS):
a. Review of basics needed to be successful in chemistry.
b. Set up info can be found in the folder titled ALEKS for Chemistry on the Chem
110 FA15 Grades and Conflict sign-up Angel course (this is the merged Angel
course for students in all Chem 110 sections this Fall semester.) 2. Required Recitation:
a. Do assigned homework before each recitation.
b. Bring complete HW, Recitation Worksheet, and Problem Solving Template to
each recitation. 3. Angel Online Quizzes:
a. grade is the highest of two attempts
b. Most deadlines are on Thursday nights at 11:55 pm
c. Quizzes of exam weeks are due the Sunday before the exam 4. iClicker Group Questions:
a. At least one question every lecture
b. register on Angel or at clickers.psu.edu, make sure to sync to proper frequency
c. LAs, TAs and GSG leaders will assist discussions. NO MAKEUPS OR EXTENSIONS will be granted for any of these
assignments due to the built in excess of available points Grading of Independent Course Work
1. Prep Course (ALEKS) Scores:
a. Must take the initial assessment, complete all topics in the Pie, and
take the course completion assessment by 11:55 pm Sun 9/6 to get
b. Score equal to the percentage of topics you have after the course
completion assessment. You can improve your score by completing the
Pie again. 2. Required Recitation:
a. One randomly selected homework problem, up to 5 points with
explanation of answer. The rest of the homework will be graded based
b. Bring recitation worksheet and problem solving template to each
recitation. Weekly participation points up to 5 points
c. You only need 120/150 points for full credit. 3. Angel Quiz Scores will be in the Angel Gradebook
a. Ignore overall percentages in the Angel Gradebook! NOT USED!
b. Each Quiz score is the highest attempt/10; add to get summary.
c. You only need 120/150 points for full credit. Clickers
Real time classroom response system
There will be multiple choice questions posed to you
during lectures (0-4 per lecture).
You receive 1 point for answering a question and 1 point
for answer correctly (2 pts per questions).
You need to accumulate 50% of the total Clicker points
per exam period to earn full credit Clickers are NOT meant to simply take attendance! Clicker Poll:
How much have you accomplished in
A. ALEKS? Who is this ALEKs?
B. Registered and…yeah, that’s it.
C. Finished the initial assessment only
D. Finished assessment and worked some in
E. Finished all of ALEKS! (like a boss!) How to be Successful in Chem 110
• Create a weekly schedule and stick to it!
– Don’t fall behind! Stay organized! • Attend lectures (not just physically…)
– Take notes, ask questions, be active! • Read the Lessons before class
– Even if you don’t think you understand, it will help
– Use the reading guides and example questions
– Print lecture notes/slides before class • Do the homework!
– Review notes/ebook before starting
– Don’t just do it to get it done • Get help when you need it!
– My office hours, TAs, LAs, peers (study groups) How to do the homework in the e-book
All homework has to be done COMPLETELY in a
• Goal is NOT “to get the answer” • Goal: to learn how to problem solve
• Use the Problem Solving Template as a guide
examples are included regularly in the e-book
Copying or reading solutions will result if lower course grades. • Be VERY familiar with units and dimensional analysis
– You MUST use units in all of your work. Understanding units
makes chemistry much easier. Problem Solving with Dimensional Analysis
How long is the communication delay between NASA and the
The average distance between Earth & Mars is 50 million miles
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
1 mile = 5280 feet
The speed of light is 3.0 x 108 meters/second 50 x 106 miles 5280 feet 12 inches 2.54 cm 1m 1 mile 1 foot 1 inch 100 cm 8.04672 x 1010 m 1 second = 268.224 seconds
3.0 x 108 m
X 2 for a round trip = 536.448 seconds = 8.9408 min
9 min = 8.04672 x 1010 m Help is Available
Everyone needs some help at some point… Chemistry Undergraduate Office
incorrect exam grades Chemistry Resource Center (CRC)
TAs Office Hours
40+ h per week of free help
(see “Help Available” on the
eBook) FORUM HUB Whitmore (office hours) “Respect the Chemistry”
• If you choose to text, browse the
internet, etc in class, do so quietly, and
only waste your own time.
• Have clickers and your other materials
out at the beginning of class. Do not
pack up until I have finished.
• I will stop my lecture for disturbances.
The Chemistry must
be respected. Why Study Chemistry?
Alternative Energy Sources and Storage
Solar Power Wind Turbines Cell Phone Size – Chemists at Work Why Study Chemistry?
Medicine and Health Drugs Medical Imaging
Artificial Limbs Vaccines Why Study Chemistry?
High Speed Rail
Military and Defense Interplanetary Explorers The Next Space Shuttle Chemistry the Molecular Science
Nanoscale: What we can see and observe?
What is happening on the molecular level? How does the behavior of atoms and molecules
connect to the behavior of matter that we observe?
The underlying themes of this course:
- Structure vs function
- Problem solving! Structure Affects Function
CH2 CH CH2 O CH CH O
O CH O
C H H CH CH CH CH OH
OH Gun Cotton ONO2 n ONO2 ONO2 n Stay on Top of Things! Before next class (Wed 8/26):
• Do the Intro homework problems linked to the syllabus.
• Start (and finish) ALEKS prep course as soon as possible
(due Sun. Sep. 6).
• Take the Intro quiz on Angel (due Thurs Aug. 27)
• Read Lessons 01-1 to 01-3, including the reading guides
solved problems , stop signs and interactive objects , suggested topics ,
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