syllabus - Chemistry 105bL Spring 2016 9,10 am lectures...

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Chemistry 105bL Spring 2016 9,10 am lectures http://chemmac1.usc.edu/chem105b/ Lecturer Lecturer Lab Coordinator Course Coordinator Dr. Rebecca Broyer Dr. Mark Thompson Dr. Catherine Skibo All questions re: course admin are handled via electronic Office SGM 305 (213)740-0620 SGM 216 (213)740-6402 SGM 138 (213)740-8265 office hours. Paperwork for Course Coordinator’s mailbox may be brought to receptionist in SGM 418. E-mail [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Office hours M 1-3 W 11-12 TBA MW 1:30-3 Electronic office hours: MW 1:30-3 . Questions emailed during this time slot will be processed first. The purpose of CHEM 105b is to introduce the basic chemical principles that underlie all of the molecular sciences (from materials and nanoscience to medicine and the machinery of biology). It will introduce good lab practice and how to make decisions based on sound data. After this course you will be both better prepared for your continuing studies and have an understanding of molecular principles coming up in everyday life. Lectures: 9 or 10 MWF in SGM 123 Textbooks: Chemistry (2 nd custom edition for USC, of the 3 rd edition text) by Tro (required, no substitutes); package from USC Bookstore includes for free the eText and Mastering Chemistry. Solutions Manual (optional). Laboratory Manual (required, purchase in USC Bookstore). Calculations in Chemistry by Dahm (optional, strongly suggested). Calculator: To have a level playing field, CHEM 105 requires everyone use the exact same calculator on exams, the Casio FX-260 Solar , which is around $10. Sorry, this rule is strictly enforced: no other models or brands of calculators or other electronic devices allowed. Be sure to practice HW with it prior to exams. Grading: Web Quizzes [email protected] 10 points 100 points In-class participation (clickers) 20 points 20 points One-hour exams (total of four) 4 @ 100 points 400 points Laboratory 1 @ 280 points 280 points Final Exam 1 @ 200 points 200 points Total: 1000 points Satisfactory completion of all laboratory experiments and reports is required to receive a passing grade. Any student earning less than 50% of the course points (<500) will not pass the course. Week 8 grade: We do our best to inform you on your progress in the course by assigning an approximate letter grade at the end of the eighth week. This is based on your performance on the first two exams. Note: this advisory letter grade you receive at week 8 is no guarantee of your final grade. Final grades are assigned using guidelines from previous semesters, but there is no strict grading curve. Schedule: The class schedule (lectures, exams, lab exam/practical, etc.) is on p. 3 of this syllabus. Exams: There will be four 1-hour exams given during the scheduled quiz sessions on certain Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. (see p. 3). There are no makeup exams. You cannot take exams at any other time . The material covered on each exam will be announced in lecture prior to that exam. Exam review sessions will be held prior to each exam, at a time and date to be announced in lecture.
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