CHM 113 – Dr. Ron Briggs
CHM 113 A Syllabus
Spring Semester 2008
MWF 8:40 – 9:30 AM in PS H-150
Dr. Ron Briggs
Physical Sciences H-235
(480) 965-1905 (5-1905 from campus phones)
firstname.lastname@example.org (put “CHM 113 in subject line to ensure delivery)
Course Web Site:
MW 9:40-10:30 (and whenever my door is open, which is almost always)
Welcome to Chemistry 113 at Arizona State University. CHM 113 is a 1
semester general chemistry
course covering chapters 1-11 and 13 in
Chemistry, The Central Science 10
by Brown, LeMay,
This course will cover the nature of atoms and elemental substances, the combination of
atoms to form molecules and compounds, the interactions between atoms and molecules, chemical
bonding models, relationships between chemical and physical properties, thermochemistry, and solutions.
More importantly, you will have the opportunity to practice your critical thinking skills and learn how the
macroscopic world around you can be explained by the microscopic world underneath.
The course consists of 3 lecture periods per week in addition to lab/discussion sections that meet once per
If you are enrolled in this course, I will assume that you have had at least a year of high school
chemistry or a semester of college chemistry (like CHM 101).
If not, you may be better off in CHM 101
before trying the CHM 113/116 sequence.
After the first exam, the course moves quite rapidly.
need to stay focused for the entire 15 weeks to ensure success.
You are responsible for knowing all of the information in this syllabus—please read it carefully!
Chemistry, The Central Science, 10
, Brown, LeMay, and Bursten, 2005, Prentice Hall
Laboratory Inquiry in Chemistry
Ed. Bauer, Birk, & Sawyer, 2005, Brooks/Cole
A bound, carbonless laboratory notebook
Splash-proof safety goggles
A good calculator capable of basic math and exponential functions will be needed on
homework, quizzes, and exams.
I recommend a scientific graphing calculator—not because of
the graphing capability, but because of the large screens that allow you to see all steps of a multi-
step calculation and the capability to type calculations in more intuitively (as you read them, not
the function after the number).
Whatever calculator you choose, be sure to learn how to use it
before you need to rely on it in a test-taking situation.
*The custom package in the bookstore includes the textbook, lab notebook, and other useful optional
materials (such as a Solutions Manual and Test Prep Videos).
This custom package is almost the same
price as a new textbook alone.
If you wish to purchase a used textbook or use a different vendor, you
should look at these accompanying materials and decide for yourself if they would be helpful to you.