CHM 113A: Syllabus, Fall 2006
7:40 – 8:55 Tu, Th
Instructor: Ariel Anbar
Office: Physical Sciences F-630
Office Hours: M 10:40-11:30 am; Th 1:40-2:30 pm
; proceed to “myASU courses”
Welcome to Chemistry 113 at Arizona State University!
Chemistry 113 is a first-semester general chemistry course covering chapters 1-11 and 13 in
The Central Science
by Brown, Lemay and Bursten,
. This course assumes that you have had
at least one year of high school chemistry or one semester of college chemistry (e.g., CHM 101).
Why study chemistry?
Sure, it’s probably required for your intended major. But
The answer is simple: If you understand the basic concepts of chemistry then you can begin to
understand and discuss the world around you in a
manner. When you understand
chemistry you gain deep insight into: how your body functions (and malfunctions); how materials and
technologies you depend on every day work; how interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, solid
Earth and living things keep the planet habitable; and how human civilization depends on and affects the
planet. This is not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
It is knowledge that you need to master if
you want to understand (and help solve!) some of the major challenges facing us today.
master the content of general chemistry you are equipped to understand global warming, cancer and other
diseases, toxic pollution, energy policy, etc., in a serious way. If you don’t understand the concepts of
general chemistry then these topics are just so much magic.
So: In this course we will get you started in your chemical education by looking closely at elements and
compounds, atoms and molecules, chemical and physical properties and changes, chemical bonding
models, and properties of solutions.
The major point of all this is to show you how phenomena in
everyday life are a consequence of what happens at the molecular scale. A molecular view of nature is
the essence of chemistry.
We will start with concepts that are the basic building blocks, and use these
fundamentals to understand more complex ideas. Throughout, you will also improve your critical-
thinking and problem-solving skills.
I want all of you to succeed in this course!
My expectations are that you obtain a good understanding of
the concepts we cover, and that you learn to apply your knowledge to different situations. This is not
easy. To begin with, plan to study at least 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour of lecture. Your text is
an important resource during these hours. A good strategy is to stay half a chapter ahead of lecture in the
reading and to try some sample problems. You may not understand the concepts right away, but be
patient! Lectures will make more sense if you have already seen the material. In lecture, take notes and
ask questions. After class, read the text again and work on the end-of-chapter problems. Be patient when