090112_Lecture1

090112_Lecture1 - Physical Chemistry I for Biochemists...

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1 Physical Chemistry I for Biochemists Chem340 Lecture 1 (1/12/09) Yoshitaka Ishii Syllabus (Class Schedule, Grading, Report etc) Overview Gas Ch. 1 Some Essentials • Course Web Site http://www.chem.uic.edu/chem340/ (Home works & Lecture Notes will be uploaded) Homework 1 is at the web site Textbook Thomas Engel, Gary Drobny and Philip Reid, “Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences” (mandatory)
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2 Warning • Chemistry 340 is a rigorous course covering the fundamentals and applications of Chemical Thermodynamics. • This course involves logical reasoning and quantitative problem solving using math to a greater degree than most of the other courses you have taken. The only way to succeed in this course is through hard work, and only through hard work . You must keep up with the work everyday, because succeeding topics build on and require an understanding of what was covered before. Æ Once you get lost, your semester is pretty much over! How to Survive in This Class 1. Get to class on time and take careful notes . 2. Go through the textbook to find the relevant reading material. As you read work through the mathematics and the examples provided by the author. Your goal is to understand not to memorize ! 3. Work on the homework assignment. Start working on the homework assignment as soon as you receive it. It is impossible to do the entire assignment the night before it is due. The TA’s are not allowed to provide solutions to the homework problems before the due date of the assignment. 4. You are supposed to be able to solve all the homework assignments without referring the text at the time of quizzes and exams.
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3 Grade • One-Hour Exams: 300 points (100 points each) • Final Exam: 200 points • Homework: 100 points • Quiz:100 points • Class Participation: 20 points Total number of points: 720 • Grading scheme : “A” > 90%; “B” > 80%; “C” > 70; “D” > 50%; “E” < 50% • Final grades may be linearly scaled so that ~20% of students will receive “A”. Exams & Tentative Schedule First One-Hour Exam: Friday, February 15, 2008 Second One-Hour Exam: Friday, March 6, 2008 Third One-Hour Exam: Wednesday, April 3, 2008 Final Exam: to be announced in class Quiz About 3-4 quizzes will be held approximately every two weeks between the Exams. 2-3 unannounced mini quizzes during the class, which should be easy if you listen to the lecture.
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2009 for the course CHEM 340 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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090112_Lecture1 - Physical Chemistry I for Biochemists...

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