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Chemistry 142 Second Semester General Chemistry Spring 2010, Prof. Conry A different presentation of the periodic table, from: http://chemlab.pc.maricopa.edu/periodic/spiraltable.html
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CH 142 Conry Page 2 Your Lecture Instructor: Prof. Rebecca R. Conry, Keyes 312, x5764, [email protected] My abbreviated résumé: Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry 1991 University of Washington Postdoctoral Research Associate 1991-1993 Johns Hopkins University Assistant Professor of Chemistry 1993-2000 University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Professor of Chemistry 2000-2004 Colby College Associate Professor of Chemistry 2004-present Colby College Laboratory Instructors: Lisa Miller, Keyes 310, x5752, [email protected] Prof. Dasan Thamattoor, Keyes 302, x5765, [email protected] Prof. Rebecca R. Conry, Keyes 312, x5764, [email protected] The Course Web Site: http://www.colby.edu/chemistry/CH142/CH142.html has links to course materials and resources: homework, laboratory, course learning goals and slides by chapter, sample exams, your exam keys (appear after each exam), and more. Required Materials: Chemistry: The Central Science (11th Ed.) Brown, LeMay, and Bursten (textbook); MasteringChemistry Web access number (if you purchased this for CH 141 it is still good so do not buy another one; otherwise available at the Colby Bookstore); a bound, pre-numbered composition type book for lab; and a calculator with exponent-handling capability. Course Content: Textbook chapters 14-17, 19-21, plus some of 24. Keep up –this class is a typical fast-paced college course plus the material often builds upon previous content, so it gets very difficult to catch up if you fall behind. The CH 142 material is more complex than that for CH 141, plus more of it is probably new (e.g., not covered in your high school chemistry class). Thus, you will likely have to spend more time and effort for CH 142 than you did in CH 141 to receive the same grade! Course Grading: 3 hour exams/HW** 18% each Final exam (comprehensive) 26% Laboratory 20% You must pass the laboratory to pass the class. Any student caught cheating on an exam will fail the course. **Homework (HW) is designed to impact your grade positively or not at all. Thus, for each exam the higher of two scores is recorded: either (1) 100% exam or (2) 80% exam plus 20% homework ( 100% HW scores earn 20%) for the problem sets relevant to that exam on their due dates. Thus, a 70% exam + 100% HW grade yields a 76% exam score and a 70% exam + 0% HW grade would be recorded as 70%. Doing homework will therefore help you better learn the material to earn a higher exam grade and will raise your exam score if your homework grade is higher than your exam score. When assigning course grades I always examine every student near a grade cutoff carefully, thus, a few points will NOT make a difference in your course grade. I look for reasons to move a borderline student up (but never down), for instance, an improvement in exam grades along the way, or a much higher final exam grade. I also collect other data that indicate how much effort you have been expending to learn the material.
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