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Chem 1A, Fall 2009
Course Policies and Other Essential Information
Angelica M. Stacy, Marcin Majda, John Arnold, Michelle Douskey
email@example.com (for general questions about the course)
firstname.lastname@example.org (for iClicker inquiries only)
MWF 9:10-10:00, 11:10-12:00 and 1:10-2:00 in Pimentel Hall
Textbook, Oxtoby et. al., Science of Change (textbook or ebook)
On line homework access card, OWL/ebook, Oxtoby et. al., Science of
Chem 1A Discussion Manual Fall 2009, available from Odin Readers or Ned’s
Chem 1A Lab Manual Fall 2009 (ISBN 978-0-7380-3222-1)
Student Lab Notebook (or equivalent lab notebook with carbon copies)
TI-30X IIS Calculator (or equivalent simple calculator)
Chem 1A Fall09 at
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION
Lab Room E,
floor of Latimer
Mon., 12-1 pm,
Wed. and Fri., 12-1:30 pm,
2-3 pm, 433 Latimer
by appointment only
In this course, the main goal is for you to develop an atomic level understanding of everything you can
observe or measure.
Rather than memorize facts and algorithms, you will be asked to make predictions and provide
explanations. Specifically, you will be building knowledge of chemistry and about the scientific process in general.
All assignments for the course (preclass, prelab, homework) will be posted on the course website.
There will be a pre-class assignment to be completed before each lecture. There will be
an iClicker quiz on the assignment during lecture. These assignments will not be collected. The pre-class assignments are
intended for you to intelligently consider information and analyze data that are provided. You do not need to read new
chapters in the text to be successful in these assignments. In this class, we are interested in how you think and not merely
in your factual knowledge of the material.
Class time will include iClicker quizzes, lecture, demonstrations, discussions, and short group
Participation in group discussion is expected and will maximize your learning.
You will use an on-line web-based learning (OWL) system for submitting homework.
Assignments on the
previous week’s material will be administered and graded on-line through your personal OWL account.
assignment will be due every week, you will often have more than one attempt to master each assignment.
saves the highest score earned by the due date of the assignment.
Homework will be worth 4 points each week, scaled
from the grades earned in OWL.
Homework assignments will be due every Tuesday at 9AM.