Chem 107 Syllabus

Chem 107 Syllabus - Chemistry 107(All Sections) -General...

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Chemistry 107(All Sections) -General Information (This syllabus is subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.) Coordinator for All Sections: Philip R. Brown Office: C161 BNSN Phone: 801-422-9089 REQUIRED PURCHASE (Online): Access Code Kit to Chem 107 site. Optional Text: Doing Chemistry, 3rd Edition by John F. Cannon and Philip R. Brown Objectives: This Chemistry 107 laboratory course will provide the following: (1) Experience working with basic laboratory equipment, (2) Reinforcement of some of the principles of chemistry discussed in Chemistry 105/6, and (3) Opportunities to stretch your mind by solving the problems that often arise during experimental procedures. Everyone who takes Chemistry 107 will meet objective 1, but the extent to which objectives 2 and 3 are met depends on the attitude of each student. Those who believe laboratory work is a chore to be disposed of quickly, with as little thought and time spent as possible, will almost certainly not meet objectives 2 and 3. Such students will treat the experiments in "cook book" style; will rely as much as possible on the TA or other students for solving experimental problems; will gain some experience handling the equipment; will get a grade (sometimes even a high grade) and that's about all. Those who believe laboratory work provides an opportunity to expand their understanding of chemistry and to improve their reasoning abilities through an interesting hands-on experience, stand an excellent chance of meeting objectives 2 and 3. Such students will study the experiment instructions and use the resources on the web site to thoroughly to understand what will be done in the laboratory. The experiments will be carried out thoughtfully in an attempt to grasp fully the principles involved. As problems come up, they will be solved independently as often as possible. Only when personal attempts at a solution have failed will the TA or other students be consulted. A grade (usually a high grade) and the full benefit of increased understanding of chemistry and an awareness of their own increased problem-solving abilities will be gained by these students. Naturally the TA's and I will do everything we can to help you fall in the second category rather than the first. To this end, we will talk with you from time to time as you carry out your experiments and ask questions of you, designed to probe your understanding of what you are doing. Please be aware that the written discussions of the experiments are brief and do not always spell everything out in detail. By thoughtful consideration of each experiment, you will be able to supply the details before conducting the experiment or you will figure things out as you learn from the experiment itself. Laboratory Presence:
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This note was uploaded on 07/11/2011 for the course CHEM 107 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at BYU.

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Chem 107 Syllabus - Chemistry 107(All Sections) -General...

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