CH204Syllabus-Fall2009 - CH204 Fall 2009...

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CH 204 – Introduction to Chemical Practice Fall 2009 Instructor: Dr. Brian Anderson Office: WEL 5.220A Phone: (512) 475­6729 E­mail: [email protected] Office hours: Fridays 11:am – noon or by appointment – don’t hesitate to ask! Web Site: http://anderson.cm.utexas.edu/courses/ch204 The course web site has announcements and useful information, pdf versions of my lectures (posted the weekend before the lecture), and pdf versions of all handouts given out in class. It also has a TA list with e­mail addresses, a schedule of all CH204 TA office hours, grading information, an ever­growing course FAQ, and lots of bright colors. Teaching Assistants: http://anderson.cm.utexas.edu/courses/ch204/TAs.html TA office hours: http://anderson.cm.utexas.edu/courses/ch204/officehours.html Storeroom: Tiffany Murray WEL 4.134 Undergraduate Chemistry Office: WEL 2.212 Phone: (512) 471­1567, (512) 471­ 4983 Address all questions regarding registration, adds, drops, etc. to this office. The last date to drop this course without possible academic penalty is September 23, 2009 . The last day to drop this course for academic reasons is October 21, 2009 . Required course materials and supplies 1. Leytner, S. General Chemistry Lab Manual ; McGraw­Hill Higher Education, Fall 2009 edition (available through the University Co­op). 2. A bound laboratory notebook with duplicate numbered pages (sold at the Duplicating Office in WEL 2.228 or at the Co­op). 3. Combination lock. 4. Calculator. What to expect in this class This is a hands­on course designed to teach you a variety of laboratory skills, and make you comfortable in a lab setting. You will learn the proper use and handling of glassware, techniques and processes common to many scientific labs, and standard methods for recording observations and data. The course consists of a weekly one­hour lecture immediately followed by a four­hour lab. Most labs won’t take all four hours, but one or two might. We start late in the semester because the Labor Day holiday throws off our weekly meeting schedule and we finish early, so the full semester’s workload gets smushed into about ten weeks. During those ten weeks, expect a workload that is a lot heavier than normal for a measly two credit class. The benefit to this is that you will be finished with this course and have turned in your final assignment before Thanksgiving, and will have more time to prepare for finals in your other classes. The lab reports for CH204 will sometimes take five or six hours to complete. Don’t wait until the weekend to start on them. Get started early when TA and instructor help is readily available. All of us are easier to reach during the week than we are on weekends. Even chem nerds like us have lives outside of Welch. Dr. Anderson’s Monday/Tuesday sections of CH204 are run somewhat differently from Dr.
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