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Unformatted text preview: ACHM 111 – GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 3 CREDIT HOURS (Lecture) + 2 CREDIT HOURS (Lab) Fall 2011 Instructor: Email: Office Hours: Lecture and Lab: Prerequisite or Corequisite Dr. Gerard Rowe Office: SBDG 307 Phone: 641‐3429 MW – 2:00‐3:00 PM; or by appointment MWF ‐ 12:00 ‐ 1:50 PM SBDG 301 AMTH 111 (students must have placed above, have completed, or be enrolled in AMTH 111) This class is taught with the understanding that the students have taken at least one high‐school or college‐level chemistry course in the past Required Materials Lecture Text: Chemistry: A Molecular Approach by N. J. Tro, 2nd Ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall Lab Text: ACHM 111/112 Laboratory Manual, edited by Pariyadath, Ruszczyk, and Fetterolf, USCA, 2011 Lab Notebook: Laboratory Notebook with carbonless copies (available from the bookstore) Online Homework: You must have access to the Mastering Chemistry system to do the homework for this class. Access can be purchased at If you purchased your textbook new, the package should already include an access code to the system. Calculator: At least a scientific calculator capable of performing logarithms, exponents, and scientific notation Course Objectives: A student who successfully completes this course should have a grasp of the basic chemical concepts of stoichiometry (chemical accounting), atomic and molecular structure, periodic trends, simple chemical reactions, and the properties of matter. The principles taught in this course and the next (ACHM 112) form the foundation of the rest of the chemical sciences taught here at USCA. In addition, the concepts taught here are highly relevant to other discipline, including biology, geology, physics, and medicine. For this reason, we require this course for pre‐med, pre‐ pharmacy, and biology students. More than anything else, I hope this class will give you an appreciation for the role chemistry plays in everyday life, as well as its new discoveries that promise to make our lives better in the future. Portable Electronic Devices: The use of any portable electronic devices, including cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, iPods, etc., during class is not allowed for any reason unless prior approval has been given to a student from the instructor or unless required for the course. If you are planning to have any of these devices in class, they must be turned off and stowed away for the duration of the class period. If a student is seen touching, holding, or using any portable electronic device during a test period without the prior consent of the instructor, the instructor will assume that the student is cheating and the test will be recovered and a 0 will be given to that student for the assignment. A full description of this policy can be found in the USCA Student Handbook. Attendance: Please make an attempt to attend every lecture and be on time. It is especially important to show up to the lab on time in order to complete the day’s experiment before the end of the period. Any student who has been absent (regardless of excused or unexcused) more than 25% of all class meetings will receive a failing grade for the class. Unexcused absences on exam days will result in a grade of 0 for the exam. Exams for people with excused absences must be made up as soon as possible at a time convenient to the student and the instructor. If a lab or quiz is missed due to an excused absence, it does not need to be made up. However, a quiz missed in this fashion will count as one of your two dropped quiz grades. Excused absences require a doctor’s note, a note from a family member that includes a telephone number to check, a business note, or a receipt (in the case of car problems). Please contact me with any questions. Student Athlete Policy: If you know that you will miss a quiz or exam due to an away game, see me beforehand to arrange to take the quiz or exam before departure. At the beginning of the semester, I will need a schedule of away games and tournaments signed by the coach. Homework: Homework will generally be assigned every week. We will be using Mastering Chemistry web application for homework. Assignments will be made available at a certain time, usually after lecture, and will remain open until they are due, usually the next lecture. You are responsible for knowing the deadlines for each assignment, which will be clearly listed on the Mastering Chemistry page for this course. Accessing Homework Assignments 1. Make sure you have the following ready: a. A valid email address b. A student access code (obtained either in the package with a new textbook, or purchased from c. The school’s zip code (29801) d. The Course ID is ____ ROWEFALL2011 ___ 2. Create an account with Mastering Chemistry a. Navigate to b. In the upper left , under “Register”, click “Students”. c. In Step 1, if you have an access code (which is supplied with a brand new textbook from the USCA bookstore), click “Yes, I have an access code”. If you bought a used textbook, click on “No, I need to purchase access online now”. d. Click the “I accept” under the License Agreement and Privacy Policy. e. When asked if you have a current Pearson education account, click “No”, which will allow you to create a login and password. 3. When logged in, enroll in this course using the above Course ID. Quizzes and Exams: There will be a quiz on Friday of nearly every week except when there is a major exam that day. There will be three such exams and a final exam, all given in class. The final exam will be the ACS General Chemistry Test. Exams will largely deal in material covered since the previous exam, but due to the nature of the subject, concepts tested previously are likely to appear on later exams. Laboratory Exercises: Each lab activity will take from 20 to 60 minutes to complete, and will be related to a topic discussed in lecture. You will work with a partner for experiments, and will stay with that person for the entire semester. For each new experiment, you must complete a pre‐lab section in your lab notebook that lists: 1) Your Name 2) The Date 3) Experiment Title 4) Lab Manual Page Number 5) Objective of the lab restated in your own words. 6) Short procedure stated in your own words This pre‐lab is due when you come in for lecture on the day that lab is held. Each lab is worth 6 points, and 3 of those points are from the pre‐lab. Proper planning is essential when performing chemistry experiments, for the safety of you and the people around you, as well as to keep from wasting everyone’s time. We share a lot of equipment in the lab, and if one person is monopolizing a resource, nobody will get out on time. A late pre‐lab can receive a maximum of 1 point. Lab Write‐up Every piece of information relevant to your lab work must be recorded in the lab book. The results of the experiment will be discussed in the lecture room when the lab is finished. The lab write‐up is due in lecture the Friday after the lab exercise is completed. You will turn in your lab notebook pages for that experiment, along with any calculations that needed to be done. Like the pre‐lab, the write‐up should include: 1) Your Name 2) The Date 3) Experiment Title 4) Data 5) Calculations 6) Graphs (If applicable. If done on computer, they may be pasted or taped into the notebook page) 7) A one sentence conclusion that states your results. If you got the wrong answer, explain the source of that error. The write‐up is worth 3 points. A late write‐up can receive a maximum of 1 point. Academic Honesty: For all quizzes, exams, and homework assignments, The USC Aiken Honor Code is in full effect. If the instructor has evidence that a student has violated this honor code for a particular assignment, that student will receive a 0 for that assignment. If that student is caught in violation of the USCA Honor Code subsequently on a future assignment, that student will receive a failing grade for the course and a letter detailing and documenting the student’s actions will be sent by the instructor to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Services. Further information about violations of Academic Integrity can be found in the USCA Student Handbook. You will be asked to sign the Honor Pledge on each examination. October 12, 2011 is the last day to drop a course or withdraw without receiving a “WF” for Spring 2011. Grading: 90 ‐ 100% = A 85 ‐ 89% = B+ 80 ‐ 84% = B 75 ‐ 79% = C+ 70 ‐ 74% = C 65 ‐ 69% = D+ 60 ‐ 64% = D < 60% = F Point Distribution: Homework = 40 5% 10 quizzes @15 pts ea. =150 19% 3 exams @120 pts ea. =360 45% 18 Labs @ 6 pts ea. =108 12% Final exam (ACS) =150 19% Total =808 100% The Toledo Exam: The Toledo Exam (a diagnostic test intended to discover your knowledge of math, physical science, and chemistry relevant to this course) will be administered on the first day of class. While this test will not count toward your overall grade, very poor performance on the Toledo Exam may suggest that you should take another introductory course in chemistry before attempting ACHM 111. Disability Statement: If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability which might affect your performance in this class, please contact the Office of Disability Services, 126A B&E, (803) 641‐3609, as soon as possible. The Disability Services Office will determine appropriate accommodations based on medical documentation. 471 University Parkway • Aiken, SC 29801 803‐648‐6851 • 1‐888‐WOW‐USCA Copyright © 2004 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina. ...
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