161+geninfoSyllabus+SP+2010 - GENERAL INFORMATION AND...

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CHEMISTRY 161, SPRING 2010 LECTURER AND COORDINATOR: PROF. ASBED VASSILIAN Doolittle Hall Room 110, Tel: 445-5879; [email protected] Welcome to the first semester of the "General Chemistry" course. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy it. Please carefully read the following information concerning course policies, procedures and helpful tips concerning study habits. A lot of course information and announcements may also be posted on the following WEBSITE : http://rutchem.rutgers.edu Click on course pages under undergraduate study; scroll down for Spring 2010 and then click on Chem 161 . FOLLOWING THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL MAKE COURSE MANAGEMENT EASIER FOR ALL OF US . This is a very demanding course and will require your conscientious efforts and plenty of time. A thorough understanding of 161 materials will also be essential when you take the second semester of General Chemistry. Your success will primarily depend on your being able to logically analyze the wording of the chemical problems on homework, quizzes, and exams and relate them to basic concepts and mathematical expressions. There are no "magic formulae" available. Some suggestions follow. 1. Read the problem carefully. Make sure you know what information is given and what is asked for. Most chemical problems contain more information than explicitly given. Recognize this. 2. Make sure you understand the precise meaning of the terms used in the statement of the problem. Decide what chemical principles are involved. Make sure you understand them. Sheer memorization does not help and is discouraged. Many of the problems can be expressed as simple algebraic equations. You must know the meaning of each symbol used in the equation. Once you have the equation and the data provided, you are on your way to solving the problem. The algebra required is very simple. Do all the exercises on the attached math sheet , page 6, to familiarize yourself with the algebra required. THIS IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS IN THE COURSE . 3. Chemistry is a cumulative subject where one principle builds upon another. If you do not master the principles discussed today, you will have difficulty understanding the principles to be discussed tomorrow. Therefore, keep up . Don't play the catch-up game. You will not succeed. 4. Following the above suggestions you should be able to solve a majority of chemical problems. But sooner or later you will come across a problem you cannot solve. We all face that situation. Try to carry out the analysis as far as you can and then ask your instructor. His/her explanation then will make a lot more sense. 5. Try relating the numerical value and the units of the answer to the quantity calculated. The results should not feel absurd. This will help in correcting calculator and other simple errors. 1
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course CHEM 161 taught by Professor Vacillian during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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