113CHEM-15A-1_1317827602

113CHEM-15A-1_1317827602 - Syllabus - Chemistry 15A, Honors...

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1 Syllabus - Chemistry 15A, Honors General Chemistry, Fall 2011 (prepared August 2, 2011) PLEASE READ THIS SYLLABUS CAREFULLY. It contains a great deal of useful information that you will be expected to be familiar with. Additional copies can be downloaded via Latte (see below). Instructor: Professor Irving Epstein Office: Shapiro Science Center 3-09 Telephone: ext. 62503 (781-736-2503) Email: epstein@brandeis.edu Office hours: Tu 2:00-3:00, W 11:00-12:00, and by appointment Meeting times: Lectures: Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10:00-10:50 AM, Gerstenzang 121 Recitation, Quizzes, Exams: Wed., 6:30-7:50 PM, Gerstenzang 121 Course objectives: Obviously, part of the goal of this course is for you to learn the subject matter: atoms and molecules, bonding, equilibrium, … and, as I shall emphasize, how our ability to understand the macroscopic properties of matter arises from our microscopic picture of atoms and molecules. I hope, however, that you will get more than that out of this course. In particular, you should come away with at least some appreciation of how scientists think, and you should be better at problem solving and critical thinking than you were before you took this course. If we are successful in achieving these goals, what you learn in this course will serve you well in many realms – future courses (organic chemistry and biology just to name a couple), potential careers, and the many, many areas of everyday life in which a little scientific knowledge or analytical thinking can go a long way. This is an honors course, which means that we will try to challenge you. I hope you find the course both challenging and rewarding. Preparation: There is no specific prerequisite for this course. Aptitude and enthusiasm are at least as important as having taken an AP Chemistry course, though it certainly doesn’t hurt to have had one. Minimally, you should have had a solid chemistry course in high school, be very comfortable with algebra and geometry, and have at least a nodding acquaintance with calculus and high school physics. Appendices B2 and C of the text have good reviews for those of you who may be a bit rusty on physics and math (or who are very quick learners). Books: The text for the course is Principles of Modern Chemistry , 7 th edition, by Oxtoby, Gillis and Campion (to be referred to as Oxtoby or OGC). There are many, many general chemistry textbooks on the market, each with its own style, nearly all at a somewhat lower level than ours. Depending on your learning style, you may profit by referring occasionally, or frequently, to one of them. The Gerstenzang Science Library has a large selection of these texts under call number QD31.2. You can borrow them for several weeks.
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2 Attendance: Attendance at lectures (and recitations) is optional, but strongly encouraged. While the occasional student may be able to succeed in the course without attending regularly, experience suggests that such students are rare. Class will start promptly at the announced time, i.e., on the
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