Chem1ASyllabusFall2011 - Fall 2011 Chem 1A Course Syllabus...

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Fall 2011 Chem 1A Course Syllabus Page 1 INSTRUCTOR Dr. Gary DeCicco Office: 1940 Bech Hall Phone: 527-4658 (voice mail available) Email: Office hours: MW 10am-11am, T 10am-12pm, Th 12pm-1pm Website: COURSE PREREQUISITES Enrolling in Chem 1A requires completion of Chem 42 or equivalent or placement in Chem 1A through the Chemistry Diagnostic Test and completion of Math 155 or equivalent or two years of high-school algebra. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Each student should be competent with algebra, scientific notation, significant figure conventions, graphing, and logarithmic calculations. You should be comfortable with metric system conversions, dimensional (unit) analysis, chemical symbolism, nomenclature, balancing equations, and basic stoichiometric calculations. In my experience, some students who take Chem 1A have passed the placement test given by the Junior College, but are not truly prepared for the class. Many students want to finish their classes as fast as possible, but having to retake courses will slow you down in the end. The decision is generally yours. Choose wisely. COURSE MATERIALS (a) Lecture Text: Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change , Silberberg, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2012. (b) Chemistry 1A Lecture Outline , Dr. Gary DeCicco. (c) Laboratory Text: Chemistry 1A Laboratory Manual , SRJC Chemistry Department, Fall 2011. (d) A scientific calculator with exponential & logarithmic capabilities. If you do not currently own a scientific calculator, we recommend consultation with your chemistry instructor to select a make and model that will fulfill your long-range academic needs. Please note that programmable calculators required for some math classes are not allowed during examinations in any SRJC chemistry course. (e) Protective eyewear and apron must be used in the laboratory at all times as required by California State law. (f) Laboratory Notebook STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES After successful completion of this course, a student will be able to: 1. Describe matter and its transformations, and the energy considerations associated with those transformations according to prevailing chemical theories. 2. Safely obtain accurate data in the laboratory using both traditional and computer-interfaced methods, and analyze those data using methods including graphical analysis and error analysis. 3. Clearly communicate results from the laboratory in the form of written laboratory reports.
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Fall 2011 Chem 1A Course Syllabus Page 2 EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN In the event of an emergency during class that requires evacuation of the building, please leave the class immediately, but calmly. Our class will go to the lawn between Bech, Shuhaw and Baker halls to make sure everyone got out of the building safely and to receive further instructions. If you are a student with a disability who may need assistance in an evacuation, please see me during my
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course CHEMISTRY Chem 1a taught by Professor Decicco during the Fall '11 term at Santa Rosa.

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Chem1ASyllabusFall2011 - Fall 2011 Chem 1A Course Syllabus...

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