Chem 1A Course Syllabus
Dr. Gary DeCicco
Office: 1940 Bech Hall
527-4658 (voice mail available)
MW 10am-11am, T 10am-12pm, Th 12pm-1pm
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.
(a) Lecture Text: Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change
, Silberberg, 6th
Edition, McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2012.
Chemistry 1A Lecture Outline
, Dr. Gary DeCicco.
Laboratory Text: Chemistry 1A Laboratory Manual
, SRJC Chemistry Department, Fall 2011.
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.
Protective eyewear and apron must be used in the laboratory
at all times
as required by
California State law.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
After successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
Describe matter and its transformations, and the energy considerations associated with those
transformations according to prevailing chemical theories.
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
Clearly communicate results from the laboratory in the form of written laboratory reports.