Chemistry 110                 Molecules That Matter                        Fall 2004

General Chemistry I


Professor Carol Parish

Lansing 206,


Office Hours:  M, T 5:00-6:30, W, F 11:15 – 12:15 and by appointment



Required Texts:         Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, Kotz & Treichel, 4th ed.

Interactive CD-ROM to accompany Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity

Students Solutions Manual to accompany Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity

Working Safely with Chemicals, Hugh B. Kareful



Required Supplementary Materials:

Bound, carbon-copy laboratory notebook, safety glasses, scientific calculator


Recommended Materials:

Student Lecture Outline to accompany Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity                     On library reserve

Study Guide to accompany Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity                          On library reserve


Introduction:   Welcome to the world of Chemistry!  You are about to embark on a journey into the microscopic world of atoms and molecules.  Chemistry is a subject with applications in every area of science, and to study it is to pursue a very fundamental understanding of the world around you.  You’ll see how modern scientists have obtained such incredible insight into the workings of the unseen world.  Chemistry can be a fascinating and very rewarding study provided we all do our part.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it, will be to make a sincere commitment to this course.  This means studying chemistry daily, and working problems religiously, until the concepts are familiar to you.  Form an evening study group to go over the homework.  This study strategy has worked very well in the past for many students.  You are strongly encouraged to work together with other students, but make sure you understand the material and can problem solve individually.  Participate freely in class – my goal is to help you see that chemistry can be fun, readily understood and mastered.  Feel free to ask questions and hypothesize new ideas.  You’ll learn faster and it will be more fun for everyone involved.


Course Policies


•  Attendance at lectures is mandatory.  This course moves rather quickly and missing a lecture puts you at a significant disadvantage.  Medical and family emergencies may be excused with a letter from the Dean or the Hubbs Health center within three days of the absence.  Religious holidays are an excused absence however you must notify me of these expected absences during the first week of the semester.  Two unexcused absences will result in a mandatory meeting with me and upon three unexcused absences the Deans will be advised that you are in danger of failing.  More than three unexcused absences will result in an automatic failure of the course.

•  Please come to class on time.  We will begin promptly at 11:15.  Please synchronize your watch with the clock in the classroom.

•  Please make sure to complete the required reading assignments before the corresponding lecture because I prepare my lectures according to this expectation.  You will benefit much more from the lecture having read the chapter ahead of time.  Periodically, quizzes will be given based upon the reading and homework assignments.



•  Chemistry is a hands-on science.  Attendance at labs is mandatory.  If for some reason you must miss your regularly scheduled lab, you must contact your laboratory instructor ten(10) days in advance to arrange an alternate time.

•  Please come to lab on time.  The lab begins at 1:30 p.m. sharp.  Labs are scheduled until 5 p.m. and you should plan to be there the entire time.

•  Make sure to come to lab prepared - read the lab write-up and record the laboratory procedure into your notebook beforehand.  Hand-in the yellow copy of your pre-laboratory work before entering the lab.  Bring your safety goggles and bound laboratory notebook to all labs.

• Please have your lab instructor sign your lab notebook at the end of every lab session, before leaving the lab.


Chemistry Mentor:  We are fortunate to have the assistance of two Course Mentors, Jen Pratt and Greg Sand.  They will be leading problem solving sessions on Tuesday evenings in Napier 201 at 7 pm.  Regular attendance at these sessions will significantly improve your grade in the course.  We will go over challenging problems, review difficult material and help you to fine-tune your problem solving skills.  Attendance at these sessions will be taken.


Homework:   To help you in your studies, homework will be assigned.  Work with the problem sets until you feel you’ve mastered the material.  Problem sets will be collected and randomly graded, to encourage you to keep up with the lecture material.  You should come to my office during office hours with any questions on the homework or the material covered in lecture.  Assignments must be completed on time.  Late assignments will not be accepted.  Solutions to problem sets not answered in Appendix N or O will be posted outside Lansing 206.


Grading:   We will have a 10 minute quiz in class every Wednesday to help you evaluate your understanding of the material.  Three 70 minute midterms will take place Thursday 10/3, 11/7 and 12/12 from 7-9 pm in Albright Auditorium.  These exams will help you integrate the various topics and prepare for the cumulative American Chemical Society (ACS) final exam.  The final exam will be held Friday, 12/20 from 9:30-11:30 AM in Napier 201.


Chemistry Department Seminar Series:  Seminars are an integral part of chemistry.  Attendance at chemistry departmental seminars on the following dates is mandatory:  Sep 6th, Oct 18th, Oct 25th, and Nov 1st.  Attendance at other departmental seminars is encouraged – a schedule is attached. 



Quizzes                                                            13%

3 Midterm exams                                              33%

Laboratory                                                       22%

Homework, Class Participation             10%

Cumulative Final Exam(ACS)                                                                                            22%




Chapter Covered

Quiz Dates and Homework Problems (partial list)

M 9/2


5,14,23,27, 29,33,35,39,63

W 9/4


Quiz 1 Ch 1

F 9/6



M 9/9


5,13,21,35, 37,43,47,59,67,77

W 9/11


Quiz 2 Ch 2

F 9/13



M 9/16



W 9/18


Quiz 3 Ch 3

F 9/20



M 9/23



W 9/25


Quiz 4 Ch 4     19,31,35,45,53,55,59,63,73,81,85,91,99

F 9/27



M 9/30



W 10/2


Quiz 5 Ch 5

R 10/3

Exam I

Ch 1 – 5

F 10/4



M 10/7



W 10/9


Quiz 6 Ch 6(partial)

F 10/11



M 10/14

No class


W 10/16


Quiz 7 Ch 6 (partial)

F 10/18



M 10/21



W 10/23


Quiz 8 Ch 7(partial)

F 10/25



M 10/28



W 10/30


Quiz 9 Ch 7

F 11/1



M 11/4



W 11/6


Quiz 10 Ch 8 (partial)

R 11/7

Exam II

Ch 6 – 8

F 11/8



M 11/11



W 11/13


Quiz 11 Ch 9 (partial)

F 11/15



M 11/18



W 11/20


Quiz 12 Ch 9 (partial)

F 11/22



M 11/25



W 11/27

No class


F 11/29

No class


M 12/2



W 12/4


Quiz 13 Ch 10 (partial)

F 12/6



M 12/9



W 12/11


Quiz 14 Ch 10 (partial)

R 12/12

Exam III

Ch 9 – 10

F 12/13



F 12/20

ACS Final Exam

9:30 – 11:30 AM