CHEMISTRY 110 Section 1 and 3, Fall 2002

Catalog description of the course

Faraday 143

12:30-13:45 Tu, Th - Section 1

18:00-19:15 Tu, Th - Section 3

(The two sections will be essentially identical. However, students must attend the section for which they registered.)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Petr Vanýsek; Office, Faraday West 418

You may be taking concurrently CHEM 111, the laboratory to accompany 110. The instructor responsible for the laboratories is Dr. D. Ballantine, Jr., Faraday West 424.

27.8.02   Chemistry is everywhere, Matter and energy 1-2
29.8.02   Fundamental measurements 3
3.9.02   Elements, atoms and the periodic table 4
5.9.02 Elements, atoms and the periodic table 4
10.9.02 Atomic structure, Atoms and ions 5
12.9.02 Test I
17.9.02 Names, formulas and uses of inorg. compounds 6
19.9.02 Periodic properties of elements 7
24.9.02 Chemical bonds 8
26.9.02 Chemical quantities 9
1.10.02 Test II
3.10.02 Chemical quantities and reactions 9-10
8.10.02 Chemical reactions 10
10.10.02 Stoichiometry 11
15.10.02 Stoichiometry 11
17.10.02 Liquids and Solids 13**
22.10.02 Test III
24.10.02 Liquids and Solids 13
29.10.02 Solutions 14
31.10.02 Solutions 14
5.11.02 Rates and Equilibria 15
7.11.02 Rates and Equilibria 15
12.11.02 Test IV
14.11.02 Acids and bases 16
19.11.02 Acids and bases 16
21.11.02 Oxidation-reduction 17
26.11.02 Oxidation-reduction 17
3.12.02 Chemistry in our lives (nuclear, detergents, etc.) 18-20
5. 12.02 Course review all

** Chapter 12 is skipped

OFFICE HOURS: 14:00-15:00 Tuesday, 14:00-15:00 Thursday. Other times by appointment. I will help you with your problems, but come to see me with questions and problems already at least partially prepared. Do not expect the instructor to give you your own private make-up class. When coming to the office hours, prepared to share the office or the time with other students.

Proctors: Section 1: Carr, Doshi, Howland, Section 3: Cary, Ranieri, Taldone

TEXT: Ralph A. Burns: Fundamentals of chemistry, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2003 (sic!, book already available in 2002)

Recommended materials: A calculator with scientific notation, logarithms, goniometric and statistical functions (You probably have one already. Just check that you know how to use your own calculator. Each has its own idiosyncrasies that you have to master. Do not borrow somebody else's calculator immediately before a test unless you know how to operate it. Needless errors and lot of frustration is created if a calculator "deceives" you.).

Programmable calculators are acceptable during tests as long as they do not contain in any of their storage devices the course material subject to the testing. You cannot share a calculator during a test. Computers (laptops, notebooks, etc.) cannot be used during tests. Have a calculator and a pad for calculations ready for each class period. The lecture will be always interspersed with your active participation.

For tests it is assumed that everybody has a calculator, pencil No. 2 (for computer grading forms), a pen for essay answers (only answers written in permanent ink can be reconsidered if you suspect an error in grading of an essay question or expect reconsideration for partial credit), and adequate knowledge to answer correctly the questions.

The course relies on active knowledge of mathematical calculations. Helpful for those insecure in mathematics are the following books: Miller, Lial, Schneider; Fundamentals of college algebra (MATH 110 book, or similar); Dorothy M. Goldish: Beginning mathematics for beginning chemistry, 4th Ed., Macmillan, New York, 1990. Walter J. Gleason: Is your math ready for chemistry?, W. C. Brown Publishers, Dubuque 1993.


Hour tests (4) worth each 100 points. Three best scores used, 60% (300 points)

Note that dropping the score of the worst test is your insurance against missing a test. There will be no make-up for a test for any reason.

Comprehensive final test 40% (200 points) [TOTAL 100% = 500 points]

Finals: Section 1 (12:30 class) - Tues. December 10, 12:00-13:50

Section 3 (18:00 class) -Tues. December 10, 18-19:50


Your class percentage will be calculated as the sum of all the points earned (with the smallest test score dropped), divided by 5. The grades will be as follows (NIU catalog):

A Outstanding competence 90% and more

B Above satisfactory competence 80% to 89.99%

C Satisfactory level of competence 70% to 79.99%

D Marginally satisfactory competence 60% to 69.99%

F Unsatisfactory level of competence < 60%


Note on mathematical background:
    This course of introductory chemistry is replete with mathematical problems, known as "word problems." In those, one has to figure out first what needs to be calculated and then do the actual calculation, usually not hard with a calculator. However, setting up the problems may be challenging for some.     

    Take as an example the following problem: Seven lemons sell for three dollars. How much will it cost to buy twelve lemons? This is a simple ratio calculation and the answer should be $ 5.14. You should try, right now, to do the math. If you are not comfortable with doing this problem, whether with a calculator or on a piece of paper, and do not know immediately how to set up the numbers to get the answer, then, you will have a major problem in this class. Do not take it, enroll instead in a math skills refresher course. 





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In general, cheating means presenting or using work that was not done entirely by you and, in the case of in-class examination, it includes also presenting or using your work that was written outside the classroom. You may not talk or pass notes to each other on any subject. Having other materials than those allowed for the work with you within reach during test or sharing calculators is cheating as well. Keep what you may need for the test within reach and keep what you should not have with you in your closed packs or better yet, do not bring it in. During tests you must put away any devices that would allow you to communicate with others or access databases. Any such use during graded in-class work will result in zero on your work. I cannot investigate the nature of your outside contact.

Other issues:

No smoking in the building, no food or drink in the class.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance at the lectures is not monitored but it is in your best interest to be there. Consider the following: (1) The tests are based on the textbook material covered in the class as well as the class material, which may not be in the textbook, (2) Office hour cannot be used to catch up on material missed by a class absence. LATE ARRIVAL TO CLASS is discouraged. It disrupts the other students and the instructor and if repeated, may be basis for barring from the class. If you absolutely must arrive late, enter quietly from the back and sit in the back. Only the persons enrolled in that class and section can attend the lecture.

NOTE ON CELL PHONES AND THE LIKE: Please, turn off your phones and other noise-making devices as a courtesy to others, and do not distract yourself by reading and sending text messages.


Introductory chemistry tutor schedule Fall 2002

Faraday Hall - Room 246

Monday - Fu                         8:30-8:55; 9:55-11:45; 12:15-15:30
Tuesday - Viriyakul             8:30-11:55; 12:00-15:30
Wednesday - Undesser    8:30-11:55; 13:00-15:30
Thursday - Pace                    8:30-11:45; 12:15-15:30
Friday - Fu                             8:30-8.55; 9:55-11:45; 12:15-15:30


Inception: 28 August 2002 (conversion from MS Word syllabus distributed 27 August 2002) 
Last revised: 16 March 2008 06:45
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