TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Petr Vanýsek; Office, La Tourette Hall 418
18:00-19:15 Tu, Th
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION: Supplemental Instruction is available for this class and the instructor is Ms. K. Powers. Her office hours are Tuesdays (1:30 - 3:00 PM) and Thursdays (4:30 - 6:00 PM in Founders Library, room 493.
Her SI sessions are Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM in Faraday 238.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Petr Vanýsek; Office, Faraday West 418 OFFICE HOURS: After the lecture, approximately until 20:00. Other times by appointment only. I will help you with your problems, but come to see me with questions and problems already at least partially prepared. Bring your class notes along. Do not expect the instructor to give you your own private make-up class. When coming to the office hours, be prepared to share the office or the time with other students.
TEXTBOOK: General, Organic and Biochemistry (sorry about the poor grammar of the title) Chapters 1-9, by K. Denniston, J. Topping and R. Caret, 7th Edition, Mc-Graw Hill 2011. There are different versions of this textbook. The full version has 23 chapters, we will cover only first nine. It might be cheaper to buy a used one from an outside vendor. If you use any of the previous editions, be aware that the page numbers and problems numbers may not agree with the adopted text. The contents may be also somewhat different although conceptually it should be the same.
(You may be taking concurrently CHEM 111, the laboratory to accompany CHEM 110. This is a course separate from CHEM 110 and the laboratory (111) and class (110) grading is independent of each other. The instructor responsible for CHEM 111 is Dr. D. Ballantine, Jr., La Tourette Hall 424.)
Schedule of tests:
For the tests there will be a seating chart, with a seat number assigned to each student.
Posting of the final grades. Do not look for them on the Blackboard. However, once the grading is done (it was done 8 Dec. 2011 this year),you will be able to see your grade in the unofficial transcript feature of MyNIU.
There is a required calculator for this course, the Texas Instruments TI-30Xa. When we perform calculations in class or during practice, all will be explained using this calculator. Have a calculator and a paper pad for calculations ready for each class period. The lecture will be often interspersed with your active participation. For tests and quizzes it is assumed that everybody has the specified calculator, a pencil, a student ID, and adequate knowledge to answer correctly the questions.
EXAMS AND GRADING: Semester tests (3) worth each 100 points. The worst test will be dropped. Note that the rule of dropping the score of the worst test is your insurance against missing a test. Missed test = 0 = worst score is dropped and replaced by the average of the other two tests. Only one test will be dropped. There will be no make-up for tests for any reason.
Tests: 60% (300 points, i.e.,
3 tests are counted)
Your class percentage will be calculated as the sum of
all the points earned (with the worst test score dripped), divided by 5. The grades will
be as follows (verbal meaning as per the NIU catalog):
Class curve: Because the Chemistry and
Biochemistry Department mandates certain class average to assure consistent grading across
multiple sections, your scores will be adjusted. The final grades will be adjusted so
that the class average is as close to 1.85 GPA as possible (This usually works out as
class average of 67 %).
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.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: 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. During tests you must put away any devices that would allow you to communicate with others or access databases. In particular, you may not use a cell-phone or similar device during the test for any reason - not just to cheat, but also as a calculator, to check an incoming message, to check the time, etc. You are allowed to use only the specified calculator. Any other type has to be put away. Violation of this rule will result in zero on your work.
Chemistry tutor schedule:
There are tutors available every day in Faraday Hall - Room 246. The schedule was not available at the time of this printing. Watch bulletin boards at the Chemistry hallways. The typical times are 8:30-15:30, with a break from 11:15-11:45.
Printed 28 August 2011
The pdf file of the syllabus distributed on the first
day of classes is here:
Inception: 9 May 2005 (based on version from Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 semesters)