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TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE

CHEM 110   Fall 2011 - 3.0 credit hours

Section 4

 

 

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Petr Vanýsek; Office, La Tourette Hall 418

Meeting place: NIU Campus (building 27 on the map), Faraday Hall_143

Meeting place: Faraday 143

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.

DATE

dd.mm.yy

TOPIC  

CHAPTER

23.8.11  

Introduction to the course. Methods

1

25.8.11

Methods and measurement

1

30.8.11

The structure of the atom, periodic table

2

1.9.11

The structure of the atom, periodic table

2

6.9.11

The structure of the atom, periodic table

2

8.9.11

Ionic and covalent compounds

13.9.11

Test I

3

15.9.11 

Ionic and covalent compounds

3

20.9.11

Ionic and covalent compounds

3

22.9.11

Ionic and covalent compounds

3

27.9.11

Calculations and the chemical equation

4

29.9.11

Calculations and the chemical equation

4.10.11

Calculations and the chemical equation

4

6.10.11

States of matter

5

11.10.11

Test II

13.10.11

States of matter

5

18.10.11

States of matter

5

20.10.11

Solutions

25.10.11

Solutions

6

27.10.11

Solutions

7

1.11.11

Energy, Rate, and Equilibrium

7

3.11.11

Energy, Rate, and Equilibrium

7

8.11.11

Energy, Rate, and Equilibrium

8

10.11.11

Test III

8

15.11.11

Acids and bases and oxidation and reduction

8

18.11.11

Acids and bases and oxidation and reduction

22.11.11

Acids and bases and oxidation and reduction

8

24.11.11

THANKSGIVING

 

29.11.11

The nucleus, radioactivity and nuclear medicine

9

1.12.11

The nucleus, radioactivity and nuclear medicine

9

 

(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:
      

September 13   Test I
October 11   Test II
November 10   Test III
December 6   Final


        

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.

 

CALCULATOR:

 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.


         The course relies on active knowledge of mathematical calculations and the ability to setup algebraic equations. 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.

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)
Comprehensive final test 40% (200 points) NOTE THAT TAKING THE FINAL TEST IS REQUIRED.
         [TOTAL 100% = 500 points]

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):
         A Outstanding competence 85% and more
         B Above satisfactory competence 75% to 84.99%
         C Satisfactory level of competence 65% to 74.99%
         D Marginally satisfactory competence 55% to 64.99%
         F Unsatisfactory level of competence < 55%
The tests will typically consist of the following groups of questions: 1/5 - straight (one equation) calculation, 1/5 - more involved mathematical concept, 2/5 - factual knowledge, based on the lecture and detailed in the textbook, 1/5 - factual knowledge based on information in the lecture.

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 %).

Using the Scantron forms: Fill in the ovals using a pencil, either No. 2 or the equivalent HB hardness. Be sure that you fill in your last name (and fill in the corresponding ovals) and include your initials. If you have just one initial, leave the second field blank. If you change your name during the semester it may be more practical to keep using the old name/initials.
         The block for the ID NUMBER has 9 spaces, which was originally intended for the social security number. The university may no longer use the social security number for identification. Instead you will use the "Z" number, issued to you as a computer logon and a general (e.g., library) identification number. It starts with the letter Z and is followed by 7 numbers, e.g., Z1032673. Omit in the SCANTRON the letter Z and write the seven numbers as your student ID starting at the leftmost column. It will leave three empty spaces at the end. If your number begins with zero, include it. It is important to use the number as the computer grading system tracks you by the number first and by the name only second. In rare situations there is more than one person in the class with the same last name and identical initials. The number, though, is unique. To obtain the "Z" number you can call 752-7738. If there is a “form” for the test/quiz (A, B, C, D, E) indicated on the top of your problem sheet, it means that different forms are used in the class. Fill it on the Scantron form. Solve and answer the problems in correspondingly numbered lines.
         Sign the form: On the back of the form is a place for you to sign your name. Please, sign after finishing the test, not before. By signing, you are affirming that you have neither received nor given an unauthorized assistance in completion of this work and that you are the person whose ID is shown on the front page. For tests there will be a seating chart, with a seat number assign to each student.

 

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.

Other issues:
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No smoking in the building, no food or drink in the class.
-  TAPING/RECORDING OF THE LECTURE:   You are encouraged to take good notes, reflecting your interpretation and understanding of the lecture. However, you are not permitted to make verbatim recording or transcription of the lecture.
-  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 is not in the textbook, (2) Office hour cannot be used to catch up on material missed by a class absence. (3) One fifth of the questions on test is based on information given in the class but not in the book. 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 that section can attend the lecture.
-   CELL PHONES AND THE LIKE: Cell phones are great technology and it is great to have one with you for emergency. (Campus police: 815-753-1212). However, 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.
- No brown M&Ms whatsoever in class.

 

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

 


class mandated average 1.7-2.0 per Faculty meeting Nov. 13, 2008

 

This Web version is somewhat different from the syllabus given in class. The web version will be also updated or corrected during the semester. For class policies, the printed syllabus, as issued in the class on the first day, prevails.
The departmental version at
http://www.chembio.niu.edu/chembio/courses.html is unfortunately not always up to date.

The pdf file of the syllabus distributed on the first day of classes is here: recycle3.gif (216 bytes)

Updated list of covered material and recommended out-of-class work: gto.gif (1935 bytes)

     Study guide for tests and quizzes. gto.gif (1935 bytes)

Extra help available: Letter from the Chair of the Department Prof. Jon Carnahan gto.gif (1935 bytes)

Catalog description of the course

 

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Alchemy symbols on the wall of Faraday 143.

Why is it interesting to take chemistry?

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Inception: 9 May 2005 (based on version from Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 semesters)  
Last revised: 29 May 2013 16:31
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