TENTATIVE LECTURE SCHEDULE
- Chemistry Fall 2013
Before the classes begin:
Message from Professor Ballantine regarding the labs (CHEM111, if you are taking them - added 23 Sept. 2013): "All introductory and general chemistry labs (111/212/213) will meet during the first week of classes at their regularly scheduled days/times for lab check-in and safety orientation. If you miss the lab check-in for any reason you need to contact your lab TA as soon as possible to make arrangements to complete the check-in as soon as possible. Additional information can be found at the Blackboard website for your lab section."
Textbook - you can get the one offered by the NIU bookstore, or you can procure one, even an earlier edition, by other means. The bookstore offers materials (denoted as "RQ choose"). These were ordered by Prof. Ballantine, who could give you more explanation. [From the Bookstore web page explanation: RQ CHOOSE- If a class has two or more books that have a RQ CHOOSE next to them then you need only pick one of those books for the class. The professor has given students an option to choose what book he/she may want. ]
eBook and Connect access. If you happen to have the eBook
version and the Connect license, you can use the McGraw Hill website at your leisure.
Calculator is required - for the tests you will need a specific calculatorthe Texas Instruments TI-30Xa. No other calculator will be allowed. The NIU bookstore does not have them, but Walmart does, for about $10 (and that would be tax included). You can get them wherever it is most convenient and economical. Get them early before the first test (26 Sept. 2013), so that you have them and know how to use them.
The official syllabus was distributed as a printed copy the first day the class met. That is the binding copy. [Download here.] This web version is provided for convenience, but it may differ from the official version.
These are syllabi for the sections taught by Prof. Vanýsek. There are other three sections, taught by other instructors, and they will have their own syllabi.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Petr Vanýsek; Office, La Tourette Hall 418
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Petr Vanýsek; Office, La Tourette Hall 418 OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 13:40. Other times by appointment only. I will help you with your course 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. J. Denniston, J. J. Topping, K. R. Woodrum and R. L. Caret, 8th Edition, Mc-Graw Hill 2014. There are different versions of this textbook and different editions. (My desk copy has ISBN 978-0-07-340276-5.) The full version has 23 chapters, we will cover only first nine. It might be cheaper to buy a used (with all the chapters) 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.
CALCULATOR: Whereas there is no specific requirement to have the above textbook, there is requirement of a specific calculator to take the tests: The Texas Instruments TI-30Xa. Walmart has it (June 1, 2013) for $8.94, so does Amazon. Buy one. This is the specific model. Do not get, for example, the TI-30xIIS (solar, which has different functions). 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. You will not be allowed to use another calculator for the tests; you will be allowed to do the math in your head or on paper.
(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:
Tests I-III are during regular class hours. The final
is from 10:00 to 11:50. All in Faraday 143.
For the tests there will be a seating chart, with a seat number assigned to each student.
Results for the individual tests: Slips with your score and the list of correct/incorrect answers will be available for pickup in class, usually at the end of the first lecture following the test.
Posting of the final grades: Do not look for them on the Blackboard. However, once the grading is done,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 test with the lowest score will be dropped. Note that the rule of dropping the score of the lowest-scoring test is also your insurance against missing a test. Missed test = 0 = lowest 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.,
2 high scoring tests and their average are counted)
percentage will be calculated as the sum of all the points earned (with the lowest test
score dropped), divided by 5. The grades will be as follows (verbal meaning as per the NIU
A (Outstanding Competence) 92 % and more
A- (Outstanding Competence) 88 92 %
B+ (Above satisfactory competence) 84 88 %
B- (Above satisfactory competence) 76 80 %
C+ (Satisfactory level of competence) 72 76 %
C (Satisfactory level of competence) 68 72 %
D (Marginally satisfactory competence) 56% to 68%
F (Unsatisfactory level of competence) < 56%
Class curve: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry mandates certain class average to assure consistent grading across multiple sections, therefore your scores may be adjusted by moving some of the boundaries between individual grades. The mandated course average for CHEM110 is 1.85 GPA. (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 instead.
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.
- Safety: In the case of needed evacuation (e.g.,
fire alarm) recall that the building is on a slope. Thus, the real entrances/exits (top of
the lecture hall) will get you out of the building on the ground level. If you exit by the
blackboards and continue straight and to the outside, you will also end up outside the
building, on a lower terrain.
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 14 June 2013
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, Spring 2005 and Fall 2011