CHEMISTRY 115 General Chemistry I (4 credits)

Spring 2003


M,F     8:00-9:50 am            Lecture

W        8:00-9:50 am (LAB)

W        10:00-11:30am (O.H)


Instructor:           Dr. Shirish Shah

Office:              211      Knott Hall


Phone:              410-602-7153(W)  extension: 2153           


Web :


Text: General Chemistry

Authors: Ebbing/Gammon

Experiments in General Chemistry

Authors: Ebbing/Gammon

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (7th edition)

Student Solution  (optional)

Laboratory Note Book, Safety Goggles

Scientific Calculator


Course Design: It is intended for the science majors as well as the pre-professional programs such as dental, pharmacy, medical etc.


General Goals:

·                    To develop an appreciation of the logical understanding of events in the physical world through chemistry.

·                    To develop an appreciation for the roll of chemistry in society.

·                    To develop an understanding of how modern technology is dependent upon the discoveries in


·                    To understand and appreciate the fundamental laws of nature, and their applications to other disciplines.

·                    To develop an appreciation of the role of citizens in making decisions concerning the application of scientific discoveries for the solutions of the problems of the world.


General Course Objectives:

·                    To identify and explain the basic concepts and theories of chemistry.

·                    To demonstrate a disciplined approach to problem solving in chemistry.

·                    To develop skills in team work in designing experimental strategies to collect data through proper measurements.

·                    To report and interpret data from the laboratory projects in a meaningful manner.

·                    To review journal articles, websites, and develop ideas for projects and labs, through collaborative learning.

·                    To write summaries for the websites and movies. (no more than one page)

·                    To prepare for the comprehensive final exam.


Specific Objectives for the Course:


 By the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

*    learn significant figures, conversions, and scientific notation

§         appropriately use chemical terminology

§         classify matter as atoms, molecules, ions, elements, compounds and mixtures and describe their structures and properties

§         demonstrate an understanding of basic chemical concepts, including chemical reactions, reaction stoichiometry, thermochemistry, quantum theory of the atom, chemical bonds, periodicity as shown in the periodic table, atomic and molecular structure, and gases

§         develop an ability to analyze and solve problems in general chemistry

§         develop an appreciation of the underlying chemistry in the world around him/her

§         demonstrate safe laboratory skills

§         perform a selection of basic laboratory procedures in general chemistry, collect and analyze data, and clearly express results in a laboratory report


Exam Schedule:            Exam 1            2/24 Chaps. 1,2 and periodic table

                                                Exam 2           3/14 Chaps. 3,4

                                                Exam 3           4/16 Chaps. 5,6 and acid /base

                                                Exam 4           5/09 Chaps. 7,8,9,10

                                                Final                5/12-5/17


The exams will cover class notes, the reading material and problems in the textbook, and the material covered or assigned in lab. One set of take home quizzes will be given, which you will need to complete in a timely manner. Make up exam is at the discretion of the instructor. Please notify the instructor  for missing any classes or exams.


Final exam: The final exam will be comprehensive.  It will include problems similar to those found on other exams, and quizzes. 








Laboratory: Grades will be based on pre-laboratory assignments (approx. 25%) and lab reports (approx. 75%).  Pre-assigned questions from the lab and the lab reports are due one week after the lab is performed.

Lab reports will be due on the date specified in lab.  Late lab reports  will be penalized.  Information explaining what data is to be included in the lab reports will be given out in lab.




Written Standards:


·                    All written work will be graded on quality and correctness, criteria for grammar, spelling, mechanics and organization.

·                    Plagiarism: It will be taken for granted that any work, oral or written, that a student does for this course is her/his own. Any violation of this rule constitutes plagiarism. It includes any form of cheating on examinations, tests, or quizzes, and any unacknowledged/ undocumented use of another’s writing of ideas, published or unpublished.


Grading and Evaluation:

            The lecture grade will be calculated as follows:

                        Examinations:  48% Four exams

                                                 20% Final Exam (Comprehensive)

                                                22% Lab Reports

                                                 08% Quizzes, Projects and Homework

                                                 02% Professionalism




















Laboratory Schedule


The experiments are from your lab book by Wentworth, except where indicated.


Date                Experiment

1/29                Safety, Introduction and Math Review            Page 1

2/5                   Experiment 1C                                             Page 33

2/12                Experiment 1A                                              Page 15

2/19                Experiment 1B                                              Page 23

In Class            First Exam            Chapters 1,2 and the periodic table

2/26                Experiment 3B                                              Page 65

3/05                Experiment 4B                                              Page 75

3/12                Experiment 4C                                             Page 87

In Class            Second Exam Chapters 3,4

3/26                Lab Demo for Grahm’s Law and Charle’s Law

4/02                Experiment 6                                                            Page 113

4/09                Experiment 8                                                            Page 153

4/16                Third Exam Chapters 5,6 and acid/base

4/23                Experiment 7                                                            Page 139

4/30                Experiment 10A                                           Page 179

5/07                Experiment 10B                                           Page191

In Class            Fourth Exam            Chapters 7,8,9,10

5/12-5/17            Final Exam



This is the anticipated schedule. I reserve the right to change the schedule based upon the need and availability of resources.   






Professionalism: Preparation for a career involves not only the development of cognitive (knowledge) and psychomotor (technical) skills, but also professional attitudes and behavior.  Consequently, you are expected to demonstrate a professional attitude and behavior at all times.  See the Evaluation Form at the end of this syllabus for a breakdown of the elements of professionalism as applied to this course.


Policy for academic honesty and ethical behavior:  This course will support and uphold the college’s policy regarding academic honesty and ethics.  This policy is reproduced in its entirety in the Student Manual.  Please make sure that you read and understand the policy.  Any student caught violating the policy will receive a “0” on the assignment and/or a failing grade for the course, at the instructor’s discretion.




The Road to Success in Chemistry 115


Although each student studies a little differently, most students who pay attention to the following advice tend to do very well in this class.


1.   Lecture notes should be reviewed on a regular basis.  This should be done in conjunction with the reading assignments in the text.  You will get more from lectures if you read or at least scan the assigned material before coming to class.


2.   Study problems:  A key to success in chemistry will be your ability to do the problems.  Simply understanding the material is not sufficient; you must be able to apply the information you have learned.  I suggest that you do as many problems as possible - both the exercises within the reading material and the additional exercises at the end of the chapter.  You should work through the problems several times until you not only understand them but can do them very well.  These should be worked on weekly, if not daily, throughout the semester.


In summary, be sure to (1) keep up with the material and do not fall behind, (2) develop regular study habits, and (3) work study problems.  Now is the time!  Get off to a good start, and keep up throughout the semester.  Good luck to all!





















Professional Qualities Evaluation

Chemistry 115

Dr. Shirish Shah

Spring 2003


Student: ____________________________            Date: _____________________________


Rating Scale:

3 – Displays characteristic 95-100% of the time

2 – Displays characteristic 85-94% of the time

1 – Displays characteristic 75-84% of the time

0 – Displays characteristic > 75% of the time


1.  _____  Attendance and timeliness


2.  _____  Completion of all assignments and homework within established deadlines


3.  _____  Preparation for lecture and lab


4.  _____  Ability to follow verbal and written instructions


5. _____   Flexibility with changes to the schedule or syllabus


6.  _____  Ability to accept constructive criticism and modify behavior accordingly


7.  _____  Communication with instructors and peers in a constructive, professional manner


8.  _____  Cooperation with other students in sharing equipment and supplies and maintenance of lab space


Total Score: ______/24



Course Contract

Chemistry 115

 General Chemistry

Dr. Shirish Shah

Spring 2003


Your signature below indicates your acceptance of the following statements:


§         I have read and understood the entire course syllabus for Chemistry 115

§         I understand and accept the terms detailed in the course syllabus for Chemistry 115



Student’s signature: ________________________________     Date: _________________


Student’s printed name: _____________________