CHEMISTRY 115 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
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
Text: General Chemistry
Experiments in General Chemistry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (7th edition)
Student Solution (optional)
Laboratory Note Book, Safety Goggles
Course Design: It is intended for the science majors as well as the pre-professional programs such as dental, pharmacy, medical etc.
· 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
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.
· 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
The experiments are from your lab book by Wentworth, except where indicated.
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.
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
Dr. Shirish Shah
Student: ____________________________ Date: _____________________________
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
Dr. Shirish Shah
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§ I understand and accept the terms detailed in the course syllabus for Chemistry 115
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