General Chemistry Syllabus, Chemistry 121
Professor J. Cabral Autumn Quarter, 2009 Lecture: M, T, R 9:00 AM
2052 Founders Hall Off Hrs: T - R, 11:30 - 12:30 Recitation: W 9:00 AM
e-mail: email@example.com http://www.chemistry.ohio-state.edu Lab: M or T 1:00 - 4:00 PM
740-366-9347, ext 347 F2106, F2177 (lab)
Textbook : Chemistry, The Central Science, by Brown, LeMay, Bursten (11th ed. bundle)
Lab. Manual : Lab packet on Carmen, http://www.carmen.osu.edu
Supplements : Study Guide; Mastering Chemistry
Prerequisite : One unit of high school chemistry, eligibility to enroll in Math 150.
OSU On-line Resources https://web.chemistry.ohio-state.edu/undergraduate
Week Lecture Chapter Assignment
Sept. 23 Matter, Measurements 1 sig. figures , examples
Sept. 28 Molecules, Ions, Equations 1, 2 Assign. 1 IC
Oct. 5 Mol, Balancing Equations 2, 3 Assign. 2 TH
Oct. 12 Solutions, Acids, Bases 3, 4 solubility
Thursday, Oct. 22 First Examination practice questions
Oct. 19 Oxidation Numbers 4 oxidation numbers
Oct. 26 Atomic Structure 6 Assign. 3 IC
Nov. 2 Orbital Diagrams, Configuration 6, 7 wave mechanics Assign. 4 TH
Nov. 9 Periodicity, 7, 8
Thursday, Nov. 19 Second Examination practice questions
Nov. 16 Lewis Structures, Geometry 8, 9 electron domains
Nov. 23 VSEPR, Polarity 9 VSEPR, Mol. Structure Assign. 5 TH
Nov. 30 Orbital Hybridization, Energy 9, 5 Assign. 6 TH
Wednesday, Dec. 9 Final Examination practice questions (8:00 - 10:00 AM)
* Failure to attend the first lab. session may result in disenrollment. Programming of calculators is
GRADING: Your performance in the course will be evaluated on the basis of total points earned. The
distribution of points is indicated below.
ASSIGNMENTS 5 of 6 at 150 pts
FIRST EXAMINATION 175 pts
SECOND EXAMINATION 175 pts
LABORATORY 200 pts
FINAL EXAMINATION 300 pts
ASSIGNMENTS: Six assignments will be given and the best five scores will count towards the 150 points.
Assignments 1 and 3 are in class (IC). Others will be available in the week indicated and are due on the
following Monday. There are no make-up assignments, but you are allowed to miss one without receiving
a penalty. You are required to show all of your work to receive full credit. Answer keys to assignments will
DISABILITY: Students who may need an accommodation due to a disability must make an appointment
to see me. A letter from Disability Services authorizing your accommodation will be needed.
MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE: Enrollment in courses, including laboratory courses, at The Ohio
State University does not automatically entitle you to medical coverage. Due to the potentially dangerous
nature of laboratory work, you are strongly encouraged to obtain medical insurance through OSU health
service or a private agency when enrolling in laboratory courses.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: Each student receives this information about Chemistry 121 in the first
lecture. It is your responsibility to read this material and be familiar with the course content, course
procedures and grading. You are also responsible for any announcements concerning course procedures
which are made during class, whether you are present or not! (If you are absent, you are expected to get
notes, announcements, etc. from another student in the class.)
MID QUARTER EXAMS: These exams are given only at the times shown on the Schedule and there are
no make-up exams without the instructor's permission. Exams are a scheduled part of this course and
attendance is required. Students with UNIVERSITY conflicts should consult the lecturer. Answer keys to
exams will be posted.
FINAL EXAM: The final exam is cumulative and must be taken at the university scheduled time. Final
exams will not be returned.
LABORATORY: A minimum of 50% of the total laboratory points is necessary for a passing grade for the
course. Laboratory consists of one three-hour session each week and you may work in the laboratory
only during your scheduled laboratory period. Appropriate attire will be required for all sessions and no
open shoes are permitted. The last laboratory period of the quarter is for checkout.
LABORATORY REPORTS: As appropriate, these will be due at the beginning of the laboratory session
one week after the conclusion of the experiment. Late reports will be penalized 10 % per day. The final
report will not be graded until you are properly checked out of lab.
LABORATORY SAFETY REQUIREMENT: Students are required to read, understand and implement
the safety precautions indicated in the laboratory manual and laboratory handouts. The precautions are
summarized on a safety form which must be signed by all students during their first laboratory period. The
following are selected instructions from the safety form:
1) You must wear department authorized ANSI code safety glasses in the laboratory. Violation of this
policy will result in the loss of 10 pts from the experiment of the day. If a second violation occurs, zero
credit will be given for the day's work. Continued violation will result in dismissal from the course. The
wearing of contact lenses is not recommended.
2) Each student must wear shoes (not sandals) and adequate clothing to reduce the possibility of injury
from chemicals or broken glass.
3) No unauthorized experiments are allowed. No chemicals may be removed from lab.
4) Familiarize yourself with the location of exits, fire extinguisher and eye wash in the laboratory.
5) Promptly report all accidents, no matter how small, to your lab. instructor.
HOMEWORK: Suggested problems are listed below. Although not graded, doing these problems is often
the best way to determine how well you understand the material.
OFFICE HOURS: The instructor will be available as indicated earlier and by appointment, room FH 2052,
firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 347.
Download Lab Packet from Carmen, https://carmen.osu.edu
Lab 01: September 28, 29 Safety, Measurements
Lab 02: October 05, 06 Separation of a Mixture
Lab 03: October 12, 13 Empirical Formula From an Equation
Lab 04: October 19, 20 Development of an Equation
Lab 05: October 26, 27 Reactions of Metal Cations
Lab 06: November 02, 03 Formula Weight From Acid/Base Titration
Lab 07: November 09, 10 Oxidation-Reduction of Halogens
Lab 08: November 16, 17 Emission Spectra
Lab 09: November 23, 24 Mandatory Check Out
Lab 10: December 30, 31 Molecular Geometry and Bonding
Exercises at end of Textbook chapters, 11th edition
Chapter 1 15, 20, 24, 35, 37, 47, 50, 65, 67, 69, 74
Chapter 2 11, 18, 25, 31, 43, 53, 55, 66, 68, 74
Chapter 3 16, 19, 22, 24, 34, 35, 41, 49, 51, 58
Chapter 4 12, 15, 23, 32, 37, 39, 51, 61, 70, 74, 82
Chapter 6 22, 32, 35, 41, 49, 54, 65, 67, 73, 81
Chapter 7 23, 28, 36, 42, 45, 48, 55
Chapter 8 13, 22, 24, 34, 37, 40, 49, 53, 61, 63, 69
Chapter 9 15, 21, 25, 31, 35, 38, 41, 43, 47, 53, 62, 67
Chapter 5 35, 39, 44, 51, 54, 64, 71, 73, 100
Course Goal / Rationale
Courses in natural sciences foster an understanding of the principles, theories and methods of modern
science, the relationship between science and technology, and the effects of science and technology on
• To understand the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of modern science.
• To learn key events in the history of science.
• To provide examples of the inter-dependence of scientific and technological developments.
Learning Disabled Students
All students with documented disabilities, who need accommodations, should see the instructor privately
to schedule an appointment as early as possible. If your disability requires materials in alternative
formats, please contact the Learning Assistance Center at 366-9246, Room 211, Warner Center.
Academic Integrity (Academic Misconduct)
Academic integrity is essential to maintaining an environment that fosters excellence in teaching,
research, and other educational and scholarly activities. Thus, The Ohio State University and the
Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) expect that all students have read and understand the
University's Code of Student Conduct, and that all students will complete all academic and scholarly
assignments with fairness and honesty.
Students must recognize that failure to follow the rules and guidelines established in the University's
Code of Student Conduct and this syllabus may constitute "Academic Misconduct." The Ohio State
University's Code of Student Conduct (Section 3335-23-04) defines academic misconduct as: "Any
activity that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the university, or subvert the educational
process." Examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to) plagiarism, collusion
(unauthorized collaboration), copying the work of another student, fabricating data, and possession of
unauthorized materials during an examination.
Ignorance of the University's Code of Student Conduct is never considered an "excuse" for academic
misconduct, so I recommend that you review the Code of Student Conduct and, specifically, the sections
dealing with academic misconduct. If I suspect that a student has committed academic misconduct in this
course, I am obligated by University Rules to report my suspicions to the Committee on Academic
Misconduct. If COAM determines that you have violated the University's Code of Student Conduct (i.e.,
committed academic misconduct), the sanctions for the misconduct could include suspension or dismissal
from the University and a failing grade in this course. If you have any questions about the above policy,
please contact me. Other sources of information on academic misconduct (integrity) include: COAM's
web page (<http://oaa.osu.edu/coam/home.html>)"Eight Cardinal Rules of Academic Integrity"