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CHEM 124 MTW class


									CHEM 124               Integrated General Chemistry for Engineers
Winter 2010                   MW 4:40 pm – 7:00 pm, T 5:40 – 6:30 pm. (Bldg. 38 Rm. 121 A/B)

Course Instructor: Dr. Amanda N. Pustam                      Email:

Office: Bldg. 52 Rm. E17                                     Phone: (805) 756-7536

Office hours: 2:00-4:00 pm (Tuesdays), 3:00-5:00 pm (Thursdays), 3:00-4:00 pm (Fridays)

**Note that if you cannot make my office hours, please email or call me to make another

Course Materials

       1. Required text – Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, Martin S.
                             Silberberg, 5th Ed.

       2. Non-programmable calculator

       3. Lab notebook with carbonless copies

       4. You must know your STUDENT EMPLID. You will need it for your scantrons. You
       should also activate your Cal Poly email account and check your emails regularly. I will
       also use Blackboard to inform you of updates.

       5. Scantron Form No. 882-E

Course Description

        This is a general chemistry course designed for students in engineering. It is a fast paced
course that requires a year of High School chemistry background. The topics were chosen to
provide an understanding of the discipline and support future courses. This course will cover:
thermodynamics, atomic structure, quantum mechanics, chemical bonding, molecular structure,
solid state chemistry and organic chemistry.

Course Organization

       Class Time: Class starts promptly on MW at 4:40 pm. and on T at 5:40 pm. Please make
sure you get to class on time to prevent distracting classmates and instructor by entering the class
late. The class ends at 7:00 pm on MW and 6:30 pm on Tuesdays. Note that there may be days we
do end class early, but in general, you are expected to remain in class for the entire scheduled time.

       Integrated lecture and laboratory: This course is taught entirely in the Chemistry Studio
classroom. Lecture, labs and activities are all in the same classroom and are facilitated with the
use of computers. This environment encourages students to take a more active role in learning
than does a traditional lecture setting, and promotes student collaboration.

       Web based: Many of the course materials, such as full syllabus, lecture schedule,
laboratory manual, report forms, study guides and additional materials are posted on-line
(Blackboard). Make sure to bookmark the class website website (to be announced) and visit
DAILY because it is updated often. Until this website is ready, please consult blackboard for
information and updates.

        Prior knowledge: Concepts and skills from chapters 1-5 will not be covered directly in
class, but will be used in class. It is your responsibility to review these topics. A diagnostic quiz
will be given at the start of the second week to help you review and give you feedback.

        Attendance: Attendance in lecture and lab is required. Some material covered in lecture is
not in the textbook and vice versa. You are expected to attend every class meeting and be active
during every class meeting. Pay attention to my Furlough Days. We won’t have class on these days
and thus it is even more important that you don’t miss other scheduled classes.

        Laboratory: Your laboratory performance (as well as web exercises and other worksheets
turned in) constitutes at most 20% of your grade. The lab manual is available online. To download
the manual, check in your web browser. Information about
the lab will be distributed in class.

        Quizzes: Quizzes will constitute at most 15 % of your grade. Quizzes will be based on the
worksheets done in class as well as suggested text problems and lab material. Quizzes will be
administered in class during the first 20-25 minutes. The quiz will only include material covered in
the recent lectures. No late or make-up quiz is offered. Also no extra time is given for quizzes if
arrived late to class. Quiz dates are posted online. There is no quiz during the exam week.

      Exams: There will be two exams (33 %) and one comprehensive final (25 %). The in-term
exams are administered during the lecture portion of the class on the dates posted. Together, all
exams represent 55% of your grade. The final exam is ENTIRELY MULTIPLE CHOICE and
must be taken at the scheduled time. All exams are closed book. The final exam date will be
announced in class!

       Homework: Homework is not collected in this class, yet you cannot succeed in this course
without doing problems. It is up to you to make sure that you can do these types of questions since,
quizzes and exam questions will sometimes be similar to homework questions. Doing as many
questions as you can is important as this helps you to understand the material covered in class. It is
advised that you also read in advance of coming to class, rewrite lecture notes and ask questions
when you have difficulty. Check the lecture schedule to keep up with the course material ahead of
Course Policies

       No cell phones allowed: You are asked not to use your cell phones or personal music
devices while in the classroom. This is distracting to other students and the instructor.

        No make-up quizzes or exams: No quizzes or exams will be given at times other than
those listed online unless there are certified and/or extenuating circumstances which must be
documented, if possible, well before the day of the exam. This means I DO NOT GIVE EARLY
OR MAKE-UP QUIZZES or EXAMS. You may only use a non-programmable scientific
calculator during exams and quizzes, which you will have to provide for yourself. Sharing a
calculator during quizzes or exams is forbidden.

        Academic integrity: Cheating is any form of falsely claiming work to be your own when it
clearly is not (i.e., copying another person’s work, or using unauthorized aids or materials on a
quiz or exam). Campus policy requires that a student who violates academic integrity must receive
an “F” in the course. First time offenders will receive a “0” score and reported to the Dean of
Student Affairs with a note placed in their permanent record. If the student is caught a second time,
the student will be dropped from the course with a grade of “F” and a second note will be made to
his/her permanent record. He/she can also be expelled from the college. Note that collaboration
with other students is encouraged for homework, lab reports and in-class activities, which means
that you can verbally discuss your thoughts on a particular subject. No collaboration is allowed on
quizzes or exams. Your lab report must be your own work. IDENTICAL LAB REPORTS will

       Tentative Course Schedule: Check the online schedule often for updates! Pay attention to
updates and announcements on Blackboard or online.

      Week              Reading                  Labs (due dates) and Exams

      1                 Review 1-5               M 1/4 Exp 1: Types of Reactions (Report due
                                                 1/11, report forms given)
      (1/4 – 1/8)       Ch 6

      2                 Ch 6 & 12.1-2            M 1/11 Exp 2: Heats of Sublimation (Typed
                                                 report due 1/19)
      (1/11 – 1/15)
                                                 W 1/13 DIAGNOSTIC QUIZ

      3                 Ch. 6, 20                M 1/18 Academic Holiday

      (1/18 – 1/22)                              W 1/20 Exp 3: Heat of Combustion (Typed
                                                 report due M 1/25)

                                                 W Quiz 1(covering material covered in class
                                               and labs)

       4               Ch 7                    M 1/25 & W 1/27 Exp 4: Atomic Spectra
                                               (Typed report, due M 2/01)
       (1/25 – 1/29)
                                               W EXAM 1- you will tested on Ch. 6, 12, 20
                                               and labs

       5               Ch 7, 8                 M 2/1 Periodic Properties, (due M 2/8 –
                                               instructions given in class!)
       (2/1 – 2/5)
                                               W 2/3 Quiz 2

       6*              Ch 9 .1 Ch 12.6-7       M 2/8 & W 2/10 Exp 5: Solid State Models,
                                               (due M 2/15)
       (2/8 – 2/12)
                                               W 2/10 Quiz 3

       7*              Ch 9.2-9.6              T 2/16 & W 2/17 Exp 6: Conductivity (typed
                                               report due M 2/22)
       (2/15 – 2/19)

       8               Ch 10                   M 2/22 Web Exercise on Semiconductors (due
                                               before leaving class)
       (2/22 – 2/26)
                                               W 2/24 EXAM 2

       9               Ch 10, 15               M 3/1 Organic Modeling Exercise (due before
                                               leaving class)
       (3/1 – 3/5)
                                               W 3/3 Quiz 4

       10              Ch 15                   M 3/8 Exp 7: Organic Analysis (Analysis of
                                               pure liquid), report due W 3/10)
       (3/8 – 3/12)
                                               W 3/10 Exp 7: Organic Analysis, report due
                                               before leaving class)

       Final Exam: March 17th from 4:10 pm to 6:00 pm

      a significant amount of content during these two weeks IS NOT found in the text, only
       given in Lecture notes or through experiments

       Furlough Days: I will be taking the following Furlough Days this quarter. Please note that
Furlough Days are mandated by the CSU, I am required to take 6 days per term. These dates are
important to note in that not only will we not have class on these days (as appropriate) but I will
not be on campus these days and thus will NOT have office hours nor will I be answering emails.

       January 19th                   January 28th                   February 12th

       February 18th                  March 2nd                      March 5th

Grading and Assessment:

       100-90 % =A; 89 – 80 % = B; 79 – 70 % = C; 69 – 60 % = D;            < 60 % = F

NOTE: This grading scale is subject to change as the quarter progresses. The grading scale
will likely be revised at the end of the term to represent a broader, more generous range (i.e.
If you earn 79% of the points during the quarter, you are guaranteed a C BUT might receive
a C+, a B-, or a B). I do assign + and - grades, but not for D or F     grades

        Item                       % for each item                    Percentage of
                                                                      overall grade

        ~ 4 quizzes (lowest                       5%                       15 %
        quiz score dropped)

        2 Exams                                 17.5 %                     33 %

        *Laboratory                             Varied                     20 %

        Comprehensive ALL                         25 %                     25 %
        Final Exam

        Diagnostic quiz                           3.5 %                    3.5 %

        Attendance & Class                        3.5 %                    3.5 %

* note that the laboratory score includes lab reports, work sheets, web excercises etc.

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