CHM 2045 General Chemistry I – Spring 2011
Instructor: Ms. Mitchell
Office: NM 219 (Hours are posted on the door).
Phone: 727-791-2450 Email: email@example.com
Note: An assessment exam will be given on the first day of class. The score on this exam
will not be included in your final grade, but will serve as an indication of your
preparedness for this class. It is strongly recommended that you take CHM 1025 instead
of CHM 2045 if your score on this exam is lower than 70%. This class will give you the
pre-requisite foundation and preparation for success in CHM 2045.
It is YOUR responsibility to be knowledgeable about these
policies. Failure to know them may negatively affect YOUR
Course Information and Policies:
Prerequisite: CHM 1025 and CHM 1025L, and MAC 1105 (or appropriate score on
SPC math placement exam) or one year of high school chemistry and permission of
program director (requires 70% score on the chemistry placement test.) [Please
note that the CHM 2045 material is covered with the expectation that the student
has a working knowledge of the CHM 1025 and 1025L material. If this is NOT the
case, the student is expected to spend the extra time outside of class in order to
function at the CHM 2045 level. Class time will NOT be spent on the prerequisite
material, except as a BRIEF REVIEW.]
Corequisite: CHM 2045 Laboratory. (Withdrawing from lecture requires that you
also withdraw from lab, no exceptions.)
Required Supplies to be Furnished by the Student:
1. Textbook: General Chemistry 9th ed., Ebbing.
2. Non-graphing, non-programmable scientific calculator, such as TI-30 series. (It
does not have to be TI.)
3. Scantron Form 882E for all exams (6 Total.)
4. Reliable and continuous internet access for ANGEL. (angel.spcollege.edu) Course
information, worksheets, notices, and outside assignments will be posted there. It
is your responsibility to check Angel, frequently, for any messages.
1. OWL access. For further information, go to Follet’s Bookstore on this campus or
to the publisher’s website (see my email on Angel for the link)
The following will not be permitted in this class:
Cellular telephones unless the ringer is turned off and phone is put away.
Cell phones may not be used in the classroom or lab for any reason, including
calculator usage and text messaging. Photographs and videos are strictly
prohibited. Cell phones that are taken out during class will be confiscated. 1
point will be deducted from your final overall grade for each cell phone disruption
(ringing, usage, etc.) Except for an approved calculator, no other electronic
device may be used or out during class or exams. If a cell phone is out during
an exam, the student will receive a zero for that exam.
Programmable calculators will not be permitted for use on a quiz or exam,
NO EXCEPTIONS. (Failure to bring an approved calculator to a quiz or
exam will not excuse you from taking it.) Students may not borrow or share
calculators from other students during quizzes or exams.
Wearing of cologne, after-shave or other
fragrances, including, but not limited to scented
lotion. Some people experience ill effects from
fragrances. For the health and comfort of others,
please refrain from wearing to this class. If you do
wear it to class, you may be asked to leave the
Personal conversations, texting, or any disruptive behavior during class.
Cheating on exams or other outside assignments. You will receive a grade of zero
for that exam or assignment and may be subject to a grade of F for the class and
possible expulsion from the college. (See SPC handbook for reference and
During exams, keep your hands on the table at all times; not in your lap, and
remove hats. All scrap paper will be given to you. Do not use your
own paper. All papers used during a quiz or exam must be turned in with exam,
1. Read each chapter in advance of its coverage in class. Be sure to read each chapter
thoroughly as some material may not be covered in class. Some exam questions may
come directly from the readings and on material that may not be specifically
covered in lecture.
2. Refer to the assignment sheet for the post-chapter, textbook homework questions. You
should answer each question and work out each problem assigned. This will not be
collected; however, I may ask you to show me that you have done the assignments.
Be sure to bring it to class each day. Your exam grades will reflect your successful
completion of readings and assignments.
Note: while homework is not collected, the quality time that you spend on this will be
reflected in your grades.
Class Attendance and Participation:
1. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. This includes
coming to class prepared to answer questions and to work problems. In order to do this
properly you must read the sections in advance of the lecture and keep up with all
assigned homework. In addition, you are required to bring your textbook, paper to write
on, pens or pencils, calculator, and any handouts that were given. Class time consists of
lecture and problem solving of either in-text or worksheet problems. Attendance will be
taken at every class meeting. If you incur more than 2 absences prior to the
withdrawal date of March 22, 2011, you will be subject to administrative
withdrawal, which means that you will receive a WF; a WF grade is calculated as an F
for GPA purposes. (See the SPC attendance policy)
2. Late Arrivals are not acceptable. Two late arrivals will be changed to one unexcused
absence. Additionally, each late arrival will incur a one-point deduction from your final
overall grade. IF an unavoidable circumstance causes you to be late, you are expected to
enter the classroom quietly and unobtrusively by taking the nearest available seat. Do
NOT walk in front of instructor during lecture. Repeated late arrivals will not be
tolerated. If you are repeatedly late, you may be prevented from entering the classroom
and possibly withdrawn from class.
Regular Lectures: It will be entirely YOUR responsibility to obtain any
notes, handouts, announcements, changes to the syllabus, etc. from another
student. Any in-class assignments given during that particular class will
receive a grade of zero; no make-ups.
Quizzes: You can prepare for these by completing the assignments, which are
based upon the syllabus. These will be returned for you to keep after they are
graded. Quizzes cannot be made up. There are no exceptions. (The lowest 2
quiz grades will be dropped.)
Exams: No make-ups UNLESS you have either made prior arrangements
with me or have contacted me in person, phone, or e-mail within 24 hours of
the beginning of the missed exam period. If you do not receive a response to
either your voice message or your email, I probably did not receive it. You are
responsible for ensuring that I have received your message. You will be asked for
proof of reason for the absence if prior arrangements have not been made. Exams
must be made up within the same week that they are given. Oversleeping is not a
valid reason for missing an exam. The 24-hour period begins at the start time of
the class. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a grade of zero for the
missed exam and will be averaged in with your other exam scores. There will be
no exception to this rule and only one make-up exam per student will be allowed,
regardless of the reason for the absences. The make-up exam will NOT be the
same one given in class. You will be responsible for making arrangements to take
the exam either during my office hours or other appropriate time that I am
scheduled to be on campus. I do not allow exams to be taken in the Testing
4. Class Participation is expected and required during every class period. This
includes coming to class prepared to answer questions and to work problems. In
order to do this properly you must read the sections in advance of the lecture and
keep up with all assigned homework. In addition, you are required to bring your
textbook, paper to write on, pens or pencils, calculator, and any handouts that were
given. Sleeping in class, texting, or working on other material is not acceptable in
this class. Either of these activities will result in an unexcused absence for that day.
We have a limited amount of time to cover a great deal of material. Class time
consists of lecture and problem solving of either in-text or worksheet problems. Students
will spend some class time on problem solving in small groups.
I reserve the right to assign seating at any time during regular class periods and/or
testing periods. Personal conversations taking place during class time will not be
tolerated. You will be assigned to a different seat if this occurs. Repeated
disruptions will not be tolerated.
Testing and Grading Policy:
The following criteria will be used to determine your final grade for this course:
1. Quizzes and any other in-class or take-home assignments will count 10% of
your final grade. None can be made up for any reason. (See attendance policy)
2. Post-Chapter Exams will count 70% of your grade. There will be five in-class,
closed book exams. No exam grades are dropped. These will be given after the
completion of specific chapters. Please refer to the syllabus for details. There are
no formal reviews for exams. All in-class and homework assignments are
designed to help prepare you for an exam. Allow one week for exams to be
graded. They will be handed back to you in class for review and returned to me
before the end of the period. You may review them again at any time during my
office hours by making an appointment. Exams may not be taken out of the
classroom. If you fail to return the exam to me at the designated time or take it out
of the classroom, your grade will be recorded as a ZERO. For make-up policy, see
3. Final Exam will count 20% of your grade. This exam is comprehensive,
covering all material of the semester. You should review for this throughout the
semester. There are no formal test review sessions.
4. Aside from extra credit questions on either exams or quizzes, there is no other
extra credit in this class. This is a foundational class and mastery of the material is
important. The time to be concerned about your final grade is NOT at the end of
the semester, but early on. Little can be done about a poor grade at the end of the
Final grades will be assigned as follows:
90% and above A
Below 60% F
CHM 2045 Tentative Schedule: planned sequence of chapters (subject to change):
(Test dates and necessary schedule changes will be announced in class; therefore, it
is important to attend each session.) The first three chapters are covered as a review
of material that you are expected to have learned previously. Refer to the syllabus
for further information. If these chapters seem overly difficult, then you should
expect to spend extra time reviewing introductory chemistry material or consider
transferring into Introductory Chemistry, CHM 1025 during the first week of
1/11 Assessment Exam
(Review on YOUR OWN; not covered in class) Chapter 1,
Chemistry and Measurement
(Brief Review) Chapter 2, Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
1/18 Ch. 2, cont’d.; (Possibly start ch 3.)
1/25 Exam 1, Ch. 1, 2.
Chapter 3, Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations
2/1 Ch. 3, cont’d.
Chapter 4, Chemical Reactions
2/8 Chapter 4, cont’d. (through sect. 4.6)
Chapter 19, sec. 1 (Balancing Redox Equations in Acidic Solution)
2/15 Ch. 12, (12.1 – 12.4)
Chapter 4, sect. 7
2/22 Exam 2, Ch. 3, 4, 12.1-12.4 and 19.1
Chapter 5, The Gaseous State
3/1 Chapter 5, cont’d.
3/15 Chapter 6, Thermochemistry
3/22 Exam 3, Ch. 5, 6.
Chapter 7, Quantum Theory of the Atom
3/29 (Brief Review) Chapter 8, Electron Configurations and
Periodicity (Mostly read on your own. This was done in Intro
Chapter 9, Ionic and Covalent Bonding
4/5 Exam 4, Ch. 7, 8.
Ch. 9, cont’d.
4/12 Chapter 10, Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theory
4/19 Ch. 10, cont’d. if necessary
Chapter 11, States of Matter; Liquids and Solids
4/26 Catch up if necessary
Exam 5, Ch. 9, 10, 11
5/3 COMPREHENSIVE (ALL CHAPTERS) FINAL EXAM; SEE
SPC CLEARWATER CAMPUS FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
POSTED ON THE SPC WEBSITE FOR DATE AND TIME.