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Chemistry 1A - Spring 2011


This is the first course of a two-semester sequence in General Chemistry. It is designed for students planning to enter science, medicine and related professions. This semester covers atomic theory, stoichiometry including chemical formulas and chemical equations, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, gases, liquids, solids, and solutions.


  •  Lecture: MWF 11:10-12:00 in LF 101
  •  Problem Session: either Monday 2-5 or Tuesday 2-5 in PS 201
  • Laboratory: either Wednesday 2-5 or Thursday 2-5 or Friday 2-5 in PS 201 and PS 204




  •  Chemistry The Molecular Science by Moore, Stanitski, and Jurs, 3rd Edition
  •  Chemistry 1A Booklet by Mark Bishop, Fall 2009 Edition


  • Safety goggles (available at the MPC bookstore)
  • Calculator (capable of doing logs and scientific notation)
  • Clicker

LABORATORY AND LAB REPORTS: There will be problem sessions, pre-lab explanations, and standard experiments in the laboratory sessions. You will be provided a schedule. You should read the description of each experiment before the prelab explanation for it. You will turn in written lab reports for each experiment. They will be due no later than one week after completion of the experiment. Two points will be deducted for each day that the reports are late. You can make up missed experiments, but you must do so within one week.

READING ASSIGNMENTS: This course will cover chapters 1-10 and 12 in Chemistry The Molecular Science by Moore, Stanitski, and Jurs, 3rd Edition. I will assume that you have read the relevant chapter before I cover it in lecture. It is very important that you do this; the lecture moves at a pace appropriate for those people who have already become somewhat familiar with the material.

HOMEWORK: You will be given a list of recommended homework problems. I will not collect or grade them, but it is very important that they be done. The weekly quiz questions will come from the homework. (See below.)

QUIZZES: To encourage you to keep up in your studies and to do the recommended homework, there will be weekly quizzes worth five points apiece. They will be problems from the recommended homework dealing with the material covered in the previous week. The quizzes will be given at the beginning of the problem session each week. Your two lowest quiz grades will be dropped.

EXAMINATIONS: There will be three midterm exams and a comprehensive final. The exam questions come from the course objectives. (See below.) There will be no make-up exams. If you must miss an exam, be sure to check with the instructor. Anyone caught cheating on an exam will be given a zero for the exam and reported to the appropriate Dean for further action. You are allowed to bring in one 3 inch by 5 inch index card. It can contain any information you want, but it must be electronic devices involved in its production.

OBJECTIVES: The Chemistry 1A Booklet includes a list of objectives for each chapter. The objectives tell you what you need to be able to do for the exams. You will find these objectives useful in lecture, when reading the text, and, most importantly, for your study for the exams.

GRADING: I will assign final grades based on the overall percentage of the total points derived from the exams, quizzes and the labs. Each lab report is worth 10 points. The quizzes are worth five points each. The midterms are worth 100 points each, and the final is worth 150 points. I will assign grades based on the following criteria.

90-100 % A

75-90 % B

60-75 % C

50-60 % D

0-50 % F

You can take the course on a credit/no credit basis. You must let me know of your intention to take this option by the end of the fourth week of classes. A grade of C or better earns a credit for the course.


Grounds for being dropped from the course are;

  •  failure to complete two exams
  •  failure to attend or make up any three labs during the semester
  •  failure to attend or make up two successive labs

(If this happens and you want to continue in the course, be sure to contact the instructor.)

DROPPING THE COURSE: Although I may drop you from the course due to missed classes or exams, it is still your responsibility to inform me if you want to drop. If you don't let me know, it is possible that you could receive an "F" for the course. You must clean and check out of your laboratory locker upon withdrawal from the course. Failure to do so will result in the holding of your grades and restricting the next semester's registration until you pay a $5 fee.

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