Tarleton State University

Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Sciences


                 Chem 1054-010                                              College Chemistry I                                                    Fall 2009


Knowledge outcomes

Upon completion of this course:

1.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of chemical symbols, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions as represented by chemical equations, and stoichiometry.

2.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of aqueous   solutions, electrolytes, solubility, and important types of chemical reactions in solution.

3.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the

 relationship between energy and chemical reactions.

4.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the structure of matter, the electronic structure of the atom, and the relationship of electronic structure to chemical properties and the Periodic Table.

5.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of different

types of chemical bonds which bind atoms together.

6.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the physical laws which govern the properties of gases and atmospheric   chemistry.

7.   Students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the solid

      and liquid states of matter.

skill outcomes

Upon completion of this course:

1.   Students will be knowledgeable about chemical laboratory safety.

2.   Students will be able to perform basic chemical observations and measurements.

3.   Students will utilize dimensional analysis with correct significant figures.

value outcomes

Upon completion of this course:

Students will have an appreciation of the Scientific Method and the role of Chemistry in modern society.


Required Material

·         Textbook:  Chemistry:  The Central Science  11th Ed.  Brown, Lemay, Bursten and Burdge  2008

·         A Mastering Chemistry access packet should be bound with the text book.  It consists of a card with printed instructions for the online enrollment process as well as an access code.  If a student wishes, they may purchase access to the program online with a credit card.

·         Lab book:  A locally produced lab book that is available in the book store. 

·         A scientific non-programmable calculator (see Departmental calculator policy section later in this syllabus)


Course Procedure and Requirements

You will be expected to attend and participate in all classes and labs.  In addition to the exams given in class, there will be homework problems assigned over the internet using a program called Mastering Chemistry.  You will be given more information regarding this program during the 1st lecture.  It is essential that you do these homework problems in order to learn the material and perform on the tests better.  In addition, I have chosen out certain end-of-chapter programs from the textbook that I feel you should know how to answer.  I call these “suggested homework problems.”  These problems will not be collected nor graded.  They are for you to practice your problem solving skills.  The answers to these homework problems can be found on my website (URL:  www.tarleton.edu/~alow) in the syllabus for your class in the tentative schedule table.  Please remember that just printing out the answers without doing the problems yourself is not sufficient for you to learn how to answer the problems in this course.

You should study for this course on a daily basis (between 30-45 minutes per day, 5 days per week) rather than waiting for a couple of days before an exam to study.  There is quite a lot of material covered in College Chemistry.  If you wait a number of class periods before studying you will find that there is an awful lot of material to learn in a very short time.  In general, cramming for the exams the night before will not result in a good grade in this course.  If you encounter difficulties in this course, please seek assistance immediately.  Sources of assistance include:

1.       The textbook:  Reading your textbook may give you a different way of viewing the material in class.  This may assist you in understanding the material.  The book also has many worked out example problems that may assist you.  Since the lecture material is presented in the same order as the textbook, it may also help you to glance ahead in the textbook before lecture so you may have some idea of what I will be talking about in class.  Reading a scientific textbook is not performed in the same way as you would read a novel!  You should be actively trying to interpret what is being said in the text by perhaps taking notes from the text while you read or highlighting the important material.

2.       Your professor:  Dr. Arthur A. Low.  Office number 417 in the Science Building.  Phone number:  (254)968-9144.  Please feel free to come by my office at any time.  If I am busy with something, we can make an appointment for another time.  The only time I would prefer that you didn't come to my office is the time period just before class time (30 minutes prior to class).  I need that time to prepare for class and get generally psyched up for lecture.

3.       My website:  My website has an URL of /www.tarleton.edu/~alow.  You can also get there by going to the general Tarleton website of /www.tarleton.edu and looking up the list of faculty web pages in the directory.  The website will not only have the answers to the assigned homework on it, it will also contain keys for past exams on it.

4.       Supplemental Instruction:  Supplemental instruction is a series of help sessions held by an undergraduate student, usually a chemistry major.  I probably will not know if there will be a S.I. leader until the first class session.  If there is an SI leader, please take advantage of the help sessions.  Not only will it reduce the amount of your study time, it will also result in a better grade.

5.       You might want to form a study group with other students in class. 


Evaluation of Grades

Your grade is computed based on your performance in the lecture, the lab, and on the final exam.  Your course grade is a weighted average of these three grades with the lecture grade counting 50%, the lab grade counting 25%, and the final exam grade counting 25%.  A simpler way to calculate your course grade is to take two times your lecture grade, add your final exam and lab grade to that, then divide the sum by four.  In order to pass this course, you must receive passing grades (above a 60) in both the lecture and lab portions of this course, separately.  The lecture portion can include the final exam if needed to obtain a grade above a 60 in the lecture.  Course grades correspond to letter grades as follows:  90 and above-A; 80's-B; 70's-C; 60's-D; below 60-F. 

Instead of giving quizzes in class, I will be making homework assignments for you to do online using the program Mastering Chemistry.  The procedure for registering will be gone over during the 1st class.  Mastering Chemistry gives and grades quizzes over the internet.  There will be at least one online quiz due for each chapter covered.  The first quiz is entitled "Chapter 1 Assignment.”  The due date and time will be given to you in lecture and posted on the bulletin board opposite my office.  I will go through the introductory material for this program during the first lecture.  Each assignment will be graded out of 100 points and will consist generally of 10 multiple choice questions and 5 numerical problems.  It is important that you take these assignments!!  They count for one-third of your lecture grade.

There will be 4 class exams scheduled during the semester.  The exams are scheduled as follows:  Friday, September 18; Wednesday, October 7; Wednesday, October 28; and Monday, November 23.  Class exams consist of two parts:  the first part consists of 10 multiple choice questions worth 4 points each for a total of 40 points; the second part consists of 5 problems with two 15 point problems and three 10 point problems worth a total of 60 points.  The total possible score on an exam is 100 points.  Exam grades are generally curved.  The curved grade is what is used to calculate your lecture grade.

Your lecture grade is an average of your exam grades and your homework assignment average taken twice.  For example, if your four curved exam grades are 75, 81, 84, and 67; and your homework assignment is 82, your lecture grade would be calculated as follows:

Your lecture grade is equal to 78.5.  Suppose your lab grade is 85 and your final exam grade is 79.  Then your course grade can be calculated as follows:

You would have a course grade of 80.25 and a grade of a B.

The final exam is a comprehensive departmental exam that will be given on Saturday, December 5 from 8 AM until 10:30 AM.  It will be a multiple choice exam, graded by SCANTRON.


Departmental Calculator Policy

Programmable or graphing calculators will not be permitted for use on any class quizzes or exams.  You may only use a simple scientific calculator (with trigonometric functions and exponential notation).  Violation of this policy will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty.






Makeup Policy

Makeups for exams will be given during the week after the scheduled exam.  Permission to take a makeup exam is up to the discretion of the professor.  It is your responsibility to contact me, preferably in person, to arrange a time to take the makeup exam.  Do not just leave a message on my voicemail or send me an email and expect me to get it.  No makeups for exams will be allowed more than one week after the scheduled exam except in the case of a verifiable emergency.  The makeup exam will cover the same material as the in-class exam but will consist of different questions. 


Cell Phones

Cell phones are to be turned off during lecture.  A cell phone ring is very disruptive not only to the professor but to your fellow students (even if they say it isn’t).  If cell phones ring during class repeatedly, the class may find itself taking a pop quiz.


Laptop computers

Use of laptop computers during lecture will initially be allowed provided that the computer is being used in a way to assist you during lecture.  If I suspect that the computer is being used to check your e-mail, watch videos,  or to play computer games, I will ask the offending person to stop such actions at first.  However, I do reserve the right to ban use of laptop computers from lecture if I feel it is a distraction to the lecture.


ADA Information

If you need accommodations due to a disability, you need to discuss your needs with Ms. Trina Geye, Director of Student Disabilities at 968-9400.  Her office is the Student Disabilities Office in room 201 of the Math Building.  The disabilities office will then send me a letter of notification about your disability and the accommodations request.  You will also receive a copy of this letter.  Please read this letter carefully, it will outline the procedure that you need to follow in order to receive the accommodation.  If the procedure outlined in this letter is not followed, it is possible that you will not obtain the accommodation requested.


Tentative Course Schedule


Lecture Topic

Monday, Aug. 30

Chapter 1  Introduction:  Matter and

Wednesday, Sept. 1


Friday, Sept. 3


Wednesday, Sept. 8

Chapter 2  Atoms, Molecules, and

Friday, Sept. 10


Monday, Sept. 13


Wednesday, Sept. 15

Chapter 3  Stoichiometry: 

Friday, Sept. 17

         Calculations with Chemical

Monday, Sept. 20

         Formulas and Equations

Wednesday, Sept. 22


Friday, Sept. 24

Exam 1

Monday, Sept. 27

Chapter 4  Aqueous Reactions and

Wednesday, Sept. 29

         Solution Stoichiometry

Friday, Oct. 1


Monday, Oct. 4


Wednesday, Oct. 6

Chapter 5  Thermochemistry

Friday, Oct. 8


Monday, Oct. 11


Wednesday, Oct. 13

Exam 2

Friday, Oct. 15

Chapter 6  Electronic Structure of

Monday, Oct. 18


Wednesday, Oct. 20


Friday, Oct. 22

Chapter 7  Periodic Properties of the

Monday, Oct. 25


Wednesday, Oct. 27

Chapter 8  Basic Concepts of

Friday, Oct. 29

         Chemical Bonding

Monday, Nov. 1


Wednesday, Nov. 3

Exam 3

Friday, Nov. 5

Chapter 9  Molecular Geometry and

Monday, Nov. 8

         Bonding Theories

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Chapter 10  Gases

Friday, Nov. 12


Monday, Nov. 15


Wednesday, Nov. 17

Chapter 11 Intermolecular Forces,

Friday, Nov. 19

         Liquids, and Solids

Monday, Nov. 22


Wednesday, Nov. 24

Chapter 12 Modern Materials

Monday, Nov. 29


Wednesday, Dec. 1

Exam 4

Friday, Dec. 3

Chapter 13 Solutions

Monday, Dec. 6


Wednesday, Dec. 8

Review for Final Exam

Final Exam:  Monday, December 13 from 8-10:30 AM


Mastering Chemistry


To register online for use of MasteringChemistry, you will need the following. In addition, you may be asked to provide the zip or postal code of your school.


A valid email address
Be sure to enter your email address correctly when you register. If you forget your password, this is the email address that your password information will be sent to.

Don't have an email address? Contact your school's technology center or set up a free account on a site that offers this service, such as gmail.

Student Access Code
This is a six-part printed code. The MasteringChemistry Student Access Kit that comes with the purchase of a new textbook contains one student access code. In some cases, the code may be distributed in another manner.


IMPORTANT: Each student access code can only be used once! Your access code should be valid for two years.

Don't have a valid student access code? You can purchase access online.
If the tab in your Student Access Kit has been pulled back, the code may no longer be valid. If you buy a secondhand textbook, any code supplied with it is probably not valid. In either case, you can purchase MasteringChemistry access online using a credit card or PayPal.


Purchasing access online is equivalent to registering for use of  MasteringChemistry. At the end of the process you will receive a confirmation email that contains your personal login name and password. You will use these to log in.
To purchase access online:


Go to www.masteringchemistry.com and click New Students under Register.


Click No, I need to purchase access online now.



Identify your textbook:
Select either In U.S. & Canada or Outside U.S. & Canada, and then scroll to select the correct title and edition (2e, 3e, etc.).


Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your purchase.


Once you have the needed information, you are ready to register online. Students who purchase access online become registered as part of their purchase process.

If you registered for access to MasteringChemistry and you now need to access a new course being taught with the same textbook (including its edition): You do not need to re-register. Simply enroll in your new course by supplying your new Course ID. This applies if your access to MasteringChemistry is still valid but your access to the first course has ended. If you need to participate in two concurrent courses, you will need to register with another code (which you obtain at no additional cost by contacting Customer Support).

To register for student access to MasteringChemistry:


Go to www.masteringchemistry.com and click New Students under Register.


Click Yes if you have a student access code or click No if you do not.

If your code is not accepted as valid: An access code is good for one student only. If your code has already been redeemed by another student, it will not be accepted. In this case, you will need to purchase access online.


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You will be asked to provide some basic information, including identifying your school, providing an email address, and specifying a login name and password. You will later use this login name and password to
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When you complete registration: A confirmation email containing your login name and password will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.


If you encounter any issues registering for MasteringChemistry: Please contact Customer Support.

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Course ID:  MCLOW70384

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