Tarleton State University

Dept. of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science


                 CHEM 108-010 and 030                              College Chemistry II                                            Fall 2009


Knowledge Outcomes


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of:

1)   solutions and colligative properties.

2)   rates of chemical reactions, how rates are influenced by concentrations and other factors, and how mechanisms are postulated to describe reactgion processes.

3)   principles of chemical equilibrium, the chemical nature of acids and bases, and factors affecting solubility equilibria.

4)   the thermodynamic functions affecting the spontaneity of chemical reactions.

5)   electron exchange in chemical reactions and the basic principles of electrochemistry.

6)   chemical factors influencing the environment.

7)   the properties of metals and nonmetals and coordination chemistry.

8)   basic principles involving nuclear reactions and radioactivity.

9)   basic organic and biological chemistry.


Skill outcomes


Upon completion of this course, students will be:

1)   knowledgeable about chemical laboratory safety.

2)   able to calculate pH of solutions of strong and weak acids and bases, salts, and buffer solutions.

3)   calculate solubilities of sparingly soluble salts.

4)   balance oxidations-reduction reactions.


Value outcomes


Upon completion of this course, students will have a greater appreciation of the scientific method and the role of chemistry in modern society.


Required materials


Textbook :   Brown, LeMay, Bursten, and Burdge, Chemistry, the Central Science, 11 th edition (2009).   This is the same text that was used in CHEM 105.   The book should have come with an access code to the online homework program, Mastering Chemistry.


Mastering Chemistry:   An online homework program that counts as a significant portion of your lecture grade.   Course ID #:   MCLOW52740


Lab book:   The lab book should be available in the book store.   Labs start this week on Thursday!!!!   You will need your lab book for the 1 st lab.


Calculator:   A non-programmable scientific calculator (with trigonometric functions) will be required for exams.



Course procedure


You will be expected to attend all classes and labs.   CHEM 108 proceeds at a faster pace than CHEM 105, especially at the beginning of the semester.   If you miss 1 or 2 classes during the first couple of weeks, you will find yourself seriously behind in the course and will have little time to catch up.   You need to start studying the material starting with the 1 st week of the semester by learning the definitions given in lecture and applying them in doing the assigned homework.  

There will be assigned homework given online using a program called Mastering Chemistry.   It is essential that you do these homework problems in order to learn the material and perform well on the class exams!!!   Your grades on the homework exams comprise one-third of your lecture grade and will seriously lower your grade if you do not do the homework assignments.   You will be given more information about this homework program during the 1 st lecture of the semester.   Generally, you will be given an assignment for each chapter.   For most assignments, you will have at least one week to complete the problems.   There will be a due date and time for each assignment.   Late assignments will not be accepted for a grade.   There are no exceptions to this rule!!   Do not wait until the due date to start working on the homework assignment.   If you encounter a problem with the online homework program, you need to come to my office and reproduce the problem on my computer.   If you call me over the phone or email me about problems that you are having, all I can do is check if you are registered on the program correctly and whether the assignment is active.  

In addition, this syllabus lists certain end-of-chapter problems from your textbook that I think you should know how to answer.   They are called “suggested homework problems” in the tentative schedule given at the back of this syllabus.   These “suggested homework problems” will not be collected nor graded.   They are for your practice in problem solving.   The answers to these suggested homework problems will be posted on my Tarleton website at www.tarleton.edu/~alow in the posted syllabus for this class.  

There is a large amount of material covered in this class.   The material covered in this class is set by national standards and is something I cannot change.   If you wait for a few days before a class exam to begin studying, you will be quickly overwhelmed by the amount of material.   Ideally, you should study the material in this course on a daily basis between 30-45 minutes per day, 5 days per week.   I am sorry if you feel the pace of the course is too fast, that is something that cannot be changed.   If you encounter difficulty in the course, you need to seek help immediately.   Sources of assistance include:

1.   The textbook:   reading your textbook may give a different way of viewing the material presented in class.   This may help you in understanding the material.   Each chapter also contains typical problems with the answers worked out with explanations.

2.   Your professor:   Dr. Arthur A. Low, Room 417, Phone: (254)968-9144, email:   low@tarleton.edu .  Office hours:   Tuesdays from 8AM – 10 AM, Wednesdays:   1-4 PM.   If the only time you come to my office for help is immediately before or after the class time, you probably won’t receive much help.

3.   My website at www.tarleton.edu/~alow :   This website contains links for all the courses I teach.   If you look for CHEM 108, there are a number of different semesters.   Look for the Spring 2008 CHEM 108 link.   The website contains the syllabus, the class lecture notes files, keys to exams that were given previously, and handouts given out in class.

4.   Supplemental Instruction (SI):   There should be an SI instructor assigned to our lecture.   A schedule of help sessions should be arranged by the second week of the semester.

5.   Perhaps you might want to form a study group with other students in your class.   Remember a study group works best when all the students participate.  


Grade Evaluation


Your grade in this course is evaluated on the basis of your performance on three parts of this course:   the lecture, the lab, and the final exam.   You will receive a grade for each part.   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%.   For example, if your lecture grade is 75, your lab grade is 85 and the final exam grade is 77, then your course grade would be 80.3:

Course grade =

Letter grades are assigned based on your course grade:   90-100:  A; 80’s:   B; 70’s: C; 60’s: D; below 60:   F.   You may not pass this course without passing both the lecture and lab portions of the course separately.   This means that if your lab grade is below 60 or your lecture grade is below a 60, you will automatically receive a grade of “F” regardless of whether your course grade is above a 60.    The lecture grade may include the final exam grade if necessary.   This means that if you receive a lecture grade below a 60, it is still possible to pass the course if you pass the final exam.   If you receive a lecture grade above a 60, then you have fulfilled the lecture passing requirement.

Your lecture grade is based on your performance on the 4 class exams and the homework.   There will be homework assignments given during the course of the semester.   From the grades on the homework assignments, a homework average grade will be calculated by averaging your 10 highest grades on the homework assignments over the course of the semester.   Your lecture grade will be calculated by calculating the average of your 4 class exams and your homework average times two.   For example, if your grades on the 4 exams are 75, 82, 54, and 84 and your homework average is 88, your lecture grade would be:

Lecture grade =

Over the course of the semester, you will probably have about 15 homework grades.   Therefore, your 5 lowest homework grades will be dropped.   No exam grades will be dropped!!

You will have 4 exams during the course of the semester.   The dates that the exams will be given are:   Wednesday, Sept. 16; Friday, Oct. 9; Monday, Nov. 2; and Monday, Nov. 30.   Each exam will consist of 10 multiple choice questions worth 4 points each for a total of 40 points and 5 numerical problems consisting of 3 ten point problems and 2 fifteen point problems.   On most exams, there will be 10 points of extra credit given for correctly defining important terms.   Each test will cover the material covered in lecture from the 1 st day after the last exam given in class up to and including the material covered on the lecture before the exam to be given.   The score that is written on the exam is the raw score you obtained on the exam.   Each exam will be curved to a certain extent.   The curve will be given to you in terms of grade ranges for the letter grades.   The grade ranges apply to the score that is written on your exam.   The most typical curve grade range that I use is:   87 and above is an “A”; below 87 and above 74 is a “B”; below 74 and above 60 is a   “C”; below 60 and above 46 is a “D”; and below 46 is an “F”.   Your curved grade will depend on where your grade lies in the range given above.   For example, if your score on the exam is a “70” that would be given a curved grade of “76.9.”  

The grades that you obtain in this course will be posted on Blackboard.   You can login to Blackboard using your school ID number and pin number.   These are the same numbers that you use when you register for classes and/or check your grades.   Please remember that the only score that I write on the exams given in class are your raw scores before the curve has been applied.   The grade ranges for the curve apply to these scores.   Your curved grade will be posted on Blackboard.   The grade ranges given for the curve do not apply to these grades.

The final exam for this course will be given during the MWF10 slot on Thursday, December 10 at 11:30 AM.   The final exam consists of two parts.   The first part is a national exam written by the American Chemical Society.   It covers the entire year of College Chemistry (both CHEM 105 and CHEM 108).   It consists of 50 multiple choice questions.   You will be allowed 55 minutes to complete this part of the exam.   The second part is an exam written by me and will have a similar format as the exams given in class (10 multiple choice questions and 5 problems).   Your final exam grade will be a weighted average of your scores on the two parts with the first part counting 40% and the second part counting 60%.


Makeups for exams given in class


Makeups will be given for exams only.   Makeups will be given during the week after the exam was scheduled.   The makeup exam will cover the same material as the class exam but will consist of different questions.   It is up to the student to arrange a time to take the makeup exam with me.   Arranging a makeup exam is most easily done with me in person.  


Cellphones and Laptop Computers


All cellphones and pagers either need to be turned off or set to silent vibrate during lecture!!!   The ringing of cellphones and pagers is very disruptive not only to me but also to other students in the class (even if they deny it).   If you need to be contacted by someone during the lecture, please set your phone to vibrate and when the person calls, quietly leave the class, answer the phone, and then return to class when you are done.   Cell phone ringing repeatedly in class will severely agitate your professor.   Agitated professors will tend to give pop quizzes in class and write up harder exams.   Please remember that you have been warned!!

You may use laptop computers during lecture.   However, if I notice that you are checking your e-mails or looking at videos during class, I may ban the use of laptop computers during class.   You should be using the laptop to assist you in taking notes during the lecture.   It should not be a source of distraction.


Calculator policy


It is the departmental policy that programmable and graphing calculators will not be allowed for use on quizzes or exams given in class.   You will be allowed only a non-programmable scientific calculator.   Violations of this rule will be treated as an act of academic dishonesty (you will be given a “0” grade and reported to the dean of students).


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 in Room 201 in the Math building.   You need to provide them with documentation of your disability.   Then, Ms. Geye will send me a letter of notification about your disability.   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 your 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




Suggested Homework Problems

Monday, Aug. 24

Chapter 13 Properties of Solutions

30, 38, 42, 44, 52, 62, 64, 68, 70, 73, 76, 78

Wednesday, Aug. 26



Friday, Aug. 28



Monday, Aug 31

Chapter 14   Chemical Kinetics

16, 22, 24, 26, 30, 31, 32, 38, 64, 68, 99

Wednesday, Sept 2



Friday, Sept. 4



Wednesday, Sept. 9

Chapter 15   Chemical Equilibrium

12, 14, 22, 24, 28, 30, 34, 38, 40, 44, 46, 48, 52, 67, 74

Friday, Sept. 11



Monday, Sept. 14



Wednesday, Sept. 16

Exam 1


Friday, Sept. 18

Chapter 16   Acid-Base Equilibria


Monday, Sept. 21



Wednesday, Sept. 23



Friday, Sept. 25

Chapter 17   Addition Aspects of


Monday, Sept. 28

Aqueous Equilibria


Wednesday, Sept. 30



Friday, Oct. 2



Monday, Oct. 5

Chapter 18   Chemistry of the


Wednesday, Oct. 7



Friday, Oct. 9

Exam 2


Monday, Oct. 12

Chapter 19   Chemical


Wednesday, Oct. 14



Friday, Oct. 16



Monday, Oct. 19

Chapter 20   Electrochemistry


Wednesday, Oct. 21



Friday, Oct. 23



Monday, Oct. 26

Chapter 21   Nuclear Chemistry


Wednesday, Oct. 28



Friday, Oct. 30



Monday, Nov. 2

Exam 3


Wednesday, Nov. 4

Chapter 25   The Chemistry of


Friday, Nov. 6

Life:   Organic and Biological


Monday, Nov. 9



Wednesday, Nov. 11



Friday, Nov. 13

Chapter 22   Chemistry of the


Monday, Nov. 16



Wednesday, Nov. 18

Chapter 23   Metals and


Friday, Nov. 20



Monday, Nov. 23

Chapter 24   Chemisty of


Wednesday, Nov. 25

Coordination Compounds


Monday, Nov. 30

Exam 4


Wednesday, Dec. 2



Final Exam

MWF 10 slot:   Thursday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 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 andyou 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 .


Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your registration.
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 log in to MasteringChemistry.
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 .


To complete online course assignments you need to enroll in or join a course. Enrolling in a course also lets you access any Study Area and/or eBook resources, if available for the textbook associated with your course.

What you need to enroll:
You need to have registered online .

Course ID:   MCLOW52740
Your instructor will give you this. Be sure to enter this exactly as provided. I f you enter the wrong course code, you could enroll in the wrong course .


To enroll in or join your instructor's course:

If you haven't logged in yet:


Go to www.masteringchemistry.com.


Log in , using the login name and password you created during registration .


Enter your instructor's Course ID, and the Student ID (if your instructor has asked that you fill this in.).


Click Save.


If you have logged in before (for example, to visit the Study Area):


Click Join Course on the left.


Enter your instructor's Course ID, and the Student ID (if your instructor has asked that you fill this in.).


Click Save.


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