Tarleton State University
Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science
Course Syllabus
Spring, 2012


            CHEM 101-3     Introductory Applied Chemistry             MW 1:00 - 2:15 PM
                                                                                                         Room 109, SCIENCE

            Dr. Linda Schultz    schultz@tarleton.edu
            Phone: (254) 968-9143 (office), (325) 642-0490 (cell), or (325) 643-1384 (home)
            Office: Room 407, SCIENCE                                    Office Hours: by appointment

Course Prerequisites:

None.  However it is helpful if the student has successfully completed MATH 101-3 or higher.

Course Description:

A brief introduction to the basic principles of chemistry with emphasis on applications in our society: energy, pollution and the environment, food, health, and drugs.
This course is suggested for the student who is interested in learning about the fundamental ideas of chemistry as a laboratory science.  This course satisfies core curriculum requirements but is not a prerequisite for any higher chemistry course.
The course consists of three (3) lecture hours per week and two (2) laboratory hours per week for three (3) hours of college credit.

Required Texts and Materials:

CHEMISTRY in Your Life, Baird, 2nd ed., Freeman.
Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Manual, Adams,  Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Environmental Science, Tarleton State University
Calculator - scientific type, nonprogrammable.
Protective eyewear for laboratory.

Attendance Policy:

Good attendance is essential to successful mastery of course material.  Attendance may be monitored daily by the assignment of seats and occupancy check.  Please notify the instructor of excused absences as described in the University Catalog and in the TSU Student Handbook.
Grades will not be lowered due to poor attendance.  However, good attendance may be considered as a bonus point for borderline grades at the end of the semester.
Lab attendance policy is outlined in the Laboratory Syllabus.

University Policy:

The student is expected to be familiar with student responsibilities as outlined in the current University Catalog and TSU Student Handbook.
The departmental Academic Honesty Policy can be found in the Laboratory Syllabus.
Students with documented disabilities may request accommodations that will enable them to participate in and benefit from educational programs and activities.  To ensure that services will be available in an efficient and timely manner, students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to contact Student Disability Services, Math Bldg. Suite 201, (254)968-9400.

Grading Policy:

Please refer to the current University Catalog for additional information regarding grades and course withdrawal policies.  For this course, your grade will be determined in the following manner:

Lecture Grade:                                                 50%
             3 exams                                   75%
             10 quizzes                               25%                                                    
Final Exam                                                       25%                            
Laboratory Grade                                            25%
           see Laboratory Syllabus

            The final grade will be assigned as follows, although the instructor reserves the right to lower the limits slightly at her discretion considering factors such as student attendance. However, the student must earn a passing grade in both lab and lecture to pass the course.

                        A = 90% or above
                        B = 80% - 89%
                        C = 70% - 79%
                        D = 60% - 69%
                        F = below 60%
Make-up exams will be by permission of the instructor.  Please contact the instructor immediately after the missed exam to make arrangements.  There is no make-up for quizzes.

Course Objectives:

Knowledge outcomes


Upon completion of this course the student will:
      understand the basic concepts of chemistry, including the following:

  1. atoms and basic atomic structure
  2. nuclear chemistry
  3. chemical names, formulas, and equations
  4. chemical bonding
  5. acids and bases
  6. oxidation and reduction
  7. organic chemistry and polymers
  8. biochemistry
  9. foods and household chemicals

      understand the role of chemistry in modern society

Skill outcome

Upon completion of this course students will:
      be able to perform basic chemical observations and measurements.
      be knowledgeable about chemical laboratory safety.
      be able to make more informed chemical choices in everyday living.

Value outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will:    
be able to appreciate the role of chemistry in everyday life.

Sources of Assistance:

1.   The textbook. It cost a lot of money.  Read it .
2.   Your instructor.  If you are having difficulty working the problems, call or come by to see me.  I may be elusive, but I can be found.
3.   Audiotutorial videotapes.  These are available from the Chemistry Stockroom or the Reserve Desk of the TSU Library.  They are ancient, but still effective (and free).
4.   Other Chemistry texts.  Check the library for one you can read more easily.
5.   Printed notes.   These will available online on my homepage and should be printed out prior to class.  These will assist you in following the material, but are not a substitute for attending class!

Course Syllabus (download)

Course Schedule (download)

Lab Syllabus (download)

Lab Schedule (download)

Notes (download)


note:  The course schedule is tentative.  The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time.  Any changes will be announced in class in advance.