Tarleton State University
Department of Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics
Course Syllabus
Fall Semester, 2013

            CHEM 105-4     College Chemistry I                                               M,W  6:00-7:15 PM
                                                                                                                        Room 102, SCIEN
            Dr. Linda Schultz  (schultz@tarleton.edu)
            Phone: (254)968-9143 (office), (325)643-1384 (home), (325)642-0490 (cell)
            Office: Room 407, SCIEN
            Office Hours: by appointment

Course Prerequisites:
            None.  However, it is recommended that the student should have successfully completed MATH 101-3 or higher.

Course Description:
            Topics to be covered include an introduction to fundamental chemical laws, Scientific Method and measurement, atomic structure and its relationship to chemical bonding and the periodic properties of elements and compounds, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions.
            This course is suggested for science majors and pre-professional students who meet requirements for enrollment in MATH 107-3 or higher.
            The course consists of three (3) lecture hours per week and three (3) laboratory hours per week for 4 hours of college credit.

Required Texts and Materials:
CHEMISTRY - The Central Science, Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, and Woodward) 12th ed. (The online homework/testing package Mastering Chemistry is also required).
COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I - CHEM 105-4 - Laboratory Manual, 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.  These are described in the current 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 Manual.

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 Manual.
            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%
                                    4 exams                                   80%
                                    10 quizzes                               10%
                                    Homework (online)                 10%
                        Final Exam                                                                              25%
                        Laboratory Grade                                                                   25%
                                    see Laboratory Manual

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

1.   What chemistry is, basic classifications of matter, types of changes that matter can undergo, the Scientific Method, units of measurement, significant figures, and dimensional analysis.
2.   The early history of Chemistry, atomic structure, introduction to the Periodic Table, chemical symbols, and chemical nomenclature.
3.   Atomic masses, the mole, chemical reactions as represented by chemical equations, and stoichiometric calculations.
4.   Aqueous solutions and solution formation, strong and weak electrolytes, important types of chemical reactions in solution (precipitation, acid-base, and oxidation-reduction).
5.   The relationship between heat and chemical reactions and sources of energy.
6.   Electromagnetic radiation and its relationship to the structure of matter, the electronic structure of the atom, and the relationship of electronic structure to chemical properties and the Periodic Table.
7.   Different types of chemical bonds which bind atoms together (ionic and covalent bonds), Lewis structures, and the relationships between chemical bonding and molecular shapes.
8.   Hybridization and Molecular Orbital Theory.
9.   The physical laws governing the properties of gases and atmospheric chemistry.
10. The solid and liquid states of matter.
11. Solubility and solution properties.

Sources of Assistance:

1.   The textbook.  It cost a lot of money.  Read it and work the online homework problems corresponding to the chapters on the course schedule
2.   Your instructor.  If you are having difficulty working the problems, call or come by to see me. I am sometimes hard to find, but the secretary can usually track me down.
3.   Supplemental Instruction.  There will be a supplemental instruction specifically assigned to
      each lecture section of CHEM 105-4.  The tutor will schedule times to give extra help sessions each week. These S.I. sessions are being arranged specifically to assist you in this class and are free.
4.   Audiotutorial videotapes/CDs.  These are available from the Chemistry Stockroom (tapes) or the Reserve Desk of the TSU Library (CDs). They are ancient, but still effective (and free).
5.   Other Chemistry texts available in Room 434 and the library.
6.   Tutors. Many upper level Chemistry majors tutor (for money).  A list will be available in the departmental office in Room 117.
7.   Old exams.These will be posted approximately a week before each major exam in the glass
case across from my office on the fourth floor.  These are recommended as practice only and are not intended to represent the actual exam since these are always written new for each semester.
8.   Printed notes. These are available on my website, but are not a substitute for attending class!

Course Schedule:
            see attached.


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.

Available for Download:

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule



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