Text: Chemistry Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, Phyllis Buell and James Girard, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2003.
This is an upper division GE course. "A general education course should provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the general subject matter and demonstrate the interrelationship with other disciplines. The course should require the student to demonstrate clear communication and logical thinking skills." (Reprinted from the GE course guidelines for CSU, Stanislaus.)
The course is designed for non science majors, thus the math has been minimized. (It has not been eliminated.) The analytical thinking expectation has not been minimized. You will be required to use your basic college level algebraic skills to solve dimensional analysis problems. You will need a calculator.
This course is technology based. You will be required to use the www. This will require some of you to learn how to use a computer and you will need to spend time outside of class in the PC or Mac lab. The instructor will be available for group and individual lessons. Peer tutoring is also encouraged.
Grading: This course is graded A,B,C,D,F, with a +/- option. This course may also be taken CR/NC. To be graded CR/NC, you must fill out the appropriate forms at the registrar's office before the last day to add or drop a course (January 10th). This is a Chemistry Department policy. To receive CR you must earn at least a C for the course.
Your grade will be based on three assessment devices, described in the table below.
|Device||Percent of Total points||Points|
|Daily quizzes ( 20 points each)||50%||200|
|Comprehensive Final Exam||25%||100|
Quizzes Every day, there will be a 20 point quiz. There will a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, word problem and essay questions on these quizzes. The questions will be modeled after homework problems and questions in the text and they will cover material presented in class and in the readings. There will be no make-up quizzes.
Final exam: on Tuesday, February 4th, you will have 2 hours to complete a comprehensive exam. There will be no make-up final exams.
Reading assignments: This is an upper division class, you will be expected to read the text before coming to class and be prepared to discuss what you have read. The daily quizzes will assess your comprehension of these reading assignments. Additional readings will also be assigned, some will be on the www, some will be available in the library.
WWW and Email: All course announcements, including homework assignments will be posted on the www. If you do not know how to get to the www, please see M. Perona immediately. Grades will not be posted, however you can receive information about your grades via Email.
|Date||Chapter, topic||Date||Chapter, Topic|
|January 7||1 and 3, Intro and atoms||January 22||5 and 12, Fossil fuels and nuclear|
|January 8||4, Bonding||January 23||13, Energy for future, and
|January 9||6, Reactions||January 28||16, Ag. chemicals, and
|January 14||7, Acids and bases.
|January 29||2 and 19, Planet Earth, Waste disposal, and
|January 15||8 and 9, Carbon compounds
|January 30||Presentations and review|
|January 16||10, Water||February 4||Final Exam|
|January 20||11, Air|