Chemistry 115 Course Information


This is a 4 unit course; 3 hours lecture and 3 hours of lab per week.


Text    Foundations of College Chemistry, Hein, 15th edition 

(paper or electronic version acceptable) (ISBN 978-1-119-32528-4)

                        (Older versions of the text are acceptable, but WileyPlus for blackboard is required.)


Optional        Study Guide or Solutions Manual for above text


Lab Manual  Chemistry 115 Lab Manual


Web Sites     blackboard         

                        Online homework    WileyPlus


Instructor      Cary Willard, Ph.D.

 Office 30-224

Phone 619-644-7427


web page


Class Meeting times


Lecture           MW     12:30 PM – 1:45 PM            room 51-575


Laboratory     M           2:00 PM – 5:00 PM(6408)       room 30-250


or         T          11:00 AM – 1:50 PM(2508)       room 30-250


or         Th       11:00 AM – 1:55 PM(2509)       room 30-250



Additional requirements and prerequisites

  • Calculator - A standard scientific calculator is required for the course.  If you have any questions concerning your calculator check with your instructor, a calculator which could potentially give an unfair advantage may be disallowed in testing situations!
  • Safety Glasses - Available in bookstore and hardware stores.
  • Elementary Algebra


Chemistry 115 or 120?

This is an introductory course for those students not planning to take General Chemistry (120, 141, or 142).  It is not intended as preparation for Chemistry 120.  Typical majors are nursing, allied health fields, and others wanting a one semester course with a lab.  Physical science, engineering, biology, or pre-med majors should start with Chemistry 120.  If you are heading to a physician’s assistant program, check the requirements carefully.  Some programs require Chemistry 115, others require the traditional first-year general chemistry, which means that you should be in Chemistry 120.



Regular attendance is expected.  When absences exceed the number of hours that a class meets a week (6 hours for Chemistry 115), the instructor may drop the student from the class.  It is the student’s responsibility to discuss anticipated extensive absences with the instructor.  Partial absences (late arrivals, long breaks, early exits, etc) will constitute a ½ day absence.  Make-up work for an absence of any kind must be completed to the satisfaction of the instructor.  No absence relieves the student of the responsibility of completing all work assigned. 







Final Exam




Computer Assignments

  5% Orion

10% End of Chapter Problems











Those enrolled at the end of the semester must receive a letter grade unless they have chosen the CR/NC option.  An “incomplete” may be arranged for completion of a particular item such as the final exam, but will not be given to allow repeat of the course.  Withdrawal or CR/NC grading is available through admissions and records.  Grades will be posted on Blackboard.  Notify instructor immediately if you have questions regarding the posted grades.


Approximately 88% will be an A, 78% a B, 66% a C and 55% a D grade.  Please note however that anyone with less than a 55% average on the exams (including final), or the labs will receive an F.  Also the final grade will be no more than 1 letter grade higher than the exam average.


Exams and Quizzes.  There will be four hour exams and one final exam this semester.  The four hour exams will be given according to the schedule.  The final is comprehensive and will be given during finals week.  A weekly quiz will also be given.  This quiz may be in your lecture or laboratory section.


Laboratory  We will meet for lab one day a week for three hours.  It is important for you to read the experiment prior to coming to lab.  You must also complete any pre-lab questions and lab worksheets.


Registration should be completed before checking into lab.  You are responsible for any lost or broken equipment in the laboratory and will be charged for all missing equipment at the end of the semester.  In addition, a $15 fee will be assessed for any student who fail to check out of the laboratory.

Because of potential safety problems, children may not attend lab.  Also no lab work may be done without an instructor present in the laboratory.



Computer Assignments.  There is a mandatory computer component to Chemistry 115.  There will be online assignments from WileyPlus/Blackboard.  These may be accessed through blackboard.  You will get a 2 week free trial, but must purchase an access code (available online or in new textbooks from Grossmont Bookstore) to continue to access this portion of Blackboard


Missed Work

No make-up quizzes will be given.  Make-up exams will be given with an acceptable and verifiable excuse.  It is the students responsibility to arrange a make-up exam within 1 week of the original test date.  Labs must be made up within 1 week.  Only two labs may be made up during the semester.


It is very important for the student to stay current and seek assistance when it is needed.  If you have a question PLEASE ASK.  Your instructor is there to help you learn the material.  They can’t do it for you, but you must ask questions and work hard to facilitate understanding.


Academic Integrity Policy

Cheating and plagiarism (using as one’s own ideas, writings or materials of someone else without acknowledgement or permission) can result in any one of a variety of sanctions.  Such penalties may range from an adjusted grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment to a failing grade in the course.  The instructor may also summarily suspend the student for the class meeting when the infraction occurs, as well as the following class meeting.  For further clarification and information on these issues, please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Student Services & Programs (DSP&S) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in room 110 or by phone at (619) 644-7112 (voice) or (619) 644-7119 (TTY for deaf).


Additional Chemistry Assistance


There is a free tutoring service in the library building, and chemistry instructors are available to all students during “open” help times. 

Supervised Tutoring Referral

Students are referred to enroll in the following supervised tutoring courses if the service indicated will assist them in achieving or reinforcing the learning objectives of this course:

  • IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general computer applications in the Tech Mall;
  • English 198W, Supervised Tutoring for assistance in the English Writing Center (Room 70-119); and/or
  • IDS 198T, Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in academic subjects in the Tutoring Center (Room 70-229, 644-7387).

Student Learning Outcomes: This course is both a lecture and a lab course.  Our major goals for the semester are to become fluent in the language of chemistry and to utilize the tools of chemistry to analyze a variety of chemical phenomena.  We will also explore the behavior of materials in the laboratory and use our knowledge of chemistry to explain that behavior.  


In particular, each student will be able to do the following upon completion of this course:

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the language of chemistry.

Apply quantitative reasoning to chemical problems

Apply a laws and theories to explain and predict the properties of atoms and molecules.

Employ laboratory equipment and techniques to collect, organize and evaluate experimental data.


Course Objectives (from Course Outline)

The student will:

Identify, categorize, and name a variety of chemical compounds based upon their chemical formula.

Write, balance, and interpret chemical and nuclear equations.

Analyze problems to identify data, unknown value, and determine an appropriate method of solution.

Utilize unit dimensional analysis to solve a variety of chemical conversion problems.

Describe atomic structure, periodicity and molecular structure in terms of subatomic particles.

Utilize kinetic molecular theory to write explanations of chemical phenomena in molecular terms.

Perform and analyze chemical experiments in the laboratory




Important Dates

Last day to drop without receiving a W                Friday, September 2, 2016

Last day to apply for P/NP (CR/NCR)                  Friday, September 23, 2016

Last drop date                                                           Thursday, November 10, 2016


Labor Day                              Monday, September 5, 2016

Veteran’s Day                                   Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving                                    Thursday-Saturday, November 24-26, 2016

Last class day                                                           Friday, December 9, 2016

Final exam (tentative)                     Monday, December 12 2016 (9:25-11:25 am)