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 http://gcccd.blackboard.com/
Online homework WileyPlus
Instructor Cary Willard, Ph.D.
web page www.grossmont.edu/cwillard
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
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.
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
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:
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
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)