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GENERAL CHEMISTRY I, Fall 2007 (Delaney), CHEM 101 A1 9:00 am MWF; CHEM 101 C1 11:00 am MWF


Dr. Mark S. Delaney
Office: Kirkman 215 A
Research Lab: Kirkman 215
Phone: 337/475-5956
FAX: 337/4755950
E-mail: or

Office Hours: 10:00-11:00 am MWF, 1:00 - 3:00 pm M-F

Course Description: General inorganic chemistry. Introductory study of the laws of chemistry. This course is classified as a General Education course.

Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 113 or a math score of 22 on the enhanced ACT or permission of department head.

Textbook: "Essentials of General Chemistry," 2nd Ed., Darrel D. Ebbing, Steven D. Gammon & Ronald O. Ragsdale, Houghton Mifflin, New York, NY (2006). ISBN: 0-618-49175-9

Optional material: Chemistry 101 Final Test Bank, no longer used, but contains many problems good for study

Course Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes: This course is classified as a General Education course and addresses general education competencies (GEC) 1a and 2-7. After completing the course the student will be able to:

Assessment: In the lecture portion of the class, assessment of progress will be determined by classroom tests over the appropriate materials and a comprehensive departmental final. The classroom tests may include short essays, short objective answers, calculations (with justifications), multiple choice or some combination of these. The departmental final will be a multiple choice test.

The laboratory section of the class assessment will be via a departmental quiz, grading of written laboratory reports and a comprehensive departmental laboratory final. The departmental laboratory final will be a multiple choice test.

Course Requirements and Evaluation: In the lecture portion of this class, students will be required to read and comprehend material covered in class as well as any assigned readings. To get the most out of lectures, students should read the material prior to the lecture. There will be 4 homework assignments of 25 points each and 4 hourly tests plus the final. These numbers account for the lecture portion of your grade which accounts for 75% of your grade. The lowest hourly test grade will be dropped from the average. The answers to objective questions on the tests should be given in complete, grammatically correct sentences (and yes, spelling DOES count).

The laboratory portion of the class will require students to read and comprehend material covered in pre-lab lectures as well as any assigned readings. Performance of laboratory work and write-up and timely submission of lab reports are also required. Your performance in the 101+ lab accounts for 25% of your grade (an additional 167 possible points). The apportionment of points is shown below:

Hourly Tests:300 points
Homework:100 points
Final:100 points
Lab:167 points
Total Points667 points

The grading scale is a ten point grading scale.

A = 100-90; B = 89-80; C = 79-70; D = 69-60; F = 59-0

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all class and lab meetings. Acceptable excused absences for tests/labs include only illness (with a doctor's excuse), university functions, or a death in the immediate family. If you have other problems please contact your instructor prior to the test/lab if possible.

Methods of Instruction: For the lecture component, instruction will consist of classroom (and possibly Blackboard) lectures and discussions, assigned readings, homework and other written assignments. The laboratory portion will consist of pre-lab lectures/discussions, timely and efficient performance of laboratory work and timely submission of laboratory reports.

Course and University Policies:

Diversity Statement: Students should visit the MSU webpage at for information about diversity awareness and sexual harassment policies and procedures.

ADA Statement: Students with impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs. Any student with a disability is encouraged to contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Drew Hall, Room 200, (337) 475-5916. It is each student's responsibility to register with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities when requesting a reasonable accommodation. Please visit for more information.

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Supplemental materials such as homework, study guides, worked out keys to study guides, and occasionally keys to tests will be posted on Blackboard and on Dr. Delaney's person website at

Course content: The following is a tentative outline of the topics/chapters and timeline for the course.

Aug20How to study Chemistry, Review of Matter & Measurement , Chapter 1
Aug 27Atoms, Molecules and Ions, Chapter 2; Quantum Theory & Electronic Structure of the Atom, Chapter 7
Sep 3Labor Day Holdiay
Sep 5Qauntum Theory & Electronic Structure of the Atom continued, chapter 7; Test 1: Friday, Sep 7, Chapters 1, 2 & 7
Sep 10Electron Configuration & Periodicity, Chapter 8
Sep 17Ionic and Covalent Bonding Chapter 9
Sep 24Molecular Geometry and Chemical Bonding Theory (VSEPR, Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital theory), Chapter 10; TEST 2, Friday Sep 28, Chaps 8-10
Oct 1Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations, Chapter 3
Oct 8Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations continued, Chapter 3; Chemical Reactions, Chapter 4
Oct 15Chemical Reactions continued, Chapter 4; TEST 3, Friday, October 19, Chapters 3 & 4
Oct 22Gas Laws, Chapter 5
Oct 29States of Matter, Chapter 11
Nov 5Nuclear Chemistry, Chapter 21
Nov 12Nuclear chemistry continued, TEST 4, Friday, November 16, Chaps. 5, 11 & 21
Nov 19Thanksgiving Holiday Week
Nov 26Balancing Redox Equations, Chapters 3 & 20; Review for Final
Dec 3Review for Final
Dec 5Dead day for study prior to finals
Dec 6Final for CHEM 101 C, 12:30-2:30 pm, Thursday Dcember 6, 2007
Dec 7Final for CHEM 101 A1, 8:00-10:00 am, Friday Dcember 7, 2007