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GENERAL CHEMISTRY I, Summer 2007 (Delaney), 11:45 am - 1:00 pm


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

Office Hours: 9:00 - 10:00 am M-F, 1:00 - 2:00 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 3 homework assignments of 25 points each and 3 hourly tests plus the final. These numbers account for the lecture portion of your grade which accounts for 75% of your grade. 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 158 possible points). The apportionment of points is shown below:

Hourly Tests:300 points
Homework:75 points
Final:100 points
Lab:158 points
Total Points633 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:

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

Jun 4How to study Chemistry, Review of Matter & Measurement , Conversions, Chapter 1; Atoms Molecules & Ions, Chapter 2
Jun 11Quantum Theory & Electronic Structure of the Atom, Chapter 7; TEST 1, Chapters 1, 2, & 7 Friday June 15
Jun 18 Electron Configuration & Periodicity , Chapter 8; Ionic & Covalent Bonding, Chapter 9; Molecular Geometry (VSEPR, hybrid orbital, & molecular orbital) Chapter 10
Jun 25Chemical Calculations, Chapters 3 & 4, TEST 2, Chapters 7-10, 3 & 4 Fiday June 29
Jul 2-3The Gaseous State, Chapter 5
Jul 4Independence Day Holiday on Wednesday
Jul 5-6States of Matter, Chapter 11
July 9Nuclear Chemistry, Chapter 21, Test 3, Chapters 5, 11 & 21, Wednesday, July 11
Jul 14Tuesday, July 17, FINAL: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm