FSU SealCHM1046 Sections 11-17 Spring 2011 Syllabus

Prerequisite: MAC 1105 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or placement beyond MAC 1105 on the University's Math department exam. CHM1045 and CHM1045L or CHM1045C with a grade of "C-" or higher.


Dr. Stephanie R. Dillon
Office: 324B DLC
Phone: (850) 644-0166
E-mail: sdillon@chem.fsu.edu 
Office Hours: 
MTR 3:00PM - 4:30PM or by appointment

Recitation TA: 
  • Sections and Contact Information 
  • Course Schedule


    (1) Chemistry A Molecular Approach by Nivaldo Tro 1st Edition
    (2) Mastering Chemistry Code (Course ID#MCDILLON88785)
    (3) A NON-PROGRAMMABLE Scientific Calculator


    Lecture Policies:

    Cell Phones: All cell phones are to be turned off at all times during the lecture period. Students whose cell phones ring during a lecture will be asked to leave. Please be considerate of both your fellow students and your instructor.  

    Course Objectives

    At the end of this course, the student will be able to …

    1. Define and understand the types of intermolecular forces present in inorganic and simple organic molecules; describe and predict the intermolecular forces for a particular compound; predict the effects of such forces on the physical and chemical properties of the compound.
    2. Perform quantitative analysis of the colligative effects of a solute in a solution, including effects on boiling point, melting point and osmotic pressure.
    3. Describe the variables which affect the rate of a chemical reaction; use experimental data to determine a rate law; use rate laws to calculate the relationship between concentration and time for a chemical reaction.
    4. Define and understand the equilibrium constant for a chemical reaction, and the related concepts of LeChatlier's Principle and Equilibrium shift. Use experimental data to calculate values for an equilibrium constant and equilibrium concentrations.
    5. Use the pH scale and pH relationships to determine hydrogen ion concentrations, hydroxide ion concentrations, pH or pOH for a solution, based on experimental data; perform buffer calculations for acid/base mixtures.
    6. Use the appropriate equilibrium constants to determine solubility and/or precipitation point of an inorganic solute, in water or a solution.
    7. Understand the thermodynamic variables of enthalpy change, entropy change and Gibbs' free energy change, and how they affect the spontaneity of a chemical reaction; predict the spontaneity of a reaction using the appropriate thermodynamic data.
    8. Define and describe the types of electrochemical cells, and their individual components; predict the potential of an electrochemical cell under standard and non-standard conditions; use the quantitative relationship between current, charge and time to perform calculations.

    For matters not covered in this syllabus, please consult the professor, or the college catalog/student handbook. This syllabus is not intended to be all inclusive of classroom and college policies and procedures.

    Mastering Chemistry Homework Sets: 

    Learning Chemistry requires practice... 

    • Accompanying each chapter in the book will be Homework Sets delivered via Mastering Chemistry designed to let you practice and master problems related to the materials covered in the text. In order to excel in this course you must read each chapter carefully and completely and attempt all of the problems in each homework set. 



      Homework (10 Chapters 10 pts each) 100
      Quizzes (Best 10 at 15 pts each) 150
      Exams (Best 4 of 5 at 100 pts each) 400
      Chapter Summaries (10 Chapters 5 pts each) 50
      Total 700

      Grading Scale:
      Final grades in the course will be assigned based on the percentage of total possible points in the course, according to the following percentile scale:

      90-100% A
      80-89% B
      70-79% C
      Below 70% D/F

      The above scale represents the minimum grade for that percentile range, and the instructor may modify the grade cut-off percentiles downward if necessary to compensate for problematic exams or other factors. The instructor may also wish to provide modified grading scales for individual exams that deviate from the above scale in order to help students track their performance in the course; however, any adjustments to the final grading scale will be based on point totals at the end of the course.

      Academic Honor Policy
      The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “. . . be honest and truthful and . . . [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.”
      See Academic Honor Policy  for more details.

      Missed Quiz or Exam Policy: Because both an exam and several quizzes will be dropped as part of the course schedule, any missed Exam or quiz will automatically become the drop. This also means it is unnecessary to notify the instructor of a missed exam or quiz.

    Important Campus Resources

    • Dirac Science Library:  The library is located directly across from the Dittmer laboratory of Chemistry and directly in front of Fisher Lecture Hall. It provides a rich source of instructional materials, including books, journals, reference texts, and online databases.  Students must have a campus ID card to check out materials.  Students can access the online databases from off-campus.  Bring a current student ID card to get the passwords and authorization numbers.  Further information can be found at http://www.fsu.edu/~library/

    • Computing Services:  All current FSU students have free acns accounts and free email accounts at the campus. Directions for logging into your acns account and for registering for your free email account can be found at http://www.acns.fsu.edu/students/index.html.  If you have any problems with your account or forget your password, call the Help Desk at 644-8502.

    • ChemSketch from ASD Software can be downloaded for free. Click here to go to the download site.  Tutorials can help you learn to use this program.  Click here to go to the tutorial site.

    • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class. This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request. For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the: Student Disability Resource Center .  97 Woodward Avenue, South.  Florida State University.  Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167.  (850) 644-9566 (voice).  (850) 644-8504 (TDD) sdrc@admin.fsu.edu

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