CHM 1020--Chemistry for Liberal Studies--Fall 2000




This is a course for non-science majors who wish to fulfill the liberal studies science requirement with chemistry and plan to take no further chemistry courses.  It is not a preparatory course for CHM 1045.  It introduces basic chemical concepts and principles which should help students to better understand many chemically related societal issues. Though mathematics is necessary, its use is minimized.


The student should have access to a calculator capable of calculating logarithms and exponentials.

Textbook:    Hill, J. W. & Kolb, D. K., Chemistry for Changing Times, 9th Ed., Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2001

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The grade is based on quizzes, tests, a final exam, and class participation as follows:
Hour Tests (100 points each):
GroupQuizzes (15 points each, 8 of 10):
Class and Computer Quizzes: 1
Final Exam 3(100x1.5)
470 or 570

  1. Class Quizzes consist of unannounced "minute quizzes". Computer quizzes will be administered and graded on line by computer.
  2. Your overall average will be calculated with and without including the class and computer quizzes. Therefore these quiz grades can only help, but will not hurt you.
  3. Final Exam score will also replace lowest test score if it is higher.  

    The following are tentative percentage cut-offs for letter grades, obtained by dividing the total score by 4.7 (discounting class and computer quizzes) or 5.7 (counting class and computer quizzes).  These cut-offs might be adjusted downward slightly depending on difficutly of tests and overall class performance, but they will not be raised.  
90-100  A or A-
80-89    B or B-
70-79    C or C-
60-69    D or D-

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Contact with Instructor

Office: 204 Ditmer Laboratory of Chemistry
Phone:   644-3844

Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00-3:00, Tuesdays 9:30-10:30, or by appointment
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Electronic Mail Communication

 To provide an additional means of communication between instructor and student and among students, students may obtain a computer account and register it for the class.  You are encouraged to use this means of asking questions, commenting on lectures, making appointments for help, etc.  A mail alias,, has been generated for the class.  Everyone with an FSU email account who is registered for the course will automatically be put on the alias and should receive mail sent to it.  (Only your FSU account can be entered in the alias.  If you read your mail on another account, then telnet to your FSU account and set it to forward mail.)  If you do not have an email account, you should go to the web site:  and follow the link to new accounts.  If you are not on the class roll (perhaps you are auditing or making up an I grade), you must go to the same web site and follow the link to course mailing lists.  You will need your FSU ID card number, your social security number, and the course reference number for this class, which is 00969.

 For additional information on Email accounts, computer help, etc., go the the ACNS web sites:

A Guide to Computing at Florida State (
Information for Students (

Class Web Page

 A class web page will provide a variety of class-related information, including the syllabus, lecture schedule, lecture notes, assignment dates, and pointers to information on the internet that is relevant to the material you are studying.  This term I am experimenting with Blackboard's "Course Info" as the entry to the web materials. The URL for the course is . You will need your account and password for your garnet (or mailer) email account in order to login to this course page. A student manual is available on line to help introduce you to the Blackboard Course Info features.

Honor Code

Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code. The Academic Honor System of The Florida State University is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility to:

  1. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the studentís own work,
  2. Refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and
  3. Foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community.
Click on Academic Honor Code for a full statement of the FSU Code.

ADA Requirements

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should:

  1. Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC).
  2. Bring a letter to the instructor form the SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within 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 Assistant Dean of Students:, Disabled Student Services, 08 Kellum Hall, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4066, (850) 644-9566.

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