CHM 1045

Sections 15-20

General Chemistry I


Fall 2002

Dr. Light



Robley Light


204 DLC




Office Hours:

1:30-2:30 MW

9:00-10:00 WF (or by appointment)


General Chemistry-An Integrated Approach

Hill and Petrucci, 2nd. Edition, Prentice Hall


Lecture and Recitation Schedule:


Lecture:  12:20-1:10 MWF     255 FLH

Recitations   (219HTL)



Course Ref. Number


8:00-8:50 am



9:00-9:50 am



10:00-10:50 am



11:00-11:50 am



12:00-12:50 pm



1:00-1:50 pm



Note:  You should note which section you are enrolled in and attend the appropriate recitation for that section.  If you must switch to a different time, be sure to go through drop and add so that you will be enrolled correctly.




            MAC 1105 with a grade of "C-" or higher, or MAC 1105 "waived" based on the student's score on the Advanced Math Placement (AMP) exam, the SAT, or the ACT.




            CHM 1045L, unless you previously passed it.  If you do not attend the first lab meeting, you may be dropped from the course!




            A calculator capable of the operations 10x, ex, log x, and ln x is required.



Course Description/Objectives


            This course is intended for science majors who will take further chemistry courses.  It is a prerequisite to General Chemistry II (CHM 1046) and more advanced chemistry courses.  It will count for liberal studies credit, but non-science majors desiring a single terminal course in chemistry should consider CHM 1020 instead.  CHM 1030 is an alternative shorter general chemistry course leading to CHM 2200C, a one-semester organic chemistry course intended for some majors in the College of Human Sciences.  Students with credit in CHM 1020 or CHM 1030 who are switching to a major requiring the main chemistry sequence may take CHM 1045 for reduced credit.


            The course covers the first ten chapters of the textbook.  Topics include measurement and dimensional analysis, classification of matter, periodic properties of the elements, composition and nomenclature of compounds, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, reactions in aqueous solution, properties of gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, and molecular structure. 


            By the end of the course students should have a working knowledge of the concepts covered in each chapter, including an ability to write and name chemical formulas, to predict and write equations for some chemical reactions, to calculate mass and energy relationships between products and reactants, to describe the electronic structure of atoms and the bonding in molecular and ionic compounds, and to calculate property changes in gases.  Specific objectives for each chapter are available at the textbook companion web site:




            There will be four Hour-Tests and a Final Exam.  Note their scheduled dates now and plan your calendar accordingly.  There will be no make-up tests.


                        Hour Test 1    Friday September 20

                        Hour Test 2    Friday October 11

                        Hour Test 3    Friday November 1

                        Hour Test 4    Friday November 22

                        Final Exam     Tuesday, December 10, 3:00-5:00 pm (Block Exam time)


Help Sessions


            Alpha Chi Sigma usually schedules help sessions for all 1045 tests.  In addition, one of the recitation instructors will hold help sessions on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. before each Friday exam. (Sep 19 Oct 10, Oct 31, Dec 5 in FLH 255;  Nov 21 in 218 HTL).


Recitations and quizzes:


            Attendance at recitation is expected.  Short quizzes will be given in each recitation after the first, and part of your grade will be determined by performance on these quizzes and your recitation participation.


Graded Homework:


            You will be assigned homework problems to be answered on the computer through the CAPA system.  (Computer Assisted Personalized Approach).  Information on this system will be explained in class.  You access the problem sets when they become available by logging on to  Select CHM1045RLf02 from the drop-down list.  Follow instructions about logging in and changing your password.  Remember your new password!


            Print out a copy of the instructions, which describes how you must enter your answers.  On each question, pay attention to how the answers are to be entered.  (Question formats may differ somewhat from examples in the book or those done in class, but they do represent concepts and problem skills you are expected to master.)  You can print out a copy of your quizzes in pdf format for working off-line.


            It is okay to work in groups on these homework problems, though each student will be assigned an individual set of problems which he or she must answer.  Multiple attempts are possibleRecitation instructors are asked not to work your specific problems for you, but they may give you hints.


            If you encounter problems, send an email message to Dr. Light.


Other Homework:


            Mastering the computational skills and concepts of the course may require even further practice with problem sets.  Additional practice problems can be obtained online at:

and at

            In addition, you are encouraged to work as many problems at the end of the chapter as you are able.  Following are some suggested problems to begin with.  They will not be graded nor taken up.


Chapter 1

2, 11, 12, 26, 29, 30, 44, 48, 60, 68, 76

Chapter 2

2, 30, 36, 46, 48, 52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64,70, 74, 78

Chapter 3

13, 22, 30, 32, 38, 44, 52, 54, 56, 64, 78, 82, 86, 90, 100, 108, 118

Chapter 4

3, 6, 30, 40, 42, 46, 48, 56, 58, 60, 68, 70, 74, 90, 100

Chapter 5

32, 38, 68, 73, 74, 78, 82, 88, 92, 96, 101, 103, 108, 110, 118, 122, 128

Chapter 6

2, 8, 10, 16, 28, 34, 42, 48, 66, 68, 70

Chapter 7

34, 36, 37, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 56, 64, 74, 82, 84, 96 

Chapter 8

32, 36, 40, 44, 50, 54, 56, 60, 64, 67, 70, 72, 79, 82, 83, 86, 87 

Chapter 9

6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 36, 41, 42, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62

Chapter 10

6, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 44



Study Hints:


            Prepare for class and recitation.  Read the book before material is to be covered in class, and come prepared with questions on things you don't understand.  A large portion of the course involves solving various problems.  In addition to the quizzes and CAPA homework, try as many of the end-of-chapter problems as you can, and use the on-line drill practice until you are confident in your abilities.  Usually there is more than one way to set up and solve chemistry problems, especially complex ones, and understanding what you are doing and why is preferred to memorizing steps.  Some memorization will be necessary, however, such as names and symbols of elements, and you should undertake these tasks as they come up, not the night before a test.  Take good class notes, revise them after class to see if there are points you don't understand, and develop a content outline from the notes to serve as a study guide for each exam.  When you have trouble working a problem, after it is explained try working another similar one from those at the end of the chapter.  Use the web to help clarify things for you, but don't expect the computer to replace the need for old-fashioned studying!


Blackboard and Class Web Pages


            Your web interface with the course will be through Blackboard.  You must obtain an FSU Email account on garnet or mailer in order to access this material!  A separate handout describes the Blackboard interface.  You can register for an FSU account at:


            For new students two other links will be of help in getting set up for computer use at FSU:


            When you log in to Blackboard (at, you will find two links associated with this course.  One is the general link for the lecture, and most of the course materials will be found at this site.  The second will be the link for your recitation section.  This is the site your recitation instructor will use to communicate with you, to post your recitation grades, etc.


            When logging into the course web site at a public computer, be sure to log out when finished.  Otherwise the next person can view your course materials and can impersonate you in Email messages!




            The course grade will be calculated on the basis of 800 points, distributed as follows:


Four Hour Tests*, 100 each:

400 points

Final Exam, 100 points x 2:

200 points

Recitation participation 5 points each, highest 10 counted:

 50 points

Recitation quizzes, 5 points each, highest 10 counted:

 50 points

CAPA Homework:

(drop two lowest, normalize to 100 points total)

100 points



800 points

*Final Exam grade will replace lowest test grade if it is higher.

*No make-up tests.  Exam grade will replace excused absence grade.


Grading Scale:


Letter Grade

Total Score divided by 8

A or A-:


B or B-:


C or C-:


D or D-:


F :


            (I will reserve the right to lower the cut-off score at a grade level, but will not raise it.)


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.


The full honor code is available at


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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