Sections 1-15

Dr. Light--SPRING 1997

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  • Instructor:    
         Robley J. Light:    Office: 204 DLC   
                             Telephone: 644-3844
    Class Hours: 
                   You should attend the lecture and recitation
                   section for which you are registered.
         Lecture:  Sections 1-7        MWF 8:00-8:55 am, 275 FLH
         Recitations (all in 219 HTL): 
              Section  1:    Tues.      1:00-1:50  Ref# 08424
              Section  2:    Tues.      2:00-2:50  Ref# 08431
              Section  3:    Tues.      3:00-3:50  Ref# 08449
              Section  4:    Tues.      4:00-4:50  Ref# 08456
              Section  5:    Tues.      5:00-5:50  Ref# 08463
              Section  6:    Tues.      6:00-6:50  Ref# 08470
              Section  7:    Tues.      7:00-7:50  Ref# 08488
         Lecture:  Sections 8-15       MWF 12:20-1:10 pm, 255 FLH
         Recitations (all in 213 HTL): 
              Section   8:   Tues.     8:00-8:50  Ref# 08495
              Section   9:   Tues.     9:00-9:50  Ref# 08503
              Section  10:   Tues.    10:00-10:50 Ref# 08510
              Section  11:   Tues.    11:00-11:50 Ref# 08528
              Section  12:   Tues.    12:00-12:50 Ref# 08535
              Section  13:   Tues.     1:00-1:50  Ref# 08542
              Section  14:   Tues.     2:00-2:50  Ref# 08550
              Section  15:   Tues.     3:00-3:50  Ref# 08567
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    Office Hours:
         WF 9:15-10:15, MW 1:30-2:30 or by appointment.  A schedule of
         additional office hours of recitation and other instructors
         will be handed out later. 
         Chemistry, The Central Science  7th Edition, by T. L. Brown,
         H. E. LeMay, Jr., and B. E. Bursten; Prentice-Hall, 1997.
         Experimenting with the Internet; A Guide for Chemistry
         Students, by Thomas Gardner  (This supplement was supposed to
         have been supplied with the textbook, but the bookstore
         ordered the wrong texts.  A copy will be given out to all
         students who have purchased the main textbook).
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         A calculator capable of the operations 10x, ex, log x, and
         ln x is required.
         MAC 1102 with a grade of "C-" or higher or placement beyond
         MAC 1102 on the FSU Math Department exam.  Alternatively, a
         SAT Mathematics score of 450 or an ACT Mathematics score of 21
         and a Natural Sciences score of 24 combined with a high school
         chemistry grade of "B" or better.
         CHM 1045L, unless you previously passed it.  If you do not
         attend the first lab meeting, you may be dropped from the
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         This course is intended for science majors who will take
         further 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 such as nutrition and food science. 
         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.
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         There will be three hour exams and a final exam.  Note their
         scheduled dates now, and plan your calendar accordingly.  
                   Exam I    Friday, February 7
                   Exam II   Friday, March 7
                   Exam III  Friday, April 11
                   Final Exam
                             Wednesday, April 23, 10:00-12:00 am
                                  Note:  This is a block exam time,
                                  not the time for 8:00-8:55 MWF or
                                  12:20-1:10 classes.  The location of
                                  the exam will be provided later.
         Make-up exams will be available only in case of a legitimately
         excused absence (sickness, death in family, university
         business, etc.).  In all cases but extreme emergencies, you
         must notify me of the absence before the exam.  All make-up
         exams will be scheduled during the last class period, Friday,
         April 18.
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         Take-home quizzes will be handed out on Wednesdays and due in
         class on Fridays beginning with the second week of class. 
         They must be taken as a group activity, one quiz submitted and
         graded for each group.  
         Attendance at recitation is highly recommended.  This is an
         opportunity to go over quizzes, review for tests, practice
         working problems, and ask questions about things that are
         confusing you.  Part of your grade will be determined by your
         active participation in the recitation sections.
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    Study Groups:
         You are to organize yourselves into groups of four or five
         individuals.  Try to group with individuals in the same
         recitation section and with similar enough schedules that you
         will have several blocks of time each week to get together
         outside of class.  All group members should attend the same
         recitation.  Sit together in class and in recitation, as there
         will be some classroom activities you will be called on to
         work together.  You will work together on quizzes and submit
         one quiz for the group.  You should also meet together at
         least once or twice a week to work problem sets and prepare
         for tests.
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         Besides reading the chapters ahead, and organizing and
         completing your notes after each lecture, you should practice
         working some of the representative problems at the end of the
         chapters.  A good strategy would be to get together in your
         study groups to work problems.  Following is a suggested list
         of problems to focus on, but if you have difficulty with a
         particular type of problem, you should choose additional ones
         to work.  As you encounter difficulties, you should seek help
         during office hours, from the help desk, from your recitation
         instructor, or by email.
         Chapter             Suggested Problems
            1           1.17-1.44
            2           2.3-2.4, 2.13-2.20, 2.27-2.39, 
                        2.43-2.46, 2.67-2.69
            3           3.3-3.10, 3.15-3.22, 3.26-3.34,
                        3.41-3.48, 3.55-3.59, 3.65-3.70
            4           4.5-4.12, 4.51-4.56
            5           5.21-5.26, 5.33-5.38, 5.47-5.50, 5.56-5.62
            6           6.5-6.10, 6.13-6.20, 6.25-6.30, 6.41-6.46,
                        6.53-6.56, 6.59-6.62, 6.67-6.70
            7           7.13-7.24, 7.33-7.44
            8           8.7-8.20, 8.23-8.28, 8.36-8.50, 8.53-8.54,
                        8.57-8.60, 8.63-8.70
            9           9.1-9.16, 9.19-9.22, 9.33-9.40
           10           10.5-10.8, 10.14, 10.16-10.32, 10.35-10.48,
                        10.57-10.62, 10.67-10.70
           11           11.7-11.8, 11.13-11.16, 11.27-11.30, 
                        11.39-11.40, 11.45-ll.47, ll.53-ll.55,
                        ll.61, 11.63, 11.65-11.66
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    Group Problems:
         There will be three optional, extra credit, group problems. 
         They must be completed by the group, not individually, and
         only those members participating will get credit.  Each
         problem will be worth up to 6 points in extra credit.
         The course grade will be calculated on the basis of 655
         points, distributed as follows:
              Three hour exams*, 100 each        300 points
              Nine quizzes, 10 each               90 points
              Recitation participation, 5 each    65 points
              Final exam* (100 x 2)              200 points
                                  Total          655 points
              (Plus group problem extra credit, maximum of 18 points)
              The course average is based on Total/655
              * Final exam grade can also substitute for lowest test
    Grading Scale:
                   A    90-100
                   B    80-89.9
                   C    70-79.9
                   D    60-69.9
                   F    0-59.9
              (I will reserve the right to lower the cut-off line at
              each grade level, and to give pluses or minuses near the
              cut-off line, but the above scale represents the minimum
              grade to expect.) 
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    Electronic  Mail:
         You will each be given an account on a campus computer which
         can be used for electronic mail and for exploring the
         Internet.  I will use electronic mail to make class
         announcements, reading and problem assignments, etc.  Old
         tests and quizzes will be accessible by internet, but not in
         any other way.  You can use electronic mail to ask me
         questions about the material, indicate which things need more
         explanation in class, communicate with your recitation
         instructors, etc.  This opportunity is not meant to replace
         office hours, but to complement them.  A newsgroup bulletin
         board will be created to which I will post answers to
         questions I feel are relevant for all the class.  You can also
         communicate with each other, schedule group meetings, etc.
         through your email accounts.
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    Class and Text Web Pages
         You have probably heard of the World Wide Web, a recently
         developed and rapidly expanding way of linking information on
         computers around the world.  A local class web page will be
         developed which will contain the syllabus, copies of quizzes
         and tests, and other class information as it becomes
         available.  There are also local web pages that include class
         information from previous CHM 1045 classes taught by Dr. Light
         and by other instructors.  Some of Dr. Light's old tests and
         quizzes are available from the previous class pages.  You can
         access the current and previous pages through Dr. Light's
         Class Page Index via and class
         pages of other instructors through the chemistry department
         web server via  
         This term we will be a test site for a web page that Prentice
         Hall is developing to accompany the textbook.  It will contain
         material from the text, practice quizzes, current news
         articles about chemistry, and many interesting things related
         to chemistry.  They have prepared a book to guide you in
         learning how to cruise the web, not only for chemistry
         information but for general information.  The internet is a
         powerful new resource in the information age, and one goal of
         this class will be for you to learn how to use this resource. 
         Don't expect everything to work perfectly the first time,
         though, as there are always glitches in newly developed
         software.  We hope you will use this resource to expand your
         own horizons in chemistry, however, and that you will give
         feedback to the developers of the page as to what "works" and
         what doesn't in terms of making the subject matter clearer to
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    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 recitation problem sets, some suggested
         practice problems are listed in the course outline, and you
         should try working these problems on your own or with others. 
         A solutions manual is available, and while it may tell you if
         your answer is right, do not depend on it for the rote method
         of solving the problem.  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!
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                       CHM 1045 -- Spring 1997 -- Dr. Light
                       Tentative Lecture Schedule
    Date      Chapter             Topic                         Other
    Jan  6  M    1      Class Organization; Introduction
    Jan  8  W    1      Basic Concepts
    Jan 10  F    2      Atoms, Molecules and Ions
    Jan 13  M    2                "
    Jan 15  W    2                "                     (Group Pr. 1)
    Jan 17  F    3      Stoichiometry                      Quiz 1 due
    Jan 20  M           Martin Luther King Day, no class
    Jan 22  W    3      Stoichiometry
    Jan 24  F    3                "                        Quiz 2 due
    Jan 27  M    3                "
    Jan 29  W    4      Solution Stoichiometry
    Jan 31  F    4       (Sections 4.1 and 4.7 only)       Quiz 3 due
    Feb  3  M    4                "                 (Group Pr. 1 due)
    Feb  5  W    5      Energy and Thermochemistry
    Feb  7  F           EXAM I (Chapters 1-4)
    Feb 10  M    5      Energy and Thermochemistry      (Group Pr. 2)
    Feb 12  W    5                "
    Feb 14  F    5                "                        Quiz 4 due
    Feb 17  M    6      Electronic Structure of Atoms
    Feb 19  W    6                "                                  
    Feb 21  F    6                "                        Quiz 5 due
    Feb 24  M    7      Periodic Properties of Elements
    Feb 26  W    7                "
    Feb 28  F    8      Concepts of Chemical Bonding       Quiz 6 due
    Mar  3  M    8                "                 (Group Pr. 2 due)
    Mar  5  W    8                "
    Mar  7  F           EXAM II (Chapters 5-8(part))
    Mar 10-14           Spring Break
    Mar 17  M    8      Concepts of Chemical Bonding
    Mar 19  W    8                "
    Mar 21  F    9      Molecular Geometry                 Quiz 7 due
    Mar 24  M    9                "                     (Group Pr. 3)
    Mar 26  W    9                "
    Mar 28  F   10      Gases                              Quiz 8 due
    Mar 31  M   10        "
    Apr  2  W   10        " 
    Apr  4  F   10        "                                Quiz 9 due
    Apr  7  M   11      Intermolecular Forces
    Apr  9  W   11                "                                  
    Apr 11  F           EXAM III (Chapters 8-10)
    Apr 14  M   11      Intermolecular Forces       (Group Pr. 3 due)
    Apr 16  W   11                "
    Apr 18  F           Review;  Make-up Exams
    Apr 23  W           FINAL EXAMINATION, 10:00-12:00 am
                        (Note:  This is a block exam time)
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