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Robley J. Light:
Office: 204 DLC
8:00-8:50, MWF, 275 Fisher Lecture Hall
Mondays and Wednesdays
9:15-10:15 Wednesdays and Fridays
(or by appointment)
Wednesdays prior to Hour Tests 6:00-7:30 pm, 218 HTL
Others will be announced later.
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Chemistry, The Central Science 7th Edition, by T. L. Brown, H.
E. LeMay, Jr., and B. E. Bursten; Prentice-Hall, 1997.
The laboratory (CHM 1046L) is a
corequisite and is separate from the lecture in grading and organization.
You are expected to register for both unless you have already passed the
laboratory. The laboratory syllabus is attached. The first laboratory meeting
will be the week of September 8th.
A calculator capable of the operations 10x,
ex, log x, and ln x is required. (You
will be doing a number of calculations involving logarithms this term,
so you should review their use).
Completion of CHM 1045 with a C or better grade. It is assumed you have
a reasonable command of the first 11 chapters of the text except for Chapter
This course is the second term of two-semester general chemistry course
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.
There will be three hour-tests and a final exam. Note their scheduled
dates now, and plan your calendar accordingly.
Hour Test 1 Friday, September 19
Hour Test 2 Friday, October 17
Hour Test 3 Friday, November 14
Final Exam Monday, December 8, 10:00-12:00 am
(This is not the block exam time)
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. Make-ups will be given on the last day of class.
A take home quiz will be handed out on Fridays to be completed by a
group of 3-5 students working together and handed in by noon Monday in
the box in room 208 HTL. (The first and last quizzes will be due by noon
Tuesday following Labor Day and the Thanksgiving Holidays).
The course grade will be calculated on the basis of 680 points, distributed
Three hour exams
Nine of eleven quizzes
2 x 100
* The final exam grade may substitute for a low test grade.
The course average is based on Total/6.8
(The above scale represents the minimum grade to expect. It may become
necessary to modify the grade cut-off points downward depending on test
difficulty, class performance, etc. However, I will not know for sure how
much adjustment might be made until all grades are in)
You will each be given an account on
a campus computer that can be used for electronic mail and for exploring
the Internet. (Many of you will already have your computer accounts from
the previous term). I will use electronic mail to make class announcements,
reading and problem assignments, etc. You can use electronic mail to ask
me questions about the material, indicate which things need more explanation
in class, 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.
Class Web Page
A class web page will be available by the end
of the first week of classes. It will contain a copy of the class schedule,
this syllabus, and other materials relevant to the class, including copies
of tests and quizzes as they are administered. In addition there will be
pointers to the class newsgroup and to useful chemistry sites that you
may find useful in addition, including interactive drill problems.
You will also receive a new account name and password to the Prentice
Hall textbook web site. Many of you are familiar with the site from last
term. Unfortunately, it will not provide the opportunity for quiz make-up,
but it practice problems for all the chapters and pointers to a text reference
for each problem.
You can access these pages, as well as previous CHM 1046 web pages containing
old tests, through my class index page at the URL:
You are to organize yourselves into groups of three to five individuals.
Try to group with individuals in the same laboratory section and with similar
enough schedules that you will have several blocks of time each week to
get together outside of class. Sit together in class , as there will be
some classroom activities you will be called on to work together. You will
work together on the 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.
Prepare for class. 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, even more
so in CHM 1046 than in CHM 1045. In addition to the old tests and quizzes
on the web, interactive drill problems on the web, and the practice quizzes
and tests on the Prentice Hall web site, a list of suggested end-of-chapter
practice problems is given below. Answers to the odd problems are given
in the book, and a solutions manual is available that explains how the
problem is worked. 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, such as solubilities, 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. Try making up your own substitute problem to solve.
There is no required homework, but you are strongly encouraged to work
as many end-of-chapter problems as you can. A good strategy would be to
work each of the Practice Exercises in the body of the chapter and at least
one end-of-chapter problem of a similar nature. Also for each problem that
I work in class, try to find a similar end-of-chapter problem to work on
your own or with your group. As you encounter difficulties, you should
seek help during office hours, from the help desk, from your laboratory
instructor, or by email.
American Disabilities Act
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 from SDRC indicating
you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first
week of class.
Academic Honor Code
Students are reminded of the Academic Honor System of the Florida State
University. Collaboration is permitted and encouraged on the take-home
quizzes, but signing one's name to the group effort without having participated
in it would be considered a violation of the honor code. Receiving or giving
unauthorized help on the hour tests is a violation.