Dr. Light--SUMMER 1996

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  • Instructor:

         Robley J. Light:    Office: 204 DLC   
                             Telephone: 644-3844

    Class Hours:

         12:30-1:35, MWF, 275 Fisher Lecture Hall

    Office Hours:

         11:00-12:00 M,T,W,Th, or by appointment

    Help Sessions:

         Wednesdays prior to Hour Tests, 5:30-7:00 pm, 218 HTL

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         Chemistry, The Central Science  6th Edition, by T. L. Brown,
         H. E. LeMay, Jr., and B. E. Bursten; Prentice-Hall, 1994.

    Lab Meetings:

         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. 
    place if you don't.  Your laboratory meets twice a week.


         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

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         Completion of CHM 1045 with a C or better grade.  It is
         assumed you have a reasonable commmand of the first 11
         chapters of the text except for Chapter 4.


         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. 

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         There will be four hour tests.  The summer term does not
         provide for a final exam.  Note their scheduled dates now, and
         plan your calendar accordingly.  
                   Hour Test 1    Friday, May 31
                   Hour Test 2    Friday, June 21
                   Hour Test 3    Friday, July 12
                   Hour Test 4    Friday, Aug 2
         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.  

    Group Pre-Tests and Quizzes:

         A take home pre-test will be handed out the Wednesday before
         the week of an hour test, to be completed by a group of 3-5
         students working together and handed in at the beginning of
         class on the following Monday.  (The first Pre-Test will be
         due Tuesday morning following Memorial Day).  On weeks without
         pre-tests or hour tests, a take-home quiz will be handed out
         on Wednesday and due at the beginning of class on Friday.

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         The course grade will be calculated on the basis of 560
         points, distributed as follows:
              Four hour exams, 100 each          400 points
              Three of four quizzes, 20 each      60 points
              Average of four Pre-Tests          100 points
                                  Total          560 points
              The course average is based on Total/5.6

    Grading Scale:

                   A    90-100
                   B    80-89.9
                   C    70-79.9
                   D    60-69.9
                   F    0-59.9
              (The above scale represents the minimum grade to expect. 
              Since I have not had experience with this course and
              exams in the past, 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) 

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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.  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, and I plan to develop a class home page as
         a repository of relevant class information.  You can also
         communicate with each other, schedule group meetings, etc.
         through your email accounts.
         I may, on occasion, submit a question to the class by email
         and award extra credit to whomever can answer it correctly
         within a specified time period, not more than 24 hours.

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    Study Groups:

         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 Pre-Tests and submit
         one test for the group.  You may work together and collaborate
         on the quizzes as well, but one quiz is due from each student. 
         You should also meet together at least once or twice a week to
         work problem sets and prepare for tests.

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    Study Hints:

         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
         1046.  In addition to the quizzes and pre-tests, some
         suggested practice problems are listed in the course outline,
         and you should try working as many of these problems as you
         can 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 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.Homework:
         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, or by email.  Some of
         the problems have answers in the back of the book, and answers 
         to others are available from "Solutions to Exercises in 
         Chemistry, The Central Science", 6th Edition, 
         Brown, LeMay and Bursten, Prentice-Hall, 1994.  

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    Suggested Problems

          Chapter         Problems
            4           4.15-4.50
            20          20.1-20.8
            13          13.1-13.30, 13.36-13.60
            15          15.5-15.24, 15.31-15.34
            16          16.5-16.8, 16.11-16.16, 16.19-16.28
                        16.31-16.34, 16.39-16.48, 16.55-16.62
            17          17.3-17.26, 17.29-17.38, 17.43-17.50
            14          14.1-14.18, 14.21, 14.23, 14.29-14.32
            19          19.1-19.16, 19.19-19.26, 19.29-19.30
            20          20.9-20.23, 20.27-20.36
            26          26.3-26.12, 26.27-26.40

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    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 group practice tests and 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.

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