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General Chemistry I, NSC158 Fall 2010


Instructor Todd Smith, Sci. 110
Location Science 216
Days/Time

MWF 9:30-10:20


Text Principles of general chemistry, 2e, by M. Silberberg


Course description

Chemistry has a rich history, including ancient theories on the nature of matter and recipes for converting lead into gold. Modern research and applications are equally exciting, and include topics such as creating more efficient solar collectors and the reactions of natural and human-made chemicals in the environment. We will explore these topics as we learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, reaction stoichiometry, chemical bonds, molecular structure, and other concepts central to modern chemistry. Many of these topics are related to current health and environmental issues. For example, discussions of pH and reduction-oxidation reactions include research on the natural chemistry of surface waters and the effects of acid rain on natural systems.


Course goals

  • Understand that the study of chemistry allows us to predict the physical and chemical properties of atoms & molecules
  • Demonstrate the connection between the properties of atoms and the macroscopic world we experience in our daily lives
  • Illustrate that science is a process
  • Hone problem-solving skills


Grading policy

Students are expected to attend all lectures and to complete all reading assignments. There will be two 1-hour exams during class, weekly homework assignments, a research paper, and a final exam. The one-hour exams are worth 100 points each, the homework 20 points each, the paper 100 points, and the final is worth 100 points. The grade received in the course will be the ratio of points earned over points possible: 90% & above = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D. Diligent and conscientious participation in class and on assignments will boost borderline grades to the higher grade. If extenuating circumstances will prevent you from taking an exam notify me as soon as possible so that we can make alternative arrangements for administering the exam.


Paper assignment – due Friday, 11/12/10

The topic for your paper is exogenesis: the idea that organic material necessary for the formation of life on earth came from ‘exogenous’ sources – that is, someplace other than earth. You must take a clear position in your paper and defend that position based on your review of recent literature on the topic: either you support this possibility, or you reject this notion. In your paper you must cite at least two secondary sources (i.e., textbooks) from the Rice Aron Library, and at least two articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals, that you used to develop your argument for or against the concept of exogenesis.

The citation format you should use is that of the Council of Science Editors, as described at: http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/csegd.php.


Co-requisite

General Chemistry I Laboratory, NSC444


Course schedule – an approximate guide to the semester

Week of

Week

Topic

Chapter

8/30

0

Intro class




Central themes in chemistry; science is a process

1

9/6

1

The components of matter; mass laws & Dalton’s atomic theory

2



Stoichiometry & mole-to-mass conversions

3

9/113

2

An introduction to chemical reactions

4

9/20

3

Discovering the gas laws

5

9/27

4

Kinetic molecular theory

5

10/4

5

Thermochemistry & calorimetry

6

10/11

6

Exam 1 – Monday 10/11




Discuss research papers on Wedneday


10/18

7

Hendricks Days – no classes Mon & Tues




Catch-up / Structure of the atom

7

10/25

8

Structure of the atom, continued

7

11/1

9

Electron configurations – building-up atoms

8

11/8

10

Models of chemical bonding

9



Research papers due Friday, 11/12


11/15

11

The shapes of molecules

10

11/22

12

Exam 2 – Monday 11/22




Thanksgiving break - no class on Friday


11/29

13

Two theories of covalent bonding

11

12/6

14

Covalent bonding, continued

11

12/9 & 10

Th, Fr

Reading Day


12/11,13,14

S, M, T

Final exams


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