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Chemistry 115: Fundamentals of Chemistry I Fall 2014 Lec. 013, CRN# 82207/Lab 014, CRN# 82208 Instructor Dr. Melissa Ely (304)293-0106 157A CRL (Chemistry Research Lab) Email: [email protected]; website: https://ecampus.wvu.edu Office Hours MW 1-2:15pm (No appointment needed during these times) Other times by appointment. Please ask. Chemistry Learning Center (CLC) Help? M,T,W (7-10 PM) in 157 CRL (beginning 2nd week) Lecture Section 013 (MWF 11:30 AM-12:20 PM) Clark Hall Room 101 Laboratory Section 014 (T 3:30-6:20 PM) Lab rooms to be assigned. Lab starting week of Aug. 25-29 Course Pre-requisites: A student may qualify for Chemistry 115 by (1) attaining a minimum math ACT score of 26 or a minimum math SAT score of 600, (2) earning a grade of C or better in Chemistry 110B, or (3) obtaining a minimum composite score of 24 on the two parts of the QRA (math placement exam). For information on the QRA and dates/times when the QRA is next offered see http://www.math.wvu.edu/qra. Objectives: Chemistry 115 is the first semester of a two-semester course of study in the fundamental principles of chemistry. The course is appropriate for students who: 1) intend to major in chemistry (grade of C or better in Chemistry 115 is required for chemistry majors), 2) want a basic knowledge of one of the physical sciences, 3) need to satisfy GEC objective #2B (including the lab requirement), 4) need 115 to satisfy a requirement and/or prerequisite in their major, or 5) intend to enroll in a professional school or program that requires additional study in chemistry (e.g. medicine, pharmacy, etc.). The objectives of this course are to present the fundamental principles of chemistry upon which subsequent course work is built. Basic topics include, but are not limited to, atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table and periodicity, chemical stoichiometry, reactions (precipitation, acid-base, and redox), thermodynamics, and properties of gases, liquids, and solids. Laboratory experiments are designed to support the lecture topics. Expected Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students should: • know and correctly use the language of chemistry (nomenclature, terminology, and symbolic representations); • understand and be able to apply chemical facts, concepts, and models, and be able to use them as a foundation to organize further chemical knowledge and to understand the physical world; • be able to visualize the structure of matter and its reactions at the atomic and molecular (microscopic) level and comprehend how these lead to the properties and behavior of bulk matter; • master qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills; • be able to use their knowledge to analyze and construct solutions for new and unfamiliar problems. • be able to solve quantitative problems using basic mathematical skills; • understand the nature and application of natural or physical sciences at a basic level sufficient to: - conduct simple experiments - generate and analyze real data - present data for analysis (e.g. using charts, graphs, tables) - perform mathematical calculations appropriate for data analysis - use abstract reasoning to interpret data - formulate and test hypotheses with scientific rigor • understand the complexities of scientific issues sufficient to think critically about the mutual impacts of science, society, natural resources, and the environment.General Education Curriculum: Through its focus on the study of basic topics in chemistry and the laboratory requirement of conducting simple experiments, this course satisfies the GEC requirements for Scientific Inquiry (objective 2B): Use quantitative and scientific knowledge effectively. Textbook: “Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change”, by Silberberg, 6th Ed. and “Connect” & “ALEKs” access codes. Required of all students. Do not lose either access code as you may need it in this and/or upcoming semesters! The textbook package sold at the WVU Bookstore or the Book Exchange is the most economical way of purchasing both code and text. Graded Online Homework: Mandatory graded online homework assignments/objectives will be assigned using the ALEKS and/or Connect systems. Online homework counts 10% toward each student’s final numerical grade. It is your responsibility to complete the online homeworks/objectives by the deadlines set by your instructor. Your instructor will provide more details (e.g, course access code(s)) pertaining to the online homework(s). Please wait to obtain information from your Chem 115 instructor (via email or handout) before trying to access the online homework system(s). Laboratory Text: “Laboratory Experiments for General Chemistry 115”, by WVU Staff, 5th Ed. Required of all students. Because of the use of fill-in blanks and graphs in the book, each student MUST have a new copy. Calculators: Only non-programmable calculators may be used during quizzes and exams. Scientific calculators ($8-$12) that perform all the needed mathematical calculations (including logarithms) are available at the WVU Bookstore as well as at various commercial establishments. Programmable calculators will be confiscated at the examination site or the student will not be allowed to take the exam. Prohibited at exam sites: Any type of communication or electronic device (cell phones, text messaging devices, ipods, headphones, iflip videos, etc.) Class Policy: Students are expected to remain quietly in their seats until dismissal by the instructor. Packing up your things is loud and disruptive, and the instructor will not speak over you. If you have a valid reason for leaving class early, please let the instructor know before the start of class. The instructor reserves the right to deduct points during the class period for any disruptive behavior. Electronic Devices: All electronic devices must be turned off during class time. Electronic devices used during class time will result in class dismissal and a non-legitimate absence (this includes text messaging). No electronic device use will be permitted during exams (use of cell phone calculators is


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