General Chemistry

Course Details

Course Number: 1143  Section Number: 103

Fall 2010

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 312

Days & Times:

T TH     9:30 - 10:50 AM

Course Attachments

Syllabus  CHEM1143sylNEWF10.doc


Chemistry the Central Science, 11th ed
General chemistry text for CHEM 1143 and 1243
  ISBN: 978-0-13-600617-6

MSU Faculty Member
Candice Fulton   
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Course Objectives

 Each student must show competency in all areas of General Chemistry: understanding chemical structures, states of matter, periodic law, and material related to chemical reactions and stoichiometry.  The exams will employ all question types: recall, calculation, essay, and brief explanation.  A typed chemical project will be outlined in detail later in the semester – see the schedule below for the due date*.


Students must also show competency in writing and communication skills which will be used for group work and a chemically related essay due in the semester.

Course Expectations

Mastering Chemistry:     mandatory online-based homework.  A CD is bundled in the chemistry textbook or may be bought online through


Quizzes:  one each week except for exam weeks.


Group Work:     2 - 3 per semester


Written assignment:     see schedule for due date

Final Exam12/7/2010  8:00 AM

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Mastering Chemistry:   10% per day reduction of grade for one week.  No credit past this point.

Quizzes:   Quizzes can be take for up to one week after original quiz date.  No quiz can be made up after the quiz is handed back in class.

Group Work:  10% reduction in grade, but assignment may be turned in 1 day late.

Exams: Absence and reschedule date MUST be discussed the day of missed exam.  Exam can only be made up until the date the exam is graded and passed back in class. 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

It is imperative that students attend class to pass the course.  Students missing more than 3 classes will be dropped.

Other Policies

Quizzes will be given over lecture material and homework each week.  Mastering Chemistry (see attached registration information) will be utilized to assign homework problems and quizzes for students to complete.  Homework assignments and quizzes, regardless of format, will be counted as part of the “Quizzes” percentage of the student’s overall grade.

 In addition to quizzes and homework assignments, students will be given a class participation grade each week that counts as a quiz.  This grade includes group participation in class and a weekly 10 minute visit with the instructor.  The 10 minute visit, although can be longer, should be used to ask questions about tests, quizzes, lecture material, or homework problems.  This will begin after the first exam.  Students with an 85 or higher grade average do not have to attend sessions and lose no grade percentage.

 You will need a non-programmable calculator.  You may not use cell phones as calculators or programmable calculators on class quizzes or exams.  Cell  phones are to be turned off and put away.

 Overall, students should at least spend between 5 – 7 hours weekly on lecture preparation and general studying in order to pass the course.

 If you decide to drop the lecture class, you must also drop the lab.  This must be done on separate drop slips.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.