T TH 9:30 - 10:50 AM
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.
Mastering Chemistry: mandatory online-based homework. A CD is bundled in the chemistry textbook or may be bought online through masteringchemistry.com
Quizzes: one each week except for exam weeks.
Group Work: 2 - 3 per semester
Written assignment: see schedule for due date
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.
It is imperative that students attend class to pass the course. Students missing more than 3 classes will be dropped.
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.