T Th 11:00-12:20
GRADING PROCEDURE: The following is breakdown of the point system that will be used in this course. The point totals and percentages will be posted (using a unique password). The password will be provided when the first homework set is returned.
Total / %
Three Hour-long Examinations
300 / 33.3%
One Final Examination
200 / 22.2%
100 / 11.1%
(1 of the 6 Quizzes will be Dropped)
10 Problem Sets
(1 of the 11 Sets will be Dropped)
GRADING SCALE: The following grading scale will be utilized to determine a student’s final grade in this course. An “F” can also be earned through academic dishonesty.
88.0 – 100.
76.0 – 87.9
64.0 – 75.9
52.0 – 63.9
00.0 – 51.9
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:Physical Chemistry, Raff, L. Publisher: Prentice-Hall
RECOMMENDED: Student Solutions Guide
WEB SITE: http://faculty.mwsu.edu/chemistry/randal.hallford/
PREREQUISITS: CHEM 1241, 1243; MATH 1734 and CHEM. 4943*; PHYS 1624 and 2644
QUIZZES: Six quizzes, consisting of two to five questions, will be given. These in class quizzes will typically take 10 to 20 minutes and contain recently covered material. Five of the six quizzes will be counted towards the final grade. No make-ups will be provided.
PROBLEM SETS: Take-home problem sets will consist of several problems and are due before the lecture begins on designated due date.
HOMEWORK & LECTURE ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to work all assigned problems and complete reading assignments. Students are expected to attend each lecture session. While there is no point penalty for absences, experience has shown a definite correlation between poor attendance and low grades. Once the lecture starts, students are expected to stay until the professor dismisses the class. In addition, students are expected to remain quiet except when addressing questions to the professor. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off. See the Student Handbook.
NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONSwill be provided. In the case of an excused absence, the one missed hour examination will be replaced with the appropriate fraction of the final examination score. This means that the final examination score could count twice: first for the final examination and second for a missed one-hour examination. An unjustified absence for the final examination will result in a “zero” for the final examination score. If a student misses two one-hour exams, the student needs to contact Dr. Hallford as soon as possible. Calculators that may contain mathematical solution software are not allowed in the test (and quiz) environment! Calculators with basic scientific ability and single line display are acceptable. I may inspect the contents of the memory of any calculator at any time during an examination. NO cell phones, PDA’s or other computing devices are allowed in quiz and exam periods.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: The expectation is that all students will act as mature individuals and will exhibit academic integrity at all times. In case of academic dishonesty, faculty regulations require notification of deans, advisers, etc. The student should be aware that both “taking” and “giving” improper assistance during examinations constitutes academic dishonesty. Students who are caught cheating on an examination or a quiz may receive an "F" for the entire course.
General Education Statement: Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in written communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and use of computers through exams and written reports.
Course Content: Classical and statistical thermodynamics, kinetic molecular theory, and chemical kinetics.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS: Federal law protects individuals with disabilities and states that the University must provide appropriate academic accommodations. According to the Americans with Disabilities Acts, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the University. If any member of this class feels they have a disability that requires special accommodations, please advise the University of this disability and the desired accommodations as soon as possible. The professor will work with disabled students and the Office of Disability Accommodation, 108 Clark Student Center (397-4618), to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that the students have a fair opportunity to perform favorably in this course.
Refer to the MSU student Handbook for University policies about academic honesty and class attendance
* CHEM4943 is the preparatory mathematics course for Physical Chemistry. Failure to complete this course will make it difficult to produce reasonable competence in Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics.