General Chemistry (2nd Semester)

Course Details

Course Number: 1243  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 312

Days & Times:

MWF 800-850

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Rodney L. Cate   
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Course Objectives


General Education Statement:  Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in reading, writing, and fundamental math skills through satisfactory completion of all assignments.

Course Expectations


TOPIC           Chapter

 Liquids and Intermolecular Forces          11

Solids and Modern Materials           12

Properties of Solutions           13

EXAM I                      11-13

Chemical Kinetics            14

Chemical Equilibrium            15

Acid-Base Equilibria                  16

EXAM II                      14‑16

Additional Aspects of Aqueous Equilibria               17

Chemical Thermodynamics           19

Electrochemistry            20

EXAM III             17, 19 & 20

Nuclear Chemistry            21

Chemistry of the Nonmetals           22

Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry        23

EXAM IV                  21- 23

 [As Time Permits]:

Chemistry of the Environment          18

The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry       24

FINAL EXAM 8:00-10:00 am Wednesday, May 7th

 (Comprehensive over the Full Year)

Grading Standards

A = 90+

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

Final Exam5/7/2014  800-1000

Submission Format Policy


Homework Online: {Required} Sapling Learning License  (

            See instructions on the class website below. 

Grading Procedure:              Homework & Quizzes            15%

Exams                                     65%

                                                Final Exam                              20%


                                                Major Exams -- see "Proposed Schedule".


Quizzes -- to be given periodically covering assigned material and previous class lectures (may or may not be announced).


Homework -- To be posted on the Sapling Learning online class site.  Late homework will not be accepted.1


                        Final Exam -- see "Proposed Schedule".

Note: 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

1There will be no make-up work for missed quizzes and homework.  At least one quiz/homework grade will be dropped which will permit at least one absence without grade penalty.  Make-up on major exams will be given for official excused absences only and must be completed before the class period immediately after the scheduled exam administration.

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

Attendance Policy:  Attendance is mandatory.  Excessive unexcused absences will result in an instructor drop with a grade of "F".  Tardiness will be treated as an unexcused absence.  Disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated.  Visiting with classmates after the start time for the class is considered “disruptive” behavior.  Tardiness is considered “disruptive” behavior.

Other Policies

All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related student responsibilities, rights and activities.  Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.

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.