General Chemistry: Chem131 Lecture & Lab Information
General Chemistry I, CHEM131 (Fall Semester 2012)
(4 = Lecture, 0 = Lab…officially, however, it is really 3 credits for lecture and 1 credit for lab.)
CHEM131-001 (CRN= 1087) = Lecture
CHEM131-L01 (CRN, 1088) = Afternoon Lab in Room #220 in Halenz Hall
CHEM131-L02 (CRN, 1089) = Afternoon Lab in Room #221 in Halenz Hall
CHEM131-L03 (CRN, 1090) = Evening Lab in Room #220 in Halenz Hall
CHEM131-L04 (CRN, 1091) = Evening Lab in Room #221 in Halenz Hall
This first course in chemistry is for students planning to major in science and engineering.
Topics include stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, states of matter, solutions, chemical kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.
MPE ≥ P3 OR passing grade in MATH166/168 or above or MATH191/195;
High school chemistry or physics strongly recommended.
Weekly: 3 lectures (MWF), 2 recitations (TR), and a 3-hour lab (M).
Textbook, Lab Manual, Online Web Learning (OWL), Labskills (online Lab prep), goggles, models, and clicker (+ subscription)
Instructor: Ryan Hayes, Ph.D.
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone #: 269-471-3248
Office: Halenz Hall, Room A-322
This webpage is to help students taking General Chemistry (Chem131) in the Fall Semester of this 2012-2013 school year. There will be information about the textbook and other required materials for this class found here on this website, in the syllabus, and posted on Moodle. During the semester all class-related information will be found on the Moodle webpage which can be accessed by your AU username and password. For new or transfer students, you may not be able to access Moodle yet since it depends on your registration status for AU and for this class.
Why can’t I register for CHEM131?
· Every year there are many questions about enrolling into General Chemistry. The most significant requirement is to have adequate mathematics skills. AU assesses your mathematics ability in a couple of different ways, but the best way has been through a passing score on the Math Placement Exam (MPE). You must score a P3 or higher in order to register for this class. There are some exemptions (eg. ACT math score > 30) or passing a college algebra class.
· For more information about the MPE and how it is scored, please click on this link to the AU Math Department Webpage: MPE (Math Placement Exam).
· You must have a MPE score of P3 or higher registered into the AU class registration system in order to be eligible to enroll.
Can I still get into the class? What if it fills up?
· If you are unable to register for CHEM131 because you have not taken the MPE or did not have one of the exceptions…have no fear! We have not turned away eligible students because the room was too full or the laboratory sections filled up. We will fit you all in!! But you have to wait until you get a passing score on the MPE.
· Therefore, you will need to wait until the week before classes to take the MPE. This is the case for many/most students. See the schedule on the MPE website.
· If you meet one of the exceptions, but still cannot enroll, then you might need to contact the registrar’s office.
· If you are curious to know why we have a math requirement, click here to see the relationship between math skill and General Chemistry performance.
Ok. I’ve passed the MPE, but finances or something else is holding up my registration. Can I still come to class?
· Yes. Come to class and lab.
· Since your registration is delayed, you probably cannot get into Moodle. That is ok. You can do everything else. Moodle is the only thing tied to your AU registration.
· These things are not tied to AU registration so you can do them at any time.
o Get the textbook & lab manual
o Sign up for OWL & Labskills
o Get your Clicker & get it registered/subscription,
o Come to lab and get your goggles & models (Monday, August 27)
o More details below…
· DON’T WAIT ON THESE THINGS! These allow you to stay current on homework and labs.
------------------REQUIRED MATERIALS for CHEM131 (and CHEM132)----------------------
You might be interested in knowing about the textbook and other required materials for General Chemistry. We are using the same textbook from the 2011-2012 school year. We are also using the same Lab Manual. All the materials are good for the whole school year so you should not have to purchase anything else for the second semester.
TEXTBOOK - REQUIRED: Chemistry: An Atoms First Approach, by Zumdahl and Zumdahl, 1st edition (Publisher: Cengage)
· ISBN10: 0-8400-6532-9, ISBN13: 978-0-8400-6532-2
· !! IMPORTANT!! You must also have OWL (Online Web Learning) and LabWorks which are web-based homework and laboratory skill assessment sites. This means some of your homework and lab work will be submitted through these websites. They require that you sign up and pay for access to these web sites. However, if you purchase the textbook from the AU Bookstore, OWL and LabWorks will be bundled into the price. You will pay one price at the AU Bookstore and get three (3) things: Textbook, OWL, and LabWorks.
· Note: If you buy your textbook from Amazon or other venue, you will need to purchase the OWL and LabSkills separately and at a higher cost. You may do this at the following Cengage Website: https://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/isbn/9780840065322
Online Web Learning (OWL) - REQUIRED. This is an online web learning site designed specifically for our textbook by the publisher (Cengage). About half of your homework will be completed and submitted using OWL.
· There are also LOTS of great resources: tutorials, videos, practice problems, etc.
· This is bundled with textbook if purchased at AU Bookstore.
· However, if you purchase your textbook somewhere besides the AU Bookstore, you will need to purchase separately ($113): https://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/isbn/978-0-8400-6336-6
eClicker - REQUIRED for attendance and quizzes. Keep an extra 2 to 4 AA batteries at all times. This is the same eClicker that is used by many other classes.
· You actually need to buy two things when it comes to clickers: 1) the actual eClicker device. 2) A subscription from eInstructions to make it functional in the classroom.
· I recommend buying a lifetime subscription.
· Available at the AU Bookstore.
· Chem131 Class Code: I52888L438 (copy & paste this information or recognize the first letter is a capital “i”)
Laboratory Manual - REQUIRED: General Chemistry Laboratory Manual– 2010 (AU Customized Version);
· Only available at AU Bookstore which means you cannot order at Amazon or buy a used copy.
· It contains worksheets that you will turn in for most of the labs.
· Don’t forget to write your name in it!
LabSkills - REQUIRED: An online web learning system from Cengage that has tutorials and prelab assignments specifically for helping you prepare for lab. It is bundled with the textbook when purchased at the AU Bookstore. We got you a great deal! However, if you buy your textbook somewhere else, you will need to go to Cengage and purchase this separately and at a higher cost.
· This will be bundled with the textbook and OWL if you buy the textbook at the AU Bookstore.
· However, if you purchase your textbook somewhere besides the AU Bookstore you will need to purchase separately ($51): https://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/isbn/9781133524205
Laboratory Safety Goggles - REQUIRED: You can purchase some nice (somewhat stylish) safety glasses from the Chemistry department (HH225). Oversized safety goggles that fit over prescription eye-ware are also available.
· For safety purposes, these need to be goggles not safety glasses since we will be dealing with splash (liquid) hazards from time to time.
· Proper goggles form a seal around the face and are indirectly vented.
· Cost - $12 or so which can be placed on your AU account.
· We will use the first lab period on Monday (8/27) to purchase this item.
· Can be used for organic chemistry and other labs. In theory, this is a one-time expense.
· If you forget to bring to class, you can “rent” a pair for $3/lab. This is to discourage losing or forgetting them.
· For safety, it is best to put the goggles on before coming into lab (at the door) so please do not store them in the lab (not in your drawer).
Models - REQUIRED: Ball and stick models to help you visualize the arrangement of atoms in molecules.
· These will be made available only through Chemistry Department (HH225).
· We will use the first lab period on Monday (8/27) to purchase this item.
· Can be picked up at any time after classes start but we will make them available for the first lab.
· Cost - $24 or so which can be placed on your AU account.
· Can be used for organic chemistry. In theory, this is a one-time expense.
Moodle – web-based classroom management program that AU uses for showing grades, posting class resources (PDF files, etc.), sending information to students, giving quizzes, etc.
· No additional cost, but you need to make sure you are registered and have access. You are supposed to be automatically enrolled once you are officially registered for this class, but please double check.
Calculator – Minimum functions in addition to simple arithmetic functions: logarithm (log), natural logarithm (ln), exponential (ex), scientific notation (EE or E or EXP). A graphing calculator or programmable one is not necessary but allowable.
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Syllabus (Fall 2012 Sylllabus –updated! )
Classroom Communication: How does the instructor communicate and which email address should I use?
WebPage Author: Ryan Hayes