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General Chemistry:  Chem131 Lecture & Lab Information


Course Title

General Chemistry I, CHEM131 (Fall Semester 2014)

Section 1 @ 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.  =>  Instructor:  Hayes (click for more info)

Section 2 @ 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. =>  Instructor:  Randall


CHEM131-001 = Lecture given by Dr. Hayes

CHEM131-002 = Lecture given by Dr. Randall

CHEM131-L01 = Afternoon Lab in Room #220 in Halenz Hall (Instructor: Hayes)

CHEM131-L02 = Afternoon Lab in Room #221 in Halenz Hall (Instructor: Hayes)

CHEM131-L03 = Evening Lab in Room #220 in Halenz Hall (Instructor: Hayes)

CHEM131-L04 = Evening Lab in Room #221 in Halenz Hall (Instructor: Hayes)

CHEM131-L05 = Evening Lab in Room #215 in Halenz Hall (Instructor: Hayes)


4 Credits

(4 = Lecture, 0 = Lab…officially, however, it is really 3 credits for lecture and 1 credit for lab.)


This first course in chemistry is for students planning to major in science, engineering, or pre-professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, or pre-pharmacy.  Topics include structure and function of atoms, molecules, and compounds also including states of matter, solutions, energy of reactions, stoichiometry, and a short introduction to organic chemistry.  Lab introduces hands-on experience with chemical analysis, material properties, chromatography, and using equipment such as analytical balances, volumetric glassware, and optical absorbance spectrometer.


MPE ≥ P3 OR passing grade in MATH165,166,168,191;

High school chemistry or physics strongly recommended.


Weekly: 3 lectures (MWF), 2 recitations (TR), and a 3-hour lab (M).

Required Materials

Textbook, Lab Manual, Online Web Learning (OWL), goggles, models, and iClicker2




















Section 1 Instructor:  Ryan Hayes, Ph.D.

Contact Email:

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 2014-2015 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.


---------------Frequently Asked Questions----------------


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. 

·       Since the Fall 2013, your mathematics score on the ACT or SAT is automatically converted into an MPE score.  This greatly reduces the number of students required to take the MPE.  Your preVue or iVue account should have this information.

·       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 like attend class, get your textbook, etc.  Moodle access 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/OWL & lab manual

o   Register your OWL 

o   Get your iClicker2

o   Come to lab and get your goggles & models (Monday, August 25) 

o   More details below…

·       DON’T WAIT ON THESE THINGS!  These allow you to stay current on homework and labs.

·       Come to class on Monday, August 25 even if you do not have all of these items ready to go.   



------------------ 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 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 school years.  We are also using the same Lab Manual (cover might look different this year).  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)

Text Box:  

Texbook Options:

·          ISBN10: 0-8400-6532-9, ISBN13: 978-0-8400-6532-2

·          !! IMPORTANT !!  You must also have OWL (Online Web Learning) which is a 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 will be bundled into the price.  You will pay one price at the AU Bookstore and get two (2) things:  Loose-Leaf Textbook + OWL.

·          Note 1:  The AU Bookstore is selling the textbook as “Loose Leaf” (ISBN: 9781285890210) which you will need a 3-ring binder to put the textbook into.  This is a much cheaper option for you.  Then you would only need to bring the chapters you need to class which will make your backpack lighter!  They are not currently selling the hardbook version.  You are welcome to buy the hardback version at another venue (e.g. Cengage, Amazon, etc.)

·          Note 2:  Here is a website created by the publisher of our custom materials that you can purchase the same things that will be offered by the AU Bookstore.


·          Note 3:  If you buy your textbook from Amazon or other venue, you will need to purchase the OWL separately and at a higher cost.  Here is the textbook and OWL bundle at the Cengage Website:






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. 

·          Get the 24-month subscription if you are taking the class for the full year.  6-months is not long enough.  The textbook from the AU bookstore comes bundled with the 24-month subscription.

·          However, if you purchase your textbook somewhere besides the AU Bookstore, you will need to purchase separately ($126):


iClicker2 - REQUIRED for attendance and quizzes.  Keep an extra 2 to 4 AAA batteries at all times. This is a switch from the clicker systems from last year and the year’s past.

A response device with LCD capabilities for self-paced polling and short answers

·                   Cost $46 (I believe)

·                   Buy once and use it for all your classes.  No subscription needed. 




Laboratory Manual - REQUIRED: General Chemistry Laboratory Manual– 2011 (AU Customized Version);

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·                      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 so don’t buy a used one.

·                      Don’t forget to write your name in it!






Laboratory Safety Goggles -  REQUIRED:  You can purchase some nice (somewhat stylish) SAFETY GOOGLES 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 (price may vary) or so which can be placed on your AU account. 

·       We will use the first lab period on Monday (8/25) 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 lab, you can “rent” a pair for $3/lab from the chemistry office.  This is to discourage losing or forgetting them. 

·       For optimal safety, it is best to put the goggles on before coming into lab (at the door).  Safety begins at the door, not the drawer!

·       You will NOT be allowed to store them in the lab locker/drawer that will be assigned to you.


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 (8/25) to purchase this item which is the best time to purchase.

·       Can be picked up at any time after classes start but we will make them available for the first lab.

·       Cost - $24 (price may vary) 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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Classroom Communication:  How does the instructor communicate and which email address should I use?






WebPage Author:  Ryan Hayes

Version: 6/18/2014