GENERAL CHEMISTRY (21:160:116) SPRING 2012 (4 credits)

TENTATIVE SYLLABUS


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THE FINAL EXAM IN THIS COURSE IS MONDAY, May 7 FROM 11:45-2:45PM. 

SECTIONS 21, 22 & 23 WILL TAKE THE EXAM IN SMITH 220

SECTIONS 24, 25 & 26 WILL TAKE THE EXAM IN (TBA).



The final exam in this course is Monday, May 7 from 11:45-2:45

In order to evaluate this course, please go to:  https://sakai.rutgers.edu/

Professor:  Dr. Roger Lalancette

Olson 010 (lab - almost always here) and Olson 237 (office - hardly ever here)  Tel. 973-353-5646
Office Hours:  after class, M & TH 2:30-4:00, and by appointment
e-mail address:  rogerlal@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Important notes concerning email and voice mail:
1)      Put “Chem. 116” somewhere within the subject line.  [Else, your email will be deleted without
         being read.]

2)      Give your full name and your section number somewhere within the text of your email. For example, no response would be given to an email from “flincoln”, if that is the only identifier for its author.  [If you do not remember your section number, just list the day of the week when your recitation meets; it is very difficult to sort through about 240 names to find your section.]

3)      The fastest way to reach Dr. Lalancette is to phone his office.  [I do not check all of my email every day.]

4)      If you leave a message on my answering machine, speak slowly and clearly when you give your call-back number. It has happened often in the past that I cannot return your call because I am unable to understand the phone number.

5)      If you do leave a voice message, don’t forget to clearly give both your name and your recitation section.



ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY FOR RUTGERS UNIVERSITY can be found at:  http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/integrity.shtml

Prerequisite courses:  640:109 – College Algebra for the Physical Sciences, AND 160:115 - General Chemistry 1st semester (with at least a passing grade).


Lectures
:

         Mondays and Thursdays, from 1:00 – 2:20 PM - ALL SECTIONS

         Note: TURN OFF CELL PHONES before coming to class.


Recitation Classes
:

Each recitation class meets once a week, every week. RECITATION CLASSES ARE MANDATORY.  Quizzes will be given at the end of each recitation class, beginning with the recitations meeting on Thursday, January 26.  [Thus each “quiz week” begins on Thursday and ends on Wednesday of the following week.]  The quiz for each week will principally be based upon material covered during the previous 2 lectures.  [For example, the quizzes given from Thurs., Jan. 26 through Wed., Feb. 2 will be based principally upon material covered during the lectures given on Jan. 19 and Jan. 23, the previous week's two lectures.]
THERE ARE NO MAKEUP QUIZZES – NOT EVER – FOR ANY REASON
. If you are unable to take your quiz during your normal recitation period and wish to take the quiz during a different recitation period, (within the same quiz week), you must obtain prior written permission from Dr. Lalancette.[Quizzes taken without prior authorization will not be counted towards your final quiz average.]

Recommended Materials:

      Schaum’s “3000 Solved Problems in Chemistry", by David Goldberg: ISBN 0-07-325026-0.


Required Materials:

1) General Chemistry, The Essential Concepts, by Raymond Chang, 10th Ed., McGraw-Hill Publishers. [Available at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Rutgers) & New Jersey Books].
2) A non-programmable and non-graphic Scientific Calculator. [Readily available, for about $10 or less, at drug stores, office supply stores, or at book stores. If it costs more than that, it is probably a graphic calculator.] Do not forget to bring your calculator     with you to ALL recitation classes and exams. [You will not be allowed to either share calculators, or to use the calculator in a cell phone.]  Make sure you know how to use your calculator, including how to enter numbers in scientific notation
    Warning: anyone found using an unacceptable calculator during an exam will have that calculator confiscated for the remainder of the exam. That person will have to do all the arithmetic without the benefit of a calculator!

3) Your individual ID number for the CONNECT online homework problems.     
  

        http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_spring_2012_?

[The ? is for your individual section day and number (from 21 through 26; see below)], and click on Register Now.  Then enter either a)  the access code or  b) buy online 
      You should also download the chemdraw module by going to the following url:    http://www.mhhe.com/sem/chemdraw/           
     For the students who have a used bookYOU MUST ORDER CONNECT online.


  For any and all CONNECT problems, 24-hour support at:  mcgrawhillconnect.com/support

  OR  call Technical Support800-331-5094
  SUN.:  6pm - 11pm (CST); MON. => THURS.: 8am - 11 pm (CST); FRI.:  8am - 6pm (CST)



 


CONNECT
ONLINE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
:

The book listed for "Connect" is Burdge, 2nd Ed.  We are using Chang, 10th Ed.  There is no "CONNECT" with Chang, so we will be using the Burdge homeworks.  Just do it!!!

Each CONNECT assignment must be completed on the day it is due (check to see when and at what time it is due!!!).  [The program will not allow you access after that time.]  In order to obtain full points for an assignment, you need to obtain a score of 75% or better on the assignment. Lower scores will earn proportionally fewer points, as shown below:

         75% - 100%:      5 points
         65% - 74.9%:     4 points
         55% - 64.9%:     3 points
         45% - 54.9%:     2 points
         35% - 44.9%:     1 points
         0% - 34.9%:       0 points


Sect. 21 - M 10:00 - 11:20  - Smith 241      Dr. Karen Chaffee
Sect. 22 - T  10:00 - 11:20 - Smith 240       Dr. Karen Chaffee

Sect. 23 - W   8:30 -   9:50 - Smith 240       Dr. Karen Chaffee
Sect. 24 - Th 10:00 - 11:20 - Smith 240      Dr. Karen Chaffee

Sect. 25 - F  10:00 - 11:20 - Smith 240       Dr. John Sheridan
Sect. 26 - F  10:00 - 11:20 - Smith 244       Dr. Roger Lalancette


Recitations:

Sect.

Day

Time

Room

Lecturer

CONNECT CODE URL

21

MON

10:00 –11:20

Smith 240

Dr. Karen Chaffee

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_

spring_2012_monday_21

22

TUES

10:00 –11:20

Smith 240

Dr. Karen Chaffee

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_

spring_2012_tuesday_22

23

WED

8:30 – 9:50

Smith 240

Dr. Karen Chaffee

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_

spring_2012_wednesday_23

24

THURS

10:00 –11:20

Smith 240

Dr. Karen Chaffee

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_

spring_2012_thursday_24

25

FRI

10:00 –11:20

Smith 240

Dr. Sheridan

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_

spring_2012_friday_25

26

FRI

10:00 –11:20

Smith 244

Dr. Lalancette

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_lalancette_

spring_2012_friday_26

 


Grading:
1.  There will be three (3) In-Class Exams – on February 13, March 8, and April 16. The lowest grade for these 3 exams will be dropped.  For this reason, THERE ARE NO MAKEUP EXAMS – EVER – FOR ANY REASON!   The 2 exams with the     highest scores will each count 100 points toward your final grade.
2.  The Final Exam will be given on Monday, May 7, from 11:45 – 2:45.  It will be cumulative and will count 200 points toward your final grade.  Makeup Final Exams will NOT be given, except for specific legitimate reasons as established by University         policy:  i.e., “illness requiring physician’s care; death in the family; etc.”  It is the student’s responsibility to contact Dr. Lalancette by phone within 24 hours of the scheduled exam time, and to subsequently provide appropriate supporting
    documentation, in writing (NOT via email!!)
A makeup exam will be given only if your lecture professor decides that your excuse and your supporting documentation are acceptableHaving multiple exams on the same day is not a         valid excuse! If you know ahead of time about a conflict, you must make arrangements to take the final exam early.  [Caution – makeup exams are always harder than the original one. 
    It is only worth it if you are truly too ill to do well at the normal scheduled time.]   Makeup exams must be completed within two weeks, or the "X" grade will automatically be changed to an F grade by the Registrar!!
3.  Your final quiz average will count 100 points toward your final grade.  Usually, there are 13 quizzes throughout the semester, and we will count the best 10 of these 13.
4.  The CONNECT online homework will count 50 points towards your final grade.  [Since there will be ~10 CONNECT assignments, each is worth up to 5 points towards your final grade (see below).]

 

RULES FOR THE EXAMS:

1.      There will be assigned seating. Arrive early in order to find your assigned seat.

2.      Place your ID on your desktop. You must bring a picture ID with you.

3.      NO BATHROOM BREAKS – be sure to use the facilities before the exam begins.

4.      No one will be permitted to enter after 15 minutes have elapsed and no one will be permitted to leave until at least 30 minutes have elapsed. BE ON TIME OR YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY!

5.      Non-programmable calculators ONLY may be used. All cell phones must be turned off and put away; no IPODS, headphones or Blackberries.  [Note – buy yourself a decent non-programmable scientific calculator.]

 

GRADING SUMMARY:

Exam 1*                                  100 points

Exam 2*                                  100 points

Exam 3*                                  100 points

Quizzes                                    100 points

Electronic Homework                50 points

Final Exam  (Cumulative)         200 points

TOTAL                                   550 POSSIBLE POINTS

*Only 2 of these 3 exams will count!!

 

484 points, (88%), guarantees an A; 412 points, (75%), guarantees a B; 330 points, (60%), guarantees a C; 275 points, (50%), guarantees a D. Less than 50% of the total possible points will yield a grade of F.


 

Summary of Important Dates

2/13 (Monday)

EXAM 1

3/8 (Thursday)

EXAM 2

3/27 (Tuesday)

Last day to withdraw with a “W” grade.

4/16 (Monday)

EXAM 3

5/7 (Monday)

Final (11:45-2:45)


GRADING:
THERE WILL BE THREE (3) "HOURLY" EXAMS AND A FINAL

           Mon, February 13;   Thurs., March 8;   Mon., April 16;   and Final, May 7. 

THE LOWEST OF THE THREE "HOURLY" EXAM GRADES WILL BE DROPPED. THERE ARE NO
MAKEUP EXAMS IN THIS COURSE!!  THEREFORE, AFTER DROPPING YOUR LOWEST EXAM GRADE,
THERE ARE TWO EXAMS, EACH CONTRIBUTING 100 POINTS TOWARD YOUR FINAL GRADE.

**THE FINAL EXAM WILL BE WORTH 200 POINTS, AND WILL BE CUMULATIVE.

MAKE-UP EXAMS:  THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS!!!  IF YOU MISS AN EXAM (FOR
ILLNESS, DEATH IN THE FAMILY, ETC.), THEN THAT WILL BE THE EXAM THAT YOU WILL DROP,
NAMELY YOUR LOWEST GRADE OF THE THREE "HOURLY" EXAMS.

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For the exams:  1)  seating charts -various rooms
                       2)  have ID ready to be shown
                       3)  NO bathroom - go before exam begins
                       4)  no one permitted in after 15 minutes,
                            no one allowed to leave for 30 minutes
                       5)  No programmable calculators
                       6)  formula sheet - 1/2 sheet of
                            8-1/2 x 11" piece of paper.

Grading Summary

Exam 1, M, Feb. 13

100 points

Exam 2, Th, Mar. 8

100 points

Exam 3, M, Apr. 16

100 points

Final, May 7

200 points

- lowest exam grade

-100 points

Recitation Quizzes

100 points

Electronic Homework

50 points

Total Possible

550 POINTS

485 points, or 88% of the total, guarantees an A in the course; B requires 412 points (75%);
C requires 330 points (60%); D requires 275 points (50%); less than 275 total (<50% of total possible points) will yield a grade of  F. 


 

DATE,  CHAPTER: TOPIC

RECOMMENDED PROBLEMS

1/19, 1/23 - Introduction & CHAP. 11  Lecture 1, Lecture 2
           Intermolecular Forces & Liquids & Solids

59,62,63,66,68,77,80,84,
86,91,92,94,134

1/26, 1/30  -  CHAP. 12      Lecture 1, Lecture 2

           Physical Properties of Solutions
           FEB. 3 - CONNECT CHAP. 11 FORCES       DUE 6:00 AM

3,4,5,8,14,20,22,33,50,

56,58,62,78,83,86,88,
102

2/2, 2/6, 2/9 - CHAP. 13  Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3      
         Chemical Kinetics

           FEB. 9 -  CONNECT CHAP. 12 SOLUTIONS     DUE 6:00 AM

2,6,11,18,22,24,26,37,

38,49,54,63,66,68,74, 
78,80,82

2/13 - M    EXAM 1- through Feb. 9 lecture = Chaps. 11, 12, 13

 

2/16,2/20,2/23 - CHAP. 14   Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3

          Chemical Equilibrium
        FEB. 21 - CONNECT CHAP. 13  KINETICS        DUE 6:30 AM

1,4,5,8,13,14,16,18,26,

29,32,34,36,45,48,50,57,
62,64,76,88

2/27, 3/1, 3/5 -  CHAP. 15  Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Addendum1, Addendum2
          Acids & Bases  
           FEB. 29 - CONNECT CHAP. 14  EQUILIBRIUM      DUE 6:30 AM
         MAR. 7 -
CONNECT CHAP. 15  ACID-BASE      DUE  6:30 AM

1,4,6,12,13,16,18,20,

21,23,25,42,48,52,56,
68,78,79,80,88

3/8 - Th    EXAM  2 – through Mar. 7 lecture = Chaps. 14 & 15

 

3/10 - 3/18 - Spring recess

 

3/19, 3/22, 3/26 –CHAP. 16 Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3

         Acid-Base Equilibria & Solubility Equilibria
  APR. 2 -  CONNECT CHAP. 16  BUFFERS & SOLUBILITY  DUE  9:30 AM

3,6,8,12,14,16,20,34,

39,40,42,46,48,54,59,
70,72,80

3/29, 4/2  -  CHAP. 18   Lecture 1, Lecture 2

         Entropy, Free Energy & Equilibrium
       APR. 9 -
CONNECT CHAP. 18  THERMODYNAMICS     DUE 9:30 AM

2,12,18,20,24,26,30,

42,44,46,52,56,60,64

4/5, 4/9, 4/12  - CHAP. 19  Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Addendum

         Electrochemistry
    APR. 13 -
CONNECT CHAP. 19 ELECTROCHEMISTRY    DUE  9:30 AM
     

2,12,14,16,22,24,26,

32,34,48,50,54,58,62, 
64,66,74,76,88


4/16 - Mon.
   EXAM  3 – through Apr. 9 lecture = Chaps. 16 & 18


 

NOT COVERED  - CHAP. 22   Lecture 1

   Transition Metals Chemistry & Coordination Compounds

9,12,14,16,18,20,22,

29,31,52 

4/19, 4/23 - CHAP. 23   Lecture 1, Lecture 2

        Nuclear Chemistry
      APR 5 - CONNECT CHAP. 23  NUCLEAR CHEM.       DUE   9:30 AM

5,6,14,16,18,24,26,30,

34,36,56

4/26 - 2nd  to LAST CLASS (penultimate class) = makeup lecture

4/30 - LAST CLASS = REVIEW


5/7 (MON.) 11:45-2:45
   FINAL EXAM (comprehensive = the whole semester)