Instructor: Dr. Dennis L. Merat
Office Hours: Room S-302B
M 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. 1:50 p.m.
W 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
R 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
F 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. 1:50 p.m.
Phone Numbers: 321-4201 (Office)
362-3682 (Home) 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
E mail: email@example.com
Course Description: This is the first semester of the chemistry
course for students of science and chemical engineering. It
involves the study of matter, measurements, atoms, molecules, ions, use
of formulas and equations, thermochemistry, gases, electronic structure,
the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure, liquids and
solids, and solutions.
Prerequisite: Chem 101 at Christian Brothers University or high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on the departmental placement examination.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Math 117 or Math 131; Chem 113L
Required Texts and Materials:
1. Chemistry: Principles & Practice, Second
Edition, by Daniel L. Reger,
Scott R. Goode, and Edward E. Mercer; Saunders College Publishing,
Fort Worth, 1997.
2. Scientific Calculator
3. Chemistry 113-114 package of experiments
General Course Goals: The course is designed to:
1) Introduce students to the basic principles of chemistry and prepare
students for advanced coursework, especially in the areas of organic,
analytical, and physical chemistry;
2) Familiarize students with the practical
Attendance: Regular class attendance is strongly encouraged and expected.
Assignments: You are expected to read textbook chapters listed on the syllabus prior to coming to class. You are responsible for learning all material that is either presented or assigned during class lecture/demonstrations. In addition, you will be responsible for assigned questions and problems.
4 hour tests @
100 points each
Homework 50 points
Final Examination 150 points
Total 600 points
Average (%) Letter Grade
90 -- 100
80 -- 89 B
65 -- 79 C
54 -- 64 D
53 or below F
The students average for this course is calculated by dividing the total points earned by 600, then multiplying by 100. If your scores are within these ranges, you are guaranteed the appropriate letter grade for the range within which your scores fall.
For problems involving numeric calculations, ALL WORK, except simple arithmetic , must be shown to receive credit. Partial credit will be given. All answers must be given to the proper number of significant figures.
Calculators may be used on examinations, unless specifically stated otherwise. If your calculator is programmable and/or has a constant memory, you must be prepared to remove the battery at any time during the examination. Calculators may not be shared. Calculators must be removed from their case before the examination begins.
Both the hour and final examinations will be taken in-class and will be closed book.
If the percentage score on the final examination is higher than the grade on the lowest of the hour tests, the percentage of correct answers score on the final examination will replace the lowest score on the hour tests.
Hour tests will be given at the beginning of class on the following dates:
A comprehensive final examination will be given at the end of the semester.
(A separate comprehensive final will be given for Chemistry 113L.)
Make-up Policy: Makeup tests will be given only under the most extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness or death in the family. Make-up tests may be more difficult than the in-class test.
Homework: Homework assignments will be collected on the
assigned due dates. Only selected problems will be graded on the
homework assignments. Late assignments will be accepted only under
the most extenuating circumstances and may receive lower grades.
Each homework assignment will be worth 5 points: your homework grade will be calculated from the formula: Homework average x 10 .
Help Sessions: Help sessions will be held on Tuesdays in
room S114 from
4:50 p.m. until 5:40 p.m.
Chemistry 113 -- Tentative Class Schedule
Note: The sequence of topics to be covered this semester is listed below; rate and sequence of coverage of material may vary from the schedule. Reading assignments are given in parentheses below the topic(s) and refer to the textbook. Additional topics will be presented and assigned in lecture.
January 15, 17
Introduction, Matter, Periodic Table, Significant
Figures, Measurement and Units
January 20 Holiday
January 22, 24, 27, 29 Atoms, Molecules, and
Ions; Nomenclature; Introduction to Stoichiometry
(Chapters 2 and 3)
February 3, 5 Stoichiometry Continued
(Chapters 3 and 4)
*****February 7 Hour Test 1
February 10, 12, 14
Stoichiometry Continued; Thermochemistry
(Chapters 4 and 5)
February 17, 19, 21
Thermochemistry; Introduction to Gases
(Chapters 5 and 6)
February 24, 26, 28
March 3 Gases; Introduction to Atomic Structure
(Chapters 6 and 7)
*****March 5 Hour Test 2
March 10-14 Holiday; Spring break
March 17, 19, 21,
24, 26 Atomic Structure; Periodic Trends
(Chapters 7 and 8)
March 28, 31
April 2, 4 Chemical Bonds and Theories of Bonding;
Introduction to Liquids and Solids
(Chapters 9, 10 and 11)
*****April 7 Hour Test 3
April 9, 11, 14, 16
Liquids and Solids; Bonding continued
(Chapters 9, 10 and 11)
April 18 Holiday
April 21, 23, 25,
28, 30 Liquids and Solids continued; Solutions
(Chapters 11, 12)
*****May 2 Hour Test 4
Completion of Solutions; Review
Comprehensive Final Examination