CH108 Introduction to Chemistry II

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CH 108 Introduction to Chemistry II


UJL 2006 HO


Chernovitz, Patricia


Assoc. Prof. of Chem

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Semester Dates

10 July – 04 August 2006

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 10:15 AM


earned “C” or better in CH107

Credit Hours


Chemistry  The Central Science, 10th editioin, 2006, Brown, LeMay, Bursten,
ISBN  0-13-146489-2, -A scientific calculator (with statistical capabilities)

Additional Resources:
See instructor's website for additional information and updated syllabus instruction.

Course Description:
A continuation of CH107 with major topics covered including solutions, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibria, and an introduction to descriptive chemistry.  Three lectures and one hour discussion per week.  Prerequisite:  ‘C” or better in CH107 or permission of instructor.  Corequisite:  CH108L

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, problems, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings along with the lab experience.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe solutions, solubility, colligative properties (perform calculations of these properties), and colloid formation.
  2. Apply the kinetic theory to a chemical reaction and perform calculations using the rate laws and transition energy.
  3. Write simple reaction mechanisms and describe the function of catalysts.
  4. Describe equilibrium and estimate equilibrium information.
  5. Describe acid-base concept, assess acid and base strength, describe and perform calculations on weak acids and bases, buffer solutions, and salts of weak acids and bases and determine pH.
  6. Explain and apply the first law of thermodynamics.
  7. Describe and perform calculations on voltaic and electrolytic cells.
  8. Describe reactions and trends of the main group elements and nuclear decay and reactions.
  9. Relate and apply scientific methods to chemical situations and scientific literature.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Your final grade will be based on three (3) one-hour exams and a comprehensive final.  (See dates under COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGN- MENTS.  The dates of exams are on Thursday.)  Your grade will reflect the exams, quizzes, and homework.  Snow/tornado days – If there is no class due to inclement weather, the scheduled exam will be given the next class time.  If the weather affects the final, check with the office or your email for an alternate date.  This will most likely be the following day.

Hour Exams
I expect not only that you know something, but also to use what you know.  You may not have been asked to do this before.  Your future employer or research director is going to ask you to do this.  In other words, you will have to use what you have learned.  Think critically!  This course will also stretch you analytical thinking skills.  
There will be three 50-minute exams during the semester.  Exams will be based mainly on material studied since the last exam, but all previous material is also possible.  It would be to your advantage to learn any questions you may have answered incorrectly from the previous exams.  

Make Up Exams
If you miss an exam and choose to make up the zero, an exam will be given the Thursday of finals week.  This exam will count as the missed exam.  This exam will be over any material I choose.  You cannot miss more than one exam.  Any exams missed over one will have a grade entered as zero.  
If you know you will be absent for an exam, see me, call, or e-mail to set up a time to take it before the class.  You will have this privilege once during the semester.  

You are expected to read the assignment and work problems.  The best way to learn chemistry is to work problems.  Assigned problems will be given during the discussion of the chapters.  Fully understand these problems and the worked out problems in the text, for a few may appear on exams in some form or another.
The problem set is due the next day for discussion.

For the assigned problem-sets and exam problems you must show all work.  You must show all steps to get to that answer that appears in back of the text if there is one.  Box in the final result.  Staple the pages.  Be careful not to staple through problems.  The grader will not struggle to try to read your work through a staple.  Put your name on the top one.  Failure to show all work will result in no credit for the problem.
• Failure to box in the final answer will result in a deduction of ¼ problem credit.
• Failure to staple the pages will result in a deduction of ¼ credit of the problem-set.
• If you staple through written work, the grader will not struggle to try to read your work.  Zero credit will be given for that problem.  
• Failure to put your name on the top page will result in no one grading the problem set.  

Official syllabus is at:

(This section is where you list your course grading plan(s) for assessment measures - the final cummulative exam.  Your earned final grade is bases on you performance on three examinations, a comprehensive final examination, homework, and your performance in the laboratory no more stringent than according to the following:

Exams(3)45% A 86-100
Final 20% B 74-85
Quizzes 20% C 62-73
Homework15% D 50-61
F < 50

The instructor has the right to change the syllabus during the semester.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Homework:  You will be given a check mark for any homework late.  This is a zero numerically.  
No Homework:    You will be given a zero.  More than three zeros will result in a decrease of one letter grade for the course.  More than five zeros will result in a decrease of two letter grades for the course.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Remember, you are not the only one in class and we have a lot of material to cover.  Ask questions, but do not monoplilize the class time.  

Purchase a stapler.  All reports and papers must be stapled.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Official syllabus is at:
Week Date Topics/Assignments
1 M Solutions
T Colligative Properties
W Kinetics
R Rates and Conc change
2 M Rxn Mechanisms
T Equilibrium
W LeChatelier's Principle
R Acid-base equilibrium
3 M pH and K's
T Common ion/buffers
W Titrations
R Second Law of Thermo
4 M Gibb's Free Energy
T REDOX and Voltaic cells
W EMF and Gibbs
R Chemistry of the Nonmetals
* Instructor has the right to assign a minimum of problems during class

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
On a number of assignments you will be allowed to collaborate or even work in groups. However all work turned in should be your own. That is all assignments to be turned in must be "pledged". For lab reports, this means that you have not falsified any data and have properly referenced all ideas which are not your own. For tests, you are stating that you have neither given nor received help except as allowed in the test instructions. On exams in particular, I am the only person who can answer or clarify any questions you have.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Don't copy and claim it as your own.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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