CH102 Contemporary Chemistry

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CH 102 Contemporary Chemistry


S1Z 2007 ML


Senger, April J.


Professor of Sciences/Adjunct Faculty


M.S. Learning Development
B.S.Biology and Chemistry with math minor
B.S. Secondary Education Science Broadfield

Office Location

Great Falls High School

Office Hours

Available upon request

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Semester Dates

January 8 - March 11

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours



Suchocki, John. Conceptual Chemistry. Third Edition. Pearson, Benjamin and Cummings, 2007.

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Course Description:
CH 102 will introduce the non-science major to the impact that the science of chemistry has on their world. The course provides a general introduction to the principles of the science of chemistry, in the commercial, industrial, and technological components of society. (Taught in accelerated programs only). 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Students need to read materials prior to class. During classroom lectures, students should be objective and participate in discussion questions. The exams will be objective questions. Discussion, concept building, and application questions will be assessed in a notebook that includes notes, text questions, and other activities. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize various states of matter and their properties, the major classes of compounds including acids and bases, the atomic and molecular basis of chemistry and demonstrate a working knowledge of the periodic table, solve chemical problems using standard units of measurement and conversion factors.
  2. Discuss the importance of chemistry in the world.
  3. Show that chemistry is an open-ended learning experience by using topics of current interest to illustrate chemical principles.
  4. Relate and apply scientific methods to chemical situations and relate chemical problems to everyday life.
  5. Use critical scientific judgment in reading science and technology literature.
  6. Describe the transformations of simple compounds using balanced equations and write formulas for common compounds.
  7. Solve chemical problems using standard units of measurement and conversion factors.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The assessment will consist of five chapter exams, a comprehensive final, and a notebook including all course notes, worksheets and activities. It is recommended that students bring a scientific calculator to class.


Exam 1 (Chapers 1 & 2)                            100 points
Exam 2 (Chapters 3 & 4 )                          100 points
Exam 3 (Chapters 5 & 6)                           100 points
Exam 4 (Chapters 9)                                  100 points
Exam 5 (Chapters 10 & 13)                       100 points
Final (Chapters 1-6, 9, 10 & 13)                300 points
Notebook                                                  200 points
Total Points                                            1000 Points
A     90-100%
B     80-89%
C     70-79%
D     60-69%
F     Less than 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Notebooks submitted late will be subject to a grade reduction at the discretion of the professor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to be prompt, prepared, and participate in scholarly classroom discussions. It is also recommend that student bring scientific calculators to class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Day 1: Introduction to class and expectations. Chapter 1 Chemistry is a Molecular Science (integral to our lives, relation to Universe, quantative measures, mass & volume, energy's role, temperature, phases of matter, and density)
Day 2: Chapter 2 Elements of Chemistry (chemical and physical properties, atoms, elements, compounds, mixtures, pure substances, and the organization of the periodic table)
Day 3: Exam 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)
Day 4: Chapter 3 Discovering the Atom and Subatomic Particles (chemistry's history, Lavoisier, Dalton, electron discovery, nucleus and relationship to mass, and composition of the nucleus)
Day 5: Chapter 4 The Atomic Nucleus (cathode ray and radioactivity, radioactivity and nature, tracers, medical imagining, radioactive decay, isotope dating, fission, fusion, and nuclear energy)
Day 6: Exam 2 (Chapters 3 & 4)
Day 7: Chapter 5 Atomic Models (purpose of models, light as energy, Niels Bohr, wave properties, energy-level diagrams and orbitals, energy shells, and properties of the periodic table)
Day 8: Chapter 6 Chemical Bonding and Molecular Shapes (using models for predicting bonding, ion formation, covalent bonds, valence electrons and molecular shape, and polarity)
Day 9: Exam 3 (Chapters 5 & 6)
Day 10: Literature Review and Socratic Discussion
Day 11: Chapter 9 An Overview of Chemical Reactions (chemical equations, relative mass, counting atoms, rate of reactions, catalysts, exothermic, endothermic, and entropy)
Day 12: Balancing Chemical Equations and Chemical Reaction Demonstration Day
Day 13: Exam 4 (Chapter 9)
Day 14: Chapter 10 Acids and Bases (donating and accepting electrons in acids and bases, strength of pH, acids, bases, neutral, rainwater, ocean water, and buffers)
Day 15: Chapter 13 Chemicals of Life (biomolecules and their role in cells, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, metabolism, and the food pyramid)
Day 16: Exam 5 (Chapters 10 & 13)
Day 17: Final Review and Notebook Submission
Day 18: Final Exam

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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