CH101 Chemistry in the World

for FA 2007

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CH 101 Chemistry in the World


FA 2007 HO


Smith, Robert E.


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office Location


Office Hours

Half hour before class in classroom location.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM



Credit Hours



Chemistry in the World, Robert E. Smith, an electronic textbook that I will email to students at no cost.

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Course Description:
This course is designed to acquaint non-science majors with the impact of chemistry on their world. This course provides a general introduction to both inorganic and organic chemistry and stresses applications of chemistry in the commercial, industrial and technological components of society. 3:2:4

Educational Philosophy:

My main objective is to teach team work and to transfer adequate knowledge to all the students at the appropriate levels: a) to make sure that students understand the ideas that I am trying to convey, b) to prepare students for the next level of education, c) to develop the understanding of students, such that they adapt the process of thinking rather than just memorizing facts and principles, d) to develop practical skills and techniques to work confidently in laboratories, e) to demonstrate how chemistry is part of their daily lives, and f) to use alternative and diverse methods of teaching to keep students motivated and interested during the course of their study in the semester, and hopefully for the rest of their lives.

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.
  8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic laboratory techniques and perform and critically analyze experiments dealing with diverse topics in chemistry.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


Four unit exams 
(20% each)

Aug. 31, Sept. 28, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7; each exam will be one hour long, and will not be comprehensive


Final exam

Dec. 11One hour long and comprehensive. Your grade on the final can replace the lowest grade on the unit exams. The final is optional.



Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 30 Quizzes will be 10-15 minutes long. The lowest score will be dropped. The three highest will make up the 20%.

Please note: You will be informed ahead of time any changes made in the above schedules.












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Late Submission of Course Materials:
Make-up exams will not be given. If you missed an exam due to a good excuse, you can write a five page paper on a subject that we agree on, or you can drop it as your lowest score.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Family first. All absences due to illness or family emergency are excused.
2. Safety is also very important. It is OK to be late for class. Just come in quietly and don’t disturb the other students. Don’t drive too fast or unsafe to arrive at class on time.
3. I will clearly indicate the most important subjects to study for your quizzes and exams, and I will repeat myself. I will give you study guides to help you prepare.
4. There will be four exams and a final. You may drop the lowest score. The final is optional, if you are satisfied with your grade on the first four exams. There will be four quizzes. You may drop the lowest score.
5. Make-up exams and quizzes will not be given.  If you missed an exam due to a good excuse, you can write a five-page paper on a subject we agree on, or you can drop it as your lowest score. 
6. I will operate the class under the principles of total quality (TQ) management, in which the students are the customers and we all work together to help us all succeed. Except during quizzes and exams, collaborations between students will be encouraged.
7. Rude behavior towards other students, the instructor or a colleague will not be tolerated.
8. Students should avail all opportunities to participate in class.
9. Fear is the enemy of knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make mistakes. I will do both myself, from time to time.
10. I read, write and speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German. If any of you speak one of these languages, please feel free to speak them in class and help me improve my language skills. However, all my lectures, quizzes and exams will be in American English.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Aug. 20

Introduction, Atoms, Molecules and the Metric System, First Quiz.

Aug. 27

Electronic Structure and Bonding, Acids and Bases, First Exam.

Sept. 3

Labor Day (Sept 3) Properties of Water and Ions.

Sept. 10

Basic Inorganic Chemistry, Metals and Non-Metals.

Sept. 17

Basic Organic Chemistry, Properties of Molecules Containing Carbon, Second Quiz.

Sept. 24

Basic Biochemistry, DNA, RNA, Proteins, Second Exam.

Oct. 1

More Biochemistry, Carbohydrates, Fats and Lipids.

Oct. 8

Network Theory.

Oct. 15


Oct. 22

Food and Agricultural Chemistry, Third Quiz.

Oct. 29

Basic Nutrition, Third Exam.

Nov. 6

Basic Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry.

Nov. 13

Basic Toxicology.

Nov. 20

Basic Environmental Chemistry.

Nov. 27

Global Warming, Fourth Quiz.

Dec. 4

Basic Polymer Chemistry, Fourth Exam.

Dec. 11

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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: .

Additional Information:
I want to acknowledge Dr. Chernovitz, whose syllabus for this class was used as a model.


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