COURSE NUMBER: CH 301
Chemistry and Society
INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Jack L
Home Phone: 703 534-7484
Work Phone: 703 607 7864
Web Page: http://www.jespinal.com
DATES: 10 January – 13 March 2005
TIME: Mondays 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
FOR CHEMISTRY IN SOCIETY
MISSION: The mission of
Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide
access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically,
communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing
innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
DESCRIPTION: The history and nature of the science of chemistry
with emphasis upon is role as a human activity and its relationship to
humanity. Open to all junior and senior
PHILOSOPHY: I believe that
learning is a human experience where students learn best form interaction with
the instructor, each other, and the world around them. My classes will use demonstrations, lab
experiments both in the classroom and at home, class/group assignments; problem
solving, discussions of readings, oral reports/presentations; field trips,
films, slide shows, readings, videos, quizzes, dialogues, presentations,
examinations, the internet, videos, web sites, and group interactions.
THE COURSE: This course presents basic principles of Chemistry as
they relate to everyday experiences. It
will help prepare you to make decisions about important environmental, social,
and ethical issues that face our society and our small planet. You will learn to use the scientific method
in gathering information needed to make those decisions and perform simple
experiments that demonstrate principles covered in class. You will learn basic chemical terminology,
concepts, and solve simple problems related to the discipline of Chemistry.
OBJECTIVES: Park University continues to strive toward its goals
/ heritage of educating the total person so that he/she may function
effectively as individuals and as members of his/her chosen profession, and in
the local, national, and world community.
To that end the following literacies are stressed in this course.
1. Understanding of the nature and role of
scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge.
2. Recognition of the importance of the
scientific method of argument and modeling process.
Appreciation of the origins of scientific inquiry and method and seeing their
continuing presence in the mutual interaction between human society and its
4. Acquisition of tools for successful involvement
in scientific pursuits of the scientific community.
1. Understanding and mastery of the basic skills
in communication, computing, and information management.
Recognition of the diversity in the processes and methods of critical thinking
and problem-solving, and recognition of standards of excellence.
Appreciation of the history and variety of approaches for examining and using
information, and their technological applications in contemporary life.
Acquisition of tools for gathering, retrieving, evaluating, and communicating
information and data for various purposes. These tools should include the basic
skills in writing, speaking, listening, computing and the use of computers, and
1. Recognition of the existence of diverse
alternative systems and their necessary global relationships.
2. Acquisition of tools for responsible
citizenship involvement and for participation in economic and social endeavors.
Understanding of the importance of value concerns in human life, and the
ability to distinguish them from factual matters.
Recognition of the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the
ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate.
TXTEBOOK: Schwartz, Truman A. Chemistry In Context, Fourth Edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill, 2003.
RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST
web page: http://www.jespinal.com
Darrell D. Introductory Chemistry
Houghton Miffin Company 1995
James. A Short History of Chemistry.
Dover Publications 1989
Salzberg. From Caveman to Chemist. American Chemical Society 1991
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.
Definitions : Academic
dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism,
falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide
unfair advantage to the student.
• Cheating includes,
but not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes
on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class
assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also
includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related
to the student’s academic conduct.
• 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
• Falsifying academic records includes,
but not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student
or faculty member
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student
o Lying to
or deceiving a faculty member.
VIII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance
records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for aring
will become a part of the hearing file. The hearing file will be submitted to
the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs within five business days.
Upon receipt, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs will scan the
appropriate documentation. cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up
within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences
must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may
carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of
unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be
administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete
will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded
for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or
Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three
unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be
reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the
student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from
excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not
mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIAL: Late
assignments will be accepted only with prior approval. Otherwise, students will receive a score of
RULES OF CONDUCT: Class participation is expected and will form a part
of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes
and be on time. Roll will be checked each class meeting. Students are required
to read all assigned material prior to class.
Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty,
are excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work as follows:
written chapter problem solutions/comments must be turned in by e-mail prior
the missed class session. Written
solutions to problems and discussion subjects covered in class will be prepared
and presented to the instructor at an agreed upon date and an additional ten
chapter questions will be completed. (a partial failing grade for class
participation will be assessed for un-excused absences). Video tapes shown in class and associated study
guides cannot be made up. Students
missing class will receive zeros for these assignments. The course web page - http://www.jespinal.com -
contains electronic copies of many of the exercises and practice sets used in
class. Browse the web page to see what
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
American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities
and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.
Prepare for Class
Chemistry in Context, Chapter 1
Exercises 2,8, 9, 15, 16,
Composition of Materials
Exercises 17, 18, 19, 21, 31,
The Air We Breathe
Chemistry in Context,
Exercises 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 34
Protecting the Ozone Layer
Skeptical Chemist Report
Exercises 2, 6, 15, 18, 21
Chemistry of Global Warming
Exercises 1,4, 5, 6, 9, 14
Energy, Chemistry & Society,
Exercises 3, 4, 9
Smithsonian Field Trip
No Class on March 9, 2005
Exercises 16, 17, 19, 21
The Wonder of Water
Exercises 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 30, 40
Neutralizing the Threat of Acid
Rain Skeptical Chemist
Exercises 1, 3, 4, 31
The Fires of Nuclear Fission
No Class - Field Trip
XIV. GRADING PLAN: Grades will be based upon the following assignments
5 points per session
Reading, Problem Sets, Take home
Labs (About 12)
10 points each
Quizzes & Video Guides
Research Project / Presentation
Smithsonian Field Trip &
must have at least a passing grade for each of the above areas to receive a
passing grade for the course.
Grades for the course will be calculated as follows:
Below 60 or 3 un-excused
XV. MAKING UP A MISSED FINAL EXAM: Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a
student's being allowed to make up a missed final examination. It is the
student's responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam or
by the end of the first working day after the day of the missed exam to request
permission to take a make-up exam. In the process of determining whether a
make-up exam should be allowed, the burden of proof is on the student. The
instructor has the right to request verification of any excuse offered by the
student who is denied permission to take a make-up exam may appeal immediately
to the Academic Director or Resident Center Administrator. The appeal must be
made by the end of the first working day after the day of the denial. The
appeal will be forwarded immediately to the Assistant Vice President for
Extended Learning whose decision will be final.