Chemistry Guidelines

Topics: Chemistry, University, Education Pages: 7 (1707 words) Published: August 22, 2013

PURPOSE: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the fundamental theoretical and applied aspects of general Chemistry. The course has been designed for beginning Chemistry students, and it covers topics such as the metric system, atomic structure, periodic table, energy, chemical names & formulas, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, the mole, stoichiometry, gases, and more. Students will also learn basic laboratory principles and techniques.

      World of Chemistry by Zumdahl, Zumdahl, and DeCoste (Published by Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning)
ISBN #978-1-133-10965-5
      Chemistry Labs and worksheets: Lab manual for Regular Chemistry. The packet must be purchased from the Campus Bookstore during the first week of school.

1) 3-ring binder for Lab manual and notes
2) Scientific Calculator
3) Safety Glasses/Goggles with splash shield

GRADING CRITERIA: Quarter grades will be calculated as follows:  
Tests                40%
Labs  30%
Homework 15%
Quizzes 15%

TEST FORMAT: Tests will be calculations and multiple choice, and will cover all of the material discussed in class, the labs, AND the reading assignments. NO test grades will be dropped. Test dates will be posted on the internet (Black board) and it is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the test date. Students will not be allowed to borrow or share calculators during tests. If a student does not have a calculator for the test, he/she will have to take the test without the use of a calculator. Students may not use smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc. during any quiz or test unless the instructor gives approval. _____  

LABS: Students are required to complete assigned labs. Each student is required to wear the safety glasses during ALL labs (unless otherwise instructed by the teacher) and will be assigned to a lab group to perform the labs. Students are expected to follow all lab rules and regulations to ensure safety for all students. One (1) lowest lab grade will be dropped at the end of each quarter. If a student is absent for a lab, that zero will be the lab grade dropped at the end of the quarter. _____  

NOTE: Students are responsible for bringing their safety glasses to class on lab days. If they forget them they may “lease” a pair from the instructor for a nominal fee, or take a zero for the lab. The instructor will deduct 5 points (or more) EACH TIME the student has to be reminded about the safety rules during a lab, and also when the student damages or breaks a piece of equipment. In the event that a student breaks an expensive piece of equipment, he/she will be required to reimburse the science department for the value of the equipment. A student may be removed from the lab and given a zero for the lab if he/she fails to follow all the safety rules during the lab. _____

HOMEWORK: Problems and worksheets will be assigned on a daily basis.  No late work will be accepted by the teacher.  The student MUST SHOW ALL WORK or he/she will not receive credit for that problem/assignment. Homework assignments will be posted on the internet (Black board) and it is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the assigned problems AND the due dates, especially during periods of absence from class. Please see the Science Department Absence policy on BlackBoard for time requirements regarding make up assignments. _____

QUIZZES: Quizzes will be given almost daily. The teacher will drop 3-4 of the quiz grades at the end of each quarter, depending on the number of quizzes given that quarter. Because of the high number of quizzes given each quarter, missed quizzes CANNOT be made up, and will be recorded as a...
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