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1411 Syllabus


Topics include a mathematical introduction (metric system, significant figures and scientific notation), discussion of atoms, molecules, and ions, stoichiometry, electronic structure, periodic relationships, bonding, molecular geometries, and properties of gases, liquids, solids, and solutions. Appropriate laboratory experiments are included.


Credits: 4


CHEM 1405 or 1 year of high school chemistry taken within the last 3 years. and MATH 0310 or qualifying score on MATH placement test; ENGL 0305 or ENGL 0316 AND ENGL 0307 or 0326, OR higher level course (ENGL 1301), or placement by testing. Corequisite: MATH 1314.


At the successful completion of CHEM 1411, students will be able to:

1. Define the fundamental properties of matter.
2. Classify matter, compounds, and chemical reactions.
3. Determine the basic nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.
4. Identify trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements using the Periodic Table.
5. Describe the bonding in and the shape of simple molecules and ions.
6. Solve stoichiometric problems.
7. Write chemical formulas.
8. Write and balance equations.
9. Use the rules of nomenclature to name chemical compounds.
10. Define the types and characteristics of chemical reactions.
11. Use the gas laws and basics of the Kinetic Molecular Theory to solve gas problems.
12. Determine the role of energy in physical changes and chemical reactions.
13. Convert units of measure and demonstrate dimensional analysis skills.
14. Use basic apparatus and apply experimental methodologies used in the chemistry laboratory.
15. Demonstrate safe and proper handling of laboratory equipment and chemicals.
16. Conduct basic laboratory experiments with proper laboratory techniques.
17. Make careful and accurate experimental observations.
18. Relate physical observations and measurements to theoretical principles.
19. Interpret laboratory results and experimental data, and reach logical conclusions.
20. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
21. Design fundamental experiments involving principles of chemistry.
22. Identify appropriate sources of information for conducting laboratory experiments involving principles of chemistry.


Units of Measurement
Chemical Nomenclature
Liquid Solutions and Mixtures
Enthalpy and Thermochemistry
Basic Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure
The Periodic Table and Periodic Trends of Elemental Properties
Chemical Bonding
Lewis Dot Structures
Intermolecular Forces, Liquids, and Solids

We will be covering chapters 1-12. There will be some topics in the textbook that will not be covered in lecture. You will not be tested on this material unless I have specifically assigned it for you to read. There will also be a few topics that are not in the book that I will cover in lecture. You are responsible for this material.

The importance of understanding each topic in the course cannot be overemphasized. Chemistry is truly a course that relies on understanding early topics before an understanding of later topics can be realized. Since General Chemistry is partially a skills course, there will be quite a few problems to work. It is required that you purchase a scientific, non-programmable calculator.

If you are having difficulty with a particular topic, be certain to get individual help promptly. (My office hours are posted.) There are also tutors in the ELC to help. In addition, each division has two counselors to help. The counselor assigned to the sciences is:

Terry Albores
B200S 936-273-7074

You are not alone! We all want you to succeed.


Brown, LeMay, et. al. Chemistry: The Central Science, 14th ed. (Pearson, 2015)
Laboratory Handouts for General Chemistry I Booklet, 13th ed. (in bookstore)
Calculator with the following functions: logx, lnx, Inv., square root, yx, scientific notation
NOTE: Programmable calculators will not be allowed for use during the tests.
Laboratory notebook (bound not spiral)


safety goggles
A lab coat or apron
A large three ring binder
A molecular modeling set


Dr. Michael Sundermann


Building B, Room B 220A


Office 936-273-7077
Metro 936-321-5161, ext. 7077
Fax 936-273-7362


Spring 2018 Section 4103/4104: MWF, 9:50 – 11:50, B202/201

Regular Office Hours:
MW 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
TTh 10:00 am-11:30 am


Week of Laboratory or Test

1/15 Labor Day Holiday, Monday 1/15

1/22 Lab Check-in and Safety

1/29 The Chemical Contents of Commercial Sodas

2/5 Test – Chapters 1, 2

2/12 Determination of an Empirical Formula

2/19 A Copper-Iron Replacement Reaction

2/26 Determination of the Heat of Formation of MgO from Hess’ Law

3/5 Test – Chapters 3, 4, 5

3/12 Spring Break

3/19 Atomic Spectra

3/26 no lab, Spring Holiday, Friday 3/30

4/2 Determination of Solution Concentration Using Beer’s Law

4/9 Test – Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9

4/16 Evaluation of the Gas Law Constant

4/23 Gas Chromatography (handout)

4/30 Lab Check-out, Test – Chapters 10, 11, 12

5/7 Week of Final Exams

Please be aware that the lab and test schedule is tentative. Lab times and lecture times may be switched so be prepared to perform labs at anytime during the lecture and/or lab periods.


Studies have shown that consistently missing class and/or being tardy to class has an adverse effect on student performance and success. Any student tardy to lab will not be allowed to perform that lab. Laboratory instructions are crucial, not only to understanding the experiment, but for safety purposes as well.




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Academic Appeals

ADA accommodations

Emergency Procedures

Concealed Carry


The breakdown of points is as follows:

45% Tests
5% Group Work and Quizzes
30% Laboratory Assignments & Quizzes
20% Final Exam
Problem Sets (See Below)

The test grade will be calculated from the average of the top three out of four tests. The score from the fourth test will be dropped. No make-up tests will be given. If you believe an error was made in grading the test, you can ask for a regrade. Tests must be written in unerasable pen to be eligible for a regrade. Missing the final exam will drop your grade by one letter.

Note that the laboratory grade is thirty percent of the course grade. The lab grade will be earned by completion of lab assignments, pre-labs, lab quizzes and a lab notebook. The lowest lab grade will be dropped when the average is determined.

There will be four problem sets given to coincide with the material presented in lecture in order to help prepare for the tests. You may consult fellow students as well as the instructor for help with the problem sets, but you may not simply copy answers. The problem sets will be given a grade of check+, check, or check-. Each check+ will add half a point to the final grade, and each check- will subtract half a point from the final grade. Each set not turned in will subtract one point. The problem sets will be due the class before a test, unless otherwise specified. Problem sets can be turned in up to a week late, but cannot earn a grade higher than a check-.

The letter grades will be determined from the calculated numerical grade, rounded to the nearest percent:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
0-59 = F


Students will be assigned to small groups of 3 to 4 students. The members of each group are chosen by the instructor. You are encouraged to work in your group during class and thus will be required to sit with your group in class. (The members of your study groups will also constitute your lab partners.) Several “group problems” from the textbook will be assigned to groups for each testing unit. At least once during each testing unit, approximately thirty minutes of class time will be devoted to the working of group problems. Because thirty minutes will not be sufficient time to look over all of the problems, students are encouraged to work in their group outside of class.

After group problems are reviewed, a short in-class quiz will be given, individually, consisting of one or more group problems. These quizzes will count 5% of your total grade. However, one member of each group, chosen randomly, will be selected to solve one or more of these questions and then explain those problems in front of the class using his/her notes only. The chosen student’s thoroughness and accuracy of explanation will determine his/her 5%. In addition, a grade of 0 to 2 will be assigned to each member of that student’s group depending on whether the answer and explanation are complete and correct. These points will be counted as EXTRA CREDIT on the appropriate test.

Group board work is considered a review. Obviously, if a group member is not present for the board work, he/she cannot receive his/her group points. It is your responsibility to be present at that time.

If a group becomes smaller than three members, the instructor will probably consolidate that group with another group.


Lab safety will be stressed in this class. Safety goggles must be worn at all times during the lab period. You will not be admitted to lab without proper eye protection. Additionally, a student may be dismissed from lab if he/she removes his/her safety glasses during the lab. Certain chemicals you will be working with may present a health hazard, be extremely reactive, or flammable. The instructor will review all safety aspects at the start of each lab.


In general, a pre-lab exercise must be completed before each laboratory. Normally the pre-lab assignment consists of reading the experiment and any supplemental material pertaining to the experiment. Additionally, the laboratory notebook must be prepared according to the guidelines given below. If the student has not completed the required pre-lab assignment by the beginning of the laboratory period, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the laboratory.

The grade for missed lab activities is zero. Missed labs cannot be made-up. Since the lowest lab grade is dropped, a single missed lab will not adversely affect the final grade.

Lab reports are usually required for each laboratory experiment. Lab reports consist of the lab modules themselves with completed data tables and answers to all questions, unless notified otherwise. A lab quiz will be given on the day that the lab report is due, which is usually a week after the completion of the lab.

The grade for a lab is based on three factors: 20 percent for completing the pre-lab and signature verifying that data was recorded in the lab book, 40 percent for the post-lab report, and 40 percent for the quiz over that lab. To encourage good lab technique, the quality of your data will be a part of the lab report grade. Lab reports can be turned in up to a week late for a 20 point penalty.

If you have missed a lab, you may still take the lab quiz, although you will obviously not earn the points for the lab assignment. Conversely, if you complete the lab but are not in class for the lab quiz, you will lose those 40 points. Note: The lab quiz will be given at the beginning of class in a limited amount of time. If you are late to class, you may not have time to complete your quiz, thereby losing points.

Guidelines for laboratory notebooks:

1. The lab notebook will be a bound notebook.

2. The lab notebook will have a table of contents listing the page numbers of each lab. Each page of the notebook following the table of contents will be numbered consecutively. No pages should be ripped out of the notebook under any circumstances. Write only on one side of the page.

3. All information in the lab notebook will be in ink. Corrections will be crossed out with a single line through the incorrect statement or data. There should be no erasures. Laboratory notebooks are considered legal documents in academic and industrial research.

4. Each lab notebook will be organized as follows:

a. Title of the experiment.*
b. Date that the experiment was conducted*
c. Purpose of the experiment.*
d. Safety hazards*
e. A step-by-step procedure of the experiment*
f . A quantitative record of the actual data obtained in the experiment

*Pre-lab (to be completed before class)

5. The notebook will be ready for evaluation by the instructor at the beginning of the class period with a completed pre-lab write up (a – e above) and will be signed by the instructor to indicate completion. The student will not be permitted to do the lab exercise if the pre-lab write up in his/her notebook is not complete.

6. Each student must record his/her own data in his/her own lab notebook, not in the laboratory textbook or module. When a student has completed the lab, the instructor will sign his/her completed data table and the blank data table in the lab module. This indicates that not only has the lab been completed, but that the student has left his/her lab area clean and all equipment has been returned to its proper place. All data should be recorded in the lab notebook, not in the laboratory textbook or handout.