Syllabus
General Chemistry I -- Lab

General Chemistry I -- Lab

CHEM-1111

Spring 2012
01/17/2012 - 05/13/2012

Course Information

Section 037
Laboratory
T 1:30PM - 4:20PM
RVSA 2239
Carolyn Gondran
cgondran@austincc.edu

Office Hours

  • At all other times, email is the only effective way to contact me
  • T Th
    1:00 - 1:20
    RVS lab area
  • W
    11:30 - 1:20
    PIN Lab Prep Area 703

Course Subjects

Chem 1111 is a laboratory course designed to accompany Chem 1311 lecture which covers the fundamental facts, laws, principles, theories, and concepts of chemistry necessary for further work in science or science-related subjects. Stresses atomic structure, periodic properties of matter, chemical bonding, and molecular geometry of organic and inorganic molecules, states of matter, stoichiometry, and properties of solutions. 

Instructional Methodology:
This is a laboratory course. Emphasis is placed on techniques, properties and reactions, to reinforce principles offered in the lecture portion of the course. This course provides hands-on experience and the opportunity to make observations of the fundamental facts, laws, principles, theories and concepts of chemistry necessary for further work in science or science-related subjects.

Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 1405; two years of high school algebra or MATD 0390 with a grade of C or better. Co-requisites: CHEM 1311.

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Students should gain an appreciation of the application of fundamental facts, laws, principles, theories, and concepts of chemistry necessary for further work in science or science-related subjects through hands -on activities, while developing or improving their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Students will be able to perform the following skills:

  • Read NFPA, HMIS labels and understand the hazard of chemicals used
  • Transfer sample to balance for weighing and tare the balance
  • Measure temperature with a thermometer
  • Correctly read a meniscus and accurately measure a liquid volume
  • Light and adjust Bunsen burners
  • Correctly use a hot plate
  • Observe and interpret chemical reactions: color change, temperature change, precipitate formation, and gas evolution
  • Use a buret to perform a standard titration and observe color change to define the end point of the titration
  • Use centrifuge and decanting techniques to separate solids from liquids
  • Use a coffee cup calorimeter to measure heat flow
  • Access and use peer-reviewed periodicals, journals and reference sources to write a paper on a chemistry topic

Common course objectives can be found at: http://www.austincc.edu/chem/objectives.php

Course Requirements

Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 1405; two years of high school algebra or MATD 0390 with a grade of C or better. Corequisites:  CHEM 1311.

Required Text:  "Chemical Principles in the Laboratory" ACC Custom Manual, by Slowinski, wolsey and Masterson. Additional handouts will be available in BlackBoard and provded in class.

Calculator: You will need a simple scientific calculator lab activities and during quizes.

Safety Goggles: ACC does not provide safety goggles for the lab. The student must buy ANSI-approved goggles are stamped with Z87 prior to performing the first experiment and bring them to lab routinely
SAFETY GOGGLES MUST BE WORN DURING ALL LABS!

Activities: There are 13 lab exercises: 11 experiments, a library research paper and a worksheet, and 11 quizes.

Preparation: Before each lab experiment students should read and understand the experimental procedure and any calculations. This understanding must be demonstrated by:
1) Writting a concise step-by-step lab procedure in their own words
2) Completing a "pre-lab" advanced study assignment administered in Blackboard.
These assignments are intended to help the student prepare for the lab and will not be accepted late.
These typically count for a quater of the daily grade, and serve as good preparation for the quizes.

Before leaving lab students should complete all calculations and hand in their datasheet/lab reports. Students should also clean their own and public work areas and check that all equipment is put away properly.

Course evaluation/grading scheme:
            Top 12 Labs x 40 pts each (based on ASA, write-up and results)   480 pts
            Top 10  Lab quizzes                                                                                 120 pts
            Total                                                                                                             600 pts

Letter grades will be assigned based on percentage preformance using a standard grade scale: 
A  >  89.50  >  B  >  79.50  >  C  >  69.50  >  D  >  59.50  >  F

Readings

Experiments # 1, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 33, 36, 42, 43, and 45 in:
"Chemical Principles in the Laboratory" ACC Custom Manual, by Slowinski, wolsey and Masterson.

Additional handouts will be available in BlackBoard and provded in class.

Course Schedule

Week of:       Experiment: Topic

Jan 17            -           Intro & Orientation (Mandatory)

Jan 24           -            Lab Safety (Mandatory)

Jan 31           1            Density of Liquids and Solids

Feb 07          --            Determination of Sugar in Soda

Feb 14          13           Heat Effects & Calorimetry (A & B)

Feb 21          42           Water of Hydration (A, B & D)

Feb 28          5             Identification of a Compound by Mass Relationships

Mar 06          11           The Alkaline Earths (Part A only)

Mar 13                         Spring Break                                   

Mar 20          6             Identification of Unknown Chloride (reduce quantities by 50%)           

Mar 27          43           Spot test of some common ions

Apr 03           33           Qualitative Analysis for Group I Cations

Apr 10           36           Ten Test Tube Mystery

Apr 17           ---           Library Research Paper

Apr 24          12            Geometrical Structure of Molecules                    

May 01         45            Charles’ law

May 08                         Final Exam (Optional as per instructor)

Course and College Policies and Information

Attendance Policy:
To receive credit for each activity students must perform lab work, in lab, independently, during their lab section time. There are no make-up opportunities. The one lowest lab activity grade will be dropped. Missing more than one lab activity will impact the student’s grade. Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance is expected of all students. If attendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor may withdraw students from the class.

Statement on Lab Safety:
Health and safety are paramount values in science classrooms, laboratories and field activities. Students are expected to learn, understand and comply with environmental, health and safety (EHS) procedures and protocols, and must agree to abide by the ACC science safety policy. Students are expected to conduct themselves with appropriate professional behavior and with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending all activities. Specific safety information for each activity will be discussed at the beginning of the activity. For those activities that require specific safety training, a student who is late and misses the safety training will not be able to participate in the activity. The comprehensive science safety policy can be found at: http://www.austincc.edu/sci_safe/.
Students must abide by the safety guidelines at all times.

Student Insurance Statement:
Students enrolled in lab courses are covered by student insurance if they are injured as a result of the lab activity.

Incomplete Grade Policy:
An instructor may award a grade of “I” (Incomplete) if a student was unable to complete all of the objectives for the passing grade in a course. An incomplete grade cannot be carried beyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determined by the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester. Incompletes can be given if you complete 75% of the course work with at least a 70% average.

Withdrawal Policy:
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decides to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary. If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the Final Withdrawal Date. The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their records. Students who enroll for the third or subsequent time in a course taken since Fall, 2002, may be charged a higher tuition rate, for that course. State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the ACC college catalog.If you wish to drop the class, please do so yourself. The instructor will not be responsible, unless you make a specific request prior to the drop deadline. The drop deadline is April 23, 2012.

Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty
A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as an educational institution.  Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression.  Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations.  Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, and falsifying documents.    Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course and/or expulsion from the college.  See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process and other policies at http://www.austincc.edu/current/needtoknow

Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence of scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing partners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures.

Statement on Students with Disabilities
Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities.  Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must request them through the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).   Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may be delayed.  

Students who have received approval for accommodations from OSD for this course must provide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from OSD before accommodations will be provided.   Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student.  

Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonable amount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations.   

Additional information about the Office for Students with Disabilities is available athttp://www.austincc.edu/support/osd/

Safety Statement
Austin Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for study and work. You are expected to learn and comply with ACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies. Additional information on these can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/ehs. Because some health and safety circumstances are beyond our control, we ask that you become familiar with the Emergency Procedures poster and Campus Safety Plan map in each classroom. Additional information about emergency procedures and how to sign up for ACC Emergency Alerts to be notified in the event of a serious emergency can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/emergency/.

Please note, you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.

You are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.

Use of ACC email
All College e-mail communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergencies using this account.  Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account.  Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff.  Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/accmail/index.php.

Testing Center Policy
Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a testing center.  Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves according to the Student Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire guide before going to take the exam.  To request an exam, one must have:

  • ACC Photo ID
  • Course Abbreviation (e.g., ENGL)
  • Course Number (e.g.,1301)
  • Course Synonym (e.g., 10123)
  • Course Section (e.g., 005)
  • Instructor's Name

Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center.  Having your cell phone in the testing room, regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder of the semester.  ACC Testing Center policies can be found athttp://www.austincc.edu/testctr/

Student And Instructional Services
ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of opportunities and services.  Information on these services and support systems is available at:   http://www.austincc.edu/s4/

Links to many student services and other information can be found at: http://www.austincc.edu/current/

ACC Learning Labs provide free tutoring services to all ACC students currently enrolled in the course to be tutored.  The tutor schedule for each Learning Lab may be found at:  http://www.autincc.edu/tutor/students/tutoring.php

For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, see a Learning Lab Technician at any ACC Learning Lab.

The web address for student services is: http://www.austincc.edu/support/advising/

The ACC student handbook can be found at: http:// www.austincc.edu/handbook/