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Last Revised Sept. 27, 1997
The prerequisite for General Chemistry I is High School Chemistry.
The prerequisite for General Chemistry II is Chemistry 111 - Gen. Chem.I
If you have not completed such a course or done equivalent work you should consult with the instructor to determine whether or not you should continue in this course at this time.
EXAMINATIONS (IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE CAREFULLY)
As stated in the class schedule, the hour tests for this course will be held on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The dates for the examinations will be announced in the syllabus.
If you must miss an hour examination because of circumstances beyond your control, please inform the instructor immediately. A make-up examination will be arranged as soon as possible after original test, usually the date will be determined during the next lecture period. In order to take the make-up test you must have a verifiable excuse, i.e. a note from a local doctor, a treatment at the Health Center, etc.
You may not be counted as absent if you come to the examination room and accept the test paper. If you leave after that time, you will be counted as present and your paper will be graded accordingly. If you do not hand in the test paper, you will be given a zero.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS
Kotz & Treichel Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity, 3ed Ed.
Nyman and King Problems for General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis, 4th Ed.
Kotz et al Laboratory Manual for General Chemistry
You will also be required to purchase safety glasses and an inexpensive electronic calculator. You are strongly urged to discuss this purchase with the instructor to insure that the calculator you choose is adequate for the demands of the course but is not too expensive.
The basis for your grade will be:
Three hour tests (100 pts. each) 300
Comprehensive final examination 150
Total points maximum 550
The grade cut-offs (on a percentage basis) will be
90.0 to 100% A
87.0 to 89.9 A-
84.0 to 86.9 B+
80.0 to 83.9 B
77.0 to 79.9 B-
74.0 to 76.9 C+
70.0 to 73.9 C
67.0 to 69.9% C-
64.0 to 66.9 D+
60.0 to 63.9 D
57.0 to 59.9 D-
below 57 E
Recitation quizzes and/or homework may also make a small, but sometimes significant, contribution to your grade. Although it will probably not be necessary, the instructor reserves the right to lower these cut-offs for the entire class if, in his opinion, it should appear to be advisable. If you have any questions regarding your current grade in the course or if you need significant help with the material, please consult your recitation instructor. Your recitation instructor has the record of your course grades and will be responsible for assigning your final grade.
The laboratory work is an integral and essential part of this course and will represent a significant factor in your final grade (see above). Nor mally you will not be granted credit for this course unless you satisfactorily complete the laboratory work; however, if you have taken the course previously at SUCO and completed the laboratory work, a waiver may be granted. If you think that you might qualify for such a waiver, discuss your situation with the lecture instructor as soon as possible.
You will be expected to attend every scheduled meeting of your laboratory section. If you are forced to miss one of the labs due to circumstances beyo nd your control, the instructor will attempt to arrange for you to attend some other laboratory section during the same week. To facilitate this rescheduling, please contact your instructor as soon as possible when you become aware that you must be absent. If it is impossible to reschedule the experiment you should discuss methods of making up the work with your instructor.
STUDENTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO WORK IN ANY LABORATORY SECTION OTHER THAN THAT FOR WHICH THEY ARE REGULARLY SCHEDULED UNLES S THEY HAVE BOTH WRITTEN APPROVAL FROM THEIR REGULAR INSTRUCTOR AND THE CONSENT OF THE INSTRUCTOR IN THE SECTION WHICH THEY WISH TO ENTER. STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WORK IN THE LABORATORY WITHOUT DIRECT FACULTY SUPERVISION.
Unless you are informed otherwise, laboratory reports will be due the first lecture meeting after the completion of the experiment. A PENALTY WILL BE IMPOSED FOR LATE REPORTS. UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR, NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE L AST REGULAR CLASS OF THE SEMESTER.
In order to protect your vision you will be required to wear safety glasses while you are in the laboratory. If you violate this rule you become a hazard to yourself as well as those around you. Therefore, you may be asked to leave the laboratory if you do not wear safety glasses.
LABORATORY REPORTS ARE TO REPRESENT YOUR OWN ORIGINAL WORK. YOU WILL SOMETIMES BE ASKED TO WORK WITH A PARTNER WHEN GATHERING DATA, BUT THE CALCULATIONS AND REPORT CONCERNING TH IS DATA MUST BE DONE BY YOU, YOURSELF. FAILURE TO OBSERVE THIS RULE IS PLAGIARISM AND MAKES YOU LIABLE TO SERIOUS PENALTIES.
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