You must have a simple, inexpensive scientific calculator (not one for
business). You may not use a programmable calculator.
scientific calculator (not one for business)
is sufficient (ca $15).
It must be capable of doing
logarithms. Do not spend a lot of
money (<$20 at Target or Walmart or
The SMU Chemistry Society student club will be
selling a Casio model for $15 during the first week of class.)
We strongly recommend a
because students have found that it takes far fewer
keystrokes to complete a calculation, thus allowing them to work more
efficiently on quizzes and exams, and they never have battery problems.
Learn how to
use your calculator by using it to do your homework problems.
GRAPHING CALCULATORS (e.g., a TI-83+) are allowed.
Sharing of calculators during exams is not
The following are
NOT ALLOWED at your
Programmable and graphing calculators
prevent students from making educated decision on problems in this class.
Laptop or any handheld computers
Cell phones and associated wireless
Other electronic devices with memory
Chemistry (11th Ed.) by Raymond Chang and Kenneth A.
(10th edition is similar, but
some problems are numbered differently in each edition. You will be
responsible for getting the problems from the new edition since these will be
covered on quizzes and exams. See
Chapters 1 through 11 will be covered
The same textbook (second half) will be used for the second semester of General
Chemistry (Chem 1304), so students should keep this book. Renting the book
is probably not a wise option.
textbook should be viewed as the cornerstone of the course and should be used
extensively by the student, not only as a source of practice problems, but also
for additional and alternate explanations of concepts covered in lecture.
Do ALL the
Your grade will be determined as
Progress Checks 16%
Final Assessment 36%
Progress Checks 18%
Final Assessment 28%
Attendance will be taken periodically
by passing a sign-in sheet around the classroom and by the quizzes.
While it does not constitute a formal
part of your grade, poor attendance elicits less sympathy and is often a major
point when parents make inquiries about your performance.
It is quite unwise to assume you
can keep up with this course by only reading the notes! Given that the
notes on Canvas could have mistakes, it is important
to COME TO CLASS.
Do not be afraid to ask for
If You Have
If you are experiencing difficulty, please
come to see the instructor without delay. Often,
students in this course perceive that they are doing poorer work
than they actually are. Particularly for first-year students, we
recognize that it may be difficult for you to judge your
academic standing in the course, since we do not use the same
type of grading scheme with which you may be familiar from high
school. That is why it is important for you to speak to us
before making any major decision, such as dropping the course.
(Note that these might change as unscheduled meetings complicate my
calendar! Please check the main website often for changes. These
will also be announced in class)
Office Hours: Please try asking your question
Also check to see if someone else has already asked the same question.
This is quick and efficient.
If you need to see me beyond my
office hours, please see me after class, send an email, or phone me to set up an
appointment. I will accommodate most class schedules, but "lunch" or "work" is
not an excuse for not coming to regular office hours.
Email is a wonderful way to ask me a
question without leaving the comfort of your room. Use it extensively. I almost
never turn it off and I often check it from home in the evenings. But,
first try the
Office Hours first because the answer to your question may already be
Changes in office hours and other
announcements will appear near the top of the main
for this class.
The group email list (SMU email
addresses only) will be used to send corrections to homework answers,
changes in office hours, and other announcements via email.
Please do not hesitate to talk with me or your lab instructor if you feel
you are struggling excessively in this class. The option to
switch from Chem 1303 into Chem 1302 - Preparatory Chemistry, is available until
September 6, 2017 without the penalty of a W on your transcript.
Details can be provided after consultation with your lecture instructor
and/or Dr. O'Brien who teaches Chem 1302. If you
have not taken the Chemistry placement exam, this may help you better
determine if you are ready for Chem 1303. You may take this exam
before August 30, 2017 by logging onto
Canvas and clicking on
"New Students 2017".
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first
register with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS).
Students can call 214-768-1470 or visit
http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/DASS to begin the
process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with
the professor as early in the semester as possible, present a DASS
Accommodation Letter, and make appropriate arrangements. Please note that
accommodations are not retroactive and require advance notice to implement..
Religious Observance: Religiously observant
students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should
notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should
discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed
because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)
Excused Absences for University Extracurricular
Activities: Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled
University extracurricular activity will be given the opportunity to make up
class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their
participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements
with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed
assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalog)
DON'T FALL BEHIND! ! !
More than most courses, General Chemistry requires
disciplined study habits which means keeping up
with the material on a day-by-day basis (a minimum of
12 - 15 hours
concentrated, efficient, quality study time per week is probably
about average). Work all of the
assigned problems with the objective of
understanding and using the concept and developing and improving your reasoning
skills, not just getting the right answer.
will be expected to THINK CRITICALLY and to APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE you gain.
By using the concepts and thinking analytically and critically, it will be
unnecessary to memorize large amounts of information that you will quickly
The very best way to study is to WORK
Do not memorize steps because this will not enable you
to apply your knowledge to a new situation. It is only through reasoning,
thinking, and understanding that you will make progress. Please note that the
concepts from the first day will be useful throughout this course and many
others you will encounter, i.e., the material is comprehensive, i.e., what is
covered in Chapter 1 will still be applied in Chapter 11 and next semester in
Some very ineffective study
tactics can waste valuable time. Examples are making pretty note cards,
rewriting notes, and even leisurely reading the chapters without a specific
question in your mind. These things only make you "feel good" and make you
think you are studying a lot. Real studying makes your brain hurt!
THINK! THINK! THINK! THINK! Please read the following two links and the
next box very carefully.
Here are two other links with excellent information and
How to Master the Homework Problems and How to
the problem carefully.
Recognize the difference between bits of information and the question.
Decide what units a numerical answer will have.
Often units guide the calculations.
each step is done.
Do not simply memorize what step is next.
Memorized facts are not real
knowledge. Strive for understanding because that will last a lifetime.
Note: Last day to drop course is
Friday, November 3, 2017.
Withdrawal from Lecture REQUIRES Simultaneous Withdrawal from
If a student
is enrolled in both Chem 1303 (lecture) and Chem 1113 (lab) in the same
semester, a withdrawal from Chem 1303 REQUIRES simultaneous
withdrawal from Chem 1113.
Before making the decision to drop or stay in this
course when you are likely to fail, please read
Also, please see me or you lab instructor to
discuss whether to stay or drop the class. Even expressing your reasons
and thoughts to someone can lead to the wisest decision.
(Seating Chart will be in effect.)
major Assessments: See calendar.
Final Assessment (Exam):
11:30 A.M. to 2:30
P.M. for MWF section.
Do to strict University policies, YOU CANNOT TAKE THE FINAL
ASSESSMENT AT ANY OTHER TIME ---- not during the other General Chemistry
sections exams, not 3 hours late, not one day early, NOT AT ANY OTHER TIME
Makeup Assessments: (No makeups
for Progress Checks.)
In the interest of fairness, a
makeup Assessment (exam) will be given on
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 for students who have
missed any exam due to a documented illness or
death in the family or who have an official University excused absence. The
make-up exam may be written or oral and it may be comprehensive covering the
material from all exams. The documentation must be
presented to the instructor within one week of the missed exam.
Documentation requires a written
letter from the student and, in the case of illness, a note from a doctor
(with phone number) or the health center or, in case of a death, the phone
number of the funeral home, as
required by the airlines.
WORK" means that you must show a
clear logical method, including
units for all
quantities. This allows you and the instructor to determine faulty reasoning
or weak conceptual understanding and, most importantly, allows for a plan to
remedy the situation. To facilitate the development of the level of accuracy
needed in the real world of medicine, engineering, and science, points will be deducted if either of these are not clear
(units and work). Examples of three old exams are linked to this page.
Please remember: NO WORK. NO UNITS. NO POINTS!
Note the proper
way to write fractions by clicking here.
This small thing could literally save lives.
THINK CRITICALLY and to
APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE. Nothing is
accomplished by simply
memorizing charts, equations, problems and procedures!!
Progress Checks (Quizzes)
(Seating Chart will be in effect)
regular progress checks will occur between the three
Assessments. See calendar
You may skip one progress check for whatever reason you choose (illness, oversleeping,
weather, weddings, sports, court appearances, car trouble, whatever!) or, if
you take all 6 quizzes, only the best 5 will be counted in your final
The format of the progress practices is
short. These are usually problems just like (often identical to) those in the assigned
homework and will be given in the first 15 minutes of class.
Learn to work efficiently and rapidly.
That means you should strive to understand the
concepts and be able to apply them to
practicing) and to new, different, but related problems
Progress Practice (quiz) dates (see
calendar for simplicity):
There will be
a seating chart for quizzes and exams and this chart may be changed
avoid wearing hats or
caps (unless worn backwards) during the all Assessments and Progress Checks.
Code: In addition to the penalties given by the SMU Honor Council, the
instructor will give a ZERO for any work on which unauthorized
assistance was received and this will NOT be a grade that can be dropped or
substituted. Please read the complete
SMU Honor Code
especially the first four paragraphs. You will see the following pledge
on each quiz and exam.
my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this exam.
The student will be
demonstrate basic facility with the methods and
approaches of scientific inquiry and problem-solving in the
areas covered by the material listed in the lecture outlines and
in Chapters 1 - 11 in the textbook. See
calendar for specific timing.
At the end of the course the student will be
able to explain how the concepts and findings of chemistry shape