Fall Term, 2018
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:00 - 11:50 A.M.
Room 133, Fondren Science Building
The ultimate objective of this course is to improve problem solving skills that will be useful in all aspects of your life.
With this goal in mind, develop the habit of SHOWING ALL WORK AND UNITS in ALL STEPS. Use DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS, a method that will be explained at length in class, as well as evaluated on your Progess Measures. Practice working efficiently and quickly, and always work to understand WHY you are using an approach, rather than memorizing "next do .....". In this way, you will find yourself remembering things better and there will be far less reason to memorize massive amounts of information.
Focusing on WHY rather than memorization may be very different from most of your previous education, but it is much more effective.
Best way to study: DO THE HOMEWORK!
Here are two other things to read to as you develop your study skills this year:
Other Important information:
Email announcements will ONLY be sent to SMU email addresses. This includes such things as class cancellations, corrections to homework answers, and changes in office hours.
Please do not hesitate to talk with me or your lab instructor if you feel you need more preparation and practice before taking this class. The option to switch from Chem 1303 into Chem 1302 - Preparatory Chemistry, is available until September 5, 2018 (5 p.m.) without the penalty of a W on your transcript. Details can be provided after consultation with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Dr. O'Brien (email@example.com) 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 29, 2018 by logging onto Canvas and clicking on "New Students 2018".
The correct way to write decimal fractions is to put a zero before the decimal point. This emphasizes the decimal and avoids critical mistakes. Thus, 0.769 is correct, while .769 is not. Whether one is reading newsprint, a smart phone, a small computer screen, or a handwritten lab report, a tiny decimal point can easily be missed. So for the safety and accuracy of your work after graduation, you should get into the habit of adding the zero before the decimal point.
This webpage includes a large number of links, including those in the box below. You must read all of the links for a complete description of the course and student responsibilities.
Note: The SMU Chemistry Society will sell these the first week of class for $15.
Instructor: Dr. Patty Wisian-Neilson
Office: Room 309 Fondren Science
Patty Wisian-Neilson Room 309 Fondren Science
Monday: noon to 1:30 and 2:30 to 3:00
As announced in class or under announcements above.
Note these office hours are over the traditional lunch time to maximize opportunities for students to come to office hours. You are welcome to bring your lunch to my office.
Note: Last day to drop course is Friday, November 2, 2018
Withdrawal from lecture REQUIRES simultaneous withdrawal from lab.
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 this message which explains what is often misnamed as "freshman forgiveness".
This webpage includes a large number of links. You must read all of the links for a complete description of the course and student responsibilities.
Some useful links:
Polyatomic anions (Can you see the pattern in naming these? It greatly eases learning them.)
|You be able to THINK CRITICALLY and to APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE you gain to strategically solve problems.|
This page is maintained by Patty Wisian-Neilson. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are missing links or other problems with the page.
This file last updated June 15, 2018.