Chemistry 1304.001 (Wisian-Neilson)

Spring, 2018

Syllabus

The prerequisite for this class is successful completion of Chemistry1303 (General Chemistry I), the first semester of general chemistry, with a passing grade. Generally, to be adequately prepared with the fundamentals of chemistry, students will have earned at least a C- in Chem 1303 at SMU.

Calculators

Textbook

Grading 

Your grade will be determined by the the method below that give each individual the best average:

 NO exam scores will be dropped.

Option 1

Exams          78%

Final Exam   22%

Option 2

Exams          72%

Final Exam   28%

Attendance

Assistance

Changes in office hours and other announcements will appear near the top of the webpage.

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 (at least 12 - 15 hours per week of concentrated, quality study time per week is probably about average). Work all of the assigned problems with the objective of understanding the concept, not just getting the right answer.   If you think this is excessive, talk to someone who made an A or a B or a C in the last few years.

The biggest pitfall in the second semester is assuming that you can do as few a problems as you did in the first semester. Most problems this semester consist of a sequence of several steps and there are no easily memorized procedures.  It really is necessary to understand why each step is needed. 

Many good students find themselves over-committed to extra-curricular activities in the second semester, especially if they joined a sorority or fraternity.  Watch time management. See this link for advice.

 

The very best way to study is to WORK PROBLEMS! WORK PROBLEMS!  WORK PROBLEMS! WORK PROBLEMS!  WORK PROBLEMS! WORK PROBLEMS! UNDERSTAND YOUR NOTES from CLASS! UNDERSTAND YOUR NOTES from CLASS!

 

 Note: Last day to drop course is Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Withdrawal from Lecture REQUIRES Simultaneous Withdrawal from Lab.

If a student is enrolled in both Chem 1304 (lecture) and Chem 1114 (lab) in the same semester, a withdrawal from Chem 1304 REQUIRES simultaneous withdrawal from Chem 1114.

Before making the decision to drop or stay in this course when you are likely to fail, please read this message.

 

Exams (Seating Chart will be in effect.  This chart will be available in class and/or on Canvas by the first exam on February 3.)

Six major Exams: Wednesday: February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 18, May 2, 2018.  (No grade will be dropped: see grading section)

Final Exam: 11:30 A.M - 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  NO Exceptions: University policy

Makeup Exams: 

Exam Format: 

Exam Rules: 

On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this exam.

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Learning Outcomes 

    1. Students will be able to demonstrate basic facility with the methods and approaches of scientific inquiry, hypothesis development, and/or problem solving.

    2. Students will be able to explain how the concepts, advancements, and findings of science or technology in general, or of particular sciences or technologies, shape our world.