Chemistry 1304.001 (Wisian-Neilson)
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.
A simple, inexpensive scientific calculator (not one for business) is sufficient. (ca $10). It must be capable of doing logarithms. Do not spend a lot of money (<$10 at Target or Walmart). Learn how to use your calculator by using it to do your homework problems.
NO GRAPHING CALCULATORS (e.g., a TI-83+) are allowed.
Sharing of calculators during exams is not permitted.
The following are NOT ALLOWED at your desk during exams:
Programmable and graphing calculators prevent students from making educated decision on problems in this class.
Laptop or any handheld computers including organizers
Cell phones and associated wireless devices
Other electronic devices with memory (watches, cameras,........)
Chemistry (11th Ed.) by Raymond Chang and Kenneth A. Goldsby
Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 19 will be covered this semester, in the order listed and as shown on the course calendar.
The 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. This semester, reading the chapters after starting the problems will be useful.
Do ALL the assigned Homework problems! There are many because the good students in past years have begged for more. That's a strong piece of evidence that to pass this class you need to do every single one of the many many many many many many assigned problems!
Your grade will be determined by the the method below that give each individual the best average:
NO exam scores will be dropped.
Attendance will be taken periodically by passing a sign-in sheet around the classroom.
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 the Internet are guaranteed to be loaded with mistakes,you had better COME TO CLASS.
If attendance decreases on Fridays, all exams will be moved from Wednesday to Friday.
You (and I) will do LOTs of problems in class this semester. Don't miss a day because that could be the type of problem you see on the next exam.
Do not be afraid to ask for help! (I'm not nearly as "mean" as you might have heard!)
Monday: Noon - 1:30 P.M.
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Virtual Office Hours: Ask your questions here or find answers to the same questions asked by your classmates. You do not need to register. Just pick a user name and use the password you will be given in class. It's a simple one.
Changes in office hours and other announcements will appear near the top of the webpage.
The best way to contact me outside of office hours or in class is by email. For most homework questions, try the virtual office hours. You might find someone else has already asked the same question, so the answer you want may be already be there.
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, so please check your SMU email regularly.
Disability Accommodations: 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).