Bansi L. Kalra

Professor of Chemistry

Hollins University


 

 

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General Chemistry I

CHEM 101

BRIEF COURSE OUTLINE

Fall 2006

General Information

Tests

Assignments

Attendance

 

Instructor: Dr. Bansi Kalra      Office  Dana 230

Phone:  x6542

Course Goals and Assessment:

This course will introduce you to the basic vocabulary used in different branches of chemistry, and to major concepts of the structure of matter (atomic and molecular), atomic theory, atomic spectra, periodic relationships dealing with the properties of elements based on their placement in the Periodic Table, stoichiometry, basic thermodynamics and thermochemistry, with emphasis on problem solving,

Taken in conjunction with General Chemistry I Lab (Chem 101L), this course fulfills the Scientific Inquiry perspective (SCI), as well as the second level Quantitative Reasoning (Q) requirement.

At least ten graded assignments, two quizzes, two tests and a final exam will test your understanding of the material dealing with these goals.

Text:  Chemistry: The Central Science; 10th Edition by Brown, LeMay and Bursten

(Study Guide: Optional but recommended)

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday     10:20-11:20 a.m.     Dana 202

Course Assessment
Tests (2)  40%
Quizzes (2)   25%
Assignments 10%
Final Exam   25%
  • All examinations, tests, and quizzes must carry a signed pledge.  Unsigned papers will not be graded until the student gives the assurance that the work is her own, and pledges it to be so.

  • Tests will be given either in class or as take-home.  All tests will be closed-book. Take-home tests and will be due the following class period. Penalty for not handing back the test/quiz on time will be a loss of 10 points per day.

  • All tests are timed.

  • The Final Exam will be a comprehensive test covering ALL material covered in the class.
Tentative Test Schedule
Quizzes
Tests (Cumulative)
Quiz 1: September 20     Test 1: October 11
Quiz 2: November 1    Test 2: November 29
Final Exam: During the final-exams week (under the Independent Exam System.)

Assignments:  Problems will be assigned and graded on a regular basis and will be due during the following class period.  Late assignments will NOT be accepted for CREDIT.

Attendance: EVERY UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM CLASS WILL REDUCE YOUR GRADE BY 10% AND MORE THAN THREE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN A GRADE OF F.

  • If for some unforeseen reason you cannot make it to a class, please call me or send me an email message.

  • If you are unable to write a test/quiz on the assigned day and time, you must get permission from the instructor, before the assigned day.  Otherwise, no make-up test/quiz/exam will be given.  The score on a missed test/quiz/exam will be zero.

  • If you miss a class because of a medical problem, a note from your attending physician is required for an excused absence.  For an excused absence from a class due to a required court appearance, or other unavoidable circumstances, appropriate written proof is requiredYou are responsible for making up the missed work.
  • Please check the dates for tests, quizzes and exams, and, if possible, do not make any medical appointments with your doctor or plane reservations that will keep you away from the class.

  • To avoid disturbing the class, the doors to the classroom will be closed at the beginning of the class. Please make sure you are seated by that time.