Intro to Chemistry
(Spring 2013)
CHEM 0101 (MWF 1:40-2:30)

Prof. Christopher Masi

323 (c-333) Wilson Hall

Course Description: This introductory course will cover basic aspects of chemistry with emphasis placed on the relationship between the real world and the chemical world. Chemical principles will be used to explain aspects of forensic science, medicine, energy production, and environmental issues. Topics that will be explored include atomic and molecular structure, physical and chemical changes, and bonding and reactivity.

As this class is included as a Traditional Lab Science in the Common Core I have been directed to include the core course criteria that appears below.


The intent of Traditional Lab Science/Allied Sciences core area courses is to provide students with opportunities to further develop their understanding and appreciation of physical and natural processes, as well as the scientific theories and methodologies used to describe them.

A core course in this area should enable students to:
1. Identify and understand the scientific theories and processes of the physical environment and the natural world;
2. Employ scientific methodology;
3. Recognize, understand and appreciate the ethical issues and societal impact of scientific endeavors;
4. Recognize and understand the relationships of scientific theories and concepts to human behavior and development.

In support of these objectives, courses in this sub-area must:
1. Introduce and reinforce the vocabulary, elements and concepts of science;
2. Introduce and demonstrate how to utilize the tools and techniques for scientific methodology;
3. Provide a laboratory experience, in which students are required to formulate questions, develop hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and prepare scientific reports;
4. Promote and develop an understanding of the implications of scientific results upon society.

During the first unit of the class we will discuss measurements, we will examine atomic structure, and we will see how these topics relate to energy, medicine, and forensic science.

During the second unit, we will look at the manner in which atoms are combined to form larger structures, the properties expressed by these structures, how those properties affect the interaction of one structure with another, and how these interactions can be exploited.

During the third unit we will examine chemical changes and the way that these chemical changes can be used.

During the final unit of the semester we will examine the energy changes that accompany chemical reactions, how these changes can be measured, and where these changes effect our daily lives.

Grading and Assignments: There will be two (edited 5/6, announced in class 4/22) tests, two (edited 6/5 announce in class 4/22) graded assignments (re-worked exams), in-class exercises, quizzes, and a final.

Additionally, students are required to attend one laboratory session each week and to complete any work assigned in the laboratory (consult the laboratory syllabus for details).

Grades will be determined as described below with the following caveats:

For the course grade to be

Lab grade must be at least

The letter grade (with +'s and -'s) will be based on an average score. The average score will be calculated as follows:

The three tests will be averaged and the average will account for


The quizzes will be averaged and the average will account for


In-class activities will be averaged and the average will account for


The three assignments (the re-worked exams) will account for

The laboratory grade will account for 20%
The final will account for
Averages greater than or equal to 90 will earn an "A-" or better.
Averages greater than or equal to 80 will earn a "B-" or better.
Averages greater than or equal to 70 will earn a "C-" or better.
Averages greater than or equal to 60 will earn a "D" or better.
Averages < 60 will not earn a passing grade.

The scale may be altered if appropriate.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend class and arrive on time.

Text: Chemistry for Changing Times, 12th edition, Hill, McCreary, and Kolb, Pearson/Prentice Hall (2010).

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 2:30-3:30. Available by appointment too.

Additional Resources:

Laboratory Manual: Experience the Extraordinary Chemistry of Ordinary Things, 4th edition, Richardson and Chasteen, John Wiley and Sons (2004).

Academic Honesty: Students are encouraged to work together while learning, but some grades are based on individual achievement. Thus, any work that a student submits as the student's own work must, believe it or not, actually be that student's work. For example, students are encouraged to work together in class, but students are not allowed to work together while re-working exams, or while taking quizzes and exams. Academic honesty is important, and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If an instance of academic dishonesty is uncovered, the student(s) in question may receive a 0 for the assignment or fail the class altogether. Additionally, crib sheets are not allowed during tests and quizzes; a periodic table will be provided.