Course Syllabus - Fall, 2004

Chemistry In Society

Instructor: Dr. Mark Turski

phone - x2749

Office: Boyd Hall 232b

email - markt@mail

Required Texts: Chemistry in Context (4th edition, 2003)

Course Description:  The course was designed by the American Chemical Society as an introduction to chemistry using a thematic approach.

Course Rationale:  The course will introduce you to the range of chemistry concepts as they apply to the world around us.  In this way, you should gain an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe  and develop an appreciation for the nature of chemistry research.  This course is based on several fundamental learning outcomes.  After studying chemistry, you should

(1) have gained a knowledge of facts, concepts, and principles related to major topics in chemistry, in other words, become scientifically literate in some of the key concepts;

(2) be able to use and understand methods of science (science processes) as ways to acquire new knowledge;

(3) communicate the key concepts through the use of mathematical relationships, including tables, graphs, and algebraic expressions;

(4) be able to process chemistry information and make responsible decisions regarding science and technology issues;

(5) be aware of how chemistry affects other areas such as law, politics, and the economy of a nation; and

(6) develop skills in reading scientific information, writing reports, using library research skills, and using a microcomputer for report writing, data reduction and analysis, and as an interactive tool in the laboratory.

Class Requirements:

1. Ido not take attendence.  However, you are responsible for what ever happened while you were gone.  (But before you skip see 3 below.)

2. Specific requirements include textbook readings in advance of the lecture on that chapter, and short writing assignments (group and individual) done in class, which will count as quiz grades. The in class assignments will take a variety of forms. Please come to class prepared.

3. Quizzes are unannounced, there will be approximately eight (8) of them. If you have decided to not attend class that day you will get a zero (0).  (No questions asked, no excuses accepted).  At the end of the semester I will drop one zero (0) or your lowest quiz grade.  Quizzes will start 2 minutes after the beginning of class; if you are late you will not be allowed to take the quiz and will be given a zero.  (No questions asked, no excuses accepted)

4. Exams:  Three (3) exams and a comprehensive final will be given  according to the course schedule

5. Long term illnesses require documentation from a physicianI consider a long term illness to be one that requires a stay in a hospital, infirmary or prolonged bed rest. I DO NOT want notes from the Health Center when you miss a class or assignment..

Student Evaluation:  

Quizzes 30%
Exams 45%
Writing 25%
Total 100%

I do not scale tests.There is no extra credit.

Final Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

100 – 95 – A 94.999 – 90 – A
89.999 – 87 - B+ 86.999 – 83 – B 82.999 – 80 – B-
79.999 – 77 – C+ 76.999 – 73 – C 72.999 – 70 – C-
69.999 – 67 – D+ 66.999 – 63 – D 62.999 – 60 – D-
<60 - F

Tentative Course Schedule:

Week                                            Topic (text chapter)                                     

1 – 8/29                                            The Air We Breathe, Ch 1                                                              

2 – 9/5                                              Ch 1 (cont)                   Ch. 2 - Protecting the Ozone Layer                 

9/10                                Risk Analysis Paper Due

3 – 9/12                                            Ch 2 (cont)                                                                    

4 – 9/19                                                             

9/24                                Exam #1, Chapters 1 & 2

5 – 9/26                                            Ch 3 -The Chemistry of Global Warming

6 – 10/3                                            Ch 3  &   Ch 4 -  Energy, Chemistry and Society       

7 – 10/10                                          Ch 4   

   10/15                              Exam #2, Chapters 3 & 4                                   

8 – 10/17                                          Ch 5 - The Wonder of Water

9 – 10/24                                          Ch 5                  

10/29                         Science Article Summary                

10 – 10/31                                        Ch 6 Neutralizing the Threat of Acid Rain

11 – 11/7                                          Ch .6                                                            

12 – 11/14                                        Ch 6                 

11/19                              Exam #3, Chapters 5 & 6

13 – 11/21                                        Ch 7 – The Fires of Nuclear Fission

14 – 11/28                                        Ch 7

15 – 12/5                                          Catch up week

16 - Finals Week

12/13 Final Exam 8 am



2. UNDERSTAND THE Your Turn and The Sceptical Chymist QUESTIONS

a) The time to ask a question regarding them is at the very beginning of class, there is nothing wrong with being “ clueless” if you can give me or your classmates and idea of where you begin to get lost.

3. Always look carefully at the Exercises at the end of the chapter (the ones in BLUE!)

a) If you know how to do them fine, if you have even the slightest question work them out.  You should keep them in your notebook!

b) Ask a question at the beginning of class.  The question should show that you have put some thought into the problem. It should not begin, “Can you show me how to do...”

c) Any WEB EXERCISE might be a good quiz activity (hint, hint)

4. Be completely familiar with the Consider This questions in each chapter.

a) Again your are not required to write these out. But there seems to be a direct correlation between answering these and good test grades.

5. Find somebody (ies) with whom you work well and form a study group.

6. Commit between 4-6 hours per week for the assignments.

7. Do not try to pass the tests by cramming!  It probably won’t work and I don’t scale.