Course Syllabus - Spring, 1999
CH 176 - Practical Chemistry
3 credits

Dr. Mark Turski
phone - x2749;
email - markt@oz

Required Texts:
Chemistry in Context (2nd edition), A. Truman Schwartz, ed., Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1997.
Chemistry in Context Laboratory Manual, R.G.Silberman, ed., Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1997.

Required Materials:
calculator, 3 1/2 inch floppy disc, loose-leaf binder

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. Attendance is up to you. However, you are responsible for what ever happened while you were gone. (But before you skip see 3 below.)
2. Specific requirements include textbook reading, and short writing assignments (which will count as quiz grades).
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. Long term illnesses require documentation from a physician.I 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.
5. Hour Exams: Three (3) Hour exams and a comprehensive final will be given according to the course schedule.
6. Laboratory: Most of the labs will be taken from the lab manual. Students should prepare for the lab by reading the lab materials before coming to the lab. Students will work in small groups and will generally write group lab reports. However, students should keep individual lab notes for each lab. Attendance is mandatory. If you miss a lab, due to illness, you must attend another lab section during the same week and you will be required to hand in an individual lab report. You must have your lab notes signed and notated by the lab instructor. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero. Individual laboratory instructors will give you their evaluation policies in the lab sections. You will receive one grade for the lab and one grade for the lecture.

Student Evaluation:
Quizzes 30%
4 one hour long Exams 70%
Final 20%
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 79.9 - 77 - C+ 62.9 - 60 - D-

94.9 - 90 - A- 76.9 - 73 - C <60 - F

89.9 - 87 - B+ 72.9 - 70 - C-

86.9 - 83 - B 69.9 - 67 - D+

82.9 - 80 - B- 66.9 - 63 - D


CH 176 Course Schedule:

Week Topic (text chapter)
1 The Air We Breathe, Ch 1

2 Ch 1 (cont)
Ch. 2 - Protecting the Ozone Layer

3 Ch 2 (cont)

4 Ch 3 -The Chemistry of Global Warming
Feb 25 Hour Exam 1, Chapters 1 & 2

5 Ch 3
6 Ch 4
Energy, Chemistry and Society
7 Ch 4
March 16 Exam #2, Chapters 3 & 4
March 18 No Class

8 Ch 5
The Wonder of Water
9 Ch 5, Ch 6
Neutralizing the Threat of Acid Rain
10 Ch .6
11 April 22 Exam #3, Chapters 5 & 6
9:30 class -> 8 am May 20th
11:00 class -> 11 am May 18th



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
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) If you can do the * questions you will be all set.

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 6 to 9 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.