Chemistry 124 - January 2006
A Matter of the Environment
Welcome to Chemistry 124! This course provides an introduction to environmental chemistry for students with a wide array of interests. The foundation provided by this course will assist students pursuing careers in environmental studies as well as raise student awareness about being an educated citizen in a democracy. Since we all live in a technical society, it is paramount that the general public have basic appreciation and understanding of scientific phenomena and research. You (or your elected representative) will be asked to make decisions substantially impacted by technology and specifically about the environment. A knowledge of chemistry and the environment are important characteristics to employ as a citizen.  This year's course will explore the environmental impacts and chemistry involved in building and building materials.

Required Materials

Tutor Hours

At times the chemistry department may supply our class with a person to help with the understanding of some of the environmental chemistry topics that may pose some challenge. If this occurs, hours will be announced during the first few days of class.

Quizzes and Exams
As the class calendar shows, there are no exams scheduled for the term. The final exam will be a project based assessment. Occassionally, surprise quizzes may be used as a way to document attendance and entice you to keep current in your study of the material. Quiz points will be added to the total points possible for the term. If for any reason (illness or family emergency) you are unable to take a quiz or an exam at the scheduled time, I must know prior to class. I have voice messaging in my office, or you can call the chemistry department office (Karen Renneke, x3104), or you can e-mail me at jackson. If none of these options work, you can contact the Dean of Students office x3615. Note that the final project and presentations will be due at 8 am on Saturday, January 28, 2006.

The calendar shows the due dates of specific assignments, while others will be assigned as the course develops.  All assignments will be due at the beginning of each class period unless otherwise noted. Late assignments will not be accepted, except in cases of lengthy illness or family emergencies. Your assignments must be written on loose leaf (not spiral bound) standard size paper. Multiple pages must be stapled (not paper clipped, not folded, not taped, etc.) together. Assignments must be readable and organized. If these guidelines are not followed, the assignments will not be accepted. CIC based assignments will be graded on the following ten point scale:

Complete Incomplete 
Fully mastered 20 pts 15 pts 
Mostly mastered 16 pts 11 pts 
Not mastered 12 pts 8 pts 

Complete means that all problems were attempted; masteredmeans your approach to the problems was both effective and clear to the grader. Most of the problems assigned will be from the textbook (and some answers are in the back of the book); occassionally there will be others handed out or distributed via the web. You will not receive any credit unless you show your work. This includes carefully laying out all steps for any problems that require calculations, showing ALL units, and giving a rationale for any problems that do not involve calculations. I encourage you to work together on the assignments.

Purchase the lab manual or obtain it electronically, laboratory notebook, and safety goggles from the St. Olaf Chemistry Department SOON. The schedule of experiments are given in the class calendar and we start lab on Wednesday. Many of the experiments, beginning with the third involve a one- or two-page "experimental plan" due at the beginning of your designated laboratory period. All lab sessions will occur in SC 371. The laboratory is an integral component of any chemistry course and should not be deemed "separate".

The grading scale is based on adjustable percentages; I don't believe a curve is appropriate. By the term adjustableI mean that I may lower the A-B and B-C cutoffs a few points in order to give more A's and B's, but I will not raise cutoffs as might happen if grades are curved. Compete with yourself, not others in the class. It has been my experience that studying together, in groups, will help you earn the grade you want. Points and grades in the course will be distributed as outlined below:

Percentage Grade
90-100 A- / A
80-89 B- / B / B+
60-79 C- / C / C+
50-59 D- / D / D+

CIC and Related Assignments 200 pts 20.0%
Green Building Journal, Project Topic/Outline 200 pts 20.0% 
Cradle to Cradle Review 100 pts 10.0%
Laboratory 200 pts 20.0%
Participation Points 50 pts 5.0%
Final Project and Report 250 pts 25.0%
Total 1000 pts 100.0% 

If you have a documented learning disability or other issues of which I should be aware please schedule an appointment with me as soon as possible. This ensures that a student's needs are known, and with assistance from the St. Olaf Academic Support Center, steps may be taken to implement the appropriate accommodations.

E-mail and Web Sites
Our e-mail alias is chem-124. Use it respectfully. Periodically you will receive e-mail from me, teaching assistants, lab assistants, or others in the class. Note: if you reply "to all recipients" then your message will be sent to everyone. For general course information, always check out http://www.stolaf.edu/people/jackson/08-124/ You will find information regarding the syllabus, schedules, homework assignments, and other information. I will try to keep the site updated and expanded as we go.

The information listed on the course web site, in the syllabus, and in associated documents is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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