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Syllabus
Chemistry 125 - Fall 2000
Structural Chemistry and Equilibrium 
 
Welcome to Chemistry 125D! This course provides an introduction to chemistry for students with a wide array of interests. The foundation provided by this course will assist students pursuing careers in the molecular sciences, traditional chemical professions, environmental studies, law, technical writing, allied health professions, and many, many more. Furthermore, this course is designed to make each of you a more knowledgeable citizen of the world. 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, chemistry. Chemistry is FUN, FASCINATING, and FUNCTIONAL.


Required Materials

The text this year is outstanding and contains virtually everything you need to know to pass this course. One of the most fascinating aspects of this text is its illustrations. Many times people ignore the pictures in a textbook; thus, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. A picture is worth at least 1000 words!


Quizzes and Exams
As the class calendar shows, there are four exams scheduled for the term. Each exam will be 55 minutes in length and count 100 points. Occassionally, surprise quizzes will 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 exam will be administered as follows:

125D (11:50-12:45) on Friday, December 15, 2000, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

CAUTION!There are very few reasons that exist so that you cannot take your final exam at the scheduled time. All airline flights and most other forms of transportation can be rescheduled for minimal charges. If this is a concern of yours, tell your parents about your exam schedule NOW, so that this problem does not arise.


Homework
The assignment calendar shows that homework will be due at the beginning of each class period. 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. Homework will be graded on the following five-point scale:

Complete Incomplete 
Fully mastered 5 pts 3 pts  
Mostly mastered 4 pts 2 pts  
Not mastered 3 pts 1 pts  

Completemeans 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, and I will accept homework with up to 4 names on it.


Laboratory
Purchase the lab manual, laboratory notebook, and safety goggles from the St. Olaf Chemistry Society SOON. Students will be selling these items outside SC 376; look for signs indicating sale times. The schedule of experiments are given in the manual and we start lab the first full week of class. Each of the experiments, including the firstinvolves a one- or two-page "experimental plan" due at the beginning of your designated laboratory period. All lab sessions will occur in SC 363. The laboratory is an integral component of any chemistry course and should not be deemed "separate". Consequently, questions concerning the laboratory will appear on exams.


Grading
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+

Homework Assignments 150 pts 15% (30 * 5 points) 
Writing Assignments 75 pts 7.5% (3 * 25 points) 
Laboratory 150 pts 15%
Hour Exams 400 pts 40.0% (4 * 100 points) 
Final Exam 225 pts 22.5% (1 * 225 points) 
Total 1000 pts 100.0%  

Rules of Thumb to get a passing grade:

Failure to meet any two of these minimum requirements will results in a grade of "F" even if the total points earned for the semester are above the "F" grading range. Note: these requirements are not generally difficult to meet for a student who has adequate preparation, good study skills, and the desire to do well. Schedule an appointment to speak with me (now or any time during the semester) if you are especially concerned about any of these requirements.

If you have a learning disability or other issues of which I should be aware please schedule an appointment with me as soon as possible.


E-mail and Web Sites
Our e-mail alias is chem-125d. 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 in your section. For general course information, always check out http://www.stolaf.edu/people/jackson/08-125/ 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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