Instructor: Dr. Joseph Caddell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Office: SCC 333

Email:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phone: 209-575-6810


Lecture: MW 10:00 – 12:25 SCC 114


Laboratory: MW 12:45 – 2:35 SCC 312

 Final Exam: Wednesday 8/12/2014 10:00am – 11:50 am SCC 114

Required Materials

Textbook – CHEMISTRY AN ATOMS FIRST First Edition by Zumdahl and Zumdahl

Laboratory Materials – Paper Towels and Goggles

Recommended Materials

Lab Coat


Midterm Exams (3) – 60% (20% each)

Quizzes – 15%

Final Exam – 10%

Lab – 15%

I will replace your lowest exam score, if and only if you take all midterms, by your percentage score on the final exam if it is higher than your lowest exam score.  Otherwise no exam grades will be dropped.


Grading Scheme

A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 0 – 59%

Assignments may include handouts, web assignments, textbook problems, and in class assignments.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure that they have turned in all assignments on time.

 Regardless of scores received on any other material, if a student misses 3 or more laboratory sessions that student will fail the course.

Attendance/Drop Policy

Any student not attending class or laboratory the first 2 weeks of school may be dropped as a no-show unless they contact me ahead of time.  However, do not count on me to drop you.  If you plan to drop it is your responsibility to do so.  If you are given an add card/code by me you must use it before the next lecture or you will not be allowed in the class.  Any student who misses an exam or laboratory without notifying me may be dropped from the course.

Academic Dishonesty

If you are caught cheating on any part of this course you will receive a zero (0) for the assignment you cheat on.  I will also report the incident to the dean of the division as well as the dean of students.  You may not make up any work you cheat on.  If you are caught cheating on a midterm I will not replace that score with your score on the final exam.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to copying work from anyone, falsifying a laboratory report, using a cell phone (for any purpose) during an exam, having or using any source of information not specifically allowed by me during any exam, turning in work that you did not do, looking at someone else’s paper during an exam, changing an answer on your exam after it has been turned in, or communicating in any way with anyone other than me during an exam.

Students With Disabilities

If you have any disability that needs accommodation you must let me know within the first week of class or when you first find out. Once you let me know I will gladly do everything I can to assist you, as long as you can still complete the requirements for the class. 

Late/Missed Assignments

Make-up exams/quizzes will not be given.  Your score on the final exam may be substituted for your lowest exam score or an excused absence from an exam.  An excused absence from an exam is an absence that the student has cleared with the instructor before the exam date.  This will only happen if the excuse is a very good, documented excuse. If you miss a homework quiz your score on that quiz will be a zero (0).  I will drop your lowest homework quiz.

Homework Quizzes

There will be a quiz based on the homework on most Wednesday's that we do not have an exam.  See the schedule on the chemistry 102 page for a schedule.  The quizzes will be based on the assigned homework for that week.  The quizzes will be given during the first ten minutes of lecture.  If you are late you will not get extra time to take the quiz, your time will end at the same time as the rest of the class.  There are no make-up quizzes, but I will drop your one lowest quiz.  If you miss a quiz your score for that quiz is a zero (0).

Lab Work

Labs may not be made up!  If you miss a laboratory your score on that lab will be a zero (0).  If you miss 3 or more laboratories you will recieve a grade of F for the courseThe pre-laboratory write-up must be done before the beginning of lab.  If you come to lab without the pre-lab done you will not be allowed to do that lab and will receive a zero (0) for that lab.  If you are more than 10 minutes late for the lab you will not be allowed to do that lab   Lab write-ups are due at the end of the lab unless it is an especially long lab, in which case I will let you know when the lab is due.  If this happens, my initials are required on your work before you leave the lab.  No unauthorized experiments are allowed.  You must follow the safety rules (see handout) at all times.  Failure to do so may result in you being asked to leave the laboratory.  If this happens your grade for that lab will be a zero (0).

Lab Reports

The pre-lab must be typed and printed out.  For each lab that we do you are required to have the entire pre-lab written before the start of lab, unless I tell you otherwise.  If you have not completed the pre-lab before lab starts you will not be allowed to do that lab.  You will fill in the data table with data and observations, by hand,  as you do the lab.  You will type up everything, including your data, calculations, and conclusion.


Each lab write-up will consist of the pre-lab section and the conclusion. 


The Pre-Lab Section must include: the title of the lab, the purpose, your procedure for the entire lab, a table of constants or other information that you will need for the lab, a data table, and all calculations set up.

The Title is the exact name of the experiment as shown in your laboratory manual.

The Purpose is where you state the question or questions that the laboratory experiment is trying to answer.  One sentence for each question is normally sufficient.

The Procedure In your own words write a procedure, in outline or flow-chart form only, that you will follow during the lab.  You will not be allowed to bring your lab text into the lab, so make sure that you or anyone else could follow your procedure and perform the lab.

Table of Constants Set up a table (including a box around it) with a list of all constants you will need for the lab or calculations.  Do not put unnecessary constants in here.  Make sure tyo include units.

Data Table Set up a table (including a box around it) that has a blank plus units for every piece of raw data you will collect in the lab.  Do not include the results of any calculations.

Calculations Label each number with what it is and its units.  All parentheses and symbols (equals signs, times signs etc.) must be shown.

The Conclusion is a paragraph where you give the answer to the question or questions that were asked in the purpose section.  Use your data to support your conclusion.  If there was an unknown make sure to include the unknown number here as well as in the data table.

Cell Phones

Make absolutely sure that you turn off all cell phones before you come into the classroom.  If you must be in contact you may keep your cell phone on in silent mode only.  If you get a call you must leave the room in order to take it.  Please do not talk on your phone during our lecture.  No cell phones are allowed out during exams.  Violation of this rule will be deemed cheating, no exceptions.

Success in Chemistry

Come to class.  Be conscious during class.  Be prepared for class (read the chapter before we go over it in class).  Listen during class.  Participate in the class.  Take good notes during class.    DO THE HOMEWORK!  There is a clear correlation between these activities and understanding the material well enough to earn a good grade in the class. 

Just like any other endeavor the more you practice the better you get.  A good portion of your grade comes from the midterm exams and the final exam.  In chemistry, practice means doing the homework problems. Go through and do all of the homework problems without looking at anything else, not your notes, not the text, not the solutions manual.  When you get stuck and cannot finish a problem, then, and only then, go to other sources to get over the barrier.  Finish the problem the rest of the way without looking at the solution.  Do every single homework problem in that manner.  Then go back, start at the beginning and do the same thing, going all the way through.  Keep doing this until you can go through every single homework problem without looking at the solution. 



Tentative Lecture Schedule and Reading


5/11/15Crystal Structure, Phase Changes, and Phase Diagrams


 Properties of Solutions


 Properties of Solutions


 Chemical Kinetics


No Class (Memorial Day)


 Chemical Kinetics


 Chemical Equilibrium
6/3/15Chemical Equilibrium


Chemical Equilibrium
6/10/15 Exam I (Phase Diagrams, Crystal Structures, Solutions, Kinetics)


Acids & Bases
6/17/15Acids & Bases
6/22/15Acid-Base Equilibria
6/24/15Acid-Base Equilibria
6/29/15Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria
7/1/15Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy
7/6/15Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy
7/8/15Exam II (Chemical Equilibrium, Acids & Bases, Acid-Base Equilibria, Solubility and Complex Ion Equilibria)
7/13/15Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy
7/15/15  Electrochemistry
7/20/15 Electrochemistry
7/27/15Nuclear Chemistry
7/29/15Nuclear Chemistry
8/3/15Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry
8/5/15 Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry
8/10/15 Exam III (Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy, Electrochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry,
Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry)
8/12/15 Final Exam (Comprehensive)


Tentative Laboratory Schedule

5/11/14 & 5/13/14 Introduction/Safety/Locker Check-in
5/18/14 & 5/20/14 TLC, Volatility, and Heat of Solution
5/25/14 & 5/27/14No Lab (Memorial Day)
6/1/14 & 6/3/13 Determination of Molar Mass by Freezing Point Depression
6/8/14 & 6/10/14 Kinetics
6/15/14 & 6/17/14  Kinetics (continued)
6/22/14 & 6/24/14 Equilibrium
6/29/14 & 7/1/14  pH Titration Curves
7/6/14 & 7/8/14Ksp
7/13/14 & 7/15/14 Redox Chemistry
7/20/14 & 7/22/14Copper (II) Glycinate Titration
7/27/14 & 7/29/14  Thermodynamics and the Solubility of Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate
8/3/14 & 8/5/14Electrochemistry
8/10/14 & 8/12/14 Locker Check-out