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CHEM 110: Chemistry I

Course Description

Fundamental course in the principles of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometry, chemical equations and reactions, properties of gases, properties of solutions, and thermochemistry. Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite: MATH 106 or higher (or ACT math score 21 or higher); CHEM/PHYS 108 (or high school chemistry course with a grade of "C" or higher).

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • McMurray, J. & Fay, R. C.. (2016). Chemistry (7th). Prentice Hall, Inc..
    • [ISBN-978-0-321-94317-0 (Without CD)]

Additional Information

Do not purchase the International Version of this textbook, since the order of chapters is not the same.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to Chemistry I Online!  Have you ever wondered how to make dry ice or why soda pop fizzes when you open the can? Have you ever marveled at a hot air balloon rising or wondered why diamonds are so hard?  We will be exploring these questions and many more in this 8 week chemistry course.  Each week we will be using discussions, animations, websites, and our textbook to learn the fundamental concepts of chemistry.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Predict trends in the chemical and physical properties of the elements based on their positions on the periodic table.
  2. Identify the properties of atoms, ions and molecules.
  3. Solve chemistry problems using mathematical skills.
  4. Differentiate between types of chemical reactions.
  5. Apply chemical principles to solve chemical problems.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 882-980 90-100%
B 784-881 80-89%
C 686-783 70-79%
D 588-685 60-69%
F 0-587 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion Assignments 90 9%
Question and Answer Discussion 40 4%
Dropbox Assignments 70 7%
Quizzes 180 18%
Midterm and Final Exams 600 61%
Total 980 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Sunday
Discussion 2 10
Question and Answer Discussion 1 5
Dropbox Assignment 1 10
Quiz 1 30
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Sunday
Question and Answer Discussion 2 5
Dropbox Assignment 2 10
Quiz 2 30
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 10 Sunday
Question and Answer Discussion 3 5
Dropbox Assignment 3 10
Quiz 3 30
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Sunday
Question and Answer Discussion 4 5
Dropbox Assignment 4 10
Midterm Exam 300
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 10 Sunday
Question and Answer Discussion 5 5
Dropbox Assignment 5 10
Quiz 4 30
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Sunday
Question and Answer Discussion 6 5
Dropbox Assignment 6 10
Quiz 5 30
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 10 Sunday
Question and Answer Discussion 7 5
Dropbox Assignment 7 10
Quiz 6 30
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 10 Saturday
Question and Answer Discussion 8 5
Final Exam 300
Total Points 980

Assignment Overview

Text and Website

All class readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or taking quizzes for the week.  Quizzes and exams will be over the readings as well as the websites that you are asked to visit.

Discussion Assignments

Must be completed by Sunday, except Week 8 when all assignments are due Saturday, of each assigned week and are worth 10 points. These assignments are specific summaries or problems that will be completed and posted by the student under the appropriate discussion topic. 

Question and Answer Discussions

All students must participate in the weekly Question/Answer discussions at least once a week. The Question/Answer section of the discussion topic will be a place for you to ask questions about the material and answer those questions for others. The instructor will be answering questions in this discussion, also. Thoughtful participation in these discussions will be worth 5 points a week.

Dropbox Assignments

Each Dropbox assignment is graded according to the point system presented in the rubric below in the Grading Criteria section.  Each dropbox written assignment will be worth 10 points, assigned on the basis of percent of completeness, correct spelling, and neatness.  The dropbox assignments are specific summaries or problems that the student will complete and submit to the Dropbox.

Quizzes

There are six (6) quizzes during the session. Quizzes are available Thursday through Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time of the week assigned and are located in Quizzes area of the course. All quizzes are multiple choice and will cover textbook material as well as material found in the Content area of the course. Quizzes are worth a maximum of 30 points. 

Exams

There will be two (2) Proctored exams in this course, the Midterm and the Final exam.  Each exam is worth 300 points.  The Midterm will be completed during Week 4 and the Final during Week 8. Both exams must be completed under the supervision of a proctor. For more information about proctoring, please see the Proctor Policy below.

A Note About Plagiarism

In this course, any plagiarized or recycled work from previous courses will receive no credit. There is a plagiarism tutorial and quiz in the Week 1 module of the Content area of the course, and it is highly recommended that you complete both at your earliest convenience.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction, Metric Measurement, and Atoms, Molecules and Ions
Readings

Read Chapters 1 and 2

Discussion 1
Introduce yourself on the appropriate topic in the Discussions area of the course, include in your introduction why you are taking this course. 
Discussion 2
Select an element from the periodic table to research. Use the website provided in the Content area as your aide. Describe chemical characteristics of your chosen element. Include in your description the melting point, boiling point and the uses of the element. Write the electron configuration. Is it a metal or a non metal? Try to select an element that your classmates have not already researched. Post your response to the appropriate topic in the Discussion area.
Question and Answer Discussion 1
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 1

Determine the answers to the following conversions. Submit your answers to the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. How many milliliters are in 3 Liters?
  2. How many microliters are in 200 milliliters?
  3. How many milligrams are in 2.5 grams?
  4. How many kilometers are 10,000 meters?
  5. How many centimeters are in 200 millimeters?
  6. What is the density of a rock that weighs 30 grams and displaces 10 milliliters of water?
  7. How many significant figures are in 450, 3.001, 47.000, 0.0008?
  8. Write the following in scientific notation 450, 30, .5, .05
  9. How many protons, neutrons, and electrons are in Mg with an atomic mass number of 25, Mg with an atomic mass number of 24, Mg 2+ with an atomic mass number of 26?
  10. Name the following: Fe(NO3)3, CaCl2, CO2, MgSO4
Quiz 1
Complete Quiz #1 by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.  Please visit all items under Content before completing the quiz.
Week 2: Mass Relationships in Chemical Equations and Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
Readings

Read Chapters 3 and 4

Discussion 3

Read the article on Avogodro available in the Content area.

Summarize what you have read and be sure to define Avogadro’s number and answer these questions:

  1. How many atoms are in ½ a mole of Calcium?
  2. What is the molar mass of Pb(NO3)2, MgCl2, and HCl
  3. How many moles are in 116.4 grams of NaCl?
  4. What are the products whan a strong acid and a strong base react?
  5. How many grams are in a 3 Molar solution of CaCl2 in 3 Liters?
  6. How many molecules of NaCl are in 2 moles of NaCl?
Question and Answer Discussion 2
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 2

Submit your answers to the follow conversions to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. Determine the empirical formula of the following- a compound that is 14.25% C, 56.93% O, 28.83% Mg.  A compound that is 6% H and 94% O, a compound that is 25.6% Mg, and 74.4% Cl.
  2. Visit the website available in the Content and balance 4 of the equations and post your balanced equations in the dropbox.
  3. Write out the net ionic equations for the following:

2 Na3PO4 (aq) + 3 CaCl2 (aq) --> 6 NaCl (aq) + Ca3(PO4)2 (s)

Quiz 2

Complete Quiz #2 by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.  Please visit all items under Content before completing the quiz.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Class Activities

For a tutorial on how to balance chemical equations review the Class Activity in the Content area under Week 2. 

Week 3: Periodicity and Ionic Compounds
Readings

Read Chapters 5 and 6

Discussion 4

Answer/define the following:

  1. In the following set of elements, does the atomic radius increase or decrease?

    Li, Be, B, C, N

  2. Define ionization energy
  3. Define electron affinity
  4. Define Balmer Series
Question and Answer Discussion 3
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 3

Submit your answers to following questions to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. Write out the electron configurations for the following elements, Chlorine, Calcium, Helium, Sodium, Neon.
  2. Which Main Group elements have 1 unpaired electron? Which Main Group elements have 3 unpaired electrons?
  3. Describe which orbital has the quantum numbers n=2 and l=1.
Quiz 3

Complete Quiz #3 by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.  Please visit all items under Content before completing the quiz.

Week 4: Covalent Bonds and Electron Dot Structures
Readings

Read Chapters 7 and 8

Discussion 5
  1. Order the following elements in order of increasing electronegativity- Si, P, Cl, S, Al.
  2. Are the following compounds polar covalent or non polar covalent? O2, I2, H2O, H2S?
  3. Define the following intermolecular forces- London dispersion, dipole-dipole, hydrogen bonding.
  4. What is bond order?
Question and Answer Discussion 4
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 4

Submit your answers to following questions to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. Describe whether the bonds in the following compounds are ionic, polar covalent, or non-polar covalent:  HCl, H2O, I2, NaF, MgO, NaCl.
  2. Describe how you determined the types of bonds in the compounds.
  3. What are the products of alkali metals with water? What are the products of alkaline earth metals with water?
  4. What is the molecular geometry of CO2, SO2, PF5, and H2O?
  5.  In CH2=CH2, what type of hybrid orbitals are there- sp, sp2 or sp3?
Midterm Exam

Complete your Proctored Midterm Exam by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time. To prepare review the Big Worksheet, Chemistry Highlights and all resources in the Content area. 

Week 5: Thermochemistry
Readings

Read Chapter 9

Discussion 6
Describe how a hot pack works, how does a cold pack work? Are these reactions exothermic or endothermic? Include a description of the chemicals used in your answer. Post your answer on the appropriate discussion topic. 
Question and Answer Discussion 5
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 5

Submit your answers to following questions to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. Use the bond dissociation energies found on page 219 of your textbook to calculate the ΔHº in kilojoules for 2NH3(g) + Cl2(g) à N2H4(g) + 2HCl (g)  Define standard heat of formation?
  2. Are the following exothermic or endothermic, an increase or decrease in entropy? Solid turning to gas, gas turning to liquid, liquid turning to solid.
  3. Define Hess’s Law
  4. If it takes 20 Joules of energy to change 5 grams of a substance from 20 C to 25 C, what is the specific heat?
Quiz 4

Complete Quiz #4 by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.  Please visit all items under Content before completing the quiz.

Week 6: Gases and the Gas Laws
Readings

Read Chapter 10

Discussion 7

Answer the following:

  1. What are the components of the ideal gas law and what are their units of measurement? Write out the answer to this question.
  2. If I have 16 grams of O2 gas in 2 Liters at Standard Temperature, what is the pressure?
  3. What does the line look like on the Pressure vs. Volume graph for gases?
  4. True or False?
  • Gas molecules are greatly attracted to each other
  • Gas molecules take up very little space of the volume of the gas
  • The kinetic energy of gas molecules cannot be increased
  • Gas molecules move in straight lines
Question and Answer Discussion 6
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 6

Submit your answers to following questions to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. Carbonate rocks like limestone (CaCO3) react with dilute acids such as HCl to produce carbon dioxide.  CaCO3(s) + 2HCl(aq) à CaCl2 (aq) + CO2 (g) + H2O(l). How many grams of CO2 are formed by complete reaction with 33.7 grams of limestone?  What is the volume of CO2 at STP?
  2. If we increase the volume of 20 Liters of gas to 40 Liters of gas, what will happen to the pressure?
  3. Which will effuse the fastest? N2, O2, or H2?
  4. What is the pressure of O2 gas that has a volume of 2 Liters, at 23 C, and weighs 32 grams?
Quiz 5

Complete Quiz #5 by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.  Please visit all items under Content before completing the quiz.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Phase Changes and Solutions and Their Properties
Readings

Read Chapters 11 and 12

Discussion 8

Answer the following:

  1. What is the triple point of the triple phase diagram mean?
  2. If a liquid has a high vapor pressure will it have a high or low boiling point and why?
  3. What is the difference between osmosis and diffusion?
  4. What are three colligative properties?
Question and Answer Discussion 7
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Dropbox Assignment 7

Submit your answers to following questions to the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time.

  1. Which is more tightly packed, a solid with one atom per unit cell, a solid where each atom has 8 nearest neighbors, or a solid where each atom has 6 nearest neighbors? 
  2. What are three types of solids pure carbon makes?
  3. What are two conditions that will allow the most gas to be soluble in a liquid?
  4. What affect does outside pressure have on the boiling point of water?
Quiz 6

Complete Quiz #6 by Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.  Please visit all items under Content before completing the quiz.

Week 8: Review
Readings

Review Chapters 1-12

Discussion 9

Answer the following questions to help review what you’ve learned and help you prepare for the final exam.

  • If a substance has a mass of 50 grams and a volume of 80 mls, what is its density?
  • Which of the following compounds would not exist MgCl2, CaCO3, Na2Cl.  Why?
  • How does one determine percent yield?
  • What is the oxidation number of oxygen in NaOH?
  • What is the electron configuration of Mg2+
  • What is the product of halogens reacting with hydrogen?
  • Describe in your own words how one determines formal charge using dot structures? 
  • What is the specific heat of a substance that it takes 192 Joules to raise the temperature of 45 grams by 6 degrees Celsius?
  • Name one condition whereas a gas does not behave in an ideal way. 
  • What is hydrogen bonding? 
  • How do colligative properties affect freezing point?
  • What hybrid orbitals would be in CH4?
  • What is the molar mass of Mg(NO3)2?’
  • Which would contribute the most pressure in a tank? 10 grams of H2 gas or 10 grams of O2 gas?
Question and Answer Discussion 8
Participate in the Q&A discussion for the week. 
Final Exam

Complete your Proctored Final Exam by Saturday at 11:59 PM Central Time. To prepare, review all resources in the Content area. 



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

Late discussion posts will not be accepted.

Any assignment not submitted by 11:59PM Central Time on the day due is considered late.

Assignments may be submitted but will be penalized as follows. Assignments submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a 30% reduction of the of the final grade given for the assignment. Assignments 8 or more days late will incur a 60% reduction of the final grade given for the assignment. The late penalty applies to all assignments including quizzes and exams. Late penalties may be waived if extending circumstances occur but you must contact me prior to the due date to make arrangements for late assignments. 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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