Chem 201 - General Chemistry I - Heidi McMahon
|Course:||General Chemistry I|
Welcome to the (almost!) start of our semester, and our adventure together in CHEM 201. Whether this is your first time taking chemistry in a long time or your just recently finished Chem151, or whether you loved or hated Chemistry in the past, I'm sure that you have some questions, concerns, and uncertainty as we start this semester together. To try to help you all feel more comfortable and prepared for what is ahead, and so you hopefully know exactly what to expect, I have outlined the format/plan for our class this semester, which will hopefully answer questions you may have. Details about your specific section and our required class meeting times will be emailed to you separately, closer to the start of the semester.
Course Description: Welcome to Chemistry 201 – the first semester of the UC transferable general chemistry sequence. This 6 credit course is designed to provide a foundation in the basic principles of chemistry from a molecular approach and provide the prerequisite information required for Chem 202. (Prerequisites: MATH-070 and CHEM-151, or MATH-070 and COC Chemistry Placement Exam )
Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of Chemistry 201, students will be able to:
1. Analyze chemical bonding and properties of materials using atomic theory.
2. Predict chemical reactions and solve chemical problems using stoichiometric methodologies.
3. Formulate conclusions according to scientific inquiry by collecting and interpreting
gravimetric, volumetric, and spectroscopic chemical data.
4. Generate and interpret graphical representation of chemical data.
What to Expect in this Course
Topics Specifically Related to Our Course Being Online:
1. Are we going to have scheduled lecture/lab meetings?
This depends on which section you have registered for - hybrid or traditional. In both cases, we will be meeting weekly IN PERSON for lab AND "recitation" (both on the same day if you are in a hybrid section; on different days for those of you in traditional sections). Attendance in your weekly lab section is mandatory in order to turn in/receive credit for that week's lab.
For those of you who have registered for the hybrid course, these are the only scheduled meeting times for the course - we never meet for lecture (that is handled 100% online). For those of you who have registered for a traditional section, with lecture periods twice a week, we will also be meeting for lecture together, in person, two times a week. (Not applicable for Spring 2022 semester)
2. How will the course be organized?
Your Canvas course will be organized as weekly modules, so that you can access all of the materials needed for that week in one, organized place. This will include the lecture notes (PowerPoint and pdf), laboratory files, worksheets, a link to the CHEM 101 homework assignment, and any pre-recorded lectures for that week.
3. How are we going to do labs and recitation?
We will cover this much more in-depth during your first scheduled lab day (which, and this is important, you must attend or you will be dropped from the course!) but essentially the 3-hour lab periods each week will be used to perform experiments of course, but also to sometimes take exams and quizzes.
Recitation is when we will get a chance to work together on the material you've been covering the past week and an opportunity for you to ask questions on what you've been learning. Sometimes this means I will do a mini-lecture of sorts, but we will also spend the time doing practice problems, group activities, and other active-learning assignments. Important - this part of the class is part of the course you registered for/the credits...it is not optional!
4. How will we submit our assignments?
This is going to vary by assignment, but I will make sure you have clear, detailed directions for everything you turn in. Briefly:
- Your homework assignments and some quizzes are turned in through their own website, CHEM 101.
- Some assignments will be performed within Canvas, and so it will automatically submit your answers to me.
- Some activities (like labs or worksheets for example) you will turn in paper copies of, in-person, during our weekly recitation and lab meetings.
5. What materials do I need for the course, in general?
Goggles for lab: these will be needed by the second week of the semester. There are specific types of goggles that are acceptable and some that are not, so I suggest you wait until after our first meeting to purchase these.
Mircosoft Excel: installed copy on computer needed (online version will not perform the tasks we need it to for lab) which you can access for free at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office.
Textbook: OpenStax OER Chemistry Textbook 2nd Edition. Available free of charge online (at https://openstax.org/details/books/chemistry-2e) as e-book or downloadable pdf. Hard-covered printed text copy is available for purchase in the COC Bookstore (ISBN-10: 1-947172-62-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-62-3)
CHEM 101 Homework Access Code available in the Bookstore OR directly through Canvas. Direction provided in Canvas to ensure you are enrolled/added to my Chem101 course.
Scientific calculator: Please see instructor prior to first exam to ensure that your calculator is appropriate for the course.
6. Do I need any specific materials because we are a hybrid course?
- You will need regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection (tablets will work often, but not in all laboratory simulation activities)
- Access and familiarity with Canvas (for technical support using Canvas, visit the Canvas Tech Support page for students
- Access to (and frequent checking of!) your canyons student email address
- You will need the following software on your computer:
- Internet browser (Chrome works best with Canvas)
- Microsoft Word (you can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your my.canyons email account)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. You need to be able to open, print, and save PDF files. To view PDF files you need a current version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Types of Assessments
Grades will be based on homework assignments, lab activities, in-class recitation activities, quizzes, a lab practical, and exams. Final grades will be determined based on your earned points out of the total possible points, and it is your responsibility to keep track of your overall grade throughout the semester.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
We are using an ZTC (open educational resource/zero-cost) textbook for this course, Open Stax Chemistry 2nd edition. It is available totally free for online viewing as an e-book or to download as a pdf from https://openstax.org/details/books/chemistry-2e.
A hard copy printed textbook is also available for purchase if you prefer that (but this is definitely NOT required!) either through the bookstore or the OpenStax website. (ISBN-10: 1-947172-62-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-62-3)
Other Relevant Course Information
Remember, if you are registered for this class you must show up on the first day or you will be automatically dropped from the class, and your seat given to a student on the waitlist.
If you are on the waitlist, you will only be able to add the course if a student that is currently registered drops - either sometime between now and the start of the semester (in which case, the system will automatically move students up the waitlist and into the course) or by not attending on the first day. I have no control over the order of the waitlist. Whatever your position is at the time you registered is how far down you are; I cannot make any adjustments or add out-of-order. To preserve your position on the waitlist, you also need to attend class (lecture for traditional sections, lab for hybrid sections) on the first day. I will send out an email with information on how to access these meetings once we get closer to the start of the semester.
That covers the very brief, highlight version of our plan for next semester. Once it is available (closer to the start of the semester, generally about a week before), you should head into Canvas and start going through the Introduction Module – it will have far more detailed explanations on the things briefly mentioned here, as well as our course syllabus. Also, keep an eye out for another email from me about a week before the semester too - it will contain more detailed information about your specific section.
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- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: email@example.com)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 11/11/2021 Sub#: 413