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CHEM-201 - General Chemistry I - Dariush Vosooghi

Course:General Chemistry I
Professor:Dariush Vosooghi
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Dear Chemistry 201 Students,

Welcome to the start of our Summer session, CHEM 201, taught in Distance Education (online). I hope that by the end of this course you have a new appreciation for chemistry. This course will cover many topics and areas about the chemistry of the world around us, using lectures, demonstrations, and labs.

My name is Dariush Vosooghi. I will be your instructor for a lecture and laboratory this semester in this distance education (remote learning) course. 

In this letter, you will find information about the course as well as resources for ensuring your success in distance education.

Let me start by telling you about me. I have an undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, a master's degree (M. Sc.) in Chemistry with specialization in Quantum Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Chemistry with specialization in the Molecular Orbital Calculations of hydrogen Bonding Compounds and M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering specialization in Health Risk Assessment Calculations. My wife and I have one son.

Course Description

This course provides a foundation in the basic principles of the molecular nature of matter and its change, including reaction chemistry, atomic and bonding theories of matter, the properties of matter (solids, liquids, gases, solutions), and their relationship to energy. Gravimetric, volumetric, and spectroscopic analysis techniques are introduced in the laboratory portion. The course is required for all majors in chemistry and most other fields of science or technology.

5 units CSU, UC transferable

Prerequisites: CHEM 151 or COC Chemistry Placement Exam; MATH 070

What to Expect in this Course

This course is offered through distance education this fall due to Covid-19, lecture component is conducted online via Zoom and other additional videos. The laboratory component will also be conducted online via Zoom, and you will also be required to be online from both lecture and laboratory. Attendance is required. Any submitted assignments will not be counted if you are not present!! 

This course is much like a face-to-face course and takes a significant time commitment from you. I expect you to spend many hours per week working on the material.

Students must do all of the assigned work and reading. This course is fast-paced, the students must keep up with the reading and work. Students are required to enable their camera during Zoom meeting in the following situations


Types of Assessments


Homework. Quizzes. Three tests. Final Exam. LABS.


How will we use Zoom?

The class schedule in zoom (with the session ID and Password ) is available in Canvas. Thankfully for us, Zoom is completely integrated within Canvas and so you will access our class meetings through our Canvas course too. There is a link on the left-hand side of your screen, once you are in our course, that says Zoom. That is where our lectures and labs will be scheduled, and you access the meetings through that link each day. There will be a much more detailed explanation of this for you in our Intro Module in Canvas.


How will we submit our assignments?

It is going to vary by assignment, but I will make sure you have clear, detailed directions for everything you turn in. Briefly: Some assignments will be performed within Canvas will be submitted to Assignment Tab in your canvas/Module Labs will need to be scanned and uploaded to Canvas. There are separate directions on how to do this, but we will take advantage of a variety of free mobile-apps to take photos of your work, convert them into pdf documents, and upload them to Canvas.


Missing work

Makeup exams are given only for an excused absence and must notify the instructor of your absence for any exam as soon as possible. Missing an exam for an unexcused absence will result in a zero for the exam. There are no makeup labs, you will receive the average grade of all the other labs for the first two labs you missed if you have an excused absence, otherwise, you will get a zero for the missing lab. You will automatically get a zero for any 3rd and more missing labs.

Textbook Information

  1. Text: Chemistry 2e, published by OpenStax College (ISBN-10: 1938168399; ISBN-13: 978-1-938168-39-0). This textbook is an open educational resource, and a free electronic copy is downloadable from, or Hard copies are available at the campus bookstore for ~$50.
  2. Chem 101 Online Learning Account. The class will utilize an online homework system. Students must create a Chem 101 account at The cost to join the course is $29.95, and can be purchased through the COC bookstore or through the online interface. Students are allowed to preview the course for two weeks prior to purchase.
  3. Scientific Calculator: Students must bring a scientific calculator capable of exponential and log functions to class meetings.
  4. Beyond Labz and Microsoft Excel: To complete the course, students must have access to Beyond Labz (a virtual laboratory program) and a spreadsheet program capable of linear regression. Students will be provided with an access code for Beyond Labz during the first laboratory meeting. The Microsoft Office Suite is freely available for download to all COC students through
  5. Access to a Computer. Students will be expected to use a laptop or desktop computer to access the course, participate in Zoom conferences, and complete laboratory work. (You cannot complete all of the work in this course using only a smart phone or tablet.) If you do not have ready access to a computer, you may able to borrow one from the college by contacting

Other Relevant Course Information

Accessing the class

Students can access the course via Canvas on the first day of class. Students can log into Canvas using the following link: The first time you log into Canvas, your username and password will be:

After logging in, you should change your password.

The first-class meeting will be via Zoom. I will send A meeting link to all enrolled and waitlisted students 2-3 days before the first day of class. Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory, and students that do not attend will be dropped from the roster. I will all Waitlisted students that attend the first Zoom meeting in the order they appear on the waitlist if space becomes available.


Academic integrity

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that can diminish the quality of scholarship, the academic environment, the academic reputation, and the quality of a college degree. In cases of academic dishonesty by a student, a faculty member may

  • Reduce the score on the test(s) or assignment(s);
  • Reduce the grade in the course;

 Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: 

  1. Plagiarism – the intentional presentation of words, ideas, or work of others as one’s own. It includes but is not limited to copying homework, using a work or portion of a work written or created by another but not crediting the source, and using one’s work completed in a previous class for credit in another class without permission. The common consequence of academic dishonesty is the failure of the course and referral of the case to the Dean of Student Services for additional disciplinary action. Students may discuss assignments but are expected to complete all work independently.
  2. Cheating During Examinations – includes unauthorized use of electronic devices, copying from another, looking at another student’s exam, and opening books when not authorized.

Any of these practices could result in charges of academic dishonesty.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 09/14/2021 Sub#: 624