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Instructor Info:Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena
Office Extension x5561
TA Info:Priyanka Basnet
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday Friday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Harold Johnson Library 205
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Harold Johnson Library 205
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Harold Johnson Library 205
Monday
01:30 PM - 04:30 PM Cole Science Center 2-CHEM
Description:

In this course we will learn the fundamental chemical concepts of composition and stoichiometry, properties of matter, the gas laws, atomic structure, bonding and molecular structure, chemical reactions, and energy changes in chemical reactions. Considerable time will be devoted to learning the use of the periodic table as a way of predicting the chemical properties of elements. We will also emphasize application of those chemical principles to environmental, biological, industrial and day-to-day life situations. No previous background in chemistry is necessary but a working knowledge of algebra is essential, both because students will be expected to develop skill in solving a variety of numerical problems and because it is essential for understanding some of the subject matter. In the laboratory, basic skills, techniques of qualitative and quantitative analysis, and use of modern chemical instrumentation will be emphasized. We will also do two project-based labs, learn to understand the scientific methodology, and learn how to write scientific research reports. Chemistry I is the first term of a two-term course in general chemistry.

Course Objectives:

Students will learn the fundamental chemical concepts of general chemistry. We will also emphasize on application of those chemical principles to environmental, biological, industrial and day-to-day life situations. In the laboratory, basic skills, and techniques of qualitative and quantitative analysis, use of modern chemical instrumentation will be emphasized. Students will also do two project-based labs, learn to understand the scientific methodology and learn how to write scientific research reports.

Evaluation Criteria:

I will write course evaluations at the end of the semester for everyone in the class who has full-fill following expectations. The evaluations are based
on:

1. Satisfactory work on the weekly problem sets or projects.

2. Laboratory reports and post-lab problems.

3. Two review problem sets.

4. Project lab reports.

5. Class as well as laboratory participation.

Additional Info:

1.TEXT: GENERAL CHEMISTRY, 9th Edition, 2009,Kenneth Whitten, Raymond Davis, Larry Peck and George Stanley Brooks/Cole. A division of Thomson Learning Inc.,

2. CALCULATOR: An inexpensive electronic calculator is highly recommended for this course. This calculator should be of the full floating point type, usually referred to as a "scientific calculator".

* Problem sets, Projects will be assigned and are required for evaluation.

* After the instructor covers a section of the course material, reread this section and immediately start work on assigned problems.

* Each student should save project and lab reports, term papers, problem sets and revision problem sets in a special folder and should be resubmitted at the end of the semester.