Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:10-12:20 Room 104 SC
Nancy H. Kolodny
Paul Reisberg (laboratories)
Amanda McCarthy (laboratory)
FirstClass Conference: CHEM120-01-F09
Textbook: Steven S. Zumdahl, Chemical Principles, 5th Edition
Chemistry 120 is a one semester course for students with especially strong backgrounds in chemistry. It replaces Chemistry 105 and 205 as a prerequisite for upper level chemistry courses. Chemistry 120 includes both microscopic and macroscopic aspects of chemistry. The microscopic topics include the atomic nucleus, the behavior of electrons in atoms, and several approaches to molecular structure and bonding such as VSEPR, valence bond and molecular orbital models. Periodic properties of the elements are considered, with an emphasis on transition metals. Macroscopic topics include chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and chemical equilibrium as applied to acids, bases and complexes. The laboratory portion of the course complements and reinforces lecture material, and introduces statistical analysis of data, molecular modeling and computational chemistry.
Lectures and discussions will take place during the four periods assigned to the course each week. During some weeks class will meet three periods instead of four, as indicated on the attached schedule. Review sessions will be held during class periods at the end of each major unit of the course, or as needed. Classes will ordinarily be 70 minutes in length, but may be shorter.
After each class (before 6 AM the day of the next class) you are expected to submit a “one-minute paper” to our FirstClass Conference. The one-minute paper’s purposes are to help you identify the central theme(s) of the class and to point out to me what you found most confusing. I will then follow up on points of confusion, either individually (through e-mail or a meeting), through our FirstClass conference, or in the next class. You may contact me via e-mail or the FirstClass conference at any time with questions about lecture material. My posted office hours may be supplemented by appointments at other times during the week.
Problem sets will be assigned regularly. You are strongly encouraged to work with other students on them. Several problems from each set will be graded. In-class quizzes, midterm exams and the final exam will be based on material introduced in lecture and laboratory, and reviewed in problem sets. Individual requests for rescheduling of quizzes and midterm exams will be considered only if they are made prior to the quiz or exam.
The grade in Chemistry 120 will depend on all these components as follows:
|One minute papers||4%|
Note: Satisfactory completion of the laboratory portion
of the course is necessary.
Any missed labs must be made up.
Your final grade will reflect both the numerical results of the above and an assessment of your progress throughout the semester.
The three in-class exams will be on Friday, October 9, Friday, November 6 and Friday, December 4. Half-hour quizzes will be announced two classes prior to when they will be given. A review session will be held in the class preceding each exam or quiz.
|1||9/9||Introduction to course; Nuclear Chemistry||21|
|4||9/14||Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Theory||2 (review), 12|
|13||10/1||Bonding||13 (review), 14|
|19||10/14||Monday schedule - class meets|
|21||10/16||Transition Metals and Coordination Chemistry|
|39||11/18||Properties of Solutions||17|
|41||11/20||Chemical Equilibrium;Acids, Bases and Salts||6 (review), 7, 8|
|11/26||Thanksgiving break - no class|
|11/27||Thanksgiving break - no class|