Chemistry 139: General Chemistry Prep, Fall 2014
Section 2
Lecture MTWThF 12:00-12:50pm, SAM 0400
Dr. Heather Clary
Office: SAM 421
Telephone: (206) 934-3129
Email: [email protected]
Website (requires invite):
Website (first two weeks only):
Office Hours: MTuWThF 1:00-2:00pm; other times by appointment
Email is the most reliable way to contact me.
(required) Zumdahl/DeCoste. “Introductory Chemistry”, 8th Edition
Cengage 2015.
Note: The science & math tutor center (SAM 100), the SAM 4th floor study areas and the
SCCC library have other textbooks for different perspectives on a given topic.
Other required materials
A scientific calculator that does logarithms, exponents, and scientific notation.
Prerequisites Math 098 (with a 2.5 or better) within the last 3 years. Note: Chem 139
and Math 141 are prerequisites for Chem 161.
Evaluation and Grading
Homework (9 assignments)
Quizzes (9 quizzes, lowest score dropped)
Final Exam
To estimate your course grade mid-quarter calculate the following:
0.25(%Homework) + 0.65(%Quiz) + 0.10(%Participation) = Current %Grade
Your final grade will depend on this percentage: > 95% = 4.0; 90-94% = 3.5-3.9; 8789% = 3.2-3.4; 84-86% = 2.9-3.1; 80-83% = 2.5-2.8; 77-79% = 2.2-2.4; 74-76% = 1.92.1; 70-73% = 1.5-1.8; 66-69% = 1.1-1.4; 60-65% = 1.0; <60% = 0.0.
Working through problems is the best way to understand chemistry. There will be one
homework assignment due per week, generally at the end of class on Thursday. Assigned
problems will be from the text, check website regularly for updated problem lists. For
full credit, show all work needed to derive the answers, and offer explanations as
necessary. Selected problems may be checked for correctness; however most of the
points will be awarded based on completeness and timeliness. Answer keys will be
available online after the homework is collected; it is your responsibility to check your
answers against the key. Ask questions when your answers differ! The more problems
you do, the more likely you are to succeed in this course; working additional problems
beyond those assigned is highly recommended.
Nine 25-30 minute quizzes will be given over the course of the quarter; one quiz each
Friday. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. Bring your calculator; no other
materials or notes will be permitted. A copy of the periodic table will be provided as
needed. Any student caught cheating will receive no credit for that quiz. If you can’t
make a quiz as scheduled, you must contact me before the quiz takes place if you would
like to arrange a make-up. Make-ups will only be considered if documented reasons for
the absence are presented, otherwise this will be the quiz you drop.
Final Exam
The final exam is cumulative, covering concepts from the entire quarter. In order to pass
this course, you must take the final exam. The final exam will take place on Tuesday,
December 9 at 10:30am.
Your participation score is based on attendance and effort displayed during the class.
Participation in group exercises is expected. About once a week worksheets (available in
class and online) will be distributed; these are to be worked on in groups of two or more
students, and one completed worksheet per group (don’t forget anyone’s name!) will be
turned in for participation credit after we discuss the problems in class.
CHEM& 139 Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
 Apply the scientific method and use empirical data and observations to construct a
sound scientific explanation.
 Distinguish between macroscopic observables and the underlying microscopic
properties of matter by interpreting and representing matter using molecular-level
 Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills that are supported by basic algebraic
and numeracy skills.
 Demonstrate fluency in chemical vocabulary and symbolic representation.
 Use measurable quantities of matter to determine physical and chemical
 Use stoichiometric calculations to predict quantities.
 Describe the general structure of an atom.
 Explain the historical development of the atomic theory and the evolution of the
current modern atomic model.
 Explain the relationship between the position of an element in the periodic table
and its physical and chemical properties, including periodic trends.
 Describe the differences in the structure and properties of substances based on
different types and models of bonding.
 Compare and contrast the properties of the three states of matter.
 Use kinetic-molecular theory to explain ideal gas behavior.
 Describe intermolecular forces and chemical bonds and how they influence
physical and chemical properties and phase transitions.
 Recognize and describe changes in heat and temperature associated with physical
and chemical changes.
 Classify and balance chemical reactions and predict products for different types of
 Apply the properties of ionic and molecular substances in aqueous solution to
describe systems and predict behavior.
Tentative Course Schedule (changes will be announced in class)
Sept. 22-26
Chapter 1: Chemistry: An Introduction
Chapter 2: Measurements and Calculations
Chapter 3: Matter
Chapter 10: Energy
Chapter 4: Chemical Foundations: Elements, Atoms, and Ions
Chapter 11: Modern Atomic Theory
Chapter 11 continued
Chapter 5: Nomenclature
Chapter 5 continued
Chapter 12: Chemical Bonding
Chapter 8: Chemical Composition
Chapter 6: Chemical Reactions: An Introduction
Chapter 7: Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
On Friday
No quiz
Sept. 29-Oct. 3
Oct. 6-10
Oct. 13-17
Oct. 20-24
Oct 27- 31
Nov. 3-7
Nov. 10-14
(no class Tues)
Nov. 17-21
Chapter 18: Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (sections 18.1-18.4)
Quiz 7
Chapter 9: Chemical Quantities
Quiz 8
Chapter 15: Solutions
No quiz
Nov 24-26
(no class ThF)
Dec. 1-5
Quiz 9
Dec. 9
Chapter 15 continued
Chapter 16: Acids and Bases
Final Exam: Tues. December 9th, 10:30am
Course accommodation: If you have any special circumstances requiring course
accommodation, please see me as soon as possible so that we can make suitable
arrangements in advance. In this course(as in all courses at Seattle Central) all students
will be granted an equal opportunity to learn and succeed, regardless of race, class,
gender, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation or physical disability. If
you have any concerns pertaining to these issues, please feel free to speak to the
instructor or department dean.
Students with documented disabilities requesting class accommodations, requiring
special arrangements in case of building evacuation, or have emergency medical
information the instructor should know about are asked to contact the disability
support services office (DSS) in Rm. 1112. Once the disability is verified with DSS you
will be given a letter of accommodation to be handed to your instructor.
Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4
Quiz 5
Quiz 6
CHEM 139: Introduction to General Chemistry
Name you’d like to be called (if different)
Why are you taking Chemistry 139? What do you hope to get out of the class (besides a
2.0+ so you can take Chemistry 161)?
What other math and science classes have you taken? Any chemistry?
What do you think will be the most difficult part of the course?
Is there anything else you think is important that I know about you?

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