Lecture Exam 3 is Monday, November 21, two days before Thanksgiving recess. It will not be given at any other time and failure to take the exam will result in a score of 0 for the exam, so please make Thanksgiving recess travel plans accordingly.
The Final Exam is Tuesday, December 20, 68 pm. It will not be given at any other time and failure to take the exam will result in a score of 0 for the exam, so please make end-of-semester plans accordingly.
Welcome to CH101/103 General Chemistry. This is the first semester of a year-long course intended primarily for science majors, pre-medical students, engineering students who require a one-year course, and other interested students. This syllabus is designed to answer many questions you may have. Please read it over and then keep it handy to use throughout the semester. If you have questions about the material or the course, we encourage you to use the course online discussion forum. Everyone in the course follows this forum and so this is the fastest way to get your questions answered.
The course is given by
Senior Lecturer Alexander Golger (SCI/270C, 617-353-2124, email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org) is the course coordinator and is in charge of the laboratory part of CH101.
Discussion sections are led by Senior Lecturer Natalya Bassina (SCI/270A, 617-353-4716, email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org), and graduate teaching fellows, with help form undergraduate learning assistants. Natalya Bassina also is in charge of class scheduling and other administrative aspects of the course.
The text for this course is based on an abridged, custom edition of the Canadian text Mahaffy et al., Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity, second edition, ISBN 9781305284203. We have arranged for the online edition to be available from its publisher for $88.30 (less than 1/3 of the cost of the original text purchased from the bookstore). Earlier editions of this textbook, including the custom first edition, are no longer being used and so may not be substituted for the requried second edition. There are three options to buy this text package, listed in order of increasing cost.
Option 1, $88.30: This option must be purchased online directly from the publisher and inlcudes the online version of the text only and access to online activities. The online course key is E-X7FG2L2GFTJ94. This option does not include a physcial copy of the text. To purchase this option, go to http://www.cengagebrain.com/micro/BostonUChem101_102. Should you also want a printed copy of the current, second edition text, you may purchase instead Option 3 below or a used copy available at various places (ISBN 9781305284203). Whether you buy a hard copy of the earlier edition is optional.
Option 2: $146: This is the same online-only Option 1 above (again, with no physcial copy of the text) purchased from the Boston University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Option 3: $183.60: This option inlcudes the printed version of the text in addition to the online materials in Option 1 above. It must be purchased from the Boston University Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Return policy: All returns to the bookstore for refund after September 16, 2015 will require proof of withdrawal from the course.
In addition to the text package above, the following seven items are required:
Be aware that it is a Massachusetts State Law that safety goggles are mandatory in the laboratory. In the lab, all students who wear contact lenses should wear prescription glasses under their safety goggles. Contact lenses are forbidden in the lab. Also, all students must wear the appropriate clothing: long pants, long sleeves and closed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).
Your Mahaffy et al., eBook subscription includes detailed help on all of the end-of-chapter questions. To access this help, and all of the other eResources in each chapter, do the following.
We hope this will be helpful to you.
The course consists of five required components:
There are three hours of lecture meetings each week, and these lecture meetings are held in SCI/109 at four alternative times:
You are required to attend your assigned lecture meeting.
There is a one-hour discussion each week, on Thursday or Friday. Discussions meet starting Thursday, September 8.
There is one three-hour laboratory each week. There will also be a laboratory lecture, on Wednesday–Friday. These laboratory lectures are:
Pre-Lab lectures begin the second week of the semester. The first laboratory lecture is on Wednesday, September 14. You are required to attend your assigned pre-lab lecture meeting. Labs begin the third week of the semester on Monday, September 19. You are required to attend your assigned lab.
The Monday 5–7 pm sessions are used only for the lecture exams and the lab exam. On lecture exam days there will be no Monday lecture (sections A1, A2, and A4) and the preceding Thursday or following Tuesday evening lecture (section A3) will be shortened to 30 minutes; the section A3 lecture that will be shortened will be announce the week preceding the exam; there will be no A3 lecture on Tuesday, November 22. For the lab exam, lectures will be held as usual.
If you have not yet registered for all of the five components of the course (three for CH103), please do so right away. All grade records are based on the registrar information, so we require that you be officially registered and that you attend the corresponding lecture, discussion and lab.
There will be three lecture exams, a lab exam and a course final exam as follows:
Exams are given only at the scheduled time. A missed exam counts as 0. In particular, please note the following:
Quizzes will be given during each lecture. These quizzes are meant to assess your preparation for the material to be covered that day in lecture. If you are absent, the missed quizzes count as 0. No makeup quizzes will be given. The lecture quizzes count for a total of 10% of your course grade.
Unannounced quizzes will be given in discussion. Each discussion quiz will count equally. These quizzes are meant to assess your understanding of topics covered in previous lectures and homework. If you are absent, the missed quiz counts as 0. No makeup quizzes will be given. The discussion quizzes count for a total of 15% of your course grade.
We require that no electronic devices (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc.) may be used in lectures, discussions, and labs.
To help you get the greatest benefit you are able to during these class times.
All students at Boston University are expected to maintain high standards of academic honesty and integrity. It is the responsibility of every student to be aware of the Academic Conduct Code’s contents and to abide by its provisions, as detailed at
Please note carefully that we treat cheating with zero tolerance. The consequences of cheating are at a minimum that the score for work on which cheating occurs counts as 0, and a letter detailing the cheating is sent to the student's advisor, the dean of CAS, and placed in the student's academic file. Possible further consequences are referral to Academic Conduct Committee and additional penalties, including possible expulsion from university.
The course Web at
and the online discussion forum Piazza are used extensively in this course. Sign up for Piazza at
All posts to Piazza go to everyone in the course and so this is the fastest way to get your questions answered and to help your classmates with their questions.
Finally, should you have personal concerns, please email them to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each student is required to have an email account on the Boston University computer network. It is easy to activate your account, if you have not already done so (there is no charge to use your account): Go to Information Technology, 111 Cummington Street, and they will set you up. Be sure to ask for their handouts on how to use the World Wide Web and email. Your email address will automatically be added to the course email address. Please note that use of university computing facilities is governed by the BU Conditions Use and Policy on Computing Ethics,
Abuse can result in severe sanctions, including fines and academic probation or suspension.
We have designed the course as an introduction to general chemistry that integrates laboratory explorations with the development of the analytical tools necessary to understand and guide those explorations. Some particular aspects that we will emphasize are
Our goal is to help you share in our excitement for and the wonder of science, to challenge you to excel, to give you a sense of empowerment about science, and to encourage you to continue study in scienceand hopefully chemistry. We intend to focus especially on what are the core ideas of chemistry.
In the first semester we cover Mahaffy et al., chapters 1 through 8 and chapters 10 and 11. There are 37 MWF lectures and the schedule below refers to these lecture numbers. The lecture numbers are displayed on the course schedule here.
|Mahaffy et al., 2e, chapter and notes||Start date||MWF lectures|
|1. Human activity, chemical reactivity||
Do on your own
before first lecture
|2. Building blocks of materials
|3. Models of structure to explain properties||Sept 14
|4. Carbon compounds (Sections 4.1–4.4 only)
Think about It e4.4: Collisional heating http://goo.gl/vQ0Nz
Think about It e4.5: IR windows http://goo.gl/I8IGz
|5. Chemical reaction, chemical equations||Sept 30
|6. Chemistry of water, chemistry in water||Oct 3
|7. Chemical reactions and energy flows
Internal energy change vs enthalpy change, PDF, 7 pages, http://goo.gl/t5Odof
Prediciting effect of work on heat, PDF, 9 pages, http://goo.gl/Ay5Qek
|8. Modelling atoms and their electrons
How 1s becomes 2p, CDF, http://goo.gl/Ac4HGM
Hydrogen atom family album, PDF, 7 pages, http://goo.gl/XPkcxv
Glossary of electron waves in atoms, PDF, 1 pages, http://goo.gl/oACWb1
Shielding in Li 1s2 2s and Li 1s2 2p, PDF, 17 pages, http://goo.gl/hMNPLA
|10. Modelling bonding in molecules
Bonding in diatomic molecules, PDF, 35 pages, http://goo.gl/1h0S9C
Mixing AO’s makes MO’s, CDF, https://goo.gl/eliM2a
2p MO's, CDF, https://goo.gl/2MEiRA
Practice Questions on Symmetry, Overlap, Energy, PDF, 5 pages, http://goo.gl/oYEf3b
CH102: Hybrid AO's and polyatomic MO's, PDF, 39 pages, http://goo.gl/6hBD8X
The detailed laboratory schedule is here.
The laboratory part of the course will let you see first-hand chemical principles and processes in action. It will also give you experience with some of the methods scientists use to do chemical research. Your laboratory will consist of the following.
Your scores for each part of the course will always be available to you on Blackboard, at http://goo.gl/LKSSne.
We do not assign letter grades to exams, labs, or quizzes. We only assign a course grade. This course grade will be determined based on your overall course score. This score is determined as follows:
|Contributions to overall course score|
For CH101 students, the lab score counts for 20% of your course grade. The various components of the lab will be graded as follows: The lab experiments (30 points for each lab period), lab quizzes (10 points each), pre-lab lecture quizzes (5 points each), and the lab exam (60 points). Lab quizzes are given at the beginning of each lab to check your familiarity with the basic features of the lab to be done.
CH103 (lecture-only) students will graded based on their relative score for the lecture-only part of the course: Lecture exams count as 30/80 * 100% = 37.50%, the final exam as 15/80 * 100% = 18.75%, lecture quizzes as 10/80 * 100% = 12.50%, discussion quizzes as 15/80 * 100% = 18.75%, and ALEKS as 10/80 * 100% = 12.50%.
No makeup quizzes will be given. A missed discussion quiz countas as 0. The lowest discussion quiz score will be dropped. A missed lab counts as 0. The lowest score for the one-period lab experiments will be dropped. The missed two lab period experiment can be made up at the make up lab week at the end of the semester. If, due to unusual circumstances, such as prolonged illness, you miss more than one lab, please contact Dr. Golger (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible so that special arrangements can be made to catch up with your work.
There are no fixed percentages of A grades, B grades, etc. Rather, we assign course letter grades based on our assessment of how someone should have performed to receive an A, B, etc. Based on past experience, it is likely that the average grade in the course will be in the C+ range.
Any question concerning the grading of a lecture exam, quiz, or laboratory report must be brought to the attention of your discussion or laboratory teaching fellow during the class session in which it is returned to you; material will not be accepted for regrading afterwards.
Indicate on the face of the exam, quiz or laboratory report the questions you wish re-graded and your reasons for believing that they were misgraded. The entire work will be re-graded. Be sure you have made no alterations in your work. We occasionally photocopy your graded work as a check. Please note that the penalties for academic misconduct are severe, as detailed in Boston University's Academic Conduct Code,
CH101 is prerequisite to CH102. To continue to CH102, a grade of at least C- in CH101 is required.
Learning chemistry requires persistence, diligence and hard work. We suggest that you plan to spend about 15 hours per week on this course over and above the scheduled class contact hours. If you are willing to devote this time, and you spend it wisely and effectively, you will be able to perform your best. In an effort to provide some more specific guidance, we offer detailed suggestions here
The teaching staff will hold office hours throughout each week. These and many others resources are detailed here
If you are experiencing difficulty, please come to see your lecture professor or Professor Golger without delay. Often, students in this course perceive that they are doing poorer work than they actually are. Particularly for first-year students, we recognize that it may be difficult for you to judge your academic standing in the course, since we do not use the same type of grading scheme with which you may be familiar from high school. That is why it is important for you to speak to us before making any major decision, such as dropping the course.
If dropping the course appears to be in your best interest, we still would like to work through the decision with you. We are also happy to advise you on appropriate choices for your academic program. If you drop the course by Wednesday, October 12, no record of it will appear on your transcript. After that date, until the end of the day Thursday, November 10, you may drop the course but with a W grade (withdrawn). If you must drop the course, note that CH101 will be given during the Spring and Summer sessions of 2017.