Spring 2018, 1st half semester

Instructor: Kristen Kull

Office: Sims 107B


Phone: 323-4921

Office Hours: Mon 1315-1400, Friday 1100 - 1200, or by appointment. Please contact me to schedule an alternate time.

Course Credit Hours: 3


Chemistry in Context, 9th edition, The American Chemical Society. The electronic copy is available from the WU bookstore or the publisher, McGraw-Hill, for same price. The version of course material available with Connect Plus ( half of term) is most compatible with the course. The connect access is what has been identified to the Bookstore. Following the link above gets you to the preferred option which has the Connect access. Assignments will be created in this location and may be accessed through Blackboard. You will have double assignment attempts via this platform.

Conversely, there are many options for getting a copy of the 9th Edition text. The location on the publishers site gives you many options for obtaining the material. I know many individuals, like myself, want the paper in front of me. You have options for bound or loose-leaf pages.


-There is no classroom meeting time for this course. Materials are available on Blackboard.



A basic scientific calculator or graphing calculators (one with exponential notation, logarithms, and orders of operation) is necessary for all quizzes and exams.


Course Goals:

- Establish an understanding of basic chemistry principles

- Relate how these principles apply to the world around us

- Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Course Outline:

The following topics will be covered during the course:

-          Matter, compounds, and mixtures

-          Chemical reactions

-          Atomic structure

-          Chemical bonding

-          Organics - Fossil Fuels, Polymers, Functional groups

-          Environmental aspects

-          Water, acids and bases

-          Redox reactions

-          Pollution

-          Ozone layer

-          Greenhouse gasses

-          Nuclear chemistry

Class Preparation:

This course will test your time management and prioritization skills. You will perform better on graded events if you spend time reading the material, reviewing lessons on Blackboard and answering suggested problems well in advance of assignment deadlines. Once an assignment is due, it will become unavailable to you. Failure to complete on time will receive a grade of zero.

You may work at an accelerated pace, but you may not request a retake if you rushed ahead and were not fully prepared.

Through Connect, you will have 3 opportunities to submit the 1st quiz, hopefully all the submission bugs will get ironed out.

Graded assignments:

-          There will be three exams worth 100 points each. No make-up exams will be given.

-          Three quizzes per exam will be given on Blackboard. There will be no make-up quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. If a quiz is missed, that grade will be one of the dropped scores. The quiz percentage out of 240.

-          You should carefully read the Winthrop University Student Conduct Code printed in the Winthrop University Student Handbook. As noted in the Student Conduct Code: Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals. This policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy in the online Student Handbook

Point Distribution




Lowest quiz dropped



9@30 pts

270 pts

240 pts

44.0 %


3@100 pts

300 pts

300 pts

56.0 %
















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An alternative to taking one of the tests,

You may put together a 5-7 pg tutorial on a scientific concept. Something which interests you, or maybe you have seen on reputable social media. on tv or the news. Document your resources. Include at least two videos.


-          Hair cleaning product does contain XYZ? What is XYZ? Why is that good or bad?

-          You could show how you took one of the quiz problems, and were able to solve it.

-          TUV was used to make the ‘lenses’ in the glasses approved for eclipse viewing. What is in this material? How is it made? How does it protect your eyes? What does it do to the light

You must let me know by the first quiz if you plan to take part in this activity.



These problems will not be collected but are recommended for practice before taking the quiz.



Information may also be sent via the Class List Servers. If you added the course late or are not receiving emails, go to to add yourself.

If you have any questions, e-mail or see me before/after class to set up an appointment.

Course Withdrawal:

        is the last day to drop a half semester course. Students may not withdraw from a course after this date without documented extenuating circumstances.

Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access:

Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education. If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility (OA) at 803-323-3290, or, Please inform me as early as possible, once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Accessibility.

Academic Success Center:

Winthrop Academic Success Center is a free resource for all undergraduate students seeking to perform their best academically. The ASC offers a variety of personalized and structured resources that help students achieve academic excellence, such as tutoring, academic skill development (test taking strategies, time management counseling, and study techniques), and group/individual study spaces. The ASC is located on the first floor of Dinkins, Suite 106.Tutoring for this specific course is offered through the office. If you wish to request a tutor, you must attend ONE Tutee Seminar, offered every Friday. Please contact the ASC at 803-323-3929 or if you have any questions. For more information on ASC services, please visit

General Education Requirements

Chem 101 fulfills three hours of general education requirement for natural sciences. Listed below are the seven fundamental student learning outcomes for natural science courses as well as examples of how they will be fulfilled in Chem 101.

Students should be:

1.  Conversant with a few fundamental concepts from the three main areas of natural science, including earth, life, and physical sciences. (e.g., chemical reactions, global warming, nuclear power, etc.)

2.  Able to apply the scientific methodologies of inquiry. (e.g., Problem solving exercises)

3.  Able to discuss the strengths and limitations of science. (e.g., discussion of scientific methodology)

4.  Able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of scientific discovery. (e.g., The development of the periodic table and discovery of subatomic particles)

5.  Able to discuss the social and ethical contexts within which science operates. (e.g., global warming, fossil fuels, nuclear power...).

6.  Able to communicate about scientific subjects including the defense of conclusions based on one’s own observations. (e.g., homework assignments and analytic exam questions)

7.  Able to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to the social sciences and to non-scientific disciplines. (e.g., research paper on current scientific topic in the news)


This is a tentative schedule and will be updated as needed.

-          Quizzes and exams will be available on Blackboard and should be completed/ submitted there.

-          There is no time limit on an individual graded event, but the Events must be submitted by the due date.

-          It is open resource, I want you to get in and read. There are many good videos available on the web if additional explanation is needed.



Assignments-Due dates Sp18_101_1st half


Date (not later than)






Suggested Homework Problems

(answers to problems in bold not found in book)





Class official start





Ch. 1: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25 





Ch. 2: 1, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16-21, 23, 26, 31, 37, 39, 41, 44, 51





Ch. 3: 1-13, 17-25, 29-35, 39, 41, 45, 51, 57



Last day to S/U or withdraw



Quiz 1 completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Quiz 2 completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Quiz 3 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day 



Exam 1 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.





Ch. 4: 1-11





Ch. 5: 5, 6, 8, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 27, 39





Ch. 6: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 29, 31, 39



Quiz 4 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Quiz 5 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Quiz 6 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Exam 2 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Last day to drop or S/U a second half semester course.





Ch. 7: 1, 3, 4, 5, 12, 15, 21, 26, 34




Ch. 8:  to be listed





Ch. 9:  to be listed

Complete course evaluation

Chemistry course evaluations for Spring 2018 may be located here:

Each student will sign in with their student number (W--------) and section CRN 21244

Example: Student number: W12345678



Quiz 7 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Quiz 8 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Quiz 9 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.



Exam 3 must be completed by 2300 (11 pm) on this day.

This document may be adjusted as needed during the semester. The student is responsible for being aware of any changes and so should check Blackboard course page for changes to this syllabus. There will always be notification sent from the announcements