**2021S
CHEM104 Chemistry & Problem Solving (Owens), Section 003 (on-line) **

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**Calculator: **This course requires an inexpensive ($8-$12)
non-graphical, non-programmable science calculator for all classes and tests.
It should have capabilities for square roots, logarithms, exponentiation
(antilogarithms), and exponential (scientific) notation operations. Graphical
and programmable calculators cannot be used during exams.

**Schedule:** Course materials will be organized by week with two
lectures per week. The course weekly schedule provides on overview of the
topics and text sections covered each week.

· Lectures will be on-line in both lecture video and lecture note formats. I recommend that you print out the lecture notes, watch each video at least twice, take notes, and work problems covered in each video as you view these.

· Each week, there will be two lecture-based problem sets that students must complete and upload for grading by Wednesday and Friday evenings in a single and legible .pdf file.

· For the first four weeks, there will be also be a quiz that will be available starting Thursday at noon and must be uploaded by the following Sunday evening.

· There will be three major tests that will each include both an open-book problem set and a closed book test. The final exam is cumulative and closed-book.

· The individual weekly modules (Week 1, Week 2, etc.) on Blackboard provide the lectures notes and videos, the practice problem sets and quizzes, and links to upload assignments for grading. All course information is posted on Blackboard.

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**Course Requirements and
Graded Exercises**

· Graded practice problem sets are assigned for each lecture and worth 20 points each during the initial four weeks and 30 points each during the rest of the semester.

· Weekly quizzes during the first four weeks will be worth 20 points each.

· Three 120-point tests (each with a 60-point open-book problem set and a 60-point closed-book test) will be given during the weeks noted in the schedule.

· A three-page report on a noteworthy environmental science book will be due by April 30 and weighted 75 points. A reading week after Test 2 is blocked out to work on this.

· The cumulative final is a closed-book exam and weighted 120 points. Students must complete the final exam on the scheduled class final exam day April 28, 2021 to earn credit for this course.

**Grades:** Percentages will be calculated based upon total
earned points divided by total points tested. Students are responsible for
keeping track of their individual grades and for calculating their overall
average. Students can request a spreadsheet of their scores from the various
graded exercises to verify their own records. Due to privacy and security
concerns, no grades will be posted to Blackboard. The following grade range
will be used: A = 93.00-100%; A- = 88.00-92.99%; B+ = 85.00-87.99%; B =
80.00-84.99%; B- = 76.00-79.99%; C+ = 72.00-75.99%; C = 66.00-71.99%; CR =
56.00-65.99%; UN = <56.00%

**Course
Objectives:**

- Develop intensive study habits and develop problem-solving skills to prepare for advanced science and engineering courses
- Gain an understanding of chemistry's central role in modern science
- Understand the process used by scientists and civilizations to observe, to learn about, and to understand the physical world
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie the modern chemical sciences
- Understand molecular structures and changes that govern physical properties and processes
- Develop an intuitive appreciation for how chemistry affects our daily lives in so many wonderful ways

**Course Topical Outline**:

- This is an intense college-level course that focuses upon the fundamentals of chemistry and problem-solving, a rigorous chemistry course for incoming science majors. Chemistry is a problem-solving discipline that requires a firm foundation in quantitative thinking. The class will provide a broad overview of chemistry and will focus on problem solving strategies that are critical to success in subsequent math and science courses. The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills that is the central focus of CHEM104 is also the first of Winthrop's four University-wide student learning objectives.
- Because of its relevance, students usually find this material to be quite interesting. For example, over 80% of our nation's energy needs come from chemical energy production; most of the rest from nuclear power. We will examine these subjects and develop a fundamental understanding of these processes.
- During the semester, we will examine these specific subjects:
- Units and Dimensional Analysis
- Subatomic Particles and Nuclear Chemistry
- Electronic Structure and Chemical Periodicity
- Chemical Bonds and Molecular Structure
- Chemical Nomenclature
- Mole Concepts and Stoichiometric Calculations
- States of Matter, Intermolecular Forces, and Energy
- Gas Laws
- Solutions
- Acid-Base Chemistry
- Oxidation-Reduction Chemistry

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**Class
Preparation:** You are responsible for
all assigned material and for all material discussed in lecture. For each
lecture, I recommend that you first print out the lecture notes, watch the
video, take notes, and then work problems covered in each video as you view
these. You can then do the practice problems for that lecture. You must work
all problems using the Problem-Solving Approach (PSA) best practices used in
lectures. There will be a standard 50% cut on those problems that do not use
these. It is critically important to learn early how to employ a well-organized
and consistent approach to solving problems.

**Student
Competencies: **This course is
problem-solving focused; each week’s schedule will include a specific list of
student learning objectives. Students should expect to face challenging and
what may seem like unfamiliar questions on all graded work; this is done to
focus attention on competencies that students have not yet fully
mastered. ** Graded work is based on materials that have been
covered and students are expected to solve practice problems without instructor
assistance as these are modeled on lecture and example problems covered earlier.
Student learning occurs most effectively by working through themselves to solve
problems.** Students are urged to not fall behind and to master each
competency as soon as it is first examined.

**Attendance:** Course attendance will be measured by student
expected participation in timely uploading completed and organized assignments
for grading as outlined each week. Makeup tests and quizzes will not be given.

**Students
with Disabilities: **

*Winthrop University is committed to providing accessible learning experiences and equal access to education for all students. The syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request.*

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