This is a course for non-science majors or anyone who is curious about the chemistry of everyday things. Topics covered are of current interest and global importance, including climate change.
The class will be all online for lecture, lab, electronic homework, and office hours.
Section 1322: 10/10/2020 and ending 12/5/2020 (all online).
Synchronous on line class meetings 9:00 am to noon on Saturdays
INSTRUCTOR: Mark Bishop
Office hours: on Zoom (to be arranged)
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Introduction to Chemistry, Atoms First by Mark Bishop (required)
Online versions of the text and study guide can be found at http://preparatorychemistry.com/Bishop_Atoms_First.htm
You can get an iBook version at http://preparatorychemistry.com/Bishop_iBook.htm
The WebAssign electronic homework system that we will use includes an electronic version of the text. (See below)
Computer: It's possible to check out a Chromebook from MPC.
Canvas Student app: download to your phone from the app store
Adobe Scan app: download to your phone from the app store
Chrome browser: download from the Net
WebAssign Online Homework (required)
The WebAssign electronic homework system that we will use includes an electronic version of the text. Follow these steps to enroll in the WebAssign class. (You will not be able to do this until 10/10/2020.)
1. Go to www.webassign.net.
2. Click on the ENTER CLASS KEY box in the top right corner.
3. Enter the class key mpc 5132 8760 (including the letters mpc), and click Submit
4. If the correct class and section is listed, click YES, THIS IS MY CLASS box.
5. Follow the remaining instructions.
6. Visit the following webpage for more information.
LABORATORY AND LAB REPORTS: There will be online “labs” assigned at the beginning of most weeks. You can do them whenever you want during the week, but they will be due by Sunday midnight of that week. I will deduct 2 points for each day that the papers are late. You will be uploading them to Canvas using Adobe Scan. The instructions are found in the PDF linked below..
READING ASSIGNMENTS: You have two options for "reading" the assigned chapters. You can (1) read the chapters either online or in physical book, or (2) you can listen to me read them to you in the audio presentations. There are links to the online text and audio presentations on the atoms-first webpage and the weekly checklist webpage. Click here to see the schedule.
Weekly Checklists: There are weekly checklists that tell which chapters you should be studying by reading the text, listening and watching the online lectures and audio presentations, watching animations, doing glossary quizzes and other tutorials, and more. The checklists also tell you about exams. Click here to see the checklists.
ONLINE LECTURES: You will be viewing online lectures. Click here to see the schedule. There are links to the lectures on the weekly checklists webpage.
EXAMINATIONS: There will be three exams. Each exam covers one-third of the course material. The exam questions come from the chapter glossaries and the questions at the end of the textbook chapters. The procedure for the online exams is described on the weekly checklist webpage.
GRADING: Grades are assigned based on the overall percentage of the total points derived from the exams, labs and WebAssign assignments. Each lab report is worth 10 points, the exams are worth 100 points each, and the WebAssign assignments are 50 points. The grading criteria are below.
90-100 % A
75-90 % B
60-75 % C
50-60 % D
0-50 % F
You can take the course on a credit/no credit basis. You arrange this with the registration office. A grade of C or better earns a credit for the course.
DROPPING THE COURSE: Although you may be dropped from the course due to missed classes or exams, it is still your responsibility to inform your instructor if you want to drop. If you don't, it is possible that you could receive an "F" for the course.
General Education Outcomes (Area B: Natural Sciences)
Upon successful completion of this area, students will have demonstrated an ability to use the scientific method to investigate phenomena in the natural world and use concepts, experiments, and/or theory to explain them.
Student Learning Outcomes Chemistry 10: By the end of the course, each student will be able to
Know the fundamental language and concepts of chemistry at a level necessary to read and understand popular scientific literature.
Describe the particle nature of matter, including a description of the nature of chemical units (such as atoms, molecules, and ions), the attractions between these chemical units, the chemical changes they undergo, and the effect of energy on these changes.
Describe the modern model of the atom and use it to explain why atoms link together to form chemical compounds.
Describe the changes that take place in common chemical reactions, and interpret the information given in chemical equations for these reactions.
Student Learning Outcomes Chemistry 10L: By the end of the course, each student will be able to
Know the fundamental language and concepts of chemistry at a level necessary to read and understand popular scientific literature for common laboratory procedures.
Describe how the chemical changes that take place in the laboratory can be represented by chemical equations.
Describe chemical changes in terms of the particle nature of matter.