Catalog Description: Pre ‑ requisite: Math Level 2, Math 087, placement, or equivalent. This is a one semester course in the basic fundamentals of.
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Catalog Description: Pre ‑ requisite: Math Level 2, Math 087, placement, or equivalent. This is a one semester course in the basic fundamentals of General Chemistry with a survey of Organic, Nuclear, and Bio- Chemistry for students who plan to pursue a health-related profession* or who have an interest in chemistry. An emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and life through issues and examples from the health, medical, and environmental fields. A two hour laboratory exercise each week is used to reinforce the lecture material. The course does not assume a prior knowledge of chemistry. Credit will not be given for both CHEM 120 and CHEM 161 (or equivalent).
Instructor Info John Muench John or Mr. Muench or Professor ICN 2020 Best method for contacting me is email John.Muench@heartland.edu John.Muench@heartland.edu Phone = (309) 268-8656. Course Web Page: http://employee.heartland.edu/rmuench http://employee.heartland.edu/rmuench
Textbook is by Timberlake Note – 11 th edition is very similar to the 10 th edition. Lab book is available in the bookstore Study guide is not for everyone, but has a lot of great supplemental problems. Website for book is also a good alternative. Course ID = MUENCH120SP12 Website Scientific calculator and periodic table.
Learn about chemistry from the perspective of the health sciences. Apply some basic problem-solving techniques. Key fundamental concepts (Chapters 1 – 9) are covered over the first 12 weeks. Survey of Organic and Biochemistry (Chapters 10 – 16) are covered in the final four weeks.
Lectures – I try to present the material in a clear cut manner. Try to give at least one example problem for each type of problem in class. Worksheets contain the the bare minimum amount of homework needed to pass the course. Quizzes are meant to find out where students are at with the material. Exams present your opportunity to show what you know.
There are also group quizzes and assignments that will be completed as in class exercises. I will assign groups. Memorization of formulas and constants are not necessary as I provide these to you on quizzes and exams. You will be allowed to use your notes for quizzes and prepare one page of notes for the exams.
Combination of worksheets, quizzes, exams, and lab exercises. Worksheets and Quizzes are a total of 225 points. I’ll drop the lowest two quizzes. There are four exams worth 125 points apiece, but I drop the lowest score, so total exams are 375 points. The final exam is comprehensive and worth 200 points (and not OPTIONAL!) Lab is worth 200 points.
Total points are 1000. Grades are based on a 90.00 – 80.00 – 70.00 – 65.00 scale. However, your overall lecture average must be greater than or equal to 65% to obtain a D, 70% to obtain a C, 80% to obtain a B, or 90% to obtain an A. Also, successful completion of your lab work is also required. Ex) A student’s lecture percentage is 78.5%, lab is 92.1%, and overall is 81.1%. This student would get a C based on the lecture percentage.
An individual report will be emailed to your HCC email address after each exam. If you DO NOT wish to receive your grade this way, then please let me know ASAP so I can remove you from the mail merge. Due to FERPA rules, a additional layer of security may be required with any email correspondence regarding grades. Please use the following as “our” security code = “potassium bromide” if asked.
Attendance – required in the lab. In lecture, I will be keep track… Lack of attendance is the number one reason why students do poorly. Supplemental homework from the book, study guide, or website is strongly encouraged, but is not collected for credit. Worksheets and quizzes are assigned and collected. These are a show-your-work type of assignment and partial credit is given. Note: Answers only will not be accepted!!!
There is one worksheets per chapter and they are generally due in one week. Worksheets can be turned in one class period later with no penalty. Worksheets turned in two or more weeks late are generally not accepted for credit. Exceptions can be granted for more time to complete an assignment, but please talk to me.
Exams are 32 questions, but in a multiple choice format. No partial credit is given on exams. Exams are curved to reflect their difficulty. I’ll pass out a sample exam before each exam to give you a flavor of the types of questions I’ve asked in the past. There are NO make-ups on exams. A self-assessment will follow the first three exams.
Final Exam is comprehensive and NOT optional. The exam is 32 questions with eight questions from EACH exam. Will be allowed to use materials from the previous exams and the exams themselves.
You must be present and participate to receive credit for the group exercises. Please practice good cell phone etiquette at all times during lectures.
You are encouraged to work with and check answers with students from the course. However, merely copying someone else’s worksheet is a violation of academic integrity. Penalties range from getting a zero on that assignment to receiving an “F” for the course. Cheating on ANY exam will result in an automatic failure in the course. Note: there will always be two forms on each exam to lower the temptation for cheating off of a neighbor!
Successful Students are: Ones that accept PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY Discover SELF- MOTIVATION Master SELF- MANAGEMENT Are SELF-AWARE of their goals And employ good study(BDA) habitsBDA Struggling Students: See themselves as VICTIMS Have little MOTIVATION Have no clear-stated GOALS Are solitary, rarely request help, and may even reject help Lack a good SUPPORT system Have SELF-DOUBT about abilities
Tutoring is available down in our library area. My office hours are posted including “virtual” hours. Web site contains all of the class resources.site Special study session is from 2 – 3:20pm on Monday in the lab room (ICB 1401).
Gives dates for all quizzes and exams. Some topics may be started sooner or later than dates anticipated. There will be other options for taking the Final Exam. Questions?