Chemistry 1364 General Chemistry I                                                 Fall 2007
MWF 12:45 pm - 1:50 pm, Rm 205   Science Complex

Instructor:      Dr. Danny McGuire
Office Hrs:     By Appointment, Room SC 225F

Textbook:      Mandatory:  Chemistry:  The Central Science, 8th Ed., Brown, LeMay, Bursten
                       Chemical Education Resource Lab Manual for Chemistry 1364

Prerequisite:  High school chemistry or an ACT math score of 26 or above, or CHEM 1004


 Exam 1, September 21, Friday
 Exam 2, October 17, Wednesday
 Exam 3, November 21, Wednesday
 Comprehensive Final Exam, December 14th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Friday

Quizzes will be given every Friday toward the end of class (except during exam weeks).


3 one-hour exams @ 100 pts each
1 comprehensive final exam @ 200 pts
10 quizzes (drop two lowest) 15 pts each 
1 Report (Due April 23 by 6:30 pm)
  total possible
300 (42.9%)
200 (28.6%)
120 (17.1%)
  80 (11.4%)
700 (100.0%)

Grading         Grades will be assigned as follows:
Scale:            A:  90-100%; B:  80-89%; C:  70-79%; D:  60-69%; F: <60%
                      A:  627 pts.    B:  557 pts.  C: 487 pts.  D:  417 pts.  F: <417 pts.

No make-up exams or extra assignments will be given to compensate for a poor grade.  Only illness, court dates, and University sponsored events are acceptable excuses for missing an exam.  You must contact Dr. McGuire in advance if an exam is going to be missed.
                    Questions about the grading of any assignment should be brought to the instructor within
                    one week after the assignment is returned.

Drop Policy:   Last day to withdraw with an automatic grade of W:  Friday, April 11
                        Last day to withdraw from this course with assigned grades of W or F:  Friday, April 25
                        No I’s will be given for poor performance.

Attendance:   Students are expected to attend and be on time to ALL class meetings.  Students are responsible
                        for all materials presented in class whether or not they are in attendance.

Studying:        It is important to study at home on a regular basis; working problems is the best way to learn
                        chemistry. The instructor will give suggested homework problems during class time.  Take
                        advantage of help sessions provided (office hours), but do not allow them to substitute for
                        study time. Finally, lectures will be clearer if you read the chapters before we cover them in class.

Academic       Cheating on any exam, quiz or lab report will be regarded as academic dishonesty and
Dishonesty:    will be subject to penalties ranging from a zero on a given assignment to a final course grade of F
                        depending on the seriousness of the incident.

Americans w/ Disabilities Act Compliance:  If any student feels that he/she has a disability and needs special accommodations, the instructor will work with that student and the Office of the Dean of Students  (326 North Shepler; 581-2209), to provide him/her a reasonable and fair opportunity to perform in this class.  Please advise the instructor of any such disability at the end of the first class period.

Tentative Lecture Schedule
Week of

January 13 

January 20 

January 27 

February 3 

February 10 

February 17 

February 24 

March 3 

March 10

March 17

March 24

March 31 

April 7

April 14

April 21 

April 28 

May 5

Material to Examine

Chapter 1:  Introduction:  Matter and Measurement
Chapter 2:  Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

Chapter 2:  Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
Chapter 6:  Electronic Structure of Atoms

Chapter 6:  Electronic Structure of Atoms
Chapter 7:  Periodic Properties of the Elements

Chapter 7:  Periodic Properties of the Elements
Exam #1:  February 5, Wednesday

Chapter 8:  Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding

Chapter 8:  Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding
Chapter 9:  Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theory

Chapter 9:  Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theory

Chapter 3:  Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations

Chapter 3:  Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations
Exam #2:  March 12, Wednesday


Chapter 4:  Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry

Chapter 4:  Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry

Chapter 10:  Gases

Chapter 10:  Gases
Exam #3:  April 16, Wednesday

Chapter 11:  Intermolecular Forces, Liquids, and Solids

Chapter 11:  Aqueous Solutions
Chapter 12:  Modern Materials


Final Exam:  May 5, 6:30-8:20 pm


The Chemistry Around You

Chemistry is everywhere.  The study of chemistry has increased exponentially in many fields.  Much of the advancements in agriculture, petroleum, synthetics, medicine, and engineering are due to the growing knowledge and application of chemistry.  A brief list of examples due to the developments in chemistry include environmentally safer pesticides and herbicides, stronger and more durable plastics, longer lasting pain relievers, more durable semi-conductors for computers, better cancer fighting agents, and more efficient chemical catalysts to accomplish many types of reactions.

The purpose of doing this report is to show the student how chemistry is directly impacting his/her life.  The requirements of the student are as follows:

1.     He/she needs to select a topic which incorporates a specific chemical compound.  It may be a
        sugar substitute, a specific medicine, a catalyst, etc.
2.     Submit a paragraph describing the topic by February 5th to be approved by the instructor.
         If the topic is too broad, an additional week will be given for refinement.  If the topic is not
        approved, an additional two weeks will be given to find another.
3.     After the topic is approved, the student must write a five-page report about the compound of
        interest.  Some ideas that could be incorporated into the report are:
a. finding the chemical structure of the compound,
b. how is the compound synthesized,
c. what are the side effects of the compound if used medicinally,
d. what are the benefits of using the compound,
e. is the compound environmentally safe,
f. is the compound hazardous in some way.


4.     The report must have a cover page listing the title of the report, the name of the course, your
        name and date, and the instructor’s name.  By the way, the cover page is NOT part of the five
        required pages.
5.     The body of the text is five pages.  The font must be 12 point Times New Roman.  It is to be
        double spaced with 1” margins at the top, bottom, and sides.  The pages are to be numbered
     .  Graphs, diagrams, and charts are allowed.  Remember to cite them.
6.     The citation page will be the last page.  The student must use at least two primary sources of
        information.  The two primary sources could be from journals or monographs.  Textbooks are
        (at best) secondary sources of information.  Copies of the cited work will be handed in with
7.     The internet may be used but not as a primary source.  It must be cited correctly and
        completely.  The full address must be given.  Be very cautious about the information obtained
        from the internet.
8.     Grammar is important.  It must be well written so get help if necessary.
9.     Points given will be based on structure, grammar, and content.  The report is due April
        23rd by 5:00 pm.  No extensions in time will be granted.  I will not take late reports.  Final
        drafts of the report will not be handed back.

Example of Citations: Journal Articles

1)     Treichel, P. M. and Rosenhein, L. D. "Synthesis of a Metal-Complex of Benzenethiol ;
        [Fe(C5H5)(CO)2(PhSH)]BF4 ; and Its Characterization as a Strong Acid", Inorg. Chem. 1981, 20, 942-944.
2)      Xao, Z. G., Lavery, M. J., Ayhan, M., Scrofani, S. D. B., Wilce, M. C. J., Guss, J. M., Tregloan, P. A., George,
        G. N. and Wedd, A. G. "The Rubredoxin From Clostridium-Pasteurianum : Mutation of the Iron Cysteinyl Ligands
        to Serine : Crystal and Molecular-Structures of Oxidized and Dithionite-Treated Forms of the Cys42Ser Mutant",
       J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 4135-4150.
3)      Peris, E., Mata, J. A. and Moliner, V. "IR Spectroscopic Study of Hydrogen Bonding Using a Metal Carbonyl
        Probe", J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 1999, 3893-3898.

Example of Citations: Books

4)     Smith, B. C. Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Infrared Sepctroscopy; CRC Press: New York, 1996.
5)     Jeffrey, G. A. An Introduction to Hydrogen Bonding; Oxford University Press: New York, 1997.

Example of Citation: Monograph

6)      Montanari, F. and Casella, L. Metalloporphyrins Catalyzed Oxidations; Kluwer Academic Publishers: Norwell,
        MA, 1994; Vol. 17.