Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: CHEM-1311- Section: 1N
General Chemistry I (lecture)
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sue Jordan
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Educational I - Room: 133
Hours:7:45 -8:00 am
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Course Information
Description Fundamental principles of chemistry for majors in the sciences, health sciences, and engineering; topics include measurements, fundamental properties of matter, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical stoichiometry, periodicity of elemental properties, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, solutions, properties of gases, and an introduction to thermodynamics and descriptive chemistry.
Prerequisites Chemistry Pre-AP
Learning Outcomes
Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Lecture Topics
Unit I:
Foundations of chemistry
Fundamental mathematical operations
1. Metrics
2. Temperature Conversions
3. Density
4. Dimensional Analysis
Atomic Structure
Unit II:
Mole Concept
Percent Composition
Electron Configuration
Periodic Table
Periodic Trends
Bond Type
Unit III:
Writing Chemical Formulas
Naming Compounds
Naming and Writing Acids
Balancing Equations
Unit IV:
Types of Reactions
Stoichiometry Problems
Organic Chemistry
Major Assignments

Week 1-Introduction to class; discuss syllabus; foundations to chemistry
Week 2-Metrics, Temperature Conversion, density, significant figures
Week 3-Dimensional Analysis problems; Atomic Structure
Week 4-Study Guide for Major Test #1 & review; Major Test #1
Week 5-Molecular & Formula Mass, Mole Concept; Percent Composition
Week 6-Practice Mole & Percent Composition Problems; Periodic Table
Week 7-Electron Configuration; Atomic radii & bonds
Week 8-Study Guide for Major Test #2 & review; Major Test #2
Week 9-Writing chemical formulas; Naming compounds
Week 10-Naming & writing acids; balancing equations
Week 11-Study Guide for Major Test #3 & review; Major Test #3
Week 12-Types of chemical reactions; Stoichiometry problems
Week 13-Practice Stoichiometry problems; Solutions
Week 14-Gases; Organic Chemistry
Week 15-Review for final; Final
Final Exam Date May 18, 2021 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 19, 2021 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Major Tests & Final-85%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students with more than three absences from the course will receive an academic penalty (which is spelled out by the instructor).
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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