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Course : General Chemistry I

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2020
Bolin Hall, 312
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 12:00 am

                        Exam 1            Chapters 01 - 02            Matter; Atoms, molecules and Ions

                        Exam 2            Chapters 03-04 &10      Stoichiometry; Aqueous reactions and Gas Properties  

                        Exam 3            Chapters 05 - 07           Thermochemistry; Electronic structures; periodic Table

                        Exam 4            Chapter 08 - 09             Chemical bonding, Bonding theories and Molecular Geometries 

                        Final Exam     Comprehensive ACS exam covering chapters 1 - 10 

Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Math 1233 or 1534  

All teaching materials can be accessed via D2L.

Textbook (Mandatory):  Chemistry - The Central Science; Brown, LeMay, Bursten, 14th ed.

Supplemental Material: (a) Library reference materials, Student Solutions Guide (free of charge) 

                                         (b) SaplingLearning online homework sets (on-line payment required)

Grading Scale:         

                                   A:   90-100%

                                   B:   80-89%

                                   C:   70-79%

                                   D:   55-69%

                                   F:   <55%

                                  (of total points) 

     This semester is a very challenge and special one due to COVID-19 pandemic. To physically attend a class, all of you must comply with MSU’s requirement for wearing a face covering. This may help to protect yourselves, your family members, friends as well as faculty and staff working for you at MSU.

    There are several things you need to know about the teaching style of this course:

  1. To practice social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic, this class is split to two groups. On a rotating basis, ONLY one group can be physically in the class every class day and the other one ought to access course materials virtually via ZOOM. The first group are those with letters of last names from A to J and the second one are those with letters from K to Z.
  2. The first group ought to attend the first class on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The second group should be meeting on Wednesday. Following this rotating style, you can decide which date you can show up on campus.
  3. To take this class fully in person is NOT a mandatory. You can choose to take it online EXCEPT for the examinations, which will be given on campus ONLY. Thus, you are required to show up physically in class to take those tests. Class quizzes will be given via D2L.
  4. After Thanksgiving, only virtual teaching will be provided. Therefore, the last two examinations of this course will be given online via D2L.
  5. All teaching materials of this class can be accessed via D2L.

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