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CHM 221 : Syllabus

Text: Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity Kotz, Treichel, Weaver, 6th Edition 2005
Copyright Thomson Brooks/Cole

Credit: 3 Hours

Additional Material(s) Needed: none

Course Description: General Chemistry for science majors, emphasizing theoretical

principles necessary for an understanding of the nature of matter and the physical
and chemical changes which it undergoes. High school chemistry not required but
desirable. Good understanding of algebra desirable because of the problem-solving
nature of much of the work. Mathematics at the level of College Algebra (MTH 153)
should be completed or taken concurrently with this course. Must be taken in

Lab Description: Experimental chemistry utilizing methods of separation,

identification, and purification of mixtures. Stresses thermochemical and chemical
equilibrium concepts through analysis of experimental data. Experiments
coordinated closely with the topics in CHM 221, 222, 223, and 224. Should be taken
concurrently with or immediately following CHM 221, 222 or CHM 223, 224. Must be
taken in sequence

Prerequisites:Good mathematical skills, high school chemistry, MTH 153 (corequisite) or above.

Grades Assigned:

Subjective: Instructor Discretion

Homework Assignments




B+: 85 - 81



B : 80 - 76


B-: 75 - 71

Final Exam

A: 91 and above
A-: 90 - 86

C+: 70 - 68
C: 67 - 64
C-: 63 - 60
D: 59 - 50
F < 50

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The student should pre-study (read) all new topics before they are presented in
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quizzes; a departmental final examination will also be given.
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Diagnostics Test: Diagnostic tests will be given to determine sufficient background

for the sophmore General Chemistry course. Depending upon the results of the
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