General Chemistry I Syllabus


Instructor:      Dr. B. I. Naddy

Office No.:      Warf 232

Office Hours: Posted on Office Door

Classroom:     W-104,  Lab - W 209

Phone:             540-2713

                        540-2515 Information on college closings and cancellation of classes due to weather.

Class Time:    Section A:       12:30 - 1:50 p.m.  MW

                        Section B:        6:00 -   9:00 p.m.  M (evening)

                        Section X:       2:30 -   5:30 p.m.  M (Lab)

                        Section Y:       2:30 -   5:30 p.m.  W (Lab)

                        Section Z:        6:00 -    9:00p.m.  W (evening)


Semester:       Fall 2008


Textbook:       General Chemistry, 8th Edition, Ebbing/Gammon, Houghton Mifflin, 2005.


Lab Manual:  The General Chemistry Lab Manual is located on my webpage

Credit:            4 hours (3 hours lecture - 3 hours lab per week)

Prerequisite:   Minimum prerequisite - College Algebra (MATH1130) or its equivalent.

Other Required

Materials:                           Students are required to bring soap or detergent, sponge, lab apron, towel and goggles.  Students should adhere to safety regulations in the laboratory.  Students must be familiar with MSDS.



            This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of chemistry in an effort to widen the educational background as well as to prepare the student to take additional chemistry courses. The student is introduced to:  the nature of matter, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, structure of atoms, bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry and gas laws. The laboratory experiments are not only used to expose the student to various experimental procedures, but also to reinforce theoretical applications.  A written report is expected of all students at the end of each laboratory period.



Specific Course Objectives:

            Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated varying levels of knowledge as indicated by a letter grade in the following:

1.      Scientific terminology

2.      Descriptive and theoretical approaches to science

3.      Naming of inorganic compounds, chemical equations, and stoichiometry

4.      Thermochemistry and applications

5.      Structure of atoms and the modern electronic theory

6.      The nature of chemical bonding

7.      The periodic chart

8.      The gaseous state


9.      The states of matter and the chemical behavior of common substances

10.  Nature of solutions and colloids


Dates to Remember:  September 4        Labor Day

                                     October 16-17    Fall Break

                                     November 9        Last Day to Drop or Withdraw without failing

                                     November 23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday

                                     December 12 and 13 Final Exams (listed below)


Course Requirements and Policies:

1.      Students are expected to attend all lectures and laboratory periods on time. Tardiness is not permitted.  Three absences may result in grade penalty.

2.      Three one hour exams (100 points each) will be given during the semester.  Laboratory reports are due on schedule.  The laboratory reports and work constitute a maximum of 15% of the final grade.  A 200 point comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of the semester.  The final exam for Section A will be given on Wednesday, December 13, at 12:00 - 1:50 p.m. in W-104, and the final exam for Section B will be given on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00 - 7:50 p.m. in W-104.    

3.      Make-up exams will be given according to the policy of the college.

4.      Students should be able to fulfill the educational course objectives given at the beginning of each unit.

5.      Read the text, other assigned materials, and complete homework. Students should expect a quiz at the start of each lecture period over material covered during the last period's lecture.  See webpage.

6.      Grading: A =  90 - 100

   B =    80 - 99

   C =   70 - 79

   D =   60 - 69

   F  = Below 60

7.      Regrading for exams will be announced when the exams are returned.  Any grade errors should be brought to my attention and adjustments will be made as needed.

8.      Students are expected to read CSCC catalog 2006-2007, “Classroom Behavior” and  “Change of Registration” and “Withdrawal”.  Students are expected to read all of the Student Handbook, especially academic dishonesty and misconduct.


9.      Students can seek help during lecture, laboratory periods, during posted office hours, or by appointments.

10.     Plagiarism and/or cheating will NOT be tolerated.  Any student caught cheating may be given an “F” for the course.

11.     The use of TI-85 or comparable calculators is strictly prohibited.

12.     Students are expected to follow all safety rules shown in “Starting with Safety”.  Any violation may result in dropping the course.

13.  Expect a pop quiz at the start of each lecture period over the material covered during the previous lecture.

14.  Cell phones and pagers MUST be turned off during lecture and in lab.






        In the event of an emergency, students are to follow the directions of the instructor.  All students should note the "Emergency Procedures Guide" posted in each classroom.


Methods of Instruction:

            Lectures, visual aids, tapes, and handouts. See webpage.


Course Content:

First and Second Weeks:


            Review of descriptive and theoretical chemistry, and the scientific method, the SI system, physical laws, and energy.

            Laboratory:   Check-in, Safety in the laboratory, Exercise 1


Third and Fourth Weeks:


            Atoms, molecules and atoms, nomenclature of inorganic compounds and balancing chemical equations, 1ST HOUR EXAM

            Laboratory:   Exercises 2 and 3


Fifth and Sixth Weeks:


            Stoichiometric calculations.

            Laboratory:  Exercises 4 and 5


Seventh and Eighth Weeks:


            Chemical reactions, introduction to oxidation reduction, 2ND HOUR EXAM

            Laboratory:  Exercises 6 and 7


Ninth and Tenth Weeks:


            Gas Laws

            Laboratory:  Ward series on atomic structure and bonding.


Eleventh and Twelfth Weeks:


            Introduction to thermochemistry and quantum theory of the atom, 3RD HOUR EXAM

            Laboratory:  Exercises12 and 25


Thirteenth and Fourteenth Weeks:


            Ionic and covalent bonding

            Laboratory:   Exercises 14 and 24




Fifteenth Week:


            States of matter

            Laboratory:  Checkout


Sixteenth Week:


            FINAL EXAM




Grades are not mailed to students. You must access grades through Web for Students (WWW.COLUMBIASTATE.EDU) . Grades will be available five (5) working days after grades are required in Admissions.  Students needing official copies of grades must request it in writing from the Office of Admissions and Records. Call the transcript information line at 931-540-2550 for detailed instructions.  Students may print a copy of their grades from Web for Students.



Americans with Disabilities Act


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the office of Counseling/Disability Services for possible assistance with accommodations.  It is the student’s responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability.  Students requesting special accommodations are (strongly) encouraged to contact the office of Counseling/Disability Services at the beginning of the semester.