Introduction to Chemistry

Section 2, TR 2:30 PM

FALL, 2013


Dr. Robert L. Eves

Science Building 310B



Office Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 to 9:00 AM; Thursday 9:00-10:00 AM; or by appointment

TEXT:     Basic Chemistry, Timberlake and Timberlake, 4th Edition, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-80928-5



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CHEM 1010 Introductory Chemistry                                                      (3 Credits)

A one-semester liberal arts course dealing with the fundamentals in chemistry that apply to everyday living. A course intended to fill the general education requirement in physical science. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Fall, Spring, Summer)  Co-Requisite: CHEM 1015


Course Objectives: Following are the three main objectives of this course:

  1. Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends), and relating chemistry to common occurrences in daily life.
  2. Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories.
  3. Learning to apply course material to improve thinking, logical reasoning and problem solving skills.


Learning Outcomes:

           Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand/perform: physical properties of matter, measurements of physical quantities, scientific units, basic atomic model, balance chemical equations, the mole concept, stoichiometry-based calculations, Lewis structures, identifying types of chemical bonds, writing electron configurations, naming and writing formulas of chemical compounds, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.

              Assessment of learning outcomes will be achieved through homework assignments, quizzes, midterm exams, and the final exam.


Lecture PowerPoint Files

Chapter 5

5.1 Electromagnetic Radiation

5.2 Atomic Spectra and Energy Levels

5.3 Sublevels and Orbitals

5.4 Orbital Diagrams and Electron Configurations

5.5 Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table

5.6 Trends in Periodic Properties

Chapter 6

6.1 Transfer of Electrons

6.2 Writing Formulas for Ionic Compounds

6.3 Naming Ionic Compounds

6.4 Polyatomic Ions

6.5 Molecular Compounds Sharing Electrons

Chapter 7

7.1 The Mole

7.2 Molar Mass

7.3 Calculating Molar Mass

7.4 Mass Percent Composition and Empirical Formulas

7.5 Molecular Formulas

Chapter 8

8.1 Equations for Chemical Reactions

8.2 Balancing Chemical Reactions

8.3 Types of Reactions

Chapter 9

9.1 Mole Relationships in Chemical Equations

9.2 Mass Calculations for Reactions




9.3 Limiting Reactants

9.4 Percent Yield

9.5 Energy in Chemical Reactions

Chapter 10

10.1 Electron Dot Formulas

10.2 Shapes of Molecules and Ions

10.3 Electronegativity and Polarity

10.4 Attractive Forces in Compounds

10.5 Properties of Solids and Liquids

Chapter 11

11.1 Properties of Gases

11.2 Gas Pressure

11.3 Pressure and Volume (Boyle's Law)

11.4 Temperature and Volume (Charles's Law)

11.5 Temperature and Pressure (Gay-Lussac's Law)

11.6 Combined Gas Law


Quizzes, Assignments and Exams: Three hourly in-class examinations will be given during the semester in addition to a comprehensive final exam:



Exam I
September 19th
Exam II
October 24th
Exam III
November 21st
Final Exam
December 13th
Friday, 3:00 PM




              Please make the necessary arrangements to be in attendance on the date of the exams.  Makeup exams may be allowed under special circumstances (to be determined by the instructor). If you know you are going to miss an exam, please notify the instructor beforehand. Exams are based on multiple-choice questions. For each exam, you are required to bring with you a Scantron FORM NO.882-E, a lead pencil and a calculator.

                Quizzes and assignments will be graded and counted toward your final grade.  Assignment must be handed in on the date it is due. Unexcused late work loses 20% of total credit for every day it is late. Assignment that is five or more days late will not be graded. Although no points are assigned for attendance, regular attendance is required.

Summary of Reading and Assignments


Cell phones are NOT ALLOWED in class. If you MUST take a call, please step outside the classroom.



Grading Policy:           70% of your grade will be based upon results of all four examinations, and 30% upon the quizzes and assignments.


90% or higher
Less than 60%


Help: The student service center also provides a free tutoring for all general chemistry students.  The center is usually open for business during the regular school days. 



Amendments to the Syllabus: Information contained in this syllabus (other than grading, late assignments, makeup work and attendance policies) may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.