Introductory Chemistry

Winter 2014        

Instructor:  M. Walker Waugh, (310) 434-3503,

Instructor’s Homepage:

Office Hours:  By Appointment Only


Prerequisites: Math 31, Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, + LAB)


Summary of Course Content and Student Take Aways:  This course is a foundational experience in chemistry.  Subject matter includes all relevant areas such as:  chemical principles, atoms, molecules, ions, stoichiometry, chemical reaction types and reactivity, gases, atomic structure and periodicity as well as chemical kinetics, to name a few.   Students will be able to provide a solution to a complex word problem, which involves balancing single or double replacement reactions using inorganic and/or organic nomenclature. Students who successfully complete this course will be well prepared for Chemistry 11 or equivalent courses.  Refer to the Department Homepage for a list of all Student Learning Outcomes.


Required Textbooks:   Introduction to Chemistry by Bauer, 3rd Edition, Custom for SMC

                                       Labs are located on the INSTRUCTOR’S HOMEPAGE.        


Required Materials:               

·          Scientific Calculator  (Graphing and Programmable Calculators are NOT permitted in this course.)

·          Safety goggles (from the Bookstore or Chemistry Club)

·          Connect Program (Free with Textbook)

·          Locker Usage Card ($10.00 from Bookstore)

·          Notebook (Large Spiral with dividers or equivalent)


Class Meetings:  Lectures will be held in labs when time permits.  Thus, bring lecture notebook and textbook to EACH lab.





Tuesday & Thursday

9:00 am to 2:05 pm

Location:  SCI 157

Monday & Wednesday

9:00 am to 2:05 pm

Location:  SCI 332




LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Every student is accountable for all work missed.  Instructors are under no obligation to make special arrangements for students who are absent.  In addition, the majority of study should NOT be performed immediately before an exam.  It is strongly recommended that students schedule a minimum of twenty (20) to thirty (30) hours per week for study. This means that students should READ THE BOOK prior to coming to class as well as take NOTES WHILE READING to enhance learning.  In class STUDENT ASSESSMENTS will be administered during the semester.  If a student fails two subsequent STUDENT ASSESSMENTS, a MANDATORY INSTRUCTOR CONFERENCE must be scheduled within the week.  Furthermore, students must turn in assignments at assigned dates and times ONLY.   Note:  You are responsible for keeping track of your points along with your instructor.  Therefore, it is essential that you retain all returned assignments and course information. 



As noted in the Faculty Handbook, “Title 5 regulations specify that students will attend class regularly, and that instructors will have a method of monitoring attendance on a regular basis to determine whether a student is still actively pursuing the completing of the course.”  Students will be added or dropped through the lab only.  The instructor will call roll during lab.  During lecture a sign-in sheet OR other method will be incorporated that will serve as an attendance sheet, such as collaborative exercises.  The instructor reserves the right to request student ID verification at any time during this course.  Excessively tardy or absent students may be dropped from the class.



Please refer to the Dates and Deadlines Link located at



Honest and ethical students are protected in this class.  The SMC Honor Code and Code of Academic Integrity, printed in the General Catalog, remind students of their responsibility to behave honestly and ethically.  It is the responsibility of each student to familiarize himself/herself with these codes.  Students will NOT engage in any behavior that could be construed as cheating.  Students are encouraged to collaborate and work together both inside and outside of class.  However, copying another student’s homework is not acceptable.  If the instructor determines that students have “relied” to heavily on each other in preparing homework or any other project, the students will receive ZERO POINTS on that assignment.  Further occurrences could result in academic disciplinary action.  During an exam, taking to another student, looking at another student’s paper, using a graphing or programmable calculator, using cheat notes etc. are not permitted.  Most importantly, ALL ANALYSIS QUESTIONS ON EACH LAB REPORT MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS or you will receive ZERO POINTS on that LAB!!  VERBATIM REPRODUCTION OF ANSWERS FOR ANY LAB ANALYSIS QUESTION WILL BE CONSIDERED AN ACT OF PLAGIARISM!



The instructor will accommodate the needs of students who have “self identified” themselves as a student with disability related needs via the guidelines of the Center for Students with Disabilities.  Completed documentation from the Center for Students with Disabilities must be presented by the student to the instructor for exam time extensions.  Verbal verification will not be accepted.  The Center for Students with Disabilities is located in Room 101 of the Admissions/Student Services Complex, located on the north side of the Main Campus, next to Admissions.  For more information, call (310) 434-4265 or (310) 434-4273 (TDD).



If students encounter medical problems that may interfere with the course, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor of any such concerns.  If the problem can potentially occur during class, the name and telephone number of their physician and/or names and numbers of people who can be called to take them to a designated place for care must be on file with the instructor.




The instructor will work to ensure that the learning environment is comfortable and safe.  Furthermore, the instructor pledges to be honest, approachable and enthusiastic.  Student expectations are as follows:

·         Students are expected to come to be prepared to each lecture and lab.  This means that students should have read and understood the lecture and lab material prior to entering class.

·         Students are expected to attend all lab sessions or they may be dropped from this course AND HAVE COMPLETED THE PRELAB ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO ENTERING LAB.

·         Students are expected to enter class in an orderly fashion and on time at the beginning of class as well as after breaks.

·         Students are expected to bring this document WITH THEM to each session.

·         Students are expected to perform independent and directed collaborative instructions.  Thus, quick and respective responses to instructor directions are expected.

·         Students are expected to keep all foods and drinks out of the classroom and lab or they will be dismissed.

·         Students are expected to turn in the lab locker card to instructor by beginning of Week #2 or they may be dropped.

·         Students are expected to dress appropriately as dictated in safety rules or points will be deducted and/or students will be dismissed.

·         Students are expected to know lab locker number or points will be deducted from lab assignment.

·         Students are expected to know lab locker combination or points will be deducted from lab assignment.




Make up examinations will NOT be administered.  Students must arrive on time for all exams.  Students may take the exam if they arrive late, however additional time for completion will not be permitted.  Once a test or exam has begun, students may not leave until the exam is completed and turned in.  Students will not be allowed to take an exam if other students have completed the exam and left the classroom before she/he arrives.  Talking is NOT permitted after the exam has been distributed to the first student.  Erased or modified answers will not be re-graded. Thus, the lowest exam and lab will be dropped to assist with student scheduling conflicts.  Students are advised to use all assignment and exam drops sparingly, since this is a point course.  Early exams will be permitted for this course only under extreme circumstances and scheduling with instructor.



The official Class Schedule is posted on the Instructor’s e-companion site.







Jan 6

Lab 1:  Safety & Check-In


LECTURE: Chapter 1:  Matter and Energy


Jan 7

LECTURE: Chapter 1:  Matter and Energy


Jan 8

Lab 2:  Measurements

Lab 3:  Density Lab


Jan 9

LECTURE: Chapter 2:  Atoms, Ions and the Periodic Table LECTURE: Chapter 3:  Chemical Compounds


Quiz #1


Jan 13

Lab 4:  Oxygen

Lab 5:  Chemical Nomenclature


Jan 14

LECTURE: Chapter 3:  Chemical Compounds

LECTURE: Chapter 4:  Chemical Composition



Jan 15

Lab 6:   % Composition Lab


LECTURE: Chapter 4:  Chemical Composition


Jan 16

LECTURE: Chapter 4:  Chemical Composition

LECTURE: Chapter 5:  Chemical Reactions & Equations

Quiz #2


Jan 20


Martin Luther King Day


Jan 21

LECTURE: Chapter 5:  Chemical Reactions & Equations

LECTURE: Chapter 6:  Quantities in Chemical Reactions


Jan 22

Lab 7:   Reaction Lab

Lab 8:  Stoichiometry Lab


Jan 23

LECTURE: Chapter 7:  Electrons Structure in the Atom


Quiz #3


Jan 27

Lab 9:  Flame Test Lab


Jan 28

LECTURE: Chapter 8:  Chemical Bonding



Jan 29

Lab 10:  Molecular Models Lab


Jan 30

LECTURE: Chapter 9:  Gases

LECTURE: Chapter 10:  Liquid and Solid States


Quiz #4


Feb 3

Lab 11:  Gas Lab


LECTURE: Chapter 11:  Solutions


Feb 4

LECTURE: Chapter 11:  Solutions

LECTURE: Chapter 12:  Reaction Rates & Chemical Equilibrium


Feb 5

Lab 12:  Solution Stoichiometry


LECTURE: Chapter 13:  Acids & Bases


Feb 6

LECTURE: Chapter 13:  Acids & Bases

LECTURE: Chapter 14:  Oxidations and Reduction


Quiz #5


Feb 10

Lab 13:  Equilibrium Lab


LECTURE: Chapter 16:  Organic Chemistry


Feb 11


LECTURE: Chapter 16:  Organic Chemistry



Feb 12

Lab Check-Out


Final Exam Review


Feb 13





Note:  You are responsible for keeping track of your points along with your instructor.  Therefore, it is essential that you retain all returned assignments and course information.   FURTHERMORE, THE ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY OF SANTA MONICA COLLEGE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. 



Grading System:

FINAL:                These examination is cumulative and worth 220 points.   These points will be distributed as follows:  a total of 170 points will be assigned to the Departmental Standardized Final and the remaining 50 points will be assigned to the instructor’s personal final.


TESTS:                 A total of four (4) tests will be given during the semester.  Each test will be worth 100 points.  The lowest score will be dropped.


QUIZZES:           A total of five (5) quizzes will be administered.  Each quiz will be worth 20 points.  The lowest score will be dropped.


HOMEWORK:  These assignments are downloaded and submitted on-line at McGraw Hill Connect.  Assignments must be completed and entered into the web by the due date for credit.  They include both Learn Smart Assignments as well as Chapter Assignments. Successful completion of all homework is worth 160 points. Students must self-enroll when they log in at:


LABS:                   Lab Reports - Each lab will require a copy of the new Chemistry 10 lab reports obtainable from the link on the Instructor’s Homepage.   All final lab reports will be due during the following lab session.  Perfect completion of all labs will be worth 100 points.  If scheduling problems arise, contact your instructor immediately so that arrangements can be made to complete the missed lab with another instructor, if possible.


Lab Homework – PreLab homework, also obtained through the site on the instructor’s homepage, MUST be submitted to the instructor at the beginning of each lab.  This will serve as the student’s admission ticket into the lab.  Successful completion of all lab homework is worth 70 points.  STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED INTO LAB WITHOUT COMPLETING THE PRELAB ASSIGNMENT PRIOR TO LAB.  In addition, lab quizzes may be administered, which will add to the Lab Homework overall grade.


Lab Final – At the end of this course, a lab final will be administered.  The lab final will be worth 100 points.  Inorganic nomenclature will be a major portion of this exam.


Summary of Grading System




Final                                        220 points

Tests                                        300 points

Quizzes                                     80 points

Homework                              160 points

Lab Reports                             100 points

Lab Homework                         40 points

Lab Final                                 100 points

Total Points = 1000



90 - 100%  =  A

80 - 89%    =  B

65 - 79%    =  C

50 - 64%    =  D

Less than 50%  =  F




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