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Chemistry 42 Course Syllabus
Introductory General Chemistry
Santa Rosa Junior College
Spring 2013

Section 5618 - Course Information
Lecture W,F 7:30 – 9:00 PM (1999 Bech), Lab W 9:00 – 12:00 PM (1948 Bech)

Instructor of Record: Dr. Valeria Martinovic
My office is in 1914 Bech. My Spring office hours are Mondays 10:00-10:30 PM, Wednesdays 7:00-7:30am, 9:00-10:30am, Fridays 7:00-7:30am. Leave a message at any time by e-mail at

Course description:
Welcome! CHEM 42 is a fast-paced course that introduces the basic principles and laboratory techniques of general chemistry. CHEM 42 prepares students for either on year of general chemistry (Chem 1AB or 4AB) or one semester of organic chemistry (Chem 8).

The course begins with a qualitative survey of matter and its changes. We introduce a molecular view of matter. We build quantitative techniques in the next three sections, two of which are based upon the basic principle of conservation of mass, and one based on conservation of energy. In the final section, qualitative application of ideas about chemical stability allows us to predict and explain properties of some simple substances.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Develop explanations of everyday situations at the level of individual atoms and molecules. Solve different types of chemistry problems using quantitative and qualitative techniques, and articulate your answers. Make and record careful laboratory measurements and observations, and carry out qualitative and quantitative analyses of these data. After successful completion of CHEM 42, you will be well prepared for future studies of college-level general chemistry.

Prerequisite: Before being admitted into CHEM 42, you must have completed a college course in elementary algebra (MATH 155) or two years of high school algebra or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Course Materials: You may purchase the following books and supplies at the bookstore. The textbook is available on one-hour reserve in the library. Required:
Textbook: Russo, S. & Silver, M. Introductory Chemistry, 4th Edition (2010). (Bundled with Mastering Chemistry Online Homework) Lab manual: Chemistry 42 Lab Manual (Fall 2012 edition)
Safety glasses or safety goggles
Scientific calculator (Find a simple calculator that is easy for you to use. It must be able to handle numbers in scientific notation, such as 6.02 × 1023, and have a LOG key.) Your calculator can not be your cell phone Grades: Your grade in CHEM 42 depends on exams, quizzes, lab reports, and homework. There are NO MAKE-UP exams, quizzes, or labs, and NO EXTRA CREDIT assignments.

Exams |400 points |Four midterm exams. Exams will include a mixture of conceptual, short answer and calculation-based problems related to the lecture material and homework. Do not forget to bring your own calculator. No make up exams! | |Lab reports |130 points |13 required labs 10 points each. The penalty to turn in at least 10 of the labs is that your final grade will be lowered to the next grade down. | |Homework |100 points |14 homework sets, 5 points each are to be completed online using the Mastering Chemistry system bundled with your textbook. | |Final exam

Wednesday Dec.17 at 7:00-9:45pm |200 points |The final exam will be comprehensive. Scheduling conflicts must be resolved before November 16, the Friday before the last day to drop without a W. | |Total |830 points |Approximate grading scale for the course will be: ≥ 88% A ≥ 76% B ≥ 65% C ≥ 50% D | | Important Dates:

February 3 - Last day to drop without a W
April 21 - Last day to withdraw with a W
May 24 - Final exam

Course Structure and Requirements:
A detailed schedule, showing weekly lecture topics, due dates for homework and lab reports, and dates and topics of all quizzes and exams is on the last page.

In lecture, we examine some core concepts in detail, and check your...
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