Announcements & Important Course Information
Saturday, August 29
- REMINDER: The completed PRELAB for the DENSITY Experiment is DUE in your lab section this week. The prelab must be complete to perform the experiment. If it is not, you will earn a zero for the prelab and the experiment. The prelab, as fully outlined in the handout includes:
- Heading/Purpose/Procedure Summary for parts A,B&C (You will submit the COPY page)
- Data Tables for parts A,B&C (keep COPY pages in the notebook)
- Prelab Questions (turn in your worked problems on the printed page from the handout)
- Sapling Learning:
- A new problem set has been posted to Sapling Learning. It will be due on Tuesday at 9 pm.
- Two additional Sapling assignments have been added under the Extra Practice section. They are good for review, but will not be graded.
- The trial period for Sapling Learning ends tomorrow. You will need to purchase access to continue using it if you have not already.
- Exam #1 Information
- Exam #1 will be on Wednesday, September 2 in Lecture
- Topics covered:
- Lecture: Lectures through Monday, August 31
- Note sets A-D
- Monday's lecture will be primarily review, discussion, and practice. It will be very important to your ongoing preparation for the exam.
- Laboratory: Intorductory Topics and background and problem-solving relating to Density
- Textbook: Chapters 1-3
- To continue preparation for the exam, the following problem sources will be useful to review:
- Textbook Problems assigned in Chapters 1-3
- Sapling Problem Sets 1-3
- Extra Practice on Sapling Learning
- Extra Practice Worksheets on the LECTURE page
- Fall 2012 Exams 1 & 2 posted on the LECTURE page
Important notes on the sample exams:
- Fall 2012 Exam 1 - All of the topics on this exam will be covered on Exam #1 this semester, except for #9. The full metric prefix chart will be provided to you.
- Fall 2012 Exam 2 - All of the topics on this exam will be covered on Exam #1 this semester, except for #6 and #11.
- The current semester exam will be a mix of multiple choice and free response questions; however, the proportion of multiple choice questions will be greater than in the sample exams.
- Reference Handouts
Friday, August 28
- A new problem set will be added to Sapling Learning on Saturday. It will be due on Tuesday at 9pm.
- See the lecture page for the extra practice worksheets and answer keys.
- Additional website updates will be made tomorrow.
Friday, August 21
- Sapling Learning Problem Set #2 is posted.
- Bring lab notebook to lab next week.
- Print and bring the experiment #2 handout to lab next week.
- Be sure to bring a pen and ruler with you to lab also.
Thursday, August 20
- Important Reminder to Waitlisted Students:
- Add codes will be offered Friday in lecture based on waitlist priority. You must be present to receive an add code. If you are not, your code will be offered to another student.
- If you must miss Friday lecture for an unavoidable reason, I must receive an email message explaining your absence no later than 11:45 am on Friday, August 21, in order hold your code if one is to be offered to you.
- Important Reminders to ALL Students:
- The Sapling Learning Problem Set is DUE Saturday, August 22 at 6pm. If you have not already signed up and begun the problem set, do so as soon as possible (TODAY) to make sure that you can sort out any technical issues and be able to submit the problem set on time!
- Scroll down this page for the link and instructions.
- We have covered chapters 1 & 3 from the text and we are now covering chapter 2. See the lecture page for problems to work from the textbook. Answers to the questions are in the back of the textbook.
- We will be moving through this important review material quickly!
Be sure to stay current with the course!
- Welcome to CHEM 192 - Introductory Chemistry. I am looking forward to a productive, challenging, and rewarding semester. There is important information below that I would like to share with you regarding the start of the semester.
- Be sure to familiarize yourself with the links on the left side of this page. They will take you to most of the course online content.
- Enrolled students: You are all set! Attend LECTURE on the first day of classes,
Monday, August 17 and the LABORATORY class you are enrolled in on Monday, August 17 or Wednesday, August 19.
IMPORTANT: If you are enrolled in the course, attendance at your assigned laboratory section during the first two weeks of classes is required to make sure that you maintain your enrollment!
- Waitlisted students: If you are on the course waitlist, continue to check your my.smccd.edu email up to the first day of classes to see if a spot opens for you. If it does not, attend the lecture classes and the laboratory for your preferred lab section during the first week of classes. Over the course of the week, I will be able to give you a good indication of the possibility of adding to the course.
IMPORTANT: During the first two weeks of classes, attendance at the MWF lectures and either the Monday or the Wednesday laboratory section is required to maintain your waitlist priority.
- Academic integrity will be be taken very seriously in the course. All students are expected to act with respect and honor codes of student conduct. This topic will be addressed in detail in the first two weeks of classes in lecture and in lab. Please scroll down on this page to read Skyline College academic honesty information.
- Course Materials:
- Please see the SYLLABUS for a complete listing of all of the required course materials.
- The REQUIRED course LECTURE textbook is
Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation, 7th or 8th Edition by Zumdahl & DeCoste
- The 7th edition ISBN-10: 0538740523 or ISBN-13: 978-0538740524
This will help you find it online.
- The 8th edition is available in the bookstore and from various online sources.
- We will begin using the textbook in the course right away, and it will be important that you have it. If you plan to purchase online, please do so as soon as possible.
- Please begin reading the assigned readings from Chapters 1, 2 & 3, and working problems at the end of the reading sections. See the LECTURE page for assigned readings.
- The REQUIRED course LABORATORY NOTEBOOK is a dual-copy, bound, numbered laboratory notebook. An appropriate laboratory notebook for chemistry courses is sold in the Skyline College Bookstore.
- The REQUIRED course LABORATORY MANUAL is the Skyline College Chemistry 192 Laboratory Manual, which will be provided as handouts and website downloads over the course of the semester.
- Laboratory safety glasses or goggles.
- The REQUIRED course online homework system is Sapling Learning:
- Sapling Learning - Orientation & Problem Sets
- A Training Video & Practice Problem Set are posted under the Introduction section.
They are not required, but I think you will find it helpful.
- The first Graded Problem Set is posted under the Problem Sets section. See the course calendar and/or Sapling site for the due date/time.
- For this problem set, you have UNLIMITED attempts to answer each question with NO POINT DEDUCTION.
- Course Notes Outlines are posted on the LECTURE page. We will use the first few sets during lecture and lab during the first week of classes (starting with the first lecture). There are files better for viewing on computers or other electronic devices and others intended for printing. Choose the format that is bet for you.
- Extra Practice Worksheets are posted on the LECTURE page. We will use these for in-class practice or for out-of-class reinforcement of chemical concepts and problem-solving.
- Academic integrity is an important issue in all academic settings, and will be taken very seriously by the instructor of this course, and the college generally.
- I recognize that most students conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. I also recognize that the actions of a few dishonest students and the impact of those actions on the academic process necessitate a frank and ongoing discussion of this issue.
- Please review the Student Handbook information on Academic
- The prerequisite for CHEM 192 is:
- Successful completion (C or better) of MATH 110 (Elementary Algebra) or equivalent.
- Please speak with me if you have any questions regarding your preparation for the course, or to if you wish to discuss whether another course is better suited to your academic preparation or goals. Please also ask if you have questions about prerequisites or the petition process.