Skyline College A.J. Bates Professor of Chemistry

     Chemistry 220 - General Chemistry 2 - Spring 2015

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Announcements & Important Course Information

January 2015

  • Welcome to CHEM 220 - General Chemistry 2 for Science Majors. I am looking forward to a productive, challenging, and rewarding semester.  
  • Our first CHEM 220 class meeting will be LECTURE on January 23 at 10:10 am in 7-310.

  • Our first LABORATORY sessions will be on Tuesday, January 27 at 9:20 am (AA section) and 2:10 pm (AB section) in 7-341.

    • It is very important that you attend your first lab session on Tuesday, January 27 and continue to attend in order to maintain your registration and/or waitlist priority. In the first lab, we will discuss the lab portion of the syllabus, enrollment, and cover important safety information that is required to participate in the lab, and have our first lab lecture. 
  • Parking may be a challenge the first couple of weeks of classes, so I encourage you to arrive to campus early!
  • Scroll down the page for more detailed enrollment & waitlist procedure information.
  • Sign up for the Sapling Learning Online Homework System:
    • Follow the above link.
    • If you have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account.
    • Please enter your first and last names in the profile as they appear on your official Skyline record. If you go by a different name or a nickname, please put it in parentheses after your first name.
    • Select Skyline College.
    • Select General Chemistry 2 - CHEM 220 - Bates.
    • When you register for the course on the system, you will be able to use it for two weeks for free. You must then pay to continue to have access. This will give those students on the waiting list time to determine if they will be able to enroll in the course before purchasing.
    • Problem Set #1 will be posted soon. It will be due Friday, January 30 at 6pm.
  • If you would like to get started preparing for the semester, I recommend that you begin the reading and book problems (see LECTURE page) for Chapter 16 on Reaction Kinetics.
  • The following worksheets are from the General Chemistry 1 course and cover topics that will be critical in all of our work this semester - Stoichiometry and Solutions. I recommend that you work these problems as review. A quiz early in the semester will cover these topics and some of our initial work in Kinetics.

Academic Integrity

  • 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 Integrity.



  • The prerequisite for CHEM 220 is:
    • Successful completion (C or better) of CHEM 210 (General Chemistry 1) 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.


Important Enrollment & Waitlist Information

  • As of 4 pm on January 20, the morning lab section is full with a waiting list, and the afternoon lab section has 2 openings. We will do our best to accommodate students, but it is possible that not everyone on the waiting list will be able to register for the class.

  • Continue to follow standard WEBSMART registration procedures and check your email account for WebSMART notifications up to the first day of CHEM 220 class - January 23.

  • Attend LECTURE on January 23 and LABORATORY on January 27. You must attend one of the two lab sections on that day to maintain your enrollment in the course and/or your waitlist priority. If there is an unavoidable reason that you must miss during the first lab day, please contact A.J. Bates in advance.
  • Waitlist priority will be observed for each lab section separately. If you are interested in more than one section, or wish to enroll in a different section, you must add yourself to the waitlist for that section.
  • Starting with the first day of classes:

    • If you are enrolled in the course section you wish to attend:
      • You are ready to go! Plan to attend the first lecture class on January 23 and the first laboratory class on January 27. Attendance at lab is always required; however, it is particularly important that you continue to attend your scheduled lab classes during the first two weeks, or you risk being dropped from the course to make room for waitlisted students.

    • If you are waitlisted for a course section:
      • You are required to attend one of the two scheduled labs on January 27 in order to maintain your waitlist priority.
      • You need only attend one of the two sections on that day. I recommend attending your prefered section.
      • If you are enrolled in one course section, but are waitlisted for another, you may attend either section of the of lab on January 27. As long as you attend one of the labs, you will maintain your place in your enrolled section until you register in another (if a spot in your preferred section becomes available).

    • If you are unable to enroll in your preferred section and you are unable to add to the waitlist for it prior to January 23:
      • Add your name to the waitlist sheets for the course section(s) you wish to add to on January 23 during the LECTURE or January 27 in the LABORATORY.
        • Your priority will be after all those who waitlisted prior to the first day of classes.
        • Your priority will be the same as other students added to the waitlist on January 23-27.
        • If necessary, a lottery will determine relative priorites of students added to the waitlist on those dates.
      • Follow the same procedures (above) as all other students waitlisted for the course.

  • After January 27, if you are still waitlisted for your desired section:

    • You must continue to attend a lab section as instructed in order to maintain your waitlist priority. Add codes may be provided in lab. If you are not in class (or late) your add code may be offered to another student.

    • You must also attend lecture classes until you are able to add (or until it is announced that no additional adds will occur), as add codes may be provided in lecture. If you are not in class (or late) your add code may be offered to another student.

    • You must check the course website (this page) and your email every day for important enrollment information. Information relevant to all waitlisted students will be posted on the course website. Individual information may be emailed.

    • Please follow these instructions to maintain your waitlist priority. There are many students waiting to get into the course!