Introductory Chemistry

Course Details

Course Number
CHEM 1103
Section Number
CHEM 1103
Fall 2018
McCoy Engineering Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

T TH  9:30

Dr. Randal L. Hallford (view Profile)


Introductory Chemistry revell, K. 1st ed.

Course Objectives

This material is presented for students who are scheduled to enroll in Physical Chemistry in the fall semester subsequent to this course. This material is important for other advanced science classes at the undergraduate level. Course material in Physical Chemistry II, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, elements of physics and engineering courses, as well as applications of mathematics for math majors are covered in the material presented in this semester.

Mathematics for the physical sciences is a practical application of mathematics, and there will be theory presented as needed, but most information will be presented with an applications format.  Student performance will be measured by examinations (and these will be open text), quizzes and homework. All homework will be graded, so this must be turned in on time without exception. Solutions to quiz material and selected homework will be posted before each exam. Homework as a group for mutual assistance is acceptable, but final solutions must be individual.

Utilizing mathematical software and advanced calculators is acceptable but be aware that you will not have computer software available during examinations and quizzes.

Topics by subject:

I. Series    I. Complex Numbers   III. Linear Algebra    IV. Partial Differentiation   V. Multivariate Integration   VI. Vector Analysis    (Chapters 1-6 in Boas, 3rd edition)

Exams will occur when the material for two chapter lecture segments is completed in class.

Course Expectations

Text required: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 3rd edition.

Grading Standards


-Three exams at 100 points/exam; a comprehensive final exam at 200 points

-Quizzes will be offered randomly without notice. Be prepared for each lecture.         

-10 Homework sets at 25 points/ set.

The grading scale will be:  88-100 = A; 76-87  = B; 64-75 = C;  50-63 = D;  Below 50 = F

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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