General Chemistry I

Course Details

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Fall 2018
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

MWF: 8:00 - 8:50 am

Dr. Jianguo Shao (view Profile)


Chemistry - The Central Science
by Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward and Stoltzfus

Course Objectives

                        Exam 1            Chapters 01 - 02            Matter; Atoms, molecules and Ions

                        Exam 2            Chapters 03-04 &10      Stoichiometry; Aqueous reactions and Gas Properties  

                        Exam 3            Chapters 05 - 07           Thermochemistry; Electronic structures; periodic Table

                        Exam 4            Chapter 08 - 09             Chemical bonding, Bonding theories and Molecular Geometries 

                        Final Exam     Comprehensive ACS exam covering chapters 1 - 10 

Course Expectations

Prerequisites: Credit or concurrent enrollment in Math 1233 or 1534  

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Textbook (Mandatory):  Chemistry - The Central Science; Brown, LeMay, Bursten, 13th ed.

Supplemental Material: (a) Library reference materials, Student Solutions Guide (free of charge) 

                                         (b) SaplingLearning online homework sets (on-line payment required)

Grading Standards

Grading Scale:         

                                   A:   90-100%

                                   B:   80-89%

                                   C:   70-79%

                                   D:   55-69%

                                   F:   <55%

                                  (of total points) 

Final Exam

12/12/2018 8:00 - 10:00 am

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

Assignment dependent, check with the instructor 

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.

Student Honor Creed

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

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

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.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required as stated in the Student Handbook. Excessive unexcused absences will result in an instructor drop with a grade of “F”. Under no circumstances will make-up exams or extra assignments be given. Make-up for major exams will be given for excused absence only 

Other Policies

Calculators with large memory capacity, mathematical solution software, and chemistry software are NOT allowed on exams. The use of such a calculator on an exam constitutes cheating. (single-line scientific calculators are acceptable). I may check the memory of any calculator during an exam.


Cell Phones, computers, PDA’s and other electronic devices are NOT allowed. Cell phones must be OFF during any scheduled class period.


Drop Policy:   Last day to withdraw with an automatic grade of W:  Oct. 31, 2016

                         Dropping from the course after this date assigns a grade of F.


General Education Statement:  Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in reading, writing, and fundamental math skills through satisfactory completion of all assignments.


Americans w/ Disabilities Act Compliance:  If any student needs special accommodations, the Office of Disabled Student Services Clark Student Center, room 108 (397-4618), and the instructor will provide a reasonable and fair opportunity to perform in this class.  Please inform the Student Service as early as possible.


Campus-Carry Rules and Policies: Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 01, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University's webpage at


Instructors Note: Remaining enrolled in this course implies acceptance of this syllabus. This is a binding contract.  You should read carefully all clauses about classroom behavior and subject material responsibilities. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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