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Physical Chemistry

Course Details

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Fall 2018
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

T Th 11:00-12:20

Dr. Randal L. Hallford (view Profile)


Physical Chemistry Adkins adn dePaula 10th edition
Course Objectives

GRADING PROCEDURE: The following is breakdown of the point system that will be used in this course.  The point totals and percentages will be posted (using a unique password). The password will be provided when the first homework set is returned.


Graded Work


Total / %

Three Hour-long Examinations


300 / 33.3%

One Final Examination


200 / 22.2%




5 Quizzes


100 / 11.1%

(1 of the 6 Quizzes will be Dropped)



10 Problem Sets


300 / 33.3%

(1 of the 11 Sets will be Dropped)











GRADING SCALE: The following grading scale will be utilized to determine a student’s final grade in this course.  An “F” can also be earned through academic dishonesty. 





88.0 – 100.


76.0 – 87.9


64.0 – 75.9


52.0 – 63.9


00.0 – 51.9

Course Expectations

 REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:Physical Chemistry, Raff, L. Publisher: Prentice-Hall

RECOMMENDED:  Student Solutions Guide       


PREREQUISITS: CHEM 1241, 1243; MATH 1734 and CHEM. 4943*; PHYS 1624 and 2644

Submission Format Policy

QUIZZES:  Six quizzes, consisting of two to five questions, will be given.  These in class quizzes will typically take 10 to 20 minutes and contain recently covered material.  Five of the six quizzes will be counted towards the final grade. No make-ups will be provided.


PROBLEM SETS: Take-home problem sets will consist of several problems and are due before the lecture begins on designated due date.

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

none accepted

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

HOMEWORK & LECTURE ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to work all assigned problems and complete reading assignments.  Students are expected to attend each lecture session.  While there is no point penalty for absences, experience has shown a definite correlation between poor attendance and low grades.  Once the lecture starts, students are expected to stay until the professor dismisses the class.  In addition, students are expected to remain quiet except when addressing questions to the professor.  Cell phones and pagers must be turned off. See the Student Handbook.

Other Policies

NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONSwill be provided.  In the case of an excused absence, the one missed hour examination will be replaced with the appropriate fraction of the final examination score.  This means that the final examination score could count twice: first for the final examination and second for a missed one-hour examination.  An unjustified absence for the final examination will result in a “zero” for the final examination score.  If a student misses two one-hour exams, the student needs to contact Dr. Hallford as soon as possible. Calculators that may contain mathematical solution software are not allowed in the test (and quiz) environment! Calculators with basic scientific ability and single line display are acceptable. I may inspect the contents of the memory of any calculator at any time during an examination. NO cell phones, PDA’s or other computing devices are allowed in quiz and exam periods.


ACADEMIC HONESTY: The expectation is that all students will act as mature individuals and will exhibit academic integrity at all times.  In case of academic dishonesty, faculty regulations require notification of deans, advisers, etc.  The student should be aware that both “taking” and “giving” improper assistance during examinations constitutes academic dishonesty.  Students who are caught cheating on an examination or a quiz may receive an "F" for the entire course.


General Education Statement: Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in written communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and use of computers through exams and written reports.


Course Content: Classical and statistical thermodynamics, kinetic molecular theory, and chemical kinetics.



SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS:  Federal law protects individuals with disabilities and states that the University must provide appropriate academic accommodations.  According to the Americans with Disabilities Acts, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the University.  If any member of this class feels they have a disability that requires special accommodations, please advise the University of this disability and the desired accommodations as soon as possible.  The professor will work with disabled students and the Office of Disability Accommodation, 108 Clark Student Center (397-4618), to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that the students have a fair opportunity to perform favorably in this course.

Refer to the MSU student Handbook for University policies about academic honesty and class attendance

* CHEM4943 is the preparatory mathematics course for Physical Chemistry. Failure to complete this course will make it difficult to produce reasonable competence in Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics.

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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