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Instructors have provided the following information to generally describe what to expect in their classes.


Class Format

Face-to-face sections will include lectures, whole-group work and small-group work emphasizing understanding and applications of concepts covered. Power points and videos will be utilized to further understanding. Students are encouraged to participate in class.  Homework will consist of handouts, problems from the textbook and on-line assignments.  There are frequent quizzes and unit exams plus a cumulative final exam.

The lab class involves short lectures and hands-on lab experiments.  Quizzes and a final exam are also given.

Resource Use


I will use the adopted textbook for this course; information can be found on the College bookstore site.

Online homework:

An online Web learning system (OWL) is used for homework.  An access code is required; this is purchased along with the textbook.

Other required materials include a nonprogrammable calculator and three-ring binder.

Lab: Nonprogrammable calculator, goggles and a lab coat are required.


Lecture: There are generally four to five exams which are worth 60% of the grade.  Quizzes and homework account for 10% each of the grade. The final comprehensive exam is worth 20%.  All exams are part of your grade; no exams are dropped or replaced in this class.

Lab: Labs are worth 50% of the grade. Quizzes are worth 30%, and a lab test is worth 20% of the grade.

Homework Policy

Chemistry courses are generally homework-intensive classes.  The homework grade will consist of the online OWL assignments plus problems from each chapter in the book that are assigned and collected.  A detailed homework and reading schedule will be given to you during the first class.

Attendance Policy

I will take attendance each day.  You must attend a class and a lab session in the first two weeks of the semester or you will automatically be dropped from the class.  Attendance is not part of your grade per se but if you do not attend class you will miss valuable information and assignments.  Students who miss quizzes will not have the opportunity to make them up.

Lab sessions are mandatory and you are expected to attend labs as scheduled in the section for which you are registered.  Because safety issues are often covered at the beginning of the laboratory session, students may not be admitted to the lab if they are late.


I am on campus five days a week.  While I do not have set office hours, I am happy to schedule an appointment with you or you may check my availability in the SRC (CLB112).  I try to check email several times a day, especially between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., but may take longer to respond to those received in the evenings and up to 24 hours to respond to those received on the weekend.

Please ask questions when you have them; I encourage you to utilize the SRC and the other chemistry tutors there for any additional assistance you need.