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Principles of Chemistry 1
Chemistry   1107 Fall  2000


This course will develop the empirical and theoretical foundations of Chemistry. The topics to be developed include atomic and molecular structure; molecular shape; gas, liquid and solid structures; acid-base theory and macromolecules. A molecule centered approach will be used.

Dr. Yuri Kazakevich Room. 112, McNulty Hall 761-9042  kazakeyu@shu.edu
Office Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm  T,Th
Matt Mongelli Room 115 McNulty Hall mongelma@shu.edu.
Office Hours: TBA
Lectures 11:00 - 11:50 M,W,F McNulty (SC), room 219
Recitation 1:00 - !:50 Tuesday Corrigan Hall Room 67
Labs 2:00 - 5:00 Thursday McNulty Hall Room 321
TEXT: Chemistry - The Molecular Science, 2st edition, Olmsted and Williams
Study Guide for Chemistry - The Molecular Science Tikkanen



You must purchase a calculator for this course. The calculator must be able to do the following: scientific notation (EXP or EE). logarithms (log and ln), inverse functions (INV or 10x or yx), square roots.

Reading Assignments

You are expected to read the chapter assignments before coming to class. You will find the class more interesting and be able to participate in the class discussions if you come with some familiarity with the material discussed in class.

Course Policies

Class Attendance

You are expected to attend all of the lecture, recitation and laboratory sessions.

Examination Formats

The tests may cover all of the material from the beginning of the course, but emphasis will be given to the material covered since the previous test. The final examination will be cumulative. The testing format will be short answer problems and one or two major problems (20% of the test value). These problems will consist largely of word problems similar (but not identical) to those in the problem assignments. The tests and the final examination will include additional problems for extra credit. Partial credit will be given only when the answer to the problem is substantially correct and only has minor errors.  No make up examinations will be given. Instead, if a student misses an examination, the value of the final examination is increases. Graded tests will be returned within seven days, but I will try to return them by the next class meeting. I will not consider an examination for regrading for any reason the same day they are returned. Please go over your exam at home after it is handed back. If you believe there has been an error in grading, I must be notified before the next exam is taken. Only exams showing no evidence of tampering will be regraded. Hourly exams will not be regraded during finals week. The grading scale to be used is shown below.

If school is cancelled due to inclement weather, the exam will be retaken at a later date.

Seminar Attendance

Extra points may be earned by attending up to five seminars presented by speakers in the chemistry department.  In order to earn the points, you must attend the seminar and submit a one paragraph summary of the presentation.  The summary must include the title of the talk, the name of the speaker, the place from which the speaker came (what University) and your best description of the principle finding of the work presented.  The seminars eligible for these extra points will occur at various times so every one will have a chance regardless of schedule.  The Chemistry Department has speakers every Tuesday in the amphitheather at 5:30 PM.  You may also attend a group meeting where graduate students are making presentations.  There will also be talks by students and faculty in the Chemistry Honors program at a time to be determined.   You are all invited to attend these as well.


Cheating is strictly forbidden. Cheating is defined as representing someone else's work as your own. Since all of you are beginning the pursuit of a professional career, any lapse in ethics will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating, you will receive a zero as a grade for the assignment and a letter will be placed in your departmental file describing the transgression. The Health Professions Committee considers such information in their recommendations for medical and other graduate schools, and these schools have made it clear to us that they will generally not admit students with a record of cheating.


A grade of incomplete will be given only with prior arrangement with the instructor and only under extenuating circumstances. An incomplete will only be given when the previous work has been deemed satisfactory by me. Requests for an "incomplete" grade will not be considered the day of or after the final exam and will not be used to help you avoid a grade of F.

Course Withdrawal

Please feel free to see me if you are having any difficulties. Friday,October 13th is the last day to submit course withdrawal forms.


There will be five intrasemester examinations (100 points each), quizzes (100 points total), a laboratory grade (500 points) and a final examination (300 points). This yields a possible total of 1400 points.  Extra points may be earned by attending seminars presented by departmental or group meeting speakers (50 points). 

For each examination you are responsible for bringing pencils and a calculator with a fresh battery. I will not provide either of these items. Scratch paper will be provided. All examinations will be counted toward the final grade.

Grading Scale
A 92% and above
B+ 86% - 89.9%
B 80% - 85.9%
C+ 74% - 77.9%
C 68% - 73.9%
D+ 62% - 65.9%
D 56% - 61.9%
F less than 56%