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Chemistry 1B

Spring 2016 January 25 - May 20

Lecture: Rm 615 TTh (Note the room has changed) 12:40-2:00pm

Office Hours (Rm 604A): M 10-10:50 am and 2:30-4pm; TTh 11:45am - 12:15pm; W 2:30-4pm

Required Materials

Items available in Cabrillo College bookstore:

  • General Chemistry- Atoms First, McMurray and Fay, Prentice Hall, 2nd Ed.
  • Chemistry 1B Laboratory Manual (Catalyst, Pearson Custom Publishing)
  • Laboratory Notebook, 100 carbonless copy pages
  • Safety glasses
  • 5 half sheet green scantrons
  • External storage device (e.g., flash/pen/stick drive)
  • Any nonprogrammable scientific calculator (must perform log and ln functions)
  • iClicker (do not purchase before first lecture)

Recommended Materials

  • A Short Guide to Writing about Chemistry. Davis, Holly; Tyson, Julian; Pechenik, Jan. Longman/Pearson Education Inc, 2010.

Course Description

Chemistry 1B is the second semester of the year long General Chemistry series required for many science majors.  Your past experience in learning chemistry (dimensional analysis, significant figures, nomenclature, chemical equations, electronic structure, bonding, etc.) will be the foundation for your understanding of a variety of new chemical concepts (organic chemistry, rates of reaction, equilibria, acid-base equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, coordination complexes, nuclear chemistry).   Learning in general chemistry is sometimes overwhelming because it is a survey course covering a wide range of concepts and language.  Do not be discouraged by this; be encouraged by the conditioning this course will provide for all future science courses. 

A distinctive difference between Chem 1A and Chem1B is an expected increase in your study skills.  It is assumed that your experience in Chemistry 1A prepared you to continue with the study skills acquired there. Doing homework is mandatory but it will not be graded, you won’t do well without it but you must be self motivated.  You will do more solo experiments in the lab and all lab reports are individual.  The work load is slightly greater because the chemical topics are considered more difficult and there are written lab reports.

The bottom line is Chem1B is one more course, with an unfamiliar instructor with new expectations.  It will be a challenge.  All students struggle in chemistry and the majority succeed.  If you have special needs or any need, get help early and often.  Help comes in many forms.  I recommend you visit my office hours, be a part of an SI group in ACCESS, study with other serious Chem 1B students and study in the MESA center, Rm 714.  Private tutors are also available but all of the other recommendations are free of charge.

Management of work load is a critical skill in taking all science courses.  First and foremost, I recommend reviewing your current schedule.  Fifteen units of college courses are considered a full time job’s worth of time.  If you are a science major, thirteen units may take that same 40 hours a week.  Do you have a job, children, other obligations?  Do not set yourself up for undue stress and misery by over committing.  Count the hours you need right now and plan accordingly. Other steps to help with time include eliminating TV, scheduling regular individual studying in a place where help is readily available (MESA) and then not allowing other demands to interfere with that study time and also accommodate your learning style--working in quiet or working with some noise, make and use flash cards, borrow notes regularly if you can’t take notes and learn at the same time etc.  Patience, sleep, exercise and nutrition are also basic but important contributions to learning.

Expected Outcomes for Successful Learners in this Course

      1. Problem-solving skills.  Students that successfully complete this course will be competent problem-solvers.  They will be able to identify the essential parts of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem.  They will be able to estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their results and connect the solution to related concepts in chemistry.
      2. Laboratory skills.  The students that successfully complete this course will demonstrate that they have acquired fundamental skills to do research.  They will be able to design and set up simple experiments, collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, and then interpret their results by drawing valid conclusions. 
      3. Computer skills.  Students will have successfully employed basic computer software, including word processing, spreadsheet, data acquisition, graphing programs, to learn and represent chemistry.  Navigation of the internet to obtain chemical information will also be an important computer skill.
      4. Presentation skills.  The students will express in written formal reports their understanding of core chemical principles as revealed by the data from laboratory experiments and their analysis of these results.

Dr. Vogel’s advice for success in Chemistry

  • Attend every lecture and lab
  • Be considerate of others (students, instructors, stockroom personnel), you may need us!
  • Peruse chapter before starting homework
  • Use homework to take you through chapter - do 3-4 problems daily--read the sections required to do the homework
  • Don’t work too long on one type of problem - work on something else until you can get help-- use my office hours, call or email me, seek help from others (This is only useful if you don’t leave everything until the last minute) - carry questions about homework with you, into lab and lecture, to study in MESA
  • Reread or skim through recent notes right before lecture
  • Rewrite lecture notes before the next class
  • Exchange phone numbers/email addresses with classmates and study as part of a group
  • Remind yourself that this information will be needed in the future
  • One day at a time, do something for this class everyday- if it seems unbearable, take time to read some of the applications in your text, peruse the net for chemical topics--anything to keep interested beyond the grade
  • Remember that it can be done, others have done it, others thought it was hard, others hated it at times, almost all were ultimately SUCCESSFUL.

You’re good enough, you’re smart enough and doggone it, you’re fun to be around, people like you  . . .

Attitude is everything

Note:  I encourage students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning, and psychological disabilities, to explain their needs and appropriate accommodations to me during my office hour. Please bring a verification of your disability from the Learning Skills or DSP&S offices and a counselor or specialist’s recommendations for accommodating your needs.


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