CHEMISTRY 112            GENERAL INFORMATION                                     FALL 2001

OBJECTIVES: Chemistry 112 is taught with following objectives in mind: 
  1. To expand on the concepts presented in Chem 111.
  2. To show the relashionship that exists between physical and chemical properties in matter.
  3. To help you develop skills needed to solve chemical problems in both, qualitative and quantitative manner, in following areas: solutions and miscibility, equilibrium including acid/base behavior and solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, nuclear chemisrty and rudiments of organic chemistry.
  4. To provide a molecular world view, an outlook unique to chemistry and essential to an educated person and  prepare you for subsequent high level chemistry courses.
LECTURES: Section 1: TuTh  8:55 - 10:10 in CB 153       
Section 2: MWF 11:30-12:20PM   in CB 153
Sergei Smirnov              e-mail:
Office: CB 293 W         Phone: 646-1547 
Office Hours:                TuTh 10:20 - 11:20
                                    or by appointment 
Section 2:
Robert Des Enfants       e-mail:
Office: CB 112             Phone: 646-2031 
Office Hours:                MWF  10 -11:20
                                    or by appointment 
TEXTBOOK: "Chemistry: Principles and Reactions" 3/e, by W.L. Masterton & C.N. Hurley ; third edition (bundled with Study Guide) . Saunders College Publishing, 1997 (MH
LAB TEXT: Chem 111-112. General Chemistry Lab Manual, from Outernet Publishing, LLC.
You will also need a Laboratory Notebook (Hayden & McNeil is recommended)
CALCULATOR: You will need a calculator with exponential notation and logs. Alpha-numeric calculators are NOT permitted to be uesd on quizzes or exams. 
PREREQUISITES: Eligibility to take Chemistry 112 is based on previous performance in Chem 115 or Chem 111. Either of those courses must have been approved with a grade D or better. Note, however, that it is better for students that did not perform well in Chem111 to repeat the course before attempting to continue on in Chem 112.
  1. Help will be available in the General Chemistry Assistance Room, CB-110. The schedule will be posted.
  2. A list of tutors, who can be hired for an hourly fee, is available in CB 100. 
  3. Both your lecture instructor and laboratory TA have posted office hours. 
  4. CHEM 112 Website: 
  5. General Chemistry Exercises Website: 
  6. Text Website:
  7. Text Website for future text book, R. Chang, "Essential Chemistry"
  8. CHEM 102, a one credit Supplemental Instruction Workshop, is available for enrollment.
EXAMINATIONS: Chemistry 112 exams will be given on the following days from 7:30 PM untill 9:00 PM. Make sure that you have the available time to take the exams. If you can not take the exams at these times, you must drop the course.

Exam 1                   Thursday, September 20, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 
Exam 2                   Thursday, October 18, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 
Exam 3                   Thursday,  November 15, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 
FINAL                    Monday, December 10, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Exam keys will be posted next day. For each examination you need to bring:
- a New Mexico State University Test Score Sheet
- a #2 (soft) lead pencil
- your school ID (with photo)
- a calculator.
You may not share calculators during an exam. Electronic devices (other than calculators) are prohibited during an exam.

Students must notify the instructor before an exam is missed in order to qualify for any exception. Failure to communicate with the instructor will result in a zero for any missed exam. No make-up exams will be given, unless you have a valid excuse (documented illness, death in family, conflicting University event). Students missing exams due to illness or emergency will be given an "excused" grade for the exam. Only one excused grade will be given during the semester; students missing a second exam will be dealt with on an individual basis. If you have a conflict, you must contact the instructor as soon as possible prior to the exam, in order to schedule the exam at an earlier time.
LABORATORY: Safety goggles must be worn whenever laboratory work is in progress. Goggles that will fit over most prescription glasses are available in the bookstore. Check with your laboratory instructor before purchasing goggles so that you will obtain acceptable ones. Contact lenses should not be worn in the Laboratory. Safety policy also requires that you wear shoes that cover your feet (no open sandals) and either long pants or a lab apron which protects your legs. In the event of an accident it is far better to spill caustics and acids on clothing than directly on skin. Any experiments unavoidably missed must be made up within one week. Laboratories not made up will result in a deduction from the laboratory grade. You must have permission from your Teaching Assistant before a lab can be made up. You may make up an experiment in any Chem 112 laboratory, provided that you obtain permission from the TA of that laboratory section. When a laboratory experiment is made-up, turn in the report to the TA in charge who will deliver it to your TA.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT: Please review the student code of conduct in your Student Handbook. Academic charges will be pursued for anybody caught in the act of cheating during an exam.
DISABILITIES: If you have or believe you have a disability that interferes with your performance as a student in this class, you are encouraged for academic reasons to discuss this on a confidential basis with the instructor and /or the Disabled Students Program coordinator (phone: 646-1921, TTY:646-1918) and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator (tel. 646-7795). Appropriate accommodations may be provided for you.
WITHDRAWALS & "I" GRADES: Students are sometimes confused about the requirements for a grade of "Incomplete", assuming it is a "late W". No withdrawals from individual courses are allowed after the mid-point of the semester (October 17). "I" grades can be given only after the mid-point of the semester. To receive an "I" the student must be passing the course with a C grade or better at the midpoint of the semester and then be prevented from completing the course successfully due to illness or a family crisis. The student must provide documentation that the illness or family emergency makes it impossible for the student to complete the course with a passing grade. 
GRADE: Four exams ...................................4 x 15% = 60% 
Lab experiments & lab quizzes....................... 20% 
Lecture quizzes/problem sets.......................... 20% 
Total ............................................................ 100% 

Students who are retaking Chem 112 may be excused from the experimental laboratory if their previous lab grade was 75 or better. A student desiring to be excused from lab must discuss this possibility with his or her lecture instructor before the end of the first week of the semester. Previous lab grades can be obtained from records kept in Room 100. Only the lecture instructor can excuse a student from the laboratory. Grades for students who have been excused from lab will be determined as follows. 

Four exams ...................................4 x 19% = 76% 
Lecture quizzes/problem sets........................... 24% 
Total ............................................................ 100% 

Previous lab grades will NOT be counted. Students who took the lab prior to the Fall 1998 semester must take the laboratory portion of the course. 

The letter grade for the course will be given based on the standard percentage scheme: 

90 - 100  A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
< 60 F
The assigned chapter(s) should be read before coming to class. In class quizzes will be given every other week (Tuesdays for Sec. 1). The exercise assigned below are given as a study guide. You will not be expected to turn them in unless your instructor requests it. Some assignments will be given for the web - based quizzes. You will have two days (or until next lecture) to complete it and submit the answers electronically. Students are encouraged to work in groups on assignments but in class quizzes should be answered individually.
PRACTICE PROBLEMS: Ch.9 (Liquids and Solids)............2,4,6,10,14,16,20,38,44,48,50,54
Ch.10 (Solutions)........................6,8,12,14,22,24,28
Ch.11 (Rate of Reaction).............2,4,8,10,16,26,38,58
Ch.12 (Gaseous Equilibria)..........2,6,10,12,44,46
Ch.13 (Acids and Bases) ............2,4,6,8,10,14,16,26,30,32,34,36,44,46,48,50,52,56,58,66
Ch.14 (Acid/Base Equilibria).......2,10,14,20,30,36,38,40
Ch.16 (Precipitation Equilibria)....2,6,10,18,22,24,30
Ch.17 (Spontaneity of Reaction)..2,4,6,8,14,18,22,32,34,40,46
Ch.18 (Electrochemistry).............6,8,14,18,26,34,42

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