CHEMISTRY 434          GENERAL INFORMATION                                     SPRING 2009

OBJECTIVES: Chemistry 434 is the second half of a two-semester Physical Chemistry course and designated primarily for chemistry majors. It is required for BS in Chemistry. The course is taught with the objective to get students acquainted with laws and theories underlying chemical phenomena.
LECTURES: MWF 8:30 - 9:20 in CB 203
Office: CB 202            Phone: 646-1547
Office Hours:              MW 12:00 - 1:00   or by appointment
TEXTBOOK: "Physical Chemistry", by P. Atkins and J. de Paula, W.H. Freeman, 2007, 8th edition
PREREQUISITES: Grade C or better in Chem 433.
  1. CHEM 434 Website at
  2. CHEM 433 Website at
  3. Chemistry Exercises Website at 
  4. Website of the 8th edition of Physical Chemistry by Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula at Tentatively, I anticipate covering the following Chapters: 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24
EXAMINATIONS: Chemistry 434 exams will be given on the following days during regular class time except for the final exam. All exams will be comprehensive, with emphasis on recently covered material. Exam keys will be posted next day. Any errors/concerns in grading of exams must be brought to the instructor's attention within a week of when the exam is returned. Make-up exams will be given only if a valid excuse is presented, such as documented illness, official University conflict, etc. Except for emergency cases, arrangement for a make-up exam must be made prior to the scheduled exam.  

Exam schedule:

Midterm Exam 1   Monday, February 23, take home
Midterm Exam 2   Monday, April 8, in class
FINAL                   Wednesday, May 6, 8:00 - 10:00 AM

For each examination you may need to bring a calculator. You may not share calculators during an exam. Electronic devices (other than calculators) are prohibited during an exam.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: Class participation is not required but encouraged. Discussions of homework will be conducted and your participation in these discussions may affect your score for the homework portion.
The homework assignments will be collected every Monday for grading. If necessary, we will spend a portion of the lecture discussing some of the difficult problems in class. Periodically, assignments will be given for the web - based quizzes. You will have two days (until next lecture) to complete it and submit the answers electronically. I encourage you to work in groups on your assignments.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT: Please review the student code of conduct in your Student Handbook on cheating (including plagiarism) and other academic misconduct issues if you need to refresh it.
STUDENTS WITH 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 call Michael Armendariz, Coordinator of Services for Student with Disabilities, at 575-646-6840 with any questions you may have on student issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  All medical information will treated confidentially.

Feel free to call Jerry Nevarez, Director of Institutional Equity, at 575-646-3635 with any questions you may about NMSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and complaints of discrimination, including sexual harassment.

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 (March 9). "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: Quizzes/homework problem sets.................... 30%*
Two midterm exams (20% each).................... 40%
Final exam .....................................................30%
Total ............................................................ 100%

*-Honor students will have extra assignments.

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

86 - 100 A
76 - 85 B
66 - 75 C
55 - 65 D
< 55 F

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