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Credits:  3

Prerequisite:  MAT 092 (formerly Math 070) or equivalent


This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of chemistry for students     planning on further study. It includes nomenclature, atomic structure, bonding, chemical   equations, moles, stoichiometry, the periodic table, conversions, problem-solving   techniques and study skills.  It was created to prepare students for CHM 151.   


INTRODUCTORY  CHEMISTRY, by Steve  Russo and Mike Silver, 3rd edition, 2006, Benjamin Cummings  Publishers


PROBLEM SOLVING GUIDE AND WORKBOOK FOR INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY, by Saundra Yancy McGuire, 2nd edition, 2002, Benjamin Cummings Publishers.

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MAT 122 is recommended

A non-programmable calculator is probably essential.  It should provide the basic four functions (+,-,x,Έ) plus exponents and logs.

GRADING (Assessment)

In order to determine whether this course is meeting its objectives, a variety of classroom assessment techniques will be used.  These may include but are not limited to short answer and multiple choice questions regarding your comprehension of the material presented in class on pre-and post-tests, written reports,  at-home problem assignments, etc.  The purpose  of these assessment instruments is to assist your instructor in improving this course.

The lecture portion of the course will be graded on the basis of total points accumulated through quizzes, homework and exams.


                Problem Sets (best 10 @ 10 pts.)………………………………..100 pts.

                Quizzes (best 10 @ 10 pts.)       ...........................100 pts

                Exams   (3 @  100 pts. each) …….. …………………..…………300 pts.

                Final (Comprehensive)      ……………………………………......100 pts.

                                                                        Total ……………...600 pts.


             Grade distribution will be based on 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, etc.

Incomplete Grade (I):  A record of incomplete as a grade can be given only at the student’s request  and at the instructor’s option. If a  grade of “I” is given the student will receive a form listing the work needed and a deadline for completion.  When the work is finished the instructor is responsible for grading the work and sending a Change of Grade form to the Admissions Office.  If the student does not finish the work required and a final grade form is not submitted within one year, the “Incomplete” will automatically be changed to “F”.

 “I” grades must be requested in writing by the student and final    decisions regarding an incomplete grade are made by the instructor, but no incompletes are given unless  2/3’s of the course work has been completed.  Incompletes are generally reserved for medical and family emergencies that are of significant duration or occur at a critical time during the semester.

                      OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE--April 7th, 2011

Make-up exams and quizzes will not be given during the semester.  Since the lowest of the problem sets and quizzes are dropped, students missing a problem set or a quiz will have that grade dropped.

Additional help may be obtained either from the instructor or a chemistry tutor.  Please feel free to contact me with any problems or questions.

Final Grades:  For privacy and security reasons, instructors are advised not to give grades over the telephone.  Students who wish to check grades may call MAX 2000 at 206-4880.


Problem assignments will be given for most chapters, generally from the questions and problems at the end of each chapter.  These assignments will be due one class period from the date assigned. They will be accepted up to two class periods from the date assigned for half-credit, but not accepted for credit beyond that time. 

Please feel free to obtain help on these homework assignments from the instructor, a tutor or a study group.  This will not affect how the assignments are graded, however, do not simply copy the work of another student.


         Generally, one lecture period each week will begin (or end) with a short quiz 

         unless an exam is scheduled.  These quizzes will cover the material from the

         lecture and homework assignments.


Since each subject in chemistry tends to build on previous topics, good attendance is expected and generally leads to better performance.  Attendance is usually taken at each class meeting and may be used in determining the final course grade.


It is assumed that all students will submit their own work on exams, quizzes and problem assignments.  Please refer to the Pima College Scholastic Ethics Code if you have any questions about this.

Disabled Student Services

Pima Community College strives to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with disabilities who require special accommodations should contact the Disabled Student Resources Office on campus at the beginning of the semester.


                Instructor:  Bob Wesley

                Phone: 722-4988 (home)

                Email:   rdwesley@juno.com

                Room:  E7 705


On the following pages, you will find a schedule of activities, which we will follow as closely as possible this semester.  Keep this information handy so that you will know what to prepare for each lecture. 

If any changes in schedule, course policy or grading guidelines become necessary they will be announced by the instructor.