Chemistry 130


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This first semester of Fundamentals of Chemistry is designed to provide an introduction to the study of chemistry for students preparing for a career in the various allied health fields.  The material covered in this course is the basic chemistry needed to prepare students for anatomy and physiology and other nursing courses requiring knowledge of chemistry.  The topics presented in the syllabus are those recommended by the advisory boards of the various allied health fields.


This course serves as a prerequisite for CHM 140 and will transfer to the U. of A.



INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL, ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY, by Frederick A. Bettelheim,William H. Brown, Mary K. Campbell and Shawn O. Farrell, 9th edition, 2010, Brooks/Cole Publishers.



LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS FOR CHEMISTRY AND THE LIVING ORGANISM, by David B. Macaulay, Joseph M. Bauer and Molly M. Bloomfield, 6th edition, 1996, Wiley.



STUDY GUIDE FOR INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL, ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY, by William M. Scovell, 8th edition, 2007, Brooks/Cole Publishers.

  • Prerequisite:  MAT 092  Elementary Algebra with a grade of "C" or better or the equivalent..

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, pre-and post-tests, demonstrations of laboratory techniques, written reports, at-home problem assignments, etc.  The purpose of the use 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  (best 3 of 4 at 100 pts. each)…........ 300 pts.

Final (Comprehensive) ………………..…     125 pts.

                           Total points…………….... 625 pts.s.


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


Other marks that may be given include  I = an incomplete (given by the instructor to students who have requested an incomplete and who have also successfully completed the course through the deadline date, but due to unforeseen circumstances are unable to complete the term.)




Make-up exams and quizzes will not be given during the semester. Since the lowest of the class exams is dropped, students missing an exam will have that exam 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.




Your final lab grade will be a part of the grade for the course--roughly 30 %:

                                                         Reports (best 9 @ 20 pts.)        180

                                                         Quizzes                                       50

                                                          Final                                         100



HOMEWORK/PROBLEM SETS                                              


Problem assignments will be given for most chapters, generally from the questions and problems at the end of each chapter.  These assignments will usually be due one week after the date assigned. They will be accepted up to two weeks 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.



Several lecture periods each week will begin with a short quiz. These quizzes will cover the material from the previous lecture and/or homework assignment.



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.



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)


Office Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday :12-1 pm (Room E7-706)

Class Times: Monday & Wednesday:  1:00-4:55 pm (Room E7-703)


On the following web 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.


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