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Chemistry 112.

3, Term 1, 2010-2011
General Chemistry I:
Structure, Bonding, & Properties of Materials
Course Outline
Course Instructor: name , office , telephone, email

Lectures: time, room

There are four laboratories located on the ground floor of the 1966 wing of Thorvaldson Building.

Lab A: G44 Lab B: G51 Lab C: G34

Lab D: G6 (See attached maps)

Laboratory Manager: Dr. Alexandra Bartole-Scott, G51.3, 966-4710,

See page 5 for information on the Chemistry 112 laboratory.

Required: 1.Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, N. J. Tro (Pearson, Prentice Hall).
IMPORTANT: Access Kit for MasteringGeneralChemistryTM is required for
the homework assignments (see below).
2.Chemistry 112.3 Laboratory Manual, 2010-2011 Edition.
All texts and manuals are available in the University Bookstore.

Course Website
The official Chemistry 112 website is at This site will
contain laboratory information and other material. The answers to most common questions about the
course can be found here. Section specific information may be found on

Final Grade
The final grade is reported on a percentage scale, as described in the University Calendar. Overall
mark will be calculated based on the following weightings:
laboratory 20%, homework 10%, midterm 20%, final examination 50%.
Your final grade in the course will be assigned based primarily on your overall mark. Note, however,
that we will not allow laboratory or homework marks to compensate for failing examination
marks. In addition, if your mark in homework assignments is above the class average, but your
mark in examinations is far below the class average, your homework will be taken into account
with a smaller percentage value as that indicated above.
In order to be assigned a passing final grade, you must fulfill ALL THREE of these conditions:
1. Obtain an overall mark greater than 50%, AND
2. attend the laboratory regularly and obtain a satisfactory mark therein, AND
3. achieve a satisfactory performance in the examinations.

Midterm Examination:
The mid-term examination will be held for all sections on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10:00 AM
– 12:00 noon. Please mark this date and time on your calendar and plan now to ensure that your
work and travel plans do not interfere with this schedule.

Final Examination: During the December final examination period, scheduled by Registrar’s Office.
The Midterm and the Final Examination will be common to all sections of Chemistry 112.3. All
examinations are cumulative and ‘closed-book’. Data sheets and other help will be supplied at
examinations, if required.

Homework Assignments
The course book is fully supported by the MasteringGeneralChemistry TM website. We will use
MasteringGeneralChemistryTM to assign graded and non-graded homework (see Final Grade above).
The homework assignments will not only help you to test if you understand the material, but it will
also teach you how to solve chemical problems. Some of the homework assignments are fully tutored,
which is one of the strengths of the MasteringGeneralChemistry TM website. Do not miss this chance to
improve your knowledge in Chemistry. Maximize your learning experience and your final grade by
using the MasteringGeneralChemistryTM website.

BEFORE you can register for MasteringGeneralChemistryTM, you need the right “course ID”. “Course
IDs” are specific for sections. Therefore, carefully check in which section of CHEM 112 you are
enrolled and go the course website to find the right
“course ID” for your section. With your “course ID” and your access kit (provided with a new book)
you must then register on the website More important
details will be given in the first lecture of your section. Register AFTER you attended the first

Academic honesty and integrity

Honesty and integrity are expected of every student in class participation, examinations, assignments
and other academic work. Every student must perform his or her own work unless specifically
instructed otherwise. Cheating which includes plagiarism, copying or presenting other's work as your
own ideas, on class assignments, quizzes and exams will not be tolerated. Please read documents
posted at the University of Saskatchewan website:
for more information on this subject.

Consulting and Tutors

You are encouraged to approach instructors and laboratory staff on an individual basis, to discuss any
aspect of the course. There will be a 1st year chemistry help room available to chem 112 students
(details will be announced later). Other tutor opportunities may be arranged by the Chemistry
Student’s Society. The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union ( maintains a
tutor database.

Other Information

Calculator Policy: You should have a simple scientific calculator and know how to use it. We
recommend two models sold by the University of Saskatchewan bookstore: the Hewlett Packard
HP30S or the Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS (ca. $25). Bring this calculator to all examinations,
laboratories and tutorial sessions. Alphanumeric calculators, personal digital assistants (i.e. Palmpilots,
Pocket PCs, etc), wireless devices (cell phones, Blackberries, etc), and music players (walkmans, MP3
players, etc) will not be allowed during examinations. Please note that you will only be permitted to
use a simple (non-programmable) scientific calculator during examinations – there will be no

Email: All University of Saskatchewan students are supplied with a university email account and are
strongly encouraged to use the university account instead of Hotmail (or other free email service) for
any university-related correspondence. See for more
information about the services available to you and how to get your email account set up.

Classroom Conduct: Learning chemistry will require your full attention. Therefore, we must ensure
that our lecture halls and laboratories maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Disruptive
activity, such as the use of cell phones, is not permitted during lectures or laboratory periods. Ensure
that your cell phone ringer or pager beeper is turned off before you enter the lecture hall or
laboratory. The use of wireless communication, such as instant messaging, in class is not permitted.

Course Description
The course focuses on structure, bonding, and properties of materials with emphasis on both the
qualitative and quantitative aspects of the subject matter. It is designed to provide students with an
opportunity to learn some practical applications of chemistry through course material and a carefully
chosen series of experiments, found in the Laboratory Manual. The course tries to strike proper
balances between principles and applications, and qualitative and quantitative discussions as well as
sharpen student skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Above all, the course is intended to
bring chemistry alive and help students understand its relevance to their career interests and their
everyday life.

The topics discussed in lectures are given below, with cross-references to relevant sections in the text.
Note that not all material in these sections of the text is in the course; i.e., the text should not be
considered as an alternative to attending lectures.

The laboratory work is designed to both complement and supplement concepts presented with lectures
and to develop skills in laboratory technique, observation and data analysis.

Lecture Schedule

Topic (Sections in Text)
Matter, Measurements, and Problem Solving (1.1 – 1.8) 2
Atoms and Elements (2.1 – 2.9) 2
Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Equations (3.1 – 3.10) 3
Chemical Quantities and Aqueous Reactions (4.1 – 4.9) 5
Gases (5.1 – 5.7 of parts of 5.8 and 5.10) 3
Thermochemistry ( 6.1 – 6.9) 5
The Quantum-Mechanical Model of the Atom (7.1 – 7.6) 4
Periodic Properties of the Elements (8.1 – 8.9) 3
Chemical Bonding I: Lewis Theory (9.1 – 9.11) 3
Chemical Bonding II: Molecular Shapes (10.1 – 10.5) 2
Liquids, Solids, and Intermolecular Forces (11.1 – 11.6 and 11.9) 4

Total Hours (excluding midterm) 36

References to text sections are approximate only.

Laboratory Information
The Chem 112 labs will begin the week of September 14 th. Instructions on where to go to attend
your first lab will be communicated in class and will be posted on the course website
( Attendance at the first laboratory period is mandatory.

What to Bring to the First Lab

• Chem 112 Laboratory Manual Revised September 2010.
• Safety glasses (Available in the Centre Shop in Place Riel, Tuck Shop in Arts, and
North 40 Shop in Agriculture). Prescription glasses alone do not provide sufficient eye
protection. Students who wear prescription glasses must also wear safety glasses.
• Loose-leaf paper, pen

Exemption from the Laboratory Component of CHEM 112

Students repeating CHEM 112 who have completed the laboratory component of the course within the
last two years and received a grade of ≥70%, may be granted an exemption from the laboratory portion
of this course. A list of all students who qualify for a Chem 112 Lab exemption is posted on the course
website. If your student number is on the list, and you wish to use your exemption, please contact to get permission to register in lab section L01 in Term 1 or lab section
L02 in Term 2 of the laboratory. These are ‘dummy’ lab sections reserved exclusively for students
who qualify for lab exemptions.
a. If you register for L01 or L02, then, in the development of your course mark, we will use
your earlier laboratory grade.
b. If you qualify for a lab exemption, BUT remain registered in a regular lab section, you
are indicating to us that you wish to re-take the lab and, in that case, your new lab
grade will be used. Any exemptions not applied for by September 17 (for Term 1) will
not be honored.

Students who do NOT qualify for a lab exemption may not register in L01 or L02.

Absences from the Assigned Lab Period

There are no make-up labs for students who have already missed their assigned laboratory
period. However, if an absence is unavoidable, for example, a personal illness or the death of a
family member, you may apply for an excused absence from the missed experiment. You will have 2
days after the missed lab period to apply for this excused absence. The application form is available on
the web at and will be submitted
electronically. All of the information requested must be provided or your application will be rejected.
We may ask to see additional documentation to verify the reason for your absence. You will be
contacted via email to let you know whether your excused absence was granted or not. If the excused
absence is granted, the missed lab will be ignored when calculating your final lab mark. If the excused
absence is not granted, the experiment will be assigned a mark of “0”.
The maximum number of lab periods that may be missed for any reason is two. If a student
misses three or more lab periods, regardless of the reason, the student should withdraw from the
course, since she/he will be assigned a grade of INC in the lab and a failing grade in the course.

If, due to a prior commitment, you cannot attend your assigned lab period, you should see Alexandra
Bartole-Scott the week before to arrange an alternate time and to obtain a “Permission to Reschedule
Lab” form.
Chem 112.3 2010 Term 1 Laboratory Schedule
For on-campus sections

Laboratory experiments begins the week of September 14 - 17. The labs are run on Tuesday
through Friday basis (there are NO labs on Monday).

Attendance at all lab periods and problem sessions is mandatory. Please see the course website,
course outline, or lab manual for policies and procedures relating to unavoidable absences from
the laboratory.

You are responsible for checking this schedule every week and ensuring that you attend the labs and
are prepared for the correct lab. Failure to check the schedule is not an acceptable excuse for missing a
lab or coming unprepared. It is recommended that you staple this schedule directly into your lab

Start with a Bang! Demonstration Days (Optional)
Sept. 9 – 10 Time: 2 – 4 pm
Location: Thorv G34(Lab C), and Thorv G6 (Lab D)
Laboratory Introduction, Orientation, and Safety
Sept. 14 - 17
Experiment 1: Making Slime and Silly Putty
Experiment 2: Identification of Common Household Chemicals and
Sept. 21 - 24
Weighing Practice

Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 Experiment 3: Stoichiometry – Getting the Most Bang for your
Oct. 5 - 8 Experiment 4: The Acetic Acid Content of Vinegar

Oct. 12 – 15 Problem Session #1 – Attendance is mandatory

Oct. 19 - 22 NO Laboratory this week

Oct. 26 - 29 Experiment 5: Reactions of Ions

Nov. 2 – Nov. 5 Experiment 6: Determination of the Gas Constant, R

NO Laboratory this week due to Remembrance Day
Nov. 9 - 12
Thursday holiday
Nov. 16 - 19 Problem Session #2 – Attendance mandatory
Experiment 7: The Structures and Shapes of Molecules
Nov. 23 – 26

Experiment 8: Slow as Molasses in January
Nov. 30 – Dec. 3
(Intermolecular Forces)

Map of Thorvaldson in relation to campus

Close-up of Thorvaldson