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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Natural Sciences • Chemistry

Principles of General College Chemistry I CHEM-111-03

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 03
  • 5 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/29/2014

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Johnson

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM, MHS123


CHEM 111 is a study of matter and its interactions, including properties of matter, changes that it undergoes, and energy changes that accompany these processes. Emphasis is on concepts and problem solving, however many applications are examined. Students entering CHEM 111 are expected to have some chemistry background. This may be satisfied by completing at least one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 101. CHEM 111 satisfies a laboratory science requirement for the A.S., A.A., and A.A.S. degrees, and is a required course for many transfer degree programs in sciences and engineering. Lecture: 4 hours per week


Chemistry The Central Science

  • Author: Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy and Woodward
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: 12th
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore


Programmable calculators, calculator functions on cell phones or computers are not allowed to be used during examinations or quizzes


Course Outcomes - Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Attain an understanding of the introductory principles of general chemistry and will be able to apply the principles when solving basic chemical problems. These principles include (but are not limited to) measurement, structure of matter, nomenclature, stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction, thermochemistry, quantum concepts, periodic properties, bonding, molecular geometry, states of matter, and properties of pure substances and mixtures.
  2. Under the guidance of a supervisor, safely carry out a laboratory procedure, observe and record observations, and answer questions that evaluate the students understanding of the chemical principles and concepts involved.

General Education Abilities emphasized in this course - 1) Critical/Creative Thinking & Problem Solving 

Outcomes and abilities are measured by any of the following:  Periodic quizzes, graded homework, and hour examinations; graded laboratory quizzes and written reports.  Score above the 29th percentile on the nationally standardized General Chemistry Exam (first term), prepared by the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society. The examination (2 hrs) is administered at the completion of the course during finals week.



Weighting System

Hour exams (four)






Final Exam (2-hour)



Laboratory component


Final letter grades for the course will be determined from the combined, weighted percentages of the individual components.  No evaluation scores are deleted during the calculation of the course grade.   The letter grade will be determined using the following ranges:



100 –   90%


89 –   78%


77 –   65%


64 –   60%



The letter grade with a + or – may be given for grades on border line.

No one can pass the course without a passing grade in both the laboratory and the lecture (minimum of 60%).

Course Policies

  1. Attendance      at examinations, quizzes, and laboratories is mandatory.  Unannounced quizzes may be given.  Students are responsible for all      material presented.  .
  2. To      maintain a classroom environment conducive to learning, please turn off      your cellular telephones, communication devices and personal music devices      during class.  Please arrive on time      for class and be courteous with your personal activities.
  3. No make-up examinations.  If you are unable to take an evaluation      when scheduled, it is your responsibility to make prior arrangements,      to take the examination at a different time, before the graded exams are      returned to the class.   All exams scores will be used in the      final grade calculation.  Any missed      hour exams will be counted as a zero, for the final grade      calculation.  Make-up examination      times are typically at 7am in the instructor’s office.
  4. No extra credit assignments are given.
  5. Examination      questions will be taken from reading material, homework assignments,      lecture material, and laboratory work.
  6. Programmable      calculators, calculator functions on cell phones and computers will not be      allowed to be used during examinations or quizzes. 
  7. The      final examination is a comprehensive examination prepared by the Division      of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society.  It covers material from the entire      semester.  All students take the      final examination.


Additional Items

Tentative Schedule:









Syllabus,   Measurements

1.1 -   1.4



1.5 -   1.6


Atoms   and elements

2.1 -   2.6



2.7 -   2.8


Organic   Nomenclature, Rxns

2.9 -   3.2


Rxn   Calculations

3.3 -   3.7


Exam   1- Chap 1 - 3



Aqueous   Solutions

4.1 -   4.2


Aqueous   Reactions

4.3 -   4.4


Solution   Calc and Quant.

4.5 -   4.6



5.1 -   5.3


Enthalpy   and Hess' Law

5.4 -   5.7


Nature   of Light, Atomic Theories

6.1 -   6.4


Quantum   Mechanics

6.5 -   6.6


Electron   Configurations

6.7 -   6.9


Exam   2 Chap 4 - 6



Periodic   Tables and Trends

7.1 -   7.4


Group   Trends

7.5 -   7.8


Advising   Day



Chemical   bonding

8.1 -   8.3


Properties   of bonds

8.4 -   8.6


Bonding   of Molecules

8.7 -   9.1


Molecular   structure

9.2 -   9.4


Bonding   Theory

9.5 -   9.8


Exam   # 3 Chap 7 - 9



Thanksgiving   holiday



Gas   Laws

10.1   - 10.6


Gas   Properties, Intermolecular forces

10.7   - 11.2


Phase   Changes, Solids

11.3   - 11.7



12.1   - 12.4


Molecular   solids

12.6   – 12.8


Exam   #4 Chap 10 - 12





Division Policies

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities.  Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information.  For a complete explanation of the NIC Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity, please refer to Policy/Procedure 5.06.01:

Academic Integrity

I.  Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC “Student Code of Conduct,” Article II, (found in the Student Handbook): In order to carry out North Idaho College’s Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values, which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility, make up academic integrity.
II.  Academic Dishonesty.  Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

  1. Cheating - Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
  2. Fabrication - Falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Plagiarism - Knowingly representing the words, ideas or work of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
  4. Violation of Intellectural Property - Stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.
  5. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty - Knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.  Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Disability Support Services (DSS)

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Disability Support Services so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Disability Support Services at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend will result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.