News for students:
'We must trust to nothing but facts: these are presented to us by nature and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.'
- Antoine Lavoisier
CHE1031, General Chemistry I, is a rigorous 1-semester general chemistry course providing an introduction to the major topics covered in most inorganic chemistry courses. The course is intended to prepare engineering and technology students for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and preparing diversified agriculture students for organic chemistry, CHE 2060.
This course requires students complete a few problems following each lecture and additional homework problems for each chapter or topic covered. Labs are conducted each week and brief lab reports are required for each lab. Take home quizzes are given roughly every other week and four hourly exams over the course of the semester. The lowest quiz grade is dropped. The final exam is comprehensive and allows students to replace earlier exam grades with higher from corresponding sections of the final exam.
This semester (S'18) I've switched to an OER (Open Educational Resource) text that is available for free as a pdf: OpenStax 'Chemistry'.
How this course site works:
The course is divided into 11 modules, each corresponding to a chapter from the text. For each module of the course I'll post mandatory assignments (marked with *) and a variety of resources that you may find helpful. Whether you use these resources is up to you. Moodle will link to this site and grades will be posted on Moodle.
> Flip questions (about pre-lecture videos)
> Homework problems (HW)
> Take-home quizzes
> NB: Answer keys are posted after assignments are completed.
> Lecture slide sets: (PowerPoint)the slides that I use during lecture
> Module summary: about a page of text that may help you review or rest your knowledge
> Lecture examples: the problems covered in lecture with room to solve them
> Lecture with notes: (PDF) 2 slides per page with all my notes (solutions) in blue
> Lecture no notes: (PDF) 2 slides per page without notes but blanks for notes taking
> And more... depending on the module: tables, guides, etc.,.
The Cornell note-taking system is a powerful method of taking and reviewing lecture notes that aims to help you review notes and prepare for exams.You'll find some useful videos on YouTube. Here's a good detailed explanation of the Cornell method. And this video compares five common note-taking methods.
Wonderful and fun chem resources:
Text: Flowers et al. (2017) Chemistry, OpenStax
PDF version ISBN: 978-1-947172-09-8