General Chemistry I - CHM2045
Dr. Michael Lufaso
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Office Hours: see syllabus, Bldg/office - 50/2716
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Required materials:
Textbook: "Chemistry, The Central Science", Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Stoltzfus (14th Edition), with modified MasteringChemistry access code for use with Canvas. Available at the UNF Bookstore.

Lecture Notes

Ch. 1
Chapter 1 Introduction: Matter and Measurement
Ch. 2
Chapter 2 Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
Ch. 3
Chapter 3 Chemical Reactions and Reaction Stoichiometry
Ch. 4
Chapter 4 Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry
Ch. 5
Chapter 5 Thermochemistry
Ch. 6
Chapter 6 Electronic Structure of Atoms
Ch. 7
Chapter 7 Periodic Properties of the Elements
Ch. 8
Chapter 8 Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding
Ch. 9
Chapter 9 Molecular Geometries and Bonding Theories
Ch. 10
Chapter 10 Gases

Homework Problems
Graded homework is found on MasteringChemistry accessed though Canvas. Access MasteringChemistry and run the browser checkup and install the necessary plug-ins. If there is an issue loading a particular problem, try a different web browser, insure all operating system updates are installed, try a different computer (e.g. UNF library or computer lab).

The exam format typically consists of conceptual questions and problems to be worked and answered (multiple choice format). Red ParScore Scantron sheets will be provided and used on the exam . See the syllabus for dates of exams. The final exam time and day is available at the UNF Final Exam Schedule.

Solutions to exams are posted on the bulletin board outside 50/2712.

A common question is "How do I prepare for the exam?". There isn't a single answer and it varies from student to student. General suggestions are given below.

1.) Read before lecture. Read the pertinent sections of the chapter before lecture, and work the sample exercises. Test yourself by attempting the Give It Some Thought questions.

2.) Take notes during lecture. Taking well-organized notes helps you understand the material. Taking notes by hand is likely to help develop a deeper understanding of the material and better long-term comprehension.

3.) Cramming won't work. Cramming puts things into your short term memory and if you're exhausted, it's very short term. You should study throughout the weeks before the exam, so that when the day to take the exam comes, you will feel confident of your preparation.

4.) Concepts. Learn the concepts via well-organized notes taken during lecture and reading the chapter. Make an outline of the materials you have been studying the chapter, without having the book open. How close does your chapter outline compare to the chapter summary and key terms, key skills, and key equations at the end of each chapter? Ensure you have the big picture and focus on meeting the chapter objectives.

5.) Practice. You can listen and watch someone tell you how to hit a baseball, run a marathon, or learn a second language, but without practice none are possible. Complete the MasteringChemistry exam review assignment. Work problems and answer questions, preferably new problems from the end of the chapter. Start with ones in the middle of the section, then towards the middle-end of the section if you correctly answer it.

6.) Manage Time and Get Help. Don't get stuck for too long on one problem or concept. Read the textbook, lecture notes, and try simple problems and questions first. Student Academic Success Services (SASS) has tutors to aid in understanding how to understand concepts and solve problems in preparation for the exam, not just help solve graded homework problems. Bring with you the attempted work on the end of chapter practice problems and show it to the tutor.

7.) Write a practice exam for yourself. Choose problems at the end of the chapter and take the practice exam in an exam like environment. Time it for the exam duration (e.g. 75 minutes), no open book or notes, just the equation sheet and periodic table included with the exam and the calculator that you will be using for the exam.

Supporting and Supplemental Activities conducted in this course
MasteringChemistry - Introduction and Chemistry Primer; Dynamic Study Modules on key math skills and nomenclature; scheduled reading assignments; homework assignment sets with tutorials, activities, end of chapter problems; adaptive follow-up review; exam review assignments
Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Academic Activity Tracking
Early Academic Alert
Midterm Grades
Common Learning Outcomes
Common Instructional Materials
Touchpoints with students
Midterm exam answer keys, solutions, and explanation with associated section of textbook, lecture slide number, textbook page number(s), related MasteringChemistry problem(s), and exam review problem(s) as appropriate.

Course Resources
Course Description, UNF Catalog
UNF Counseling Center
Webelements Periodic Table
Calculator Use: Please note that EE or EXP replaces x 10. For instance, to enter 6.02 x 1023, push 6 . 0 2 EE 23 , or if the calculator has an EXP key, push 6 . 0 2 EXP 23. A common error is to enter 6 . 0 2 x 10 EE 23.

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