Professor David Henderson

            Office: Cl 129, Labs Cl 128 and 122

            General Office Hours:  M,W, F – 10-11:30 and W 2-3,  R 2-3

                                    other times by appointment

            e-mail: (Use only this address)

            Office Phone: 297-2514 (DO NOT CALL HOME PHONE)


Required from Bookstore:       General Chemistrty  10th Ed.– Brown Lemay and Brusten

                                                            Laboratory Notebook – carbonless bound in book store



Required from Chem Office: Safety Glasses (All students must wear safety glasses with side shields or goggles in the lab at all times. No contact lenses allowed. You may use the same glasses for Biology and Chemistry labs)

                                                Laboratory Manual

Model Kit  $36 kit for students planning to take Organic 

                   $24 kit for students not planning additional chemistry

Some used kits may be available at lower price- first come basis


Rooms:         Lecture:  Clement 105, MWF 12:00 AM

                        Lab:  Clement 213, 1:00 - 4:00 PM


Supplimental Instruction (SI): Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the SI sessions held by the SI leader for this section,. The experience with these sessions has been that students who participate do significantly better in the course. They should be a regular part of your study schedule.


Tutors:         Jordan Fisher will be the tutor for this section of Introductory Chemistry. The time and place of regular tutoring sessions will be announced at the first class. Tutoring sessions will be used for collaborative problem solving of problems similar to the homework and for you to ask for individual help as needed.


E-mail - Every student is expected to obtain and regularly check their Trinity e-mail account. You do not need your own computer to have e-mail. You should check your mail at least the day before each class meeting. E-mail messages will be used to disseminate changes in assignments, comments, and other important information.  Failure to have or check your e-mail does not excuse you from the responsibility for these changes. You will also find e-mail is the fastest and surest way to contact the professor with questions or to arrange a meeting time.  Use the Trincoll email address above to contact me even if you receive a message from my other address.  This is the only address that I check regularly.


Blackboard – A key resource of the course is the Trinity  Blackboard site. You will find copies of all course handouts there if you lose them. Changes to the course Syllabus will also be posted there if needed. There are also Web links there that will be useful. There are materials specificly prepared for each chapter of the text which include various activities and a practice test to allow you to see how you are progressing.


Evaluation of Progress:


            Your grade in this course will be based on a broad range of factors.  These include: homework assignments, lab work, quizzes (scheduled and unscheduled) and exams including the FINAL EXAM scheduled for 12:00-2:00 December 15th in Clement 105..


            The final grade for the course will be based on the following factors:


Lab                                                                                          `                                               30%

Homework, Quizes, Class activities, etc.                                                                                   30%

Exams and Final                                                                                                                       40%


Academic Honesty:


It is assumed that all students will maintain academic honesty.  Any breach of this position will be subject to the severest penalties.  For information, see the appropriate pages in the Trinity College Student Handbook and the "Suggestions To Writers of Research Papers and Lab Reports", attached to this syllabus.


The Course:


            We view science, chemistry in particular, as a process of learning about and understanding the world around us. The class work and lab work are integrated to as great an extent as possible. We will see how systematic observation and measurement can expose many of the principles and concepts that operate in our universe.  You will learn to solve chemical or chemically related problems in the same way professionals in the field do.  And you will do that by drawing on the intuitions, experience and expertise you have and will add to as the semester progresses.


            “Reading” the textbook is a highly interactive process. It does not consist of going through and highlighting the important parts. Rather, learning the text material involves working a number of problems as you gain both understanding and facility.  The textbook has a series of Sample Exercises worked out in the body of the text. Reading the textbook includes a careful study of each Sample Exercise followed by doing all of the Practice Exercises which follow. After you work through a sample, you should immediately go to one of the odd number exercises referenced at the end and see if you can work it. Then check the answer in the back.  Until these are done, you cannot consider that you have “read” the chapter. We may have a class quiz on one or more of them, and they may show up on exams, so it would be prudent to complete them as you study each chapter. Problems at the end of the chapter are grouped by topic and odd numbered problems in the text have answers. You should use these answered problems to evaluate your understanding of the material before you attempt homework assignments.  In general, if you can do the homework assigned, you should do well on exams, but some exam questions may require you to integrate what you have learned in more than one topic.


            The text for this course is intended as a reference and a resource. Since this course is designed to follow a specific sequence of experiments, we will sometimes jump around in the text. The reading assignments tend to be short and specific to the topic. You should feel free to explore unassigned parts of the text and to read background material not assigned. The Table of Contents and Index can be used to locate additional information on topics about which you have questions.  You should also become familiar with the material in the Appendices as these are often needed as reference for problems..


Problem Assignments:


Learning chemistry is like learning both a language and a sport. There is a vocabulary to be mastered, but more important is the training of the largest muscle in your body, your brain, to DO the kinds of things that chemists do. These are ways of thinking and approaching questions using chemical knowledge. Thus, as in learning a sport, you need to practice. This is built into the course in the form of various kinds of problem assignments.


Hand in Problem Sets – Approximately once each week you will have a problem assignment that is to be handed in for grading. This will consist of some or all of the problems assigned for the chapter in the syllabus below. Specifics will be announced at the beginning of the week on Blackboard.


In class Problem sets – Scramble Sets – These are problems to be solved in groups during class. You will be given the problems and instructions on how to form a group to work on the problems. After the allocated time, each person will hand in the work they have finished. We will then discuss the problems.


Blackboard Problem Sets – You may also be asked to complete some of the Problem sets on Blackboard. Details of these assignments will be made each week.



Student Collaboration:


            The Chemistry faculty considers collaboration in learning to be a valuable and acceptable style. It is legitimate to sit in the Cave with a group of friends and discuss the problems, share approaches, ask other students for feedback on how to approach a problem, etc. It is not acceptable to obtain another student’s worked out answer and copy it onto your own paper. There is a big difference between acceptable collaboration and copying. It is not always easy for faculty to determine by inspection whether a problem assignment is the result of collaboration or copying. When papers are submitted which are clearly identical, this is reasonable evidence of copying. Students who discuss the problem but do not share papers will normally have stylistic differences in their answers, even to numerical problems, spreadsheets, graphs, and computer structures.  When evidence of copying is detected, you will be informed of this suspicion. If the evidence for copying persists after the warning, subsequent copied assignments will receive grades of zero.  The matter will also be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Committee for disciplinary action. In many cases, such discipline has included failure in the course and an entry of Censure in your permanent record. Academic dishonesty often leads to  suspension from the College, so this is a serious matter. Academic Affairs normally punishes all students involved in these cases, both the original author who allowed their work to be copied and the person who copied it.




Class Attendance and Makeup Policies:


            You are expected to attend every class. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of each class. Homework that is received late will not be accepted for grading. If you are ill or otherwise prevented from attending class, it is your responsibility to see that your paper is received by the professor at the beginning of the class.


            There will be no makeup allowed for any of the in-class activities, quizzes, scramble problems etc.  No makeup exams will be given.  Check the exam schedule before making travel plans for vacations.


            Because the faculty is aware that many students will experience illness or other legitimate reasons for missing some classes, the lowest three grades in the homework category will be dropped for all students. These dropped grades are to allow for a reasonable number of student difficulties. If you have a serious illness, a death in the family, or other extended problems with class attendance, bring this fact to the attention of the professor. When warranted, we will make appropriate adjustments in this policy.


            Lab Policies- you must complete every lab to obtain a passing grade for this course. If you must miss a regular lab due to a sports activity, illness, or for other unavoidable reason, you must contact Prof. Nestor as soon as you are aware of the problem and arrange to attend another lab section. As a rule, you must do the experiment during the week it is scheduled. There are no scheduled makeup labs.



Detailed Syllabus



Date – Topic

Reading Assignment


Problem Set No.

Problem Assignment

Week 1

Safety  and solution activity



F (M) 9/2 – Observation and the Scientific Method




W 9/7 – How Science works -Nova Video

Ch. 1.1 - 1.3 including Scientific Method Box


Complete initial survey on Blackboard

F 9/9 – Measurements –

Discussion of Scientific Method


Ch 1.3-1.5


Write a poem or draw a cartoon in which you express your understanding of the Scientific Method

Week 2

Lab- Measurement



M 9/12 –Dimensional Analysis / Factor Label Method

Ch 1.6


Suggested problems Chapter 1-2,4,5,7,8,24,28,30,36, 38,42,46

W 9/14 – Early Atomic Theory and Periodic Table

Calculations cont.

Ch 2.1-2.5



F 9/16 – Molecules and ions

Ch 2.6-2.8

Bring models to class



Week 3

Lab – Analysis of Silver Salts



M 9/19 – Formulas and Compounds

Ch 2.9 and Ch. 25 pp 1063-1077 Bring models to class


Suggested Problems Chapter 2-


W 9/21 – Balancing Equation and solutions

Ch 3.1-3.3




F 9/23 – The Mole

Ch 3.4-3.6



Week 4

Lab - Synthesis of Aspirin and Methyl Salicylate



M 9/26  – Functional Groups

Ch 25.5-25.6 Bring Models to class



W 9/28 – Limiting Reagents

Ch 3.7 and 4.1-4.2


Suggested Problems Chapter 3-5,6,8,12,14,18,22,24,34,44,46,48,58,64,70,72,74

F 9/30 – Acids – Bases Reactions and solution concentration

Ch 4.4, 4.5, and 4.6


Suggested Problems Chapter 4-

4,6,10,24,28,30,38,44, 62,68,70

Week 5

Lab – Analysis of Synthesis products



M 10/3 – Open Class



Submit 2 detailed questions for review session by email. Must arrive by 8:00 PM on Oct 2 for credit.


W 10/5 – Exam 1





F 10/7 – Energy Changes

Ch 5.1-5.3



Week 6

No Lab



M 10/10 Trinity Days




W 10/12 – Energy in Chemical Reactions - Calorimetry

Ch 5.4-5.5



F 10/14 – Hess’s Law Standard Enthalpy of Formation

Ch 5.6-5.7



Week 7

Lab – Heats of Reaction



M 10/17 –– Enthalpy, Food and Fuels

Ch. 5.8


Suggested Problems Chapter 5-


W 10/19 –

Atomic Theory


Ch 6.1-4



F 10/21 – Quantum Mechanics

Ch 6.5-6.6



Week 8

Lab- Periodic Properties



M 10/24 – Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table

Ch 6.7-6.8


Suggested Problems Chapter 6-3,16, 18, 22, 26, 32, 36, 48, 50, 52, 60, 68, 70, 72,


W 10/26 – Periodic Properties

Ch 7.1-7.5



F 10/28 – Group Trends

Ch 7.6-7.8


Suggested Problems Chapter 7- 10, 12, 22, 30, 34, 36, 44, 46, 64, 68, 70


Week 9

Lab- Structures of metallic and ionic compounds



M 10/31 – Ionic Bonding

Ch 8.1--2



W 11/2 – Covalent Bonding

Ch 8.3-8.4



F 11/4 – Solid State

Ch 11.7-8


Suggested Problems

Chapter 11-59, 61, 69

Week 10

Lab – Structure of Covalent Compounds



M 11/7– Lewis Structures

Ch. 8.5-8.7


Suggested Problems Chapter 8- 2, 4, 6, 12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 30, 32, 40, 46, 50, 54, 62


W 11/9 – VSEPR

Ch 9.1-9.3




F 11/11 – Open Class




Week 11

Lab – Acids and Bases - Standards



M 11/14 – Exam 2




W 11/16 – MO Theory

Ch  9.4-9.6



F 11/18 – MO Theory and conjugation

Ch 9.7-9.8


Suggested Problems Chapter 9-8, 12, 16, 20, 22, 30, 36, 48, 50, 54, 56, 62, 64, 68, 70, 72


Week 12

No Lab



M 11/21 –





Thanksgiving Break



Week 13

Lab – Acids and Bases Part II - Unknowns



M 11/28 – Structure and Acid Base strength

Ch  4.3, Ch. 16.1-4



W 11/30– Acid base stoichiometry

Ch  16.10


Suggested Problems Chapter 4


Suggested Problems Chapter 16- 16, 18, 22, 30, 38, 42, 44, 46, 92,


F  12/2– Acids and Bases

Bond Energy

Ch. 8.8


Suggested Problems Chapter 8-  66, 70, 88


Week 14

Lab- Check out



M 12/5 – Lewis Acid/Base

Ch 16.11


Suggested Problems Chapter 16- 6, 10,100, 102, 104


W 12/7 – Open Class – Review Session



See 10/2

Homework 11

Submit questions by 8:00 December 3

F 12/9 – Exam III




– Review Session

Time TBA


See 10/2 for details of how to submit questions for review