Professor David Henderson

            Office: Cl 129, Labs Cl 128 and 122

            General Office Hours:  MWF - 10-12 and TR 10-11 or by appointment

            e-mail: (Use only this address)

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


Required from Bookstore:       Chemistrty  The Central Science, Brown/Lemay

                                                            Laboratory Notebook – Spiral bound duplicate pages



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


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. 


E-mail - Every student is expected to obtain and regularly check their 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 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. There are also Web links there that will be useful. There are materials including sample problems and worked out answers for each chapter in the text. There are video animations which will help you understand the material and practice problems you can use to evaluate your progress.




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) in class activities, and exams including the FINAL EXAM


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



Lab                                                                                          `                                               30%

Homework, Quizzes, activities, etc.                                                                                           30%

Exams and Final                                                                                                                       40%


Academic Honesty:


            “In accordance with the Trinity College Student “Integrity Contract, students are expected to abide by the highest standards of intellectual honesty in all academic exercises. Intellectual honesty assumes that students do their own work and that they credit properly those upon whose work and thought they draw. It is the responsibility of each student to make sher that he or she is fully aware of what constitutes intellectually honest work in every examination, quiz, paper, laboratory report, or other academic exercise submitted for evaluation in a course at Trinity College.”[1]


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 pages 47-55 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, it involves working a number of problems as you go through to test your understanding of the material.  The textbook has a series of Sample Exercises worked out in the body of the text. Reading the textbook includes doing all of the Sample Exercises. At the end of each sample is a list of similar problems at the end of the chapter. 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.


            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 jump around occasionally 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.


Problem Assignments:


            Suggested Problems are listed in the final column of the Detailed Syllabus. These problems have been selected because they represent the most central issues in the material. You should do all of the suggested problems as part of your studying for each chapter. Selected problems from this list will be handed in. Details of which problems are to be handed in for evaluation will be posted in the weekly syllabus.




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 will include failure in the course and an entry of Censure in your permanent record. Academic dishonesty in past years has led to  suspension from the College of Chem 112 students, 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 frequent quizzes and in class activities that will count toward your grade. There will be no makeup allowed for any of these activities.


            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/quiz 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  (Problem Assignments Chapter in BOLD)



Date – Topic

Reading Assignment

Suggested Problems

Week 1 

Lab – Gas Laws


M 1/23 –

Introduction to course


W 1/25 –

B/L/B Ch 10.1-10.2

10-4, 12, 18, 24

F 1/27 –

B/L/B Ch  10.3-10.9

10- 34, 36, 66

Week 2

Lab- Boiling Points & Check In


M 1/30 –

B/L/B Ch 2.9 and 25.1-6 review nomenclature

Bring models to class


Review 25-14, 22, 42, 44, 52, 80


W 2/1 –.

B/L/B Ch  11.4-6

Bring models to class

B/L/B review


11-5, 6, 16, 20, 26, 38, 46, 54, 56

F 2/3 –

B/L/B Ch 11.1-3

Bring models to class


Week 3

Lab – Analysis of Boiling Points Data


M 2/6 –

B/L/B Ch 12.1-6 Polymers

Bring models to class

12-5, 22, 24, 42, 88

W 2/8 -

B/L/B Ch 13.1-2



F 2/10 –

B/L/B Ch 13.1-2


13-6, 12, 14, 22, 26, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 56, 60, 66, 72

Week 4

Lab – Freezing points


M 2/13 –

B/L/B Ch 13.3-4

Solutions concluded


W 2/15 –

B/L/B  13.5



F 2/17 –

Lipids on Blackboard


Week 5

Lab - Synthesis of Cobalt Complexes


M 2/20 –

B/L/B Ch 24.1-4

Bring models to class

24-7, 14, 24, 26, 30, 36, 42, 44, 48

W 2/22 –

Review – Submit 2 Questions by Email

2 questions submitted by email by 8:00 PM on 2/21 count as one HW grade

F 2/24 –

Hour Exam 1

Ch 10, 11 – intermolecular forces, 12 – polymers, 13 and lipids


Week 6

No Lab-


M 2/27- Trinity Days



W 3/1 –

B/L/B Ch 25.10 Carbohydrates on Blackboard Course Documents


F 3/3 –

B/L/B Ch 24.5

Bring models to class


Week 7

Lab- Crystal Field Theory


M 3/6 –

B/L/B Ch  24.6


W 3/8 –

B/L/B Ch 25.8-9 Proteins and Biochemistry on Blackboard Course Documents

25- 56, 58, 60, 64, 66,  74, 90, 94

F 3/10 –

B/L/B Ch 25.11

Nucleic Acids on Blackboard


Week 8

Lab- Quantitative Spectroscopy


M 3/13 –

B/L/B Ch 14.1-4

14- 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, 28, 30, 38, 54, 64, 68

W 3/15 –

B/L/B Ch 14.5-6



F 3/17 –

No Class- On Line Discussion





Week 9

Lab – Chemical Kinetics


M 3/27 –

B/L/B Ch 14.7

B/L/B box on p. 532

    Look at lab data from week 8

B/L/B Ch 18.1-3  Ozone layer kinetics

18- 16, 74

W 3/29 –

Review – Submit 2 Questions by Email

2 questions submitted by email by 8:00 PM on 3/28 count as one HW grade

F 3/31 –

Hour Exam 2

Chapter 14, 24, 25 - biochemistry


Week 10

Lab – Equilibrium Constants


M 4/3

B/L/B Ch  15.4-5 B/L/B Ch 15.1-3

15-14, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 52, 

W 4/5 –

B/L/B Ch 15.6


F 4/7 –

B/L/B. Ch 16.6-8

Review Ch 16.1-4

16-56, 60, 76,

Week 11

Lab – Buffers


M 4/10

B/L/B Ch 16.9-11


W 4/12 –

B/L/B Ch 17.1-2

17-14, 20, 26

F 4/14 –

B/L/B Ch 20..1-2

Writing Assignment due

See details below

Week 12

Lab – Oxidation Reduction Titrations – Vitamin C Week 2


M 4/17 –

B/L/B Ch 20.3-4

20- 18, 40

W 4/19 –

B/L/B. Ch 19.1-2

19- 22, 48, 60, 68, 78

F 4/21 –

B/L/B Ch   19.3-4


Week 13

Vitamin C part 2


M 4/24 –

B/L/B Ch 19.5-7


W 4/26

Review – Submit 2 Questions by Email

2 questions submitted by email by 8:00 PM on 4/27 count as one HW grade

F 4/28 –

Hour Exam 3 Chapters 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 (Relevant portions of each chapter)


M 5/1



5/10  12:00-2:00






Writing Assignment


Write a 3 page research paper in which you attempt to answer for yourself the question “How much Vitamin C should I consume each day”. Your answer will be a personal one and you will not be evaluated on your answer, but rather on your demonstrated ability to research the literature and construct a thoughtful answer. You should use a minimum of 4 outside references (which should be properly cited in footnotes and your Bibliography). You may use web resources, books, and scientific journals. See the handout on evaluating sources to see how much credibility you can place on various sources. The more credible you sources, the more thoughtful your answer can be. The text of your paper should not exceed 3 pages, double spaced plus the bibliography. Excellent papers will include more than 4 references and the references will be of high reliability.


Note – There are a wide range of recommendations for dietary Vitamin C. The US government (USDA) has one recommendation, The Canadian government recommends a different amount. The Cooper Institute has detailed recommendations based on weight and activity level. Linus Pauling recommended massive doses. What is the right amount for you?  Read and decide.


Your paper should begin with a thesis statement of how much C you think you should consume. You should cite the basis for this decision and also consider the alternative suggestions and why you reject them.


Things to include with your paper.

1.      Printed copy of your final paper.

2.      Electronic copy of your paper emailed to professor as attachment

3.      All photocopies and printouts used to research your paper

4.      Draft of your paper with comments by a peer who read it and made suggestions




[1] Intellectual Honest Policy, Trinity College Student Handbook.