The Catholic University of America

Chemistry 104 and 108

Spring Semester 2014

  • Instructor: Dr. Greg Brewer
  • Office: 102H or 201 Maloney
  • Phone: 319-5385 or 5396
  • e-mail: BREWER@CUA.EDU
  • Office hours: 1:00 p.m.  M, W ,F, and by appointment
  • Class schedule: 11:10 M,W, F; and 3:40 F; 175 MAL, F.O. Rice Auditorium

Semester Schedule

Chapter Title # periods
    18                          CHEMISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT       3
    19                             CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS       3
    20                                         ELECTROCHEMISTRY        4
    21                                        NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY       3
    23                          TRANSITION METALS AND COORDINATION CHEMISTRY       3

Text: Chemistry The Central Science, 12th Edition by Brown, LeMay, and Bursten and Solutions Manual to above.

Grading: Your numerical average will be calculated by weighting your scores from the three areas listed below as indicated. Letter grades will be assigned from the above average in strict accordance to the following scale. Grades are not curved.

A (100-91), A- (91-89)
B+ (89-86), B (86-82), B- (82-79)
C+ (79-76), C (76-72), C- (72-69)
D (69-60)
F (below 60)


Quizzes (12.5%): There will be eight (8) quizzes of which your best five (5) will be counted. The quizzes will be short and based directly on the current homework assignments.

Tests (62.5%) There will be five (5) tests. The tests will cover several chapters, are problem oriented, and are based directly on lecture material and textbook coverage. No test grades will be dropped.

Final Examination (25%) The final exam is the ACS standardized exam which is comprehensive of all material in 103/104.

The dates for quizzes, tests, and exam are given on the last page of this website.

Course Policies and Procedures

Attendance: Quizzes, Tests and the Final Examination are based directly on the material from the text presented in lecture. The lecture stresses the most important aspects of the chapter coverage. It is to your distinct advantage to attend all lectures. Students with poor class attendance rarely perform well in a chemistry course and always do worse than they would have done if they had a good attendance record.

Quiz, Test and Examination: The quiz, test and examination schedule is shown on the following page. All work must appear on the test paper in a legible manner. You are required to have a basic calculator (not a computer, cell phone, pager, personal organizer etc) with you for the tests (quiz and exam). You may not borrow or share a calculator. All constants that you need and a periodic chart will be provided.

Electronic Devices: Other than calculators as described above electronic devices may not be used during tests or exams. Please turn off all cell phones/pages and other related devices during all call/test sessions.

Makeup Policy: You must request, in writing, prior to the test date to take a makeup test if a University event requires that you miss a test. A form for this purpose is attached to the handout. Absence from a test or exam will result in a grade of zero being awarded. Verifiable medical emergencies are the only exception to this policy. The makeup tests will cover the same material and be of the same degree of difficulty as the regular test but will be of a different format. There are no make-ups for the quizzes as your lowest three (3) scores will not be counted.

Computer Notes: Access to this syllabus, from which you may link to notes on individual chapters and sample tests, may be obtained at the following: or from the Chemistry home page then select FACULTY, then select GREG BREWER, then select CHEMISTRY 104

Grading: Every effort is made to grade your papers in a uniform and fair manner and to return them to you at the next class meeting. An answers key will be posted on the bulletin board outside 102F. The key will indicate the point loss for certain types of errors. It is impossible to itemize the point loss for all possible errors. Common errors such as significant figures or units will typically result in a two point penalty for a problem that was assigned a ten point value. Failure to show work will result in a total loss of points.

Grading Error: Please check the answer key first if you feel that you have done a problem correctly and it was graded incorrectly. Test papers which you feel are graded incorrectly should be submitted to Dr. Brewer for review. You must do this prior to the next test date in order to have your paper regraded. Any questions that you have concerning your grade should be addressed to Dr. Brewer.

Unethical Practice: Cheating may result in a grade of F as prescribed by University Policy This covers all written assignments which are to be turned in for grading. You are of course free (and encouraged) to discuss class notes and homework assignments with your classmates. Please see the following. and

The following sanctions are presented in the University procedures related to Student Academic Dishonesty (from "The presumed sanction for undergraduate students for academic dishonesty will be failure for the course. There may be circumstances, however, where, perhaps because of an undergraduate student's past record, a more serious sanction, such as suspension or expulsion, would be appropriate." This covers all written assignments, which are to be turned in for grading. You are of course free (and encouraged) to discuss class notes and homework assignments with your classmates.

Homework: You cannot learn chemistry unless you do chemistry problems. You will be assigned homework problems at the start of each class, which are representative of the current material. You should make every attempt to do all of the assigned problems on your own prior to the next class meeting. Solutions are detailed in the Solutions Manual if you are stuck. Questions that you have should be addressed to Dr. Brewer during the Friday afternoon review period or during office hours. A good student will work (and rework) as many problems as possible to learn the material. Many students find it helpful to keep a separate notebook of problems that they have worked. Such collections are quite valuable in reviewing for the test and the final exam. It is a wise practice to devote a constant daily amount of time to studying chemistry and working problems rather than a smaller number of intensive study sessions prior to a test. The average student will find that a week's worth of chemistry is too much to master in a single session.

Quiz, Test Dates and Exam Dates and Coverage

The following is the schedule of tests and chapter coverage. Any deviation from this schedule will be announced in class at least one week (if possible) in advance of the test. In the event that the University cancels class on a test date and time the test will be held at the next scheduled class meeting.

Assign Date Time   Chapters Covered
Quiz 1 1/24 3:40 PM   Chap. 13
Quiz 2 1/31 3:40 PM   Chap. 14
Test 1 2/7 3:40 PM   Chaps. 13 and 14
Quiz 3 2/14 3:40 PM   Chap. 15
Quiz 4 2/21 3:40 PM   Chap. 16
Test 2 2/28 3:40 PM   Chaps. 15 AND 16:
Quiz 5 3/7 3:40 PM   Chap. 17
Quiz 6 3/21 3:40 PM   Chaps. 19
Test 3 3/28 3:40 PM   Chaps. 17 and 18
Quiz 7 4/4 3:40 PM   Chaps. 21
Test 4 4/11 3:40 PM   Chap. 19 AND 20
Quiz 8 4/25 3:40 PM   Chap. 23
Test 5 5/2 3:40 PM   Chaps. 21, 23 and 24
and Selected Coverage
FINAL 5/9  1:00 - 3:00 PM   ACS standardized Test

All quizzes, tests and the final examination are held in  F.O. Rice Auditorium, 175 Maloney. You are required to have a calculator with you for all tests and the exam.


Request for Makeup Test

(to be completed by student)



Test date to be missed:__________________________________________


Requested alternate test date and time:____________________________________________________

Reason for request:


(to be completed by instructor)

request granted:_____________ Alternate date and time:________________

request denied:______________



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