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Chemistry 1 Section D & J SYLLABUS
Ateneo de Manila University
School of Science and Engineering
First Semester 2011-2012
Sections D & J
T-Th, 7:30 – 9::00 am
SEC C 201A
Christopher K. Peabody
Department of Chemistry, Schmitt Hall C-115
426-6001 loc 5632 or 5620, 09208222935,
Consultation Hours: Tuesday 9:30 – 12pm
or by appointment

Welcome to Chemistry
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded.
And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a dif-
ferent star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic
thing I know… You are all stardust
— Lawrence M. Krauss

Chemists are a strange class of mortals, impelled by an
almost maniacal impulse to seek their pleasures amongst
smoke and vapour, soot and flames, poisons and poverty,
yet amongst all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that I
would rather die than change places with the King of Per-
-- Johann Joachim Becher, Physica subterranea (1667)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Chemistry 1 is the introducto-
ry course in General Chemistry at the Ateneo de Manila
University. This class is intended for non-science under-
graduate students desiring a simple, clear but broad under-
standing of chemical principles and their impact on our
lives. The general aim of the course is to provide the stu-
dents a firm background and understanding of the role of
the natural sciences in their everyday lives in the context of
chemistry as a central science. The course is designed to
make general chemistry interesting in order to elicit positive
attitudes of students towards chemistry, and science in Phil-
ippine life in general. Topics include the Scientific Method;
Measurement & Significant Figures; Physical and Chemical
Changes; Classification of Matter; Mole Concept; Modern
Atomic Structure; Periodicity of Elements; Chemical Equa-
tions; Stoichiometry; Thermochemistry; Rate of Chemical
Reactions; Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure;
Intermolecular Forces & Structure-Property Relationships;
Organic Chemistry Applications; Environmental Chemis-
try; Industrial & Materials Chemistry; Food & Kitchen
Chemistry; Chemistry of Drugs; & Other Current Topics.

By the end of this course, you will be able to demonstrate:
1) Knowledge of
a) the scientific method
b) the classification and language of chemistry
c) the properties of matter and its physical and chem-
ical transformations
d) the structure and reactivity of matter
2) Skills in
a) clear, logical, analytical and critical thinking skills.
b) basic chemical calculations.
3) A critical appreciation for chemistry and science and
technology in general in everyday life.
4) An appreciation of the truly amazing but unknown tra-
ditions of Filipino scientists who have made significant
contributions to the world.
5) An appreciation of God’s gift of life to us in all the
forms it takes.

Week Day Date TOPIC
1 Tues 14-Jun-11 Class Orientation - Welcome to the world of chemistry
Thurs 16-Jun-11
Heart of the Matter: Matter, its properties and changes
Classifications of matter, Properties and states of matter, Scientific measurement
2 Tues 21-Jun-11
Thurs 23-Jun-11
Chemical building blocks: Atomic theories, models, and electronic structures
Atomic Theory of matter, Development of Atomic models, Quantum mechanical
3 Tues 28-Jun-11
Thurs 30-Jun-11
4 Tues 5-Jul-11 The Mendeleev Code: Unlocking the Periodic Table - TERM PAPER TOPIC
The Periodic Table of Elements, Periodic Trends, Electron configuration and
Periodicity & Review

Thurs 7-Jul-11
5 Tues 12-Jul-11
Thurs 14-Jul-11
6 Tues 19-Jul-11 Examination 1
Thurs 21-Jul-11
MY NAME IS BOND ... CHEMICAL BOND: Chemical Bonding and Molecu-
lar Interaction
7 Tues 26-Jul-11
Lewis structure, Ionic Bond, Covalent bond, Molecular structure, Intermolecular
How attractive are you: Hybridization & Molecular Interaction
Thurs 28-Jul-11
8 Tues 2-Aug-11 The Language of Chemistry: Symbols, Formulas, and Nomenclature
Names and Symbols for simple ions, Formulas and Names for Ionic Compounds,
Names for Chemical Compounds
Thurs 4-Aug-11
9 Tues 9-Aug-11 Examination 2
Thurs 11-Aug-11
The Arithmetic of Chemistry, Equations and Stoichiometry
Chemical equations/reactions, Atomic and molecular weights, The mole concept,
Avogadro’s number
10 Tues 16-Aug-11
Thurs 18-Aug-11
11 Tues 23-Aug-11
Chemists have solutions: Acids and Bases
Acids and bases: definitions, The pH scale, Acids, Bases and Human health, REDOX
It's a Gas, Gas, Gas: the Gas Laws & You!
Thurs 25-Aug-11

12 Tues 30-Aug-11 Examination 3
Thurs 1-Sep-11
Going Organic: Basic Organic Chemistry, Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
The Chemistry of Life: Basic and Special Topics in Biochemistry

Simpsons World - why do your kids have 4 arms: Environmental chemistry
Greenhouse gases and global warming, Solid waste management and recycling,
Clean fuels, Biodegradable and non-biodegradable materials, Acid rain
13 Tues 6-Sep-11
Thurs 8-Sep-11
14 Tues 13-Sep-11
Thurs 15-Sep-11
15 Tues 20-Sep-11
Thurs 22-Sep-11
16 Tues 27-Sep-11
Thurs 29-Sep-11 Possible Makeup Examination
17 Tues 4-Oct-11
Comprehensive Review
Thurs 6-Oct-11
18 Tues 11-Oct-11 Comprehensive Final Exam (date and time to be announced)

 Brown, T.L., Lemay, H.E., and B.E. Bursten. Chemistry:
The Central Science, 6th – 12th ed. Prentice-Hall
 Masterson ,W. L. and Hurley, C. N. Chemistry: Principles
and Reactions, 5th -6th Ed. Thomson Higher Ed.
 Hill, J. W. and D. K. Kolb. Chemistry for Changing
Times, 7th through 12th Ed Prentice-Hall
 Snyder, C.H. The Extraordinary Chemistry of Ordinary
Things. 2nd – 4th Ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
 Other readings to be distributed in class
Calculator: capable of simple arithmetic is essential for
examinations, quizzes and problem sets. No programmable
calculators are permitted for use during quizzes or examina-
tions. Cell phone are not acceptable calculators.
CHEM 1J YAHOO GROUP: The class syllabus, schedule,
assignments, lecture notes and solutions to homework and
quizzes and examinations, as well as links to some good on-
line resources will be uploaded to our class Yahoo Group
Chem1_Sect_DJ_S1_2011-12 Please join and look for

 Three (3) Long Exams 60%
 One (1) Final Exam 20%
 Quizzes, Problem Sets, Homework, Seatwork,
Class Participation 5%
 Term Paper 15%
ASSIGNMENTS: Students are expected to complete all
assigned work before coming to class. Assigned problems
will be announced in class and placed on the class yahoo
group. Homework will not be collected routinely except on
those random occasions where it is counted as a quiz grade.
The key to doing well in Chem 1 is mastering concepts and
problem solving techniques. There is a 1:1 correlation be-
tween problem solving skills and how well one does in a
general chemistry class. The techniques and concepts are
cumulative, so it is critical that you do not fall behind. See
me during office hours if at any point in the semester you
feel that you are having problems. I may approach you if I
sense you may fail the course.
TERM PAPER: Each student will CHOOSE A TERM
PAPER TOPIC BY JULY 5 to research on the internet
and in the library. All topics are related to Chemistry and its
effects on our lives. The details and requirements of the pa-
per to be announced. HARD & SOFT COPIES of your
Term Paper are due on SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
QUIZZES: There will be daily short quizzes. The top ten
(10) quiz grades will be included in the calculation of the
final grade. Some of the quizzes will be collected homework
assignments, group quizzes; open book or whatever I feel
will be effective. Missed quizzes may not be made up.
EXAMS: Three long exams will be given this semester. The
exams will be a mixture of multiple choice, matching type,
short essay, and long essay. Also short answer questions
where work must be shown. A two-hour final will be given
during the final exam week in October - date to be an-
nounced. Please avoid making travel plans that might con-
flict with examination time. Bring a simple calculator. A
University excuse from a scheduled exam must be presented
in writing two weeks prior to the date of the absence. An
absence due to illness or family emergency may be excused,
provided you can show acceptable written evidence if re-
quired, and that you notify me as soon as possible. Failure to
do so may result in denial of request.
A 92-100 4.0
B+ 87-91.9 3.5
B 80-86.9 3.0
C+ 75-79.9 2.5
C 68-74.9 2.0
D 60-68.9 1.0
F less than 60 0.0
FINAL EXAM EXEMPTION Any student who accumu-
lates a 90% prior to the final examination will be exempt
from taking the final exam Those exempt may take the final
exam to try to raise their grade at no risk.
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES: Students are expected
to attend all classes. Any absence excused or otherwise,
must not exceed nine (9) or you will automatically receive a
grade of W for the course. Excused absences from an exam
include: illness, death or serious illness in the immediate
family. The exam must be made up before the next Long
Test. Observance of regularly scheduled religious obliga-
tions and attendance at academic conferences or field trips,
or participation in university-sponsored activities such as
debating contests or athletic competition can also be excused
if prior notification and permission is granted. If the above-
mentioned criteria are not met, you will be given a zero.
When in doubt, please ask.
LECTURE: Guidelines to observe:
1. Please maintain a courteous classroom good for learning.
2. Out of respect for and courtesy to your classmates and me,
please arrive at class on time. If an emergency causes you
to arrive late, please enter quietly.
3. Unexcused absences will prohibit you from turning in
homework, taking a quiz or an exam at any time.
4. Cellular phones are strictly forbidden and must be turned
off (not on silent mode) during lecture. Violators will be
asked to leave the classroom immediately and will not be
allowed back into the lecture room. Any person asked to
leave twice for cell phone disruptions will not be allowed
back into the classroom for the remainder of the semester.
5. Class participation is highly encouraged. Please prepare
for class and complete reading assignments before the lec-
ture as you will be called on to answer questions and to
solve problems.
6. There is no smoking in the classroom.
7. The teacher reserves the right to send anyone out on the
grounds of discourtesy to the teacher or to a fellow stu-
dent, misbehavior in the classroom, and other reasons as
provided for by the Student Handbook.
HONOR CODE: Academic honesty is a prerequisite and
requirement of all students attending Ateneo de Manila Uni-
versity (refer to your Student Handbook). Work on exams
and any assignments given as individual work must be your
own. Cheating, or academic dishonesty of any kind will be
penalized and immediately reported to the Department Chair
and could result in expulsion from the University. Your sig-
nature on exams and any other work submitted affirms that
you understand the academic honesty requirement. Please
refer to the Ateneo de Manila University handbook for more
DISABILITY STATEMENT If you have a disability that
interferes with your learning I encourage you to talk with me
about it on a confidential basis so that we might collectively
devise a strategy to overcome whatever barriers might exist.
course improvement are welcome at any time. Any concern
you or others may have about the course should be brought
to my attention. Feel free to see me in person or email me at or
CONSULTATION HOURS: Tuesday 9:30 – 12pm or by
appointment in Schmitt Hall, C115