CH301H - Principles of Chemistry I: Honors
Fall 2013, Unique 52195


Announcements


2 December:  Here is important information for our final exam, which is scheduled for next Wednesday, 11 December 2013, 9 am - 12 pm.

Format: The final exam will be comprehensive.  The materials allowed on the final exam are the same as on our previous four semester exams, i.e. you may use anything that does not have a heartbeat or connect to a cellular or wireless network.  I strongly suggest you take a look at the last couple years' final exams on the course website to help you prepare.

Location: If your last name ends with A-K, please report to WEL 2.304.  If your last name ends with L-Z, please report to WEL 2.256.

Office hours: I will have office hours next Monday and Tuesday (9-10 December), from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, or by appointment.  If you need to make an appointment, please email me to set one up by Monday morning at the latest.

HW: I have left the last two weeks' homework (HW 14 and 15) split into two different files on the class website.  However, we will not be getting to much of the material in HW 14 until tomorrow, so you should consider this one long assignment to help you study for the final.

11 July:
  The following email was sent to all registered students on 11 July:

The following is information to help you as you finish up your summer and prepare for classes this fall.

Textbook:  The textbook for this class is "Principles of Modern Chemistry" by Oxtoby, Gillis, and Campion.  The current edition sold by the Coop is the 7th edition, but the textbook is available from many different sources.  You may use any version of the 6th or 7th editions for this class, so feel free to purchase the edition that is most convenient for you, new or used.  There is also an ebook version of the textbook available; however, as will be explained on the first day of class, you will not be allowed to use any kind of electronic e-reader for our open-book in-class exams, and so I strongly recommend you purchase the print edition only. 

Clickers:  This class will not use clickers.

ALEKs Assessment Exams:  By now you should have received information about the ALEKs Chemistry Assessment exam that is required for all students taking CH301 or CH301H.  You must pass this exam with a score of 85% or greater by 7 am on 3 September or you will be automatically dropped from this class.  There are no exceptions to this rule and no extensions on the deadline.  This is not a once-and-done test; you will have the opportunity to take tutorials to re-familiarize yourself with materials and to improve your score as needed.  Please start working with ALEKs now and get it over with.

Furthermore, I strongly recommend that you take CH301H only if you achieve a score of > 95% on the ALEKs assessment.  If you are having trouble gaining that score, please seriously consider enrolling in CH301 in the Fall semester.

CH108:  Finally, CH108 (Conference Course - Intensive Chemistry Seminar) is a supplemental honors level seminar that I teach and that follows the course schedule of CH301H.  CH108 is intended to develop your problem solving skills by working through comprehensive honors level problems in a group setting with immediate feedback from the instructor.  This is a 1 credit course that is graded on a Pass / Fail basis.  Although it is not required for you to be enrolled in CH108 while taking CH301H, I strongly encourage you to do so.  Historically, students who have excelled in CH301H have been those that also take CH108.

CH108 is scheduled for Monday / Wednesday 5 - 6:30 pm.  You will not be able to enroll in this class until the first day of CH301H (I'll explain how it works on the first day of class).  However, I wanted to mention it to you to encourage you to keep that part of your schedule free.

Best of luck with the rest of your summer and I look forward to meeting you at the end of August.