CH301H - Principles of Chemistry I: Honors
Fall 2015, Unique


8 September:  Classroom assignments for Exam 1 (15 September):

  If your last name begins with A-D, please report to RLM 5.112
  If your last name begins with E-Z, please report to WEL 2.312 (our normal classroom)

10 August:
  The following email was sent to all registered students on 10 August:

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 in different editions 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.  This is the College's rule, not mine. 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.