CH302H - Principles of Chemistry II: Honors
Spring 2014, Unique 51880
Tuesday / Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 pm, WEL 2.312


Instructors:   Dr. Lauren Webb                        Dr. James Holcombe
                       WEL 3.212B                               WEL 3.234C
                       512-471-9361                              512-471-5140

Office Hours:  LW: Monday and Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, or by appointment
                         JH: Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30 pm and Thursday 9 - 10 am

Teaching Assistant:  Rebika Shrestha
                                   WEL 3.212A

TA Office Hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
                               WEL 2.306, Suite B

Required Textbook:  Principles of Modern Chemistry, 7th edition
                                      Oxtoby, Gillis, and Campion

Webpage:  All course materials, including the syllabus, daily lecture summaries, homework problems and solution keys, quiz solution keys, and exam solution keys will be posted on this site.  We will use Blackboard's grade center to post grades.  We will periodically communicate important class announcements to you through email.  It is very important that you update your UT directory information with the email that you check most often.  We will also post these class announcements on the course webpage.

Course Objective:  This course is an advanced exploration of the principles and foundations of modern chemistry.  This course is intended for students who have successfully completed CH301 or CH301H.  We will begin the semester with a comprehensive study of fundamental principles of classical thermodynamics.  We will then apply these principles to the study of chemical equilibrium, focusing on acids and bases, solutions and solubilities, and electrochemistry.  Near the end of the semester, we will investigate the rates of chemical reactions. Significant questions that we will ask throughout the course include:

  • How does a thermodynamic system do work, and how can it achieve the maximum amount of work possible? 
  • Where will a thermodynamic system come to rest (i.e. where is equilibrium)?
  • If the resting point is not convenient or the desired outcome, how can we do to the system to change that point?
  • How fast is that resting point achieved, and how can we change this?

Throughout the course, I will encourage you to engage the ways that science in general and chemistry in particular effect your daily life.

Quantitative Reasoning: This course carries the Quantitative Reasoning flag. Quantitative Reasoning courses are designed to equip you with skills that are necessary for understanding the types of quantitative arguments you will regularly encounter in your adult and professional life. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your use of quantitative skills to analyze real-world problems.

Core Curriculum Objectives: This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the natural science and technology (Part I or Part II) component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork, and empirical and quantitative skills.

            Communication skills:  Students will work in class, on homework and on exams to apply scientific model to explain empirical data as well as to use models to predict physical and chemical change.  Students will be able to connect mathematical formulas and graphical representations to communicate scientific concepts.

            Critical Thinking: Students are presented with many opportunities to use critical thinking skills to solve problems both in class and on graded homework assignments.  These skills are assessed on the exams. 

            Teamwork:  Students work in small groups in class on guided group activities designed to help the student come to a deeper understanding of the content and to “discover” chemical principles via the process of inquiry.  Outside of class students are encouraged to continue working in groups on better understand homework assignments.

            Quantitative Skills: Students are required to calculate answers based on their understanding of scientific laws and derived equations.  These methods include skills in manipulating units, understanding and applying the concept of ratios, proportionality, rearranging algebraically to solve for a specified unknown, understanding and applying rates of change, interpreting equations using physical models.  These skills are assessed on the exams. 

Lectures and Attendance:  I will not be taking attendance, but I will also not be posting lecture notes.  You may compare and copy lecture notes from classmates to make sure you have an accurate and complete set of notes for yourself, but I strongly discourage you from relying on others for your notes.  To supplement your own note-taking, I will post daily summaries of what I consider to be the most important notes from that day's lecture, but these will not be comprehensive.  

Quizzes and Homework:  There will be 6 closed-book quizzes given in class on Thursday.  Quiz dates are given on the schedule below.  The quiz will be given during the last 15 to 20 minutes of class and must be turned in when the class period ends at 12:15 pm.  Your lowest quiz score will be dropped.  To help you prepare for these quizzes, each week I will post homework problems and the corresponding solution keys.  It is up to you to practice these problems; we will not be collecting your answers, but if you don't do the homework you will probably find the quizzes very unpleasant.  Your textbook is another wonderful source of practice problems.

Exams:  There will be four 75 min open-book exams that will be given during the normal class time.  Exam dates are noted on the schedule below, so plan now.  There will be no makeup exams and no dropped scores.  If you must miss an exam due to observance of religious holidays, you are required by the University to notify the instructor at least 14 days in advance.  Otherwise, you can only make up an exam by providing documented proof of a major life trauma or emergency and only after consultation with the instructor.  Semester exams will focus on material introduced since the previous exam; however, the subject that we are studying this semester is inherently cumulative, so you will be expected to be familiar with material not covered explicitly on each exam.  

Exam Rooms:  Exam room assignments will be posted a week before the exam on the course announcements page.  Please double check your room assignment before each exam.

Final Exam:  A 3 hr final exam will be given 12 May 2014, 2 - 5 pm, in a location TBA.  

Grades:     Quizzes:      300 pts (5 at 60 pts. each)
                   Exams:        400 pts (4 at 100 pts. each)
                   Final:           300 pts

                   Grade:  A = 850 and above
                                B = 700-849
                                C = 550-699
                                ntg < 549

Extra Credit:  Three extra credit assignments worth 5 points each will be given throughout the semester.  I strongly advise you take advantage of any opportunity for extra credit!

Students with Disabilities:
 The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-6441 TTY.  Any student with a documented physical or cognitive disability who requires academic accommodations should do this as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations for this course.  If the accommodation involves testing, you must remind the instructor at least 5 business days before the scheduled exam.  

Honor Code:  "The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility.  Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect towards peers and community."

Cheating will not be tolerated in this course.  When taking quizzes and exams, you may not use any electronic material to assist you except for a calculator for completing arithmetic.  Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and / or dismissal from the University.  Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.  

Schedule and Assignments
PDF of syllabus