By Maria Greene|April 30, 2015|Syllabus|0 comments


The City University of New York                    Department of Science

Title of Course: College Chemistry I            Class Hours: 4

Course Code: CHE 201                                Laboratory Hours per Week: 3

Semester: SPRING/FALL                               Credits: 4

Instructor Information:
Name: Maria Greene
Office: You can email me to schedule a meeting.

Course Description
College Chemistry I                                                              CHE 201
College Chemistry II                                                             CHE 202

4 credits, 4 hours, 3 laboratory hours (per term)

This is a two-semester course sequence that involves the study of chemical principles including atomic and molecular theories, molecular structure, and reactivity. The laboratory will include experiments illustrating the chemical principles.

CHE 201-202 two terms required.  Required in A.S. (Biotechnology Science), A.S. (Engineering Science), A.S. (Science), A.S. (Science for Forensics), and fulfills science requirement for A.A. (Liberal Arts).

Prerequisite for CHE 202 is CHE 201.

Basic Skills Prerequisites: ACR 094, ENG 088 or ESL 062, and MAT 056.

You are required to fill out a ‘beginning of the semester’ survey and a ‘midterm’ survey. These surveys are to help you recognize and improve upon salient areas in your life as a student in order to be successful in this class. Some of these areas include study habits, work ethics, etc.

For this survey you will determine what worked well (or didn’t work well) for you during the semester and what further changes/adaptations should be made moving forward with your career/student life.

Pre-class Warm-up Sessions

  • At the beginning of each class, we will engage in deep breathing exercises.
  • Mindfulness is said to be “a powerful tool in raising awareness of and ameliorating intense emotions that often accompany teaching and learning.”
  • The idea behind engaging in this exercise at the beginning of each class is to allow you to relax which can lead to you being more focus and attentive in class.


  • There will be a mini quiz before or after selected sections. Therefore, you are expected to read the assigned readings before coming to class.
  • These quizzes will comprise of student constructed questions.
  • Each student is expected to contribute a minimum of four questions in total for the semester.
  • Questions that are not approved by the instructor will not be counted as your expected contribution.

Class Participation

  • Each student voice is expected to be heard during class discussions.
  • How this is done: Discussion leaders
  • Each student will be assigned the role of discussion leader for selected topics. There will be an assigned block of ‘break out session’ time where the discussion leader will engage the class in the topic of the day. The discussion leader will field questions in which I will assist in part in answering. Also, the discussion leader will have a couple of questions of his/her own to ask the class.


Student Learning Outcomes

Course Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to…)Measurements (means of assessment for student learning outcomes listed in first column)
1.   learn the concepts and principles of chemistry. 1.  Examinations, Homework Assignments and Laboratory Experiments
2.   recognize the importance of and develop a skill in     problem solving.2. Examinations, Homework Assignments and Laboratory Experiment
3.  relate chemistry to other areas of science.3. Examinations, Homework Assignments and Laboratory Experiments
4.   unify the diverse topics of chemistry.4.  Homework Assignments and Laboratory Experiments

Below are the college’s general education learning outcomes, the outcomes that are checked in the left-hand column indicate goals that will be covered and assessed in this course.  (Check at least one.)

 General Education Learning OutcomesMeasurements (means of assessment for general education goals listed in first column)
xCommunication Skills- Students will be able to write, read, listen and speak critically and effectively.Students will submit written lab reports and answer critical questions in pre-lab and post-lab assignments. 
xQuantitative Reasoning- Students will be able to use quantitative skills and the concepts and methods of mathematics to solve problems.Students will solve problems requiring algebraic manipulation, proportional reasoning, exponential notation and to analyze graphically conceptual and experimental data.
xScientific Reasoning- Students will be able to apply the concepts and methods of the natural sciences.Homework assignments, examinations, and experimental observations.
Social and Behavioral Sciences- Students will be able to apply the concepts and methods of the social sciences.   
 Arts & Humanities- Students will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the arts and literature through critiques of works of art, music, theatre or literature.   
Information & Technology Literacy- Students will be able to collect, evaluate and interpret information and effectively use information technologies.   
Values- Students will be able to make informed choices based on an understanding of personal values, human diversity, multicultural awareness and social responsibility.   

Required Text & Readings

  1. Zumdahl, Steven S., and Zumdahl, Susan A., Chemistry 9th Edition, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning  (2014),  Belmont, CA,  ISBN 978-1-285-71642-8
  1. Wentworth, R. A. D. and Munk, Barbara H., Experiments in General Chemistry 10th Edition, Brooks/Cole  Cengage Learning (2013), Belmont, CA., ISBN 978-1-111-98942-2

Other Resources

Use of Technology (if applicable)

**Tentative exam Schedule (Please note that the exam schedule is flexible and may change as the need arises). One week’s notice will be given prior to an exam date. The final exam date is set by the department and cannot be changed.

Evaluation & Requirements of Students
Examinations                                                          45%
Class Participation                                                   5%
Final Examination   (Comprehensive)                    20%
Extra Credit: (% of grade to tbd)
Another Instructor:
Laboratory                                                                30%

College Attendance Policy

At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week.  For example, you may be enrolled in a three-hour class.  In that class, you would be allowed 4 hours of absence (not 4 days).  In the case of excessive absences, the instructor has the option to lower the grade or assign an F or WU grade.


Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.  BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.


BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation.  Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified.  Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source.  Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional.  Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism.


Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors.  The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work.  The full policy can be found on BMCC’s web site, For further information on integrity and behavior, please consult the college bulletin (also available online).

Outline of Topics

Chemical Foundations2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
11.1Chemistry: An Overview3 – 5
1.2The Scientific Method5 – 8
1.3Units of Measurement8 – 11
1.4Uncertainty in Measurement11 – 14
1.5Significant Figures and Calculations (Student Constructed mini quiz)14 – 18
1.6Learning to Solve Problems SystematicallyDiscussion Leader 18 – 18
1.7Dimensional Analysis (Student Constructed mini quiz)18 – 22
1.8Temperature (Student Constructed mini quiz)22 – 26
1.9Density26 – 27
1.10Classification of MatterDiscussion Leader27 – 31
Atoms, Molecules and Ions2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
22.1Early History of Chemistry43 – 44
2.2Fundamental Chemical Laws44 – 47
2.3Dalton’s Atomic TheoryDiscussion Leader47 – 50
2.4Early Experiments to Characterize the Atom50 – 53
2.5Modern View of Atomic Structure54 – 55
2.6Molecules and IonsDiscussion Leader55 – 57
32.7Introduction to the Periodic Table (Student Constructed mini quiz)57 – 60
2.8Naming Simple Compounds (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader60 – 70
Stoichiometry2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
3.1Counting by Weighing82 – 83
3.2Atomic Masses83 – 85
3.3The MoleDiscussion Leader85 – 90
3.4Molar Mass (Student Constructed mini quiz)90 – 92
3.5Learning to Solve ProblemsDiscussion Leader93 – 94
3.6Percent Composition of Compounds94 – 96
3.7Determining the Formula of a CompoundDiscussion Leader96 – 103
43.8Chemical Equations103 – 105
3.9Balancing Chemical Equations (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader105 – 108
3.10Stoichiometric Calculations (Student Constructed mini quiz)108 – 114
3.11Concept of Limiting Reagent (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader114 – 123
 Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
54.1Water, the Common Solvent139 – 141
4.2Strong and Weak ElectrolytesDiscussion Leader141 – 145
4.3The Composition of Solutions145 – 153
4.4Types of Chemical Reactions (Student Constructed mini quiz)153 – 153
4.5Precipitation Reactions153 – 158
4.6Reactions in Solution158 – 160
4.7Stoichiometry of Precipitation Reactions160 – 162
64.8Acid-Base Reactions (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader163 – 170
4.9Oxidation-Reduction Reactions170 – 175
4.10Balancing Oxidation-Reduction ReactionsDiscussion Leader175 – 177
Gases2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class


190 – 192

5.2Gas Laws of Boyle,  Charles and Avogadro (Student Constructed mini quiz)192 – 198
5.3Ideal Gas Law (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader198 – 203
75.4Gas Stoichiometry (Student Constructed mini quiz)203 – 208
5.5Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures208 – 214
5.6Kinetic Molecular Theory of GasesDiscussion Leader214 – 222
5.7Effusion and Diffusion222 – 224
5.8Real GasesDiscussion Leader224 – 226
Thermochemistry2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
86.1The Nature of EnergyDiscussion Leader246 – 252
6.2Enthalpy and Calorimetry (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader252 – 260
6.3Hess’s Law (Student Constructed mini quiz)260 – 264
6.4Standard Enthalpies of FormationDiscussion Leader264 – 271
Atomic Structure and Periodicity2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
97.1Electromagnetic Radiation (Student Constructed mini quiz)296 – 298
7.2The Nature of MatterDiscussion Leader298 – 304
7.3The Atomic Spectrum of Hydrogen305 – 306
7.4The Bohr Model306 – 310
7.5The Quantum Mechanical Model of the Atom310 – 313
7.6Quantum Numbers313 – 314
7.7Orbital Shapes and Energies314 – 318
107.8Electron Spin and the Pauli Principle318 – 318
7.9Polyelectronic Atoms318 – 320
7.10The History of the Periodic Table320 – 322
7.11The Aufbau Principle and the Periodic TableDiscussion Leader322 – 329
7.12Periodic Trends in Atomic Properties329 – 334
7.13The Alkali Metals335 – 338
 Types of Chemical Bonds2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
118.1Types of Chemical Bonds (Student Constructed mini quiz)352 – 356
8.2Electronegativity (Student Constructed mini quiz)356 – 358
8.3Bond Polarity and Dipole Moments (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader358 – 361
8.4Ions: Electron Configurations and Sizes361 – 365
8.5Energy Effects in Binary Ionic Compounds365 – 369
8.6Partial Ionic Character of Covalent Bonds369 – 370
128.7The Covalent Chemical BondDiscussion Leader370 – 373
8.8Covalent Bond Energies and Chemical Reactions373 – 376
8.9The Localized Electron Bonding Model376 – 376
8.10Lewis Structures (Student Constructed mini quiz)Discussion Leader376 – 380
8.11Exceptions to the Octet Rule380 = 384
8.12Resonance384 – 389
8.13Molecular Structure: The VSEPR Model389 – 402
Covalent Bonding: Orbitals2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
139.1Hybridization and the Localized Electron Model416 – 428
9.2The Molecular Orbital Model428 – 431
9.3Bonding in Homonuclear Diatomic Molecules421 – 437
9.4Bonding in Heteronuclear Diatomic Molecules438 – 439
9.5Combining the Localized Electron and Molecular Orbital Models439 – 441
Liquids and Solids2 mins deep breathing exercises at the beginning of each class
10.1Intermolecular Forces455 – 458
10.2The Liquid State458 – 459
1410.3Introduction to Structure and Types of Solids459 – 465
10.4Structure and Bonding in Metals465 – 471
10.5Network Atomic Solids471 – 478
10.6Molecular Solids479 – 480
10.7Ionic Solids480 – 483
10.8Vapor Pressure and Changes of State483 – 491
10.9Phase Diagrams491 – 496
15Examination Week



Expt                            Title                                                                            Page

Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Rules and Check In

1C                   Measurements of Mass and Volume                                       31

1A                   Identification of Unknown Compound                                   15

1B                   Paper Chromatography                                                              23

2                      Isotopes and Mass Spectroscopy                                             41

3A                   Empirical Formula of an Oxide                                                57

3B                   Hydrates and Their Thermal Decomposition                        65

4B                   Ionic Reactions in Aqueous Solutions                                    87

4C                   How Much Acetic Acid in Vinegar?                                         97

5B                   Decomposition of Potassium Chlorate                                   111

6                      Thermochemistry and Hess’s Law                                          121

7                      Absorption Spectrum of Cobalt (II) Chloride                       137

8                      Solubilities Within A Family                                                    151

9A                   Identity of an Insoluble Precipitate                                        159

11                    A Student’s View of Liquids and Solids                                  201



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