CHEM 1212 – Principles of Chemistry II
Course Syllabus - Fall 2016


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Course Description:


Number and Title:

CHEM 1212 (CRN 80143)
Principles of Chemistry II

Credit Hours:

Chemistry 1212 is a three hour credit science course for Area D, or possibly Area F of the Core Curriculum of Clayton State University.

Catalog Description:

Second course in a two-semester sequence covering the fundamental principles and applications of chemistry for science majors.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Prerequisite: CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L and MATH 1112 with a C or better
Co-requisite: CHEM 1212L may be taken concurrently

Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L, students dropping one of the two courses must also drop the other.

Notebook Computer Requirement:


Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access. For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://itpchoice.clayton.edu/policy.htm.


Everyday coursework in class will not require the use of a computer. Therefore, unless there is a compelling reason, cleared through the instructor, students should not have their computers open during the lectures or exams.


My campus e-mail address is aagyeman@clayton.edu. This course has a web page which can be accessed through my home page at http://clayton.edu/faculty/aagyeman/. Once you have accessed the course web page, you may wish to "bookmark" this site as you will refer to it often during the semester.


Computer Skill Prerequisites:

Able to use the WindowsTM operating system.

Able to use a the Microsoft WordTM word processing program.

Able to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM program

 Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email. Able to use a Web browser.

Your instructor may have access to more font sets than your computer currently holds. Therefore, there may be some differences in the appearance of symbols when viewing old exams and exercise sheets. If this is a problem, consult the instructor.

You should develop the habit of checking your e-mail daily. Because of the number of students we typically have, there may be some delay in the instructor's response to an individual's e-mail. Do not send time-sensitive information via e-mail--use the old system of the telephone. A delivered e-mail does not relieve you of the responsibility of informing the instructor about some concern. On the other hand, the instructor may send e-mails with information vital to your success in the course. Check your e-mail often, at least once a day.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor. Everyday coursework in class will not require the use of a computer. Therefore, unless there is a compelling reason, cleared through the instructor, students should not have their computers open during the lectures or exams. Computers and/or cell phones cannot be used as a calculator for exams.

In-class Use of Cell Phones:

Cell phones and electrical devices have become a major distraction in the classroom. They are to be turned completely off during the class period (not just to vibrator mode). If one of these devices does go off during class, the offending student may be penalized by:

Being asked to leave the room.

Being reported for disruptive behavior. 

Course Objectives

A successful student will be able to:

  • Solve chemical kinetics problems
  • Solve equilibrium calculations
  • Solve the Nernst equation
  • Apply the concept of kinetic molecular theory to condensed states of matter 


 Student Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components (see CHEM 1212 in the tables):

§  Communications outcomes components

§  Critical thinking outcomes components

Chemistry outcomes:

CHEM 1212 supports outcomes 1, 4, 5 and 6 of the chemistry major:

  • Outcome 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.
  • Outcome 4. Apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.
  • Outcome 5. Communicate scientific information in a clear concise manner both orally and in writing.
  • Outcome 6. Collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.


Biology outcomes:

 CHEM 1212 supports outcomes 2 and 4 of the biology major:

  • Outcome 2. Formulate hypotheses and collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.
  • Outcome 4. Relate knowledge of the other sciences, including computer and social sciences, to biological concepts and skills.

Teacher Education outcomes:


Teacher Education Policy:

The content of this course syllabus correlates to education standards established by national and state education governing agencies, accrediting agencies and learned society/ professional education associations. Please refer to the course correlation matrices located at the following web site http://www.clayton.edu/arts-sciences/teachered/standardsoutcomes


Conceptual Framework:

The mission of the Teacher Education Unit is to prepare professional educators who engage in reflective practice and who are competent, caring, committed, collaborative, culturally responsive, and prepared to teach diverse learners in an ever-changing society. For the complete CSU Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework, follow this link http://www.clayton.edu/portals/5/departments/teachered/docs/Conceptual-Framework.doc



Fall Semester, 2016

Instructor Information:


Dr. Augustine O. Agyeman

Phone:(678) 466-4793

Fax:(678) 466-4797



Office:Lakeview Discovery & Science Center, 235J

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Wednesday: 11:15 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:45 am and 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
or by appointment


 Class Meetings:   








11:15 am - 12:30 pm

B 10


Textbook Information:

Text: Tro, Chemistry – Structure and Properties, Pearson, 2015. Mastering Chemistry - online homework Students are encouraged to use PriceLoch.com to comparison shop for textbooks.

Text Coverage: Chapters 12 – 21

You will be required to use Mastering Chemistry, the online homework system that accompanies the textbook. The Loch Shop has this bundled, or you can purchase is separately from Pearson. IF YOU Chose to purchase any supplies from a third party, please note that you are ordering the correct version of Mastering for the this class. Pearson will NOT provide a refund for purchasing the incorrect version.

Mastering Access url: http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/masteringchemistry/  

Course Code: AGYEMANCHEM1212FALL16


There will be three classroom assessments and one 2-hour final (comprehensive). The major examinations will be announced approximately one week in advance whenever possible and attendance is mandatory. Make-up assessments are at the discretion of the instructor and are likely to be an increase in the percentage of the final exam. 

Make-ups / Late Work:


Due to the difficulty in making up new assessments, missed assessments will be graded as a zero or other arrangements will be made at the discretion of the instructor and are likely to be an increase in the percentage of the final exam. 


Laboratory Requirement:


The student should note that the laboratory is a co- or prerequisite for this course. If you are currently enrolled in the laboratory, you should take special note that if you withdraw from either the course or the laboratory, you must withdraw from the other. 






In-class examinations (3) @ 100 points each


Assigned Homework (Mastering)


Final examination*




*The final examination for the course is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 10:15 am to 12:15 am. The final examination will be comprehensive.

Please Note the Date and Time of the Final Exam Carefully!! 

Bonus quizzes MAY be given at the Professor's discretion throughout the semester, to help students earn additional points towards their final grade.



Letter Grade

Percentage Range


90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%


Midterm Pregress Report:


The mid-term grade in this course which will be issued on or before October 4, reflects approximately 18% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W." Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on October 7, 2016. 

Helpful Information:



This course demands and expects a minimum of two hours of work per night. Reading assignments are tentatively made on this syllabus. Homework problems may be assigned. Some assignments may not be collected or graded. These are for your benefit and are your responsibility. Review problem sheets may also be suggested periodically. Help and answers will be available upon request and on the course web page.


Help Sessions: 

Voluntary help sessions will be held whenever possible if there is sufficient desire or need.



The Center for Academic Success (CAS) provides tutoring for this course. Appointments can be made through TutorTrac athttp://tutoring.clayton.edu or by contacting the CAS at (678) 466-4070, lower level of the library.


Extra Credit: 

Extra Credit problems are offered periodically throughout the semester. These can be significant supplements to your grade. These are usually due at the beginning of the next class period. Late submissions will not be graded. You may use books, notes, library references—anything except another person (in the class or not). If at anytime I suspect anyone is working together, or getting help from anyone, the extra credit opportunities will stop. Although you may Google for assistance, if you copy material directly, without referencing the source, it is considered plagiarism and will invalidate your submission. It is possible these may be offered via E-mail, therefore you should check your E-mail everyday.


Academic Irregularity: 

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial procedures are described at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/judicial/.  



Tentative Course Schedule:

The instructor reserves the right to change the schedule as necessary and will communicate any changes clearly to the class. 




August 16, 18, 23

Liquids, Solids and Intermolecular Forces


August 25, 30
September 1

Phase Diagrams and Crystalline Solids


September 5

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)


September 6, 8, 13



September 15

Exam 1

12, 13, 14

September 20, 22, 27

Chemical Kinetics


September 29
October 4, 6

Chemical Equilibrium


October 7

Midterm (last day to withdraw withoutacademicpenalty)


October 10, 11

Fall Break (No Classes)


October 13

Exam 2

15, 16

October 18, 20

Acids and Bases


October 25, 27
November 1

Aqueous Ionic Equilibrium


November 3, 8

Free Energy and Thermodynamics


November 10

Exam 3

17, 18, 19

November 15, 17



November 22, 29

Radioactivity and Nuclear Chemistry


November23 - 26

Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)


December 1



December 6
(10:15 am - 12:15 pm)

Final Exams



Course Policies:


Problems will be assigned throughout the semester. These assignments will vary in length and format, may be given in-class or as homework, and will be graded. Details for each assignment will be announced in class and/or posted on the course website. You may work on these assignments with your classmates (unless otherwise instructed), but each student must submit their own work for grading (either online or to the instructor, depending on the assignment).

Late Policy:

Assignments due in class will be collected at the beginning of the class period. Work turned in after this is considered late. Late assignments are penalized 10% per day. Problems with printing (including SmartPrint) are not considered acceptable valid excuses for late work. No assignments will be accepted via email unless specified by the instructor.

Additional Problems:

This course demands and expects approximately two hours of work per night. Reading assignments are tentatively made on this syllabus. The student is expected to complete problems from the textbook upon completion of each topic in class. However, these will not be collected or graded. Completion of these problems is your responsibility.


University Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy:

Attendance is expected for all class periods. Attendance is required for all examination periods. It is your responsibility to sign the roll sheet at every class meeting you attend. This roll sheet is the instructor's official record. You will be held responsible for all announcements and material covered in lecture in addition to text, references, hand-outs and study guides. Note: Lectures will contain valuable explanations of content and thought processes which are difficult for most students to extract from the text book on their own. Therefore, regular attendance is strongly encouraged.

Academic Dishonesty:

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial procedures are described at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/judicial/.


Disruption of the Learning Environment:

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples includebelligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at: http://a-s.clayton.edu/cclower/Disruptive%20Classroom%20Behavior.doc.

As a courtesy to your classmates:

  • Arrive to class on time, and stay until class is dismissed.
  • Avoid disruptive behavior in class: talking, snoring, children, etc.Turn off beepers, phones, radios and other electronic devices. Pacemakers are allowed.
  • If you must leave early, leave quietly by a back door if possible.
  • Use the pencil sharpener before class begins.
  • No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the classroom.


There will be three 1-hour in-class examinations and one 2-hour final (comprehensive). The use of a simple calculator is required for all examinations. All examinations are closed book. Attendance is mandatory. If a student has an excused absence on an exam day, the student's final exam percentage score will be used in place of the missed exam score. No make-up exams will be given. In order for an absence to be considered excused, the student must contact the instructor within 24 hours and provide a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for any missed work.

Grades will not be communicated via email or telephone. Exams will be handed back in the next lecture period after an exam. If absent, a student must come by during office hours to retrieve their exam. Final exam papers may be viewed the following semester during office hours.

Other Class Policies:

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

Turn off all electronic devices during class. All electronic devices including computers, cell phones, palm pilots, pagers, calculators, MP3 players, etc. are not allowed during exams or quizzes. During such activities, these devices are not permitted to be in your possession at all (which means they cannot be clipped to your belt, in your pocket, etc.). Possession and/or use of these items during an exam or quiz will result in an automatic zero on the graded activity.

Visitors (friends, children, etc.) are strictly prohibited from attending class without the permission of the instructor. 


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