Course Catalog Description
CHEMISTRY 073 0121 - Basic Chemistry I
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Prerequisites: Eligibility for Mathematics 118 or higher. 2 lecture hours and 4 lab hours per week based on sixteen weeks. Credit Hours: 4
Students the Course is Expected to Serve
Chemistry 121 is designed mainly for students who have not had high school chemistry in the last few years and who do not have the necessary mathematics preparation or familiarity with the periodic table to take Chemistry 201 - General Chemistry I. Students who plan to apply for the Associate Degree Nursing Program and student who wish to improve their science background compose the majority of students in this course. It also counts as 4 credit hours of laboratory science in the physical sciences when applied towards the science requirement in the general education core.
Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)
Note: Chemistry 121 has an IAI code of P1 902L. You can learn more about IAI by visiting iTransfer.
Prof J. Walker
Department Chair, Physical Science and Engineering
Office: 3824/3826 (Main Office)
Phone: (773) 907-4698
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) by appointment. You may call (872) 216-1317 to leave messages.
I've been teaching at Truman College in Uptown, Chicago since 1982. Around the year 2000 I spent six years in administration, a valuable experience but ultimately not the path I wanted to follow. I have a master's degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. I hold certificates in computer repair (A+), Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), and Internet Security (CISSP). I have a variety of interests: Chemsitry, Web Development, Physical Sciences (all of them), Urban Gardening, and Education. I continue to explore a variety of techniques in the classroom in a blended: high tech - high touch approach. Technology is a great tool for teaching but it does not take the place of tactile, hands-on learning that occurs when we make something for ourselves. I use laboratory notebooks or journals in most of my classes. I love to do demonstrations in class. What I recommend for every student is to remember what it felt like to have the curiosity of a child - and find that curiosity again! The world is truly amazing.
Required Course Materials
Introductory Chemistry 4th. Ed. by Nivaldo J. Tro
No specific brand is required but the pages MUST BE BOUND. Spiral notebooks may NOT be used. I prefer quad rule pages (graph paper) but any kind of pages are fine - blank, lined etc. It is important to have a firmly bound book for keeping a permanent record of laboratory observations, data, summaries, analyses and reflections. The laboratory notebook should not have perforated pages that can be removed. View Sample Pages
Note: There is no laboratory textbook to purchase for this class but you will need to print laboratory assignments from the Internet.
You will need a calculator and should bring it with you to every class. It should be able to use scientific notation.
Caffeine has the molecular formula C8H10N4O2 and acts as a stimulant in humans. It is found in many beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks. The name comes from the Italian term for coffee, caffè. Read what Wikipedia has to say about caffeine.
Truman College Mission Statement
"Our Mission dedicates us to deliver high-quality, innovative, affordable and accessible educational opportunities and services that prepare students for a rapidly changing and diverse global economy."
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html. Faculty cannot reveal information about students, or discuss student records over the phone or unsecure e-mail. CCC student e-mail meets FERPA requirements.
The Student Services Department provides a broad range of services to assest students in achieving their academic and life goals.
Students with Disabilities
The Truman College Disability Access Center (DAC) verifies needs pursuant to the American Disabilities Act (ADA), determines student academic accommodations, and issues accomodation letters. Phone number: (773) 907-4725. Linda Ford is the director.
The tutoring center is located in room 162, Larry McKeon Administrative Building, (773) 907-4785.
TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO is for low-income students, first generation college students, or students with disabilities who need academic support: Larry McKeon Administrative Building Room 162, (773) 907-4797. Registration is required at the start of each semester.
Student Success and Leadership Institute (SSLI)
SSLI is for students who need various other support services to achieve their educatinal goals: Larry McKeon Student Services Building Suite 162, (773) 907-4714
The Wellness Center provides a variety of services at no cost for students including counseling, crisis intervention, support groups and more. (773) 907-4045, Room 177, McKeon Admin. Bldg.