C432 Syllabus

TENNESSEE WESLEYAN COLLEGE
COURSE SYLLABUS

I. COURSE: C 432

 

Physical Chemistry

 

4 c.h.


C 432 L P. Chem. Lab 0 c.h.

CLASS LOCATION:
 
II.
TERM: Spring, 2011

INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Joyce R. Baker

OFFICE:
Fisher 215

PHONE:
423-746-5233

E-MAIL:
jrbaker@twcnet.edu

OFFICE HOURS:
MWF 8:30-10:00, TTh 8:30-9:20,  or by appointment

URL:
http://www.twcnet.edu/jrbaker/c432/


III.    COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Emphasis will be on the study of quantum chemistry and
        spectroscopy.  Prerequisites:  C 202 or C 333,  P 211 and M 182


IV.    COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOMES
        use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening **
        be knowledgeable of religious beliefs and issues, the religious positions of others,
            and the choices with which religion confronts them

        recognize the issues that affect social and political behavior in their historical and
            cultural perspective

        demonstrate mathematical and basic computer skills, and discover the impact of
            science and technology **

        appreciate the contributions of the arts and literature to life enrichment
        choose physical activities which will enhance wellness.

        **  college-wide learning outcomes covered in this course


V.    COURSE GOALS & OBJECTIVES/COMPETENCIES/SKILLS:
        To define chemical terms
        To solve chemical problems at a higher cognitive level
        To explain modern-day quantum mechanics and illustrate its development
        To explain spectroscopy
        To predict molecular symmetry

VI.    COURSE RELATIONSHIP TO MAJOR PROGRAM & DEPARTMENTAL OR INSTITUTIONAL PURPOSES:
        To meet B.S. chemistry major requirements.
        To demonstrate mathematical skills
        To use effective communication skills
   
VII.    COURSE RELATIONSHIP TO CONTENT AREA KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS FROM THE EDUCATION MATRICES: None
        
VIII.    TEXT AND OTHER REQUIRED RESOURCES:  
            Engel, Quantum Chemistry & Spectroscopy, Pearson, 2006  (recommended)
            Moog, Spencer & Farrell, Physical Chemistry A Guided Inquiry, Atoms, Molecules and Sprectoscopy, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
    
IX.   TOPICS OR UNITS OF INSTRUCTION:  Schrodinger Equation, Quantum Mechanical Postulates, Vibration and Rotation of Molecules, The Hydrogen Atom, Many Electron Atoms, Electronic Spectroscopy.

X.    ADDITIONAL READINGS:       
XI.   METHODS OF INSTRUCTION and LEARNING:
        Lectures, laboratory, graphical analyses, problem solving, homework, collaborative learning groups and tests

XII A.    REQUIREMENTS OF STUDENTS:  Classroom and laboratory attendance and participation, reading assigned material, problem solving, homework and collaborative learning experiences in classroom and laboratory.

XII B.    MEANS OF EVALUATION:     
              Hour exams that require definitions and explanations:     500 pt. each
              Laboratory Participation                                                   100 pt.
              Total points possible:                                                        600 pt.
                        .
XII C.    Test Schedule:  

Test Material

Date

 CA 1-3

Jan. 31

 CA 4-6

Feb. 21

 CA 7-9

Mar. 21

 CA 10-13

Apr.11

 CA 14-15

 May 4

    

XII D
GRADING SCALE





100.0-94.0%
A

76.9-73.0%
C

93.9-90.0%
A-

72.9-70.0%
C-

89.9-87.0%
B+
69.6-67.0%
D+

86.9-83.0%
B

66.9-63.0%
D

82.9-80.0%
B-

62.9-60.0 D-

79.9-77.0%
C+

60.0- 0%
F



XII E.    HOMEWORK:    Homework problems will be assigned each class period, but not graded.

XII F.    ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Attendance is required.  If a test is missed because of illness,
            a make-up test must be taken within a week of the return to classes.  If a test is missed
            because of an official school function, the test should be taken before the scheduled test
            date and will not count as an absence.  Laboratory attendance and participation are required.   
            
Changes in dates of tests announced in class will take priority over what is printed in this syllabus.

XII G.    COMPUTER USAGE:  Students will be encouraged to use “Chem. Finder” and other Internet-based
              sources to discover safety information on specific chemicals.  Computers will be required for certain
              laboratory experiments and specific kinds of calculations in lecture.

XII H.     ASSESSMENT MEASURES FOR COLLEGE-WIDE LEARNING OUTCOMES  

Learning Outcome
Measurement
Assessment
to use effectively the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening
Reading: Student will read the textbook, handouts, and assignments.
Writing: Student will complete written exams with each exams containing at least one essay question.  There will also be writing required in the lab notebook.
Speaking: Student will participate in class discussions and share answers with the class using the Smartboard.
Listening: Student will attend class, participate in lecture and exercises, and follow verbal instructions regarding homework, quizzes and other assignments.
The student will be assessed on the effectiveness of these four skills as all of the graded course components will require use of these skills.  

Writing skills will be particularly evaluated on the laboratory formal reports.  There will be a formal report for each laboratory completed.  Some laboratories may required that data be compiled from the Internet.
Learning Outcome
Measurement
Assessment
to demonstrate mathematical and basic computer skills, and discover the impact of science and technology
Mathematical skills: Student will complete multiple types of calculations provided through lecture, handouts, quizzes, homework and examinations.
Impact of Science and Technology. Through the course, material will be related to  the impact to the society historically as well as currently.
Assessment of Mathematical skills will be done through class examinations
 Assessment of the Impact of Science and Technology will primarily be through essay portions of examinations where students will be required to present the facts and may also be asked to present their views.

XII.    CLINICAL/LABORATORY/FIELD-BASED EXPERIENCES:   To be determined
           

XIII.    DISABILITIES:  Every effort will be made to accommodate disabilities.  Please discuss your
            disability with your instructor during a private interview

XIV.    HONOR CODE:  Each student is expected to abide by the TWC Honor Code, particularly on
            examinations.  You will be expected to sign a pledge for each exam.  Specifically, you will not
            cheat in any manner before or during the exam.  Please review the Honor Code
            in the “Tennessee Wesleyan College Student Handbook & Calendar”.

XV.    DATE OF REVISION: January 11, 2011        INITIALED BY:   JRB