Chemistry 1300

Preparatory Chemistry


Spring 2010 SECTION: 10

CRN 10044


Instructor: Dr. Robert E. Belford

Office: SCLB 277



Office Phone: 598-8824

Lecture: M,W,F, 9:00-9:50 AM, SCLB 265


Required Text: Basic Concepts of Chemistry, 8th ed., by Leo Malone and Theodore Dolter, John Wiley and Sons, 2010

Handouts in Class


Class Web Site:


Office Hours: M,W,F: 10AM-10:50

T,R: 10:45-11:30, and by appointment


I will try and hold open office hours and you are welcome to drop by anytime. My office is around the corner from the SCLB 263 departmental computing lab and if I am busy you can let me know you need help and then go study in the computing lab. I'll drop by as soon as I am free.




Attendance: Attendance is required in this course and will be taken daily with ungraded "attendance quizzes", or graded unannounced quizzes on days without graded quizzes or examinations.


Course Content: Chem 1300 is a preparatory course for chem 1402 and 1403. The objective of this course is to provide students with the skills they need to succeed in Chem 1402. We are using an Introductory Chemistry text which covers the material students would be expected to cover in two years of non-AP high school chemistry, but will also have additional material on specific skill sets which have been identified to prevent students from succeeding in chem 1402 and 1403. This material will be designed to assist the students in passing the competency quizzes.





Grading: Attendance is required. A variety of quizzes will be offered, including announced, unannounced and take home quizzes. There will also be 4 competency quizzes, 2 hourly exams, a mid term and a final.



Final Grade Calculation:

Attendance 5%

2 Exams + quizzes 35%

Competency Quizzes 20%

Midterm 15%

Comprehensive Final 25%



Final grade Distributions: 90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

0 - 59% F


Competency Quizzes: The original competency quiz will be administered in class. Any student who does not make 70% on the competency quiz will be required to retake it until they pass. Retakes prior to April 9 will be administered on days specified by the syllabus. Students who have not passed all the competency quizzes by April 9 will need to make an appointment with the instructor to schedule a retest time outside of class times. The highest grade recorded for a student who retakes it will be 70%. So if one student gets a 75% on the first try and another student gets a 65% on the first try and a 90% on the second try, the recorded grades are 75% and 70% respectively. A course grade of D is the highest grade a student can earn if they have not passed all the competency quizzes by the end of the semester, and students are only allowed to retake each competency quiz one time a week. Students who do not receive a C or better in chem 1300 will need to pass the chem 1402 placement exam in order to enroll in chem 1402 the subsequent semester. r




  1. Competency Quiz 1: Basic algebra, significant digits, scientific notation, logarithms and basic arithmetic
  2. Competency Quiz 2: Nomenclature of elements, molecules and ionic compounds
  3. Competency Quiz 3: Balancing equations & acid-base nomenclature
  4. Competency Quiz 4: Stoichiometric calculations & advanced algebra.


There will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS or QUIZZES. The final exam score (on a scale of 100%) will be substituted for the lowest exam/midterm score if it is higher, and thus a student who misses one hourly exam or the midterm will have the final substituted for that score. Student's have one week after an exam or quiz has been returned to bring to the instructor's attention any possible errors in grading, and no changes will be considered after this time period (student's can send a dated email if they are not able to personally catch up with the instructor).




Although this is a 1300 level course the department offers it is not the easiest chemistry course for freshmen, but the only one without a lab. This course is designed to get you through the Chem 1402/1403 sequence and is math intensive. If you are a Nursing Major you belong in the chem 1400/1401 General-Organic-Biochemistry sequence. If 1402/1403 are not prerequisites for upper level courses in your degree plan and you are taking this as an "appreciation of chemistry" type course you may want to consider Chem 1409, "Chemistry and Society", the department's lab science course for non-science majors.


A basic scientific calculator is required for this course. This is a calculator that has basic functions such as EE or EXP and a LOG function. Alphanumeric programmable calculators (such as TI-82 and TI-83) WILL NOT be allowed for tests and quizzes. (I recommend a good, cheap scientific calculator, such as a Sharp EL531, Cannon F-710, TI 30Xa, Casio FX 300 MS or any other scientific calculator under $20.) A 1 1 in binder is recommended so that all class materials can be kept in one place. Tabs to separate class notes, homework, worksheets, quizzes and tests are also helpful.


***If you bring a cell phone or pagers to class, please make sure the ringer is in the vibrating or OFF position. All cell phones must be out of sight during examinations and quizzes.


April 9: Last day to drop a class and receive a W.

The Final Exam is from 8:00-10:00 AM on May 7.


This syllabus and schedule can be altered at the instructor's discretion. Any revisions will be posted on the web.


Students with disabilities:  It is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments.  If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement--such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos--please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  Students are also welcome to contact the Disability Resource Center, telephone 501-569-3143 (v/tty). For more information, visit the DRC website at

Good Luck and Study Hard!


Jan 11 Introduction, Prologue: Origin of Matter & Sci. Method p. 1-13

13 Appendix A: Basic Arithmetic p. A.2-A.9

Appendix B: Basic Algebra p.A.10-A.18

15 Appendix C: Scientific Notation & Logarithms p.A.19-A.25

18 Holiday 20 Appendix C: Scientific Notation & Logarithms p.A.19-A.25

1.1-1.3: Measured Numbers & Scientific Notation p.16-26

22 1.4-1.5: Units of Measurement & Conversions p.26-p.38

25 3.2 Density & Specific Gravity p. 84-88

27 Appendix D: Graphs p.A.27-A.30

1.6: Measurements and Temperature p. 38-41

29 Review/COMPETENCY QUIZ 1 (Math and Algebra)

Feb 1 2.1-2.4 Elements p. 52-64

3 Isotope Handouts

5 2.5-2.6 Compounds p. 64-71

8 3.1,3.3Physical States and Mixtures, Retest CQ1 p. 80-84, 89-92

10 3.4 Thermodynamics p. 94-100

12` Review/Catch Up

15 Exam I

17 4.1-4.2 Periodic Table (Read Entire Chapter ahead of time) p. 110-130

4.3-4.6 Nomenclature

19 cont

22 cont.

24 Competency Quiz 2 (Nomenclature, Retest CQ1)

26 Review/Catch Up


3 5.1-5.6, Chemical Equations, Retest CQ 1-2 p. 138-161

5 cont.

8 cont.

10 cont.

12 Competency Quiz 3/Retest CQ 1-2

15 6.1-6.5 Stoichiometry of Elements and Compounds p. 169-192

17 cont.

19 Quiz (Chapter 6)

22 Spring Break

24 Spring Break

26 Spring Break

29 7.1-7.4 Reaction Stoichiometry p. 197-214

31 cont.

Apr 2 cont.

5 Competency quiz 4/ Retest CQ 1-3

7 10.1-10.7 Gas Phase Chemistry p. 293-329

9 cont. (last day to withdraw with a W, from this date on you need to make an appointment with the instructor for retests)

12 cont.

14 Quiz Chapter 10

16 EXAM II (Chapters 5-7,10)

19 8.1-8.5 Atomic Theory and Periodic Trends p. 221-246

21 8.5 Periodic Trends p. 242-246

23 9.1-9.8 Chemical Bond, Lewis Dot Structure and Molecular Geometry p. 253-285

26 cont

28 cont.

30 Quiz (Chapter 8 & 9)

May 3 Review

9 Comprehensive Final Exam (10:30-12:30 AM)



Suggested Text Practice Problems (Do until you are confident)

Exam 1:


All exercises in text for sections that are covered plus:

Appendix A-E (do as covered in lecture)

Chapter 1: 1,2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,23,26,28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,44,45,47,49,50,



Chapter 3; 12,14,17-19,21,24,27,28,30,31,34,35

Chapter 2: 2,5,7,9,12,14,16,18-20,22,24,26,27,29,31-34,36,39-42,44,46,47,50,


Chapter 3: 1,2,4,6,9,10,36,38,40,41,43,45,47,50,52,54,56,62,63,64,66,68-70,72,74,



Mid Term all above plus:


Chapter 4: 1,3,5,7,8,10,12-14,18,20,22,24,28,30-32,34,36,38,39-41,43,45,47,48,50,



Exam 2:


Chapter 5: 1,2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,51,53,


Chapter 6: 1,3,4,6,8,10,11,14,16,18,20,23,25,27,29,31,33,35,36,38,42,43,45,47,49,51,


Chapter 7: 1,2,4,6,8-10,12,14,16,17,19-22,25,26,28,29,31,32,36,37,40,42,43,45,46

Chapter 10: 1,3,5-7,9-11,16,18,19,22,24,26,28,31,32,34,35,38,48,49,50,51,53,55,



Final Exam all above plus:

Chapter 8 1-3,5,8,9,11,13,15,24,26,27,29,31,39,44,46-48,56,60,61,63,65,67,69,


Chapter 9 1,2,4,6,8,10,11,13,14,17,19,23,26,28,30,32,34,36,37,40,42,43,45-48,51