Chemistry 1409, Fall 2009                       Chemistry and Society   

Lecture Room:  FH 532                                 Tuesday and Thursday:  8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Textbook:  Chemistry in Focus:  A Molecular View of our World, 3rd edition,

                        by Nivaldo J. Tro


Instructor:  Dr. Robert E. Belford                            Office Hours:  W, F: 11:00-11:50 AM

Office:  SCLB 277                                                     T:  9:15 – 10:00 (or by appointment) 

Phone:  569-8824                                                       e-mail:

CRN: 10081


Learning Objectives: 


  • Learn basic principles of atomic structure and chemical bonding.
  • Apply chemical principles to everyday experiences
  • Understand the scientific method of discovery.
  • Perform experiments illustrating basic and applied chemistry.


Material to be covered: (all dates are estimates – official test dates will be announced in class)


A:        Chapter   1:  Molecular Reasons

Chapter   2:  The Chemist’s Toolbox

Appendix 1:  Uncertainty in Measurements

Chapter   3:  Atoms and Elements

                        Test # 1  Sep  24


B:         Chapter   4:  Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Reactions

            Chapter   5:  Chemical Bonding

            Chapter   6:  Organic Chemistry

                                    Test # 2  Oct. 27


C:         Chapter    7: Light and Color

            Chapter   9 & 10: (selected material on Energy)

            Chapter 11:  (selected material on gases)

            Class reports

                                  Test #3 ~ Dec 4


This schedule may be revised at the instructors discretion.


You are responsible to do all the odd problems at the end of each chapter as we cover the material, as well as all worksheets given in class.  This assignment will not be graded but will be the basis of quizzes and tests.  The answer to all odd numbered questions are given in the back of the book.  Any questions on these problems can be addressed during office hours.  Homework practice is essential for the retention of the material. 


            Laboratory work will comprise 25% of your grade.  Missing more than three lab sessions will result in failure of the entire four hour course.



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. 


Final Grade Calculation

            Laboratory                               25%

            3 Exams + quizzes                    45%

            Special Projects                        15%

            Comprehensive Final                15%




Final grade Distributions:           90-100%  A

                                                80-89%    B

                                                70-79%    C

                                                60-69%    D

                                                0 - 59%    F





Final Exam:  Teusday, Dec 10h, 8:00 – 10:00, FH102 


Students with Disabilities:

It is the policy 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 at