AS.030.103 Chemical Equilibrium and Reactivity (w/ Laboratory)

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Last Updated: November 9, 2017

FALL 2018


This course is designed for freshmen who have previously taken AP chemistry or have similar advanced chemistry experience. This course will review an advanced introductory chemistry sequence in a single semester. Chemical equilibrium, reactivity and bonding will be covered. These topics will be explored through the use of laboratory experiments and problem solving, and the use of these principles in current research areas will be discussed. Students may receive credit for AS.030.103 or EN.510.101, but not both.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Solve word problems substantially more effectively than before
  2. Design and carry out laboratory experiments
  3. Combine chemical thermodynamics and kinetics to understand and predict the behavior of the world
  4. Demonstrate improved time management abilities
  5. Identify systematic and random sources of errors, and incorporate that knowledge in drawing conclusions from data
  6. Propose the bonding and shapes of molecules, identify the impact on interactions between molecules, and propose experiments to check these predictions.

Unit Topics
  1. The Analytical Process: Making Good Measurements
  2. Spectroscopy: What can we learn about the structure of atoms? How can we use spectroscopy to make good measurements?
  3. The bonding and shapes of molecules. Intra and Intermolecular Forces
  4. Thermodynamics: What are the energy changes in reactions?
  5. Chemical Equilibrium and its applications
  6. Chemical kinetics: How fast do reactions go? How fast do they approach equilibrium?
  7. Electrochemistry: How can we understand redox reactions?

Class Times: MWF 9:00-9:50 AM OR MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
Lab Times: M,T,W or Th 1:30-5:00 PM, or T 9:00-Noon
Classrooms:Monday/WednesdayBloomberg 478 (building 11 on the campus map)
LabsUTL G82/G84 (building 70 on the campus map)
Final ExamTBD

Prof. Tyrel M. McQueen
Office: New Chemistry Building #312 and Bloomberg #301
Office Hours:TBD

TA Office Hours

Required Text and Materials:

Optional Resources:

Attendance to class, exam, and laboratory periods is required. Missed lab periods must be made up; except in exceptional circumstances, it is expected that lab makeups will occur during the same week as the lab period you missed. Missed exams cannot be made up. Instead, your grade for that exam will be assigned based on your performance in other exams (see below). Except in the case of sickness, absences from exams and lab periods must be excused at least 3 days in advance with documentation. In the case of sickness on exam days, Health and Wellness will provide notes and this documentation is required. In the case of sickeness on laboratory days, no note/documentation is required for the first absence, but is expected for subsequent absences. In ALL cases you MUST email TMM BEFORE the start of the exam or lab period. If you do not request permission BEFORE the start of the exam or lab period, you will receive a 0 for that exam or lab EVEN IF you provide documentation. In rare cases, an exam or lab will be excused in order to help you to recover from a serious illness, but these arrangements must be worked out in advance with TMM and with collaboration from the Dean of Student Life.

General Grading Policy

Point Distribution: 10% each of two hour exams, 14% final exam, 20% individual homework, 4% each of nine laboratory experiments (completion, notebook, and assignments), 5% in-class participation, 5% final project

Late Assignments: Lab and homework assignments will be marked off 10% for each day late. Assignments that are more than one week late will not be accepted. Late prelabs will not be accepted.

Final grades will be assigned by looking at class averages, medians, large point gaps between students, and comparisons to prior year cohorts. However, the following table indicates minimum grades awarded for a given percentage of points earned:

PercentageMinimum Grade


Regrade Policy: If you believe that a mistake was made in grading your exam, you may submit a regrade request. A regrade request should be a clean sheet of paper with a short description of what was done wrong paperclipped to the front of your exam. TMM reserves the right to inspect the exam for other grading errors if you submit a regrade request. All regrade requests are due by the dates that will be posted here. Submission of a formal regrade request is required to have your exam score changed, but TMM is of course available to discuss any issues or problems you have.

Excused Exams: If you are appropriately excused from an exam (see above), your class rank on each of the exams you took will be determined, and the average of this rank will be calculated. For the exam you missed, the numerical grade for the student of this rank will be entered.

Laboratory Experiments

Your in-laboratory grade will be determined by the quality of your notes and observations as written down in your laboratory notebook. Laboratory notebooks are primary documentation and cannot be taken out of the laboratory, and instead will be turned into your TA at the conclusion of each laboratory period. You will be able to take the carbon copy of your notes in order to complete the associated problem sets / write ups.

Laboratory Safety

The Care and Feeding of Your Lab Notebook (Lab Book Grading Sheet)

Homework Assigments

These are available on Sapling Learning via blackboard.

Laboratory Handouts

These will be posted on blackboard as required in the class.

Tentative Schedule (can and will change!)
Class WeekTopicLaboratory
Week 0 (8/30-8/31, M sch on Th): Unit 1 (2 lectures) No lab
Week 1 (9/4-9/7): Unit 1 (2 lectures) M: No Lab, TWTh: Lab A
Week 2 (9/10-9/14): Unit 1 (2 lectures), Unit 2 (1 lecture) M: Lab A, TWTh: Lab B
Week 3 (9/17-9/21): Unit 2 (3 lectures) M: Lab B, TWTh: Lab C
Week 4 (9/24-9/28): Unit 2 (1 lecture), Unit 3 (1 lecture), EXAM 1 M: Lab C, TWTh: Lab D
Week 5 (10/1-10/5): Unit 3 (3 lectures) M: Lab D, TWTh: No Lab
Week 6 (10/8-10/12): Unit 3 (2 lectures), Unit 4 (1 lecture) MTWTh: Lab E
Week 7 (10/15-10/18): Unit 4 (2 lectures) MTWTh: Lab F
Week 8 (10/22-10/26): Unit 4 (2 lectures), EXAM 2 MTWTh: Lab G1
Week 9 (10/29-11/2): Unit 5 (3 lectures) MTWTh: Lab G2
Week 10 (11/5-11/9): Unit 5 (3 lectures) MTWTh: Lab H
Week 11 (11/12-11/16): Unit 5 (3 lectures) MTWTh: Lab I
Thanksgiving Week (11/19-11/23)
Week 12 (11/26-11/30): Unit 6 (3 lectures) MTWTh: Lab SP and Checkout
Week 13 (12/3-12/7): Unit 7 (3 lectures) MTWTh: No Lab
TBD Final Exam TBD

Extra Reference Material

These will be posted on blackboard as mentioned in the class.

Lecture Notes

Problem solving lecture slides are posted on blackboard after completion in class.

Audit Policy

This course is not open for auditing.

Late Adds

You may add this course after the start of the semester. You must, however, contact TMM directly to make arrangements to make up any important work you may have missed.

Disability Accommodations:

If you are a student with a disability or believe you might have a disability that requires accommodations, please contact Dr. Brent Mosser in Student Disability Services, 385 Garland, (410)516-4720,

Honor Code

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. You may collaborate with other students in this course, but you must acknowledge this collaboration. Furthermore, you should collaborate with others rather than simply copying the ideas or solutions of others. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, and facilitating academic dishonesty. For more information, see the guide on "Academic Ethics for Undergraduates" and the Ethics Board web site (