CHEM 1211

Fall 2001




Dr. Ismail Kul

Room SC422

Phone: 770-499-3525





High School Chemistry or CHEM 1151




Kotz, J.C.; Treichel, Jr., P.T. Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity, 4th Ed., Saunders College Publishing, Orlando, FL 1999.

Optional study aids are available including an interactive CD for this text and the study guide to accompany your text may also be helpful, but it is optional.


Course description and purpose


Fundamental Laws and principles of chemistry related to the structure of the atom and molecules, the nature of chemical bond, thermochemistry and changes in states of matter and stoichiometry. The main purpose of studying this course is understanding the fundamental details of general chemistry so that you can understand more advanced topics in chemistry or other areas of science.


Office Policy


My office is in room 422, and the office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12.00AM.  However, my general policy is you are welcome whenever my door is open. If you cant find me in my office check the Physical Chemistry Laboratory.


Attendance Policy


Class attendance is strongly recommended but not mandatory. Informal monitoring of attendance will be considered when determining class participation, however. Attendance on a regular basis is considered in assigning participation points. You will be responsible for all announcements and material presented in class.




As mentioned above, one way to participate in class is, of course, to be there.  Additionally, asking relevant questions regarding problems and concepts, or answering questions when asked are also considered in class participation.  E-mailing questions to the instructor is also considered as participation provided that you are attending class regularly. 




A good rule of thumb to follow is two hours of preparation for every hour spent in the classroom. You'd be surprised how good time management will help you study more efficiently and effectively.  A few hours of concentrated, uninterrupted study is far more valuable than several hours of casual leafing through your book and trying a problem here or there. Use your time wisely and efficiently and you'll find that you'll actually have more time than you think to do other things.


Concentrate mainly on the textbook and the problems which should be worked along with your reading as you encounter new concepts. Pay careful attention to examples in your text since they will aid you in problem solving. Use the self-test questions in the "Student Guide" to gauge your understanding after you have finished a chapter or part of a chapter.  If you find a concept particularly difficult to understand, then resort to the optional materials available to you in the library, the internet, or through personal consultation with me. There are many excellent CD-Rom programs and websites available. Try to stay ahead of the lectures so that if you reach a snag, you will not fall behind. Do not wait until the night before the exam to study since that period should be a review session, not a cram session.





By this date

Test Date


August 23



August 30

September 4 (1+2)


September 13

September 18 (3)


September 27

October 2(4)


October 16

October 18 (5)


November 6

November 8 (6)












Final Exam (Cumulative)




There will be seven quizzes during the semester.  Material covered by the quiz will be announced the day before.  See the schedule above for the tentative quiz dates.   The lowest in-class quiz grade will be dropped for your average.  An unexcused absence on a quiz day will automatically be a zero.  There will be no make-up quizzes. All exam materials will be supplied.  Calculators may be used during the quizzes, but may not be passed to another student during the exam.




                                    Points Possible


Quizzes                                                  700

Final Exam                                             250

Class Participation and Homework                                             50

Homework                                             100

Total                                                      1100



Grade                    Points  


A                      990 and above

B                      880-989

C                      770-879

D                      660-769

F                      659 and below






Students who find that they cannot continue in college for the entire quarter after being enrolled, because of illness or any other reason, should complete an official withdrawal form. Forms may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.


Students who officially withdraw from college with the approval of the College Dean will be assigned the grade of "W" which will not affect their overall scholastic average. Those students who stop attending classes and do not notify anyone are usually assigned a failing grade which can jeopardize their chances of future academic success.


Students may, by means of the same withdrawal form and with the approval of the College Dean, withdraw from individual courses while retaining other courses on their schedules. The last day to withdraw without academic penalty is October 23rd. Failure to do so will mean that the student has elected to receive the final grades earned in the course. The only exceptions to these withdrawal regulations will be for those instances which involve unusual and fully documented circumstances.




Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.  Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards.   Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimum one semester suspension requirement.