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Chemistry Department Student Learning Goals and Objectives (2009)





COURSE TITLE: Physical Chemistry

COURSE NUMBER: 24-304-01 and 24-304-10

INSTRUCTOR: H. Preston Hayward, Ph.D., Spectroscopy

OFFICE: SCS 304 Ph: 302-857-6531 E-mail: OFFICE HOURS MWF 9-10am, Tuesday 6-7:30pm

Lecture Text: Ball, D.W.; Physical Chemistry, 1st ed.; Thomson-Brooks/Cole, California; 2003.



The course is designed to give the student a comprehensive study of the chemical and physical properties of matter including the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative analysis of chemical ensembles. It contains discussions of the macroscopic physical properties of known forms of matter, analysis of the statistical behavior of matter that affect our daily lives. The course mainly focuses on the content knowledge in physical chemistry for prospective chemical workers and other professionals.

^ Chemistry Department Student Learning Goals and Objectives (2009)

Goal 1: Students will participate in lecture and laboratory discussions to develop good oral communicative skills. They will write detailed laboratory reports to communicate to chemist at large using learned communication skills.

Goal 2: Students will be given short (homework) assignments to improve inquiry skills and critical thinking skills. Some problems will be designed to increase quantitative and qualitative information and solve chemistry problems.

Goal 3: Students will work collaboratively with a diverse laboratory team and develop productive chemists in a diverse learning environment. Although students work together in a collaborative fashion, each student will write their own individual lab report in an ethical fashion.

Goal 4: Students will prove their proficiency by taking the American Chemical Society standardized tests, which integrates independent and critical thinking. Computer analysis will be used in data analysis to direct the students towards personal and professional success.

^ 3.0 COURSE DESCRIPTION (3 Credits Lecture and 1 Credit Lab)

A comprehensive study of the chemical and physical properties of matter needed to explain and interpret chemical observations. The course is characterized by three main approaches: the discussion of average behavior of chemical ensembles, the use of

spectroscopy to explain bulk properties of collections of atoms and molecules, and an analysis of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions. Three lectures and one three hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: Chemistry 301-302, Math 251-252, and Physics 201-202.

4.0 COURSE OBJECTIVE: All Professional Unit Teachers Education Program Standards are addressed in this course except diversity.


Diversity (working with a cultural and diverse population)

Interpersonal communication skills (applications)

Reflection (ability to and application)

Effective teaching and assessment strategies (application)

Content & pedagogical knowledge (knowledge and application)

Technology (integration)


1 Content 7 Instructional Strategies

2 Human development & Learning 8 Assessment

3 Diverse Learners 9 Professional Growth

4 Communication 10 Professional Relationships

5 Learning Environment 11 Education Technology

6 Planning 12 Professional Conduct


I Content Knowledge II Growth and Development

III Diverse Students IV Management and Motivation

V Communications VI Planning and Instruction

VII Student Assessment VIII Reflection

IX Technology X Collaboration


Lecture(Instructor at the Blackboard)

Peer Group Activities (Tutors)

Classroom Discussions

Demonstrations (experimental design)

Small Group Activities

Self and Peer Analysis

Recitations (Students at blackboard)


1. Participation in activities pertaining to using

Chemistry in the students daily lives

A. Food Analysis Experiments(Ex: Bomb Calorimetry:

Heat of Formation of Sucrose)

B. Water Chemistry Experiments(Ex; Viscosity of

Liquids, Part I: Low Viscosities)

C. Colligative Properties Experiment (Ex: Freezing

Point Depression by Antifreeze)

D. Medicinal Analysis Experiment(Ex: Antacid Analysis)

E. Environmental Chemistry (Ex. Properties of

Polyvinyl Alcohol)

2. Participation in activities pertaining to theoretical

applications to daily life practices

A. Kinetics(Ex:Rate of reactions)

B. Electrochemistry(Ex:Electrochemistry Cells)


Grades are assigned according to the college-wide

grading system (A, B, C, etc.) and letter grades are

assigned as 100-90 = A, 89-80 = B, etc.

Lecture Grade

3 or 4 Tests 60.0%, Final Exam 20.0%, Quizzes 20%.

1. Under no circumstance will quizzes ****be accepted

after the deadline (i.e. on Friday of each week for

the previous Friday, Monday, and Wednesday

assignments). On the ACS standardized test <20

questions = F, >40=A for the class.

2. Students must have an excuse acceptable to the Instructor to take a make-up exam.

3. Attendance to testing is mandatory.

Please note: No discussions of grades will take place

After the final exam without the filing of an official

document because grades must be immediately posted.

Make-up test cannot be taken after a later test is

given to the class. No student earned final grade

Will be increased in excess of 10 points. Cheating

is a crime.

Lab Grade

Average of lab reports based on 100%


1. All lab reports must be submitted at the beginning

of the next lab period. A 30 point reduction will be given. All lab data must be signed in red ink by the instructor when the data is taken and included in the report or a 20% reduction will be given. Data can be collected together, but must analyzed separately. Labs that appear to be copied(i.e, the same verbiage and errors, if any.) will receive a 30% grade reduction for all labs involved. Attendance to labs is mandatory.

Please note: No discussions of grades will take place

After the final date for lab report submissions without the filing of an official document because grades must be immediately posted. No make-up labs can be conducted unless the student is able to find a student lab partner since students cannot work alone in labs due to safety.

^ 11. CLASS OUTLINE: Methods of instruction: Lecture, recitation, laboratory exercises, assignments, non-mandatory tutoring and mentoring, if available.


Lectures are designed to highlight subjects; therefore, students must complete reading assignment as lecture supplements. All test will be given on Tuesday at 5 pm unless all students sign a change in schedule request.

Spring Semester

Quantum Mechanics 1-5

9. Pre-quantum mechanics 241-272

10. Introduction to quantum mechanics 273-314

11. Model systems and the hydrogen atom 315-367

Test 1: All topics above) Week 6

12. Atoms and molecules

13. Introduction to symmetry in quantum mechanics 419-460

Spectroscopy 6-11

14. Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy 461-518

Test 2 (All topics above) Once #14 is completed 15. Introduction to electronic spectroscopy and structure 519-559

16. Introduction to magnetic spectroscopy 560-585

17. Statistical thermodynamics: Introduction 586-615

Test 3 (All topics above) Week 14

Final 4 (Standardized) Thursday, May 7, 2009 Final Exam Week 8-10 am


1) Atkins,P.W.; Physical Chemistry, 5th ed.; W.H. Freeman and Company, New York; 1994.

2) Raff,L.M.; Principles of Physical Chemistry, 1st ed.; Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ; 2001.

3) Silbey,R.J.; Alberty,R.A.;Bawendi,M.G.; Physical Chemistry, 4th ed.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken,NJ; 2005


Laboratory Manual References: Primary in bold Type.

1) Shoemaker,D.P.; Garland,C.W.; Nibler, J.W.; ^ Experiments in Physical Chemistry; 6th Ed.; McGraw-Hill, New York (1996).

2. Halpern,A.M.; Reeves,J.H.; Experimental Physical Chemistry; Scott, Foresman and Company; Glenview, Illinois (1988).

3) Crockford,H.D.; Nowell,J.W.; Baird,H.W., Getzen,F.W.; Laboratory Manual of Physical Chemistry; 2nd Ed.; John Wiley & Sons, New York,(1975)

TIME: T 08:00-10:50 am CLASSROOM: SCN 221


Potentiometric Titrations (MicroLAB) 1,2

Exp# 9

SPECTROSCOPY: Quantitative Analysis with light 3,4


Exp# 17

Spectroscopic Determination of an equilibrium

constant (MicroLAB) 5,6,7

Exp# 11

The visible spectrum of cyanine dyes (MicroLAB) 8,9,10

Exp# 12

Rotational vibration spectra of HCl and DCl 11.12

Exp# 15

NMR Determination of Keto-Enol Equilibrium Constants 13,14

Exp# 16

(Last day to turn in experiments. 4/30 before 4:30 pm)

*Lab reports are due when the class starts the next lab or a grade reduction of thirty points will be given.

.................................................................Please fold and tear along the dotted line and return lower portion to Dr. Hayward, if required.

I have received a course syllabus containing the grading procedure. I have read and understand the procedure by which I will receive both lab and lecture grades in this class.


The attendance policy (Vice Presidents's letter) has been explained to me and I understand it. I understand that attendance in all labs and tests is mandatory.


My rights under the Hazardous Chemical Information Act have been explained to me.


I have (or will) a copy of the lab manual and will read and abide by safety rules stated therein.


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