General Chemistry I

University of California - San Diego

First quarter of a three-quarter sequence intended for science and engineering majors. Topics include: atomic theory, bonding, molecular geometry, stoichiometry, types of reactions, and thermochemistry. May not be taken for credit after CHEM 6AH. Recommended: proficiency in high school chemistry and/or physics. Corequisite: MATH 10A or 20A or prior enrollment.
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Kim Albizati

CHEM 6A Syllabus for Kim Albizati — Fall 2018

Chem 6A Course Syllabus
Fall 2018
Instructor: Kim Albizati 2303 A2 Natural Sciences Building email:
Teaching Assistants: Aochiu Chen (; Hankyeol Jung (;
Da Shi (; Jiaqian Wu (
Lecture Hours: 5PM – 6:20PM TuTh in GH242
Office Hours: after each class outside GH242; Saturdays 11AM – noon at Rubio’s in the Price Center
Course Website:
Required Materials: General Chemistry, 4th edition, McQuarrie, Rock and Gallogly, University Science
Books, 2011; a non-graphing, non-programming scientific calculator
Suggested Supplementary Texts and Materials: Student Solutions Manual to Accompany General Chemistry
General Chemistry, 4th edition, McQuarrie, University Science Books, 2011
Exams and Grading: Grading will be based on 5 quizzes given during discussion section (100 points
maximum), 10 online homework problem sets (100 points maximum), a 100-point midterm exam and a 200
point final for a maximum of 500 points in the course. The dates of the exams are noted on the course schedule
(below) and on the course calendar. No makeup exams will be given.
Discussion Section: Attendance at the discussion sections is very strongly recommended. Five quizzes will be
given in discussion section at pre-announced times. The TA's will be clarifying points of lecture in addition to
going over problems from the book and problems of their own design. The TA's will announce their office
hours in section.
Online Homework: We will use the Sapling Learning System for 10 homework problem set assignments, each
of which is worth 10 points. Instructions for enrolling in the course site can be found at
Please direct all questions concerning any aspect of the online homework to your TA.
Textbook Problems: To gain from this course intellectually (and otherwise) will require diligence in problem
solving. Keep in mind that the problem-solving skills that you develop in this course can be transferred to other
fields and other courses.
Beyond Chem 6A: Knowledge in most areas of science is vertical, i.e., one builds upon previous learning in the
same subject. A solid understanding of the chemistry as presented in Chem 6A is crucial to future learning in
Chemistry and performing well throughout the Chem 6 and Chem 140 series.
Course Hints
-- Read the chapters before the lectures. It will help a lot in the long run.
-- I will be following the textbook outline closely at times, but I may change the order of the sections or add or
delete material at some points. These will be announced at the appropriate times.
-- A word about studying for this course --- At times it will seem as though there is an overwhelming amount of
rote memorization to be done. To a great extent this is true of many Chemistry and Biology courses. If you
take the time to analyze (i.e., think about) the principles and concepts, you will find that there is a certain order
and logic to Chemistry. Once recognized, this greatly reduces the amount of memorization required. The key
is......don't just memorize - LEARN AND UNDERSTAND.
-- There is no way to learn Chemistry (and therefore pass this course) without consistent practice in problem-
solving. This is as important as reading the material itself. I highly recommend that you attempt as many of the
problems in the book as you can, preferably all of them. Fortunately, the answers to the problems can be found
in the solutions manual. If you cannot see how a particular problem can be solved, consult either a TA or me.
-- Regarding study time - You should anticipate putting in about 14 hours per week in out-of-class study time
in order to do well in this course. The best plan of action is to spend about 2 hours per day (every day) studying
for this course. Try not to skip days or cram for the tests. A steady and consistent work plan over the 10 weeks
is the pathway to successful long-term knowledge gain from this course.
-- Most important --- Have fun and do your best.
Tentative Course Schedule
Date Topic Reading
Week 1 Chemistry and Scientific Methods Chapter 1
Week 2 Atoms and Molecules Chapter 2
Week 3 The Periodic Table and Chemical Periodicity Chapter 3
Week 4 Early Quantum Theory Chapter 4
Week 5 Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure Chapter 5
Saturday Oct 29 Midterm Exam (Covers Chapters 1-5)
Week 6 Ionic Bonds and Compounds Chapter 6
Week 7 Lewis Formulas Chapter 7
Week 8 Prediction of Molecular Geometries Chapter 8
Week 9 Covalent Bonding Chapter 9
Week 10 Chemical Reactivity Chapter 10
Friday Dec 14 Final Exam 7 – 10PM (covers all chapters)
A calendar of the events in the course is also posted on the class website.
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