General Information and Grading System
EXAMINATONS: There will be four (4) one-hour
examinations, as indicated in the schedule and the final exam.
The final exam will be comprehensive, i.e., cover the entire
NO MAKE-UP EXAMS: Only illness, court dates, and University
sponsored events are acceptable excuses for missing an exam. Forgetting the
exam is NOT an excuse. Family trips, vacations, weddings, work, etc. are NOT
reasons for missing an exam! You must contact Dr. Gelder in advance!
In calculating your total points for the course, an excused missed one-hour
exam will be replaced with your final exam percentage. Therefore, the final
exam score counts twice, once for the final exam score and once for a missed
hour exam. If you should miss TWO hour exams, you should see Dr. Gelder as soon
as possible to discuss the situation. Make-ups will NOT be scheduled. Feeling
like you are not prepared to take the exam is NOT an excuse. Suck it up and
take the exam!
HOMEWORK: At least fourteen(14) problem sets will be assigned.
Each problem set consists of no more than 10 problems. These will be due at
the beginning of the class on the date indicated on the problem set,
or announced in class. Late problem sets will NOT be accepted. If the problem
set is not turned in when it is due it is late. The highest scores of fourteen
(14) problem sets will contribute to your final grade in this course. Each problem
set is worth 12 points. Only three representative problems will be graded on
each problem set. Each graded problem will be worth three points, unless otherwise
noted. The remaining three points will be awarded, on an all or nothing basis,
for completing the remaining problems in the problem set. Unannounced In-class
problem sets may occur at anytime during the semester. You can mail Problem
Sets to Dr. Gelder. In such cases the postmark must be the same day (or earlier)
as the date the PS is due. You can also FAX or e-mail your answers to Dr. Gelder.
There are no make-ups for missed In-Class Problem Sets.
LABORATORY: This semester there are thirteen (13) laboratory
experiments. The two lowest laboratory experiment scores, will be dropped. Laboratory
quizzes may be given during the semester. The quiz could be worth approximately
10% of the grade for the particular experiment. An In-class problem set may
count one laboratory grade. Labs and InClass Exercises must be turned in before
leaving the laboratory, unless stated otherwise. Any late laboratory write-ups
will be penalized 50% for the first day and 90% after the first day. Late InClass
Exercises will not be accepted. If you are going to miss a laboratory, you need
to make sure any laboratory write-up which may be due is turned in on time or
it will be subject to the same point deduction as described above. Questions
on examinations will cover material from laboratory.
LABORATORY MAKE-UP: There will be NO make-ups laboratory
experiments or InClass Exercises. FOUR OR MORE LABS MISSED ANYTIME DURING
THE SEMESTER WILL RESULT IN AN "F" GRADE FOR THE COURSE!
EYE PROTECTION: State law requires approved protection over
the eyes at all times in a laboratory in which an experiment is in progress.
A student found without goggles/safety glasses will cause the loss of lab points
for every student in the laboratory section, and may be asked to leave the lab.
LABORATORY CHECKOUT: If you drop the course, check your locker
equipment back to the storeroom within TWO WEEKS, otherwise check out of your
locker by the last scheduled laboratory. Failure to do so will result in a $10.00
clearance fee PLUS charges for any breakage or dirty equipment that must be
replaced during the cleaning procedure. Charges accumulated during the semester
will also be added. The Bursar's office will receive an invoice of these charges.
GRAPHING CALCULATORS: If you have a graphing calculator you
are encouraged to take advantage of its capability. Graphing calculators can
greatly simplify many sophisticated mathematical relationships used in chemistry.
You are not to use these calculators to store definitions, or content that Dr.
Gelder expects you to know from memory. If your calculator memory is found to
contain such data you could be charged with academic dishonesty. You may receive
a zero on the examination, and action may be taken against you to have you dropped
from the class. You will be encouraged to use your graphing calculator in lecture,
laboratory, and on problem sets and laboratory write-ups. If you have recently
received a graphing calculator and would like to meet other students who own
similar calculators please contact Dr. Gelder. An effort will be made early
in the semester to get students together to help everyone learn how to use their
graphing calculator most effectively. Note: Calculators with alphanumeric
keyboards will NOT be allowed to be used during examinations.
WEB (intro.chem.okstate.edu): We will take advantage of the Internet/WWW to
handle many administrative details associated with CHEM 1314. Additionally many
resources will be available from our class web site to aid you as you learn
chemistry this semester. You are not required to use the WWW in our class as
all of the materials will be available in class. The strength of our class web
site is it will have many features that will supplement our classroom discussions.
What will you need to take advantage of the resources on our web site. Minimally
will be access to a computer connected to the Internet. If you do not have your
own computer where you live, computers are available on campus at several locations
(see our web site). To access some of the digital resources available this semester
you must have a fast computer (500 MHz or faster), some memory (64 – 96, probably
at least 128 MB), a audio headset, and a fast internet connection (cable modem,
DSL or T1 line). If your computer is not able to handle the video resources
bring your audio headset and use the campus computers. To access the video resources
you will need the latest version of the Real Player and QuickTime. Additional
animations will require MacroMedia’s ShockWave Plug-in for Director. You will
also need Adobe’s Acrobat Reader to view the answers to problem sets, in-class
exercises and sample examinations. Check the plug-ins link on our web site to
locate these resoures. All campus computers will have these accessories for
your browser. The Gas Law laboratory experiment during the week of October 16th
will require the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
DROP POLICY: (See the OSU Class Schedule for more
Friday, August 30th
Last day to ADD a course
Friday, August 30th
Last day to DROP a course with no grade
Friday, November 8th
Last day to drop from the course with a
"W" recorded on the transcript and with
advisor's signature only
Wednesday, November 27th
Last day to drop from all courses with a "W" or "F"
recorded on the transcript, with advisor's signature and Dr. Gelder's
signature. Note: students who do not have 40% of the possible points at
the time of dropping will receive an "F".
After November 27th students must petition to withdraw from a class. See
your academic advisor or visit your college advising office for more information
regarding petitioned withdrawal.
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT/DISHONESTY: The expectation for all students
in this course is that complete integrity will be demonstrated at all time.
Faculty regulations require notification of advisers, deans, etc. in the event
of academic dishonesty. You should be aware that both 'taking' and 'giving'
assistance during an examination constitutes academic dishonesty. The following
procedure will be adopted: students who are found to copy laboratory write-ups
or problem sets may receive a 0 for the laboratory portion or homework portion
of the course. Copying answers on problem sets is an example of academic misconduct.
Do allow another student(s) to copy your answer! Do not ask another student
to copy their answers! If I believe students have copied answers I will give
both students a zero for the assignment. You are welcome to work together, but
write up your answers independently. Students who are caught cheating on examinations
may receive an 'F' in the course. Do not use calculator memory to store information,
data, or equations. If I find that occuring a zero for the examination will
be assigned. In the event you are penalized for academic dishonesty, or academic
misconduct, you may appeal the decision. Any appeal must begin with a discussion
with Dr. Gelder. Students may obtain information regarding the proper appeal
process from the Academic Appeals Board, 101 Whitehurst Hall. Students must
initiate an appeal within ten days after notification by Dr. Gelder that a penalty
for academic dishonesty or misconduct has been imposed.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS: OSU is committed to
serving the needs of students with disabilities. Federal Law protects individuals
with disabilities and states that the University must provide appropriate academic
accommodations. According to the OSRHE Task Force on the Americans with Disabilities
Acts, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the
University of his or her disability. If any member of this class has a disability
and needs special accommodation of any nature whatsoever, the instructor will
work with you and the Office of Student Disability Services, 326 Student Union,
to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure fair opportunity to perform in
the class. Please advise Dr. Gelder of any disability following the first week
of scheduled classes.
ATTENDANCE: While attendance will not be taken during lecture
it is strongly recommended students attend all lectures. Important information
regarding examinations, homework and laboratory will be announced in class.
In addition insightful, stimulating discussion of chemistry concepts will occur
during the lecture period. Lecture is the student's opportunity to ask questions
over the material. Students are encouraged to inform Dr. Gelder when attendance
in lecture is not possible. Attendance in laboratory is mandatory. Four missed
laboratories will result in an "F" in the class, independent of student's
performance on examinations and homework.
SCHEDULE: The lecture schedule is tentative. Depending on
rate and extent of coverage the date of coverage for a particular topic may
change. The order of topics will not be changed significantly. All tests will
be given on the dates shown and all problem sets and laboratory reports will
be due on those dates given in class.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: It is the student's responsibility
to communicate to Dr. Gelder any potential problems that result in missing lecture,
laboratory, problem sets or exams. Pay close attention to course withdrawal
dates. Any extra credit opportunities will be available to all students. No
individual student will receive any 'special' treatment for missed work. All
course policies will be applied consistently to students. Requests for deviations
from course policy should not be made. Contact Dr. Gelder if any extented, continuous
periods of missing class occur.
Total Point Breakdown
Where points are from
4 Hour Exams + 100 pt. Final
11 lab grades (a percentage of your total lab points will be multiplied
14 homework grades (a percentage of your total PS
points will be multiplied by 200)
Grand Total Points
Tentative Grade Distribution
Total Earned Points
722 - 850
637 - 721
467 - 636
340 - 466
0 - 339
POSTING SCORES: Exam, problem set and laboratory scores will be posted for
those students who give permission in writing to Dr. Gelder. These scores will
be accessible through a Grades Database. The Grades Database is linked from
the class Web Site. The UserName is the first letter of your first name followed
by the first four letters of your last name. Your password will be your Secret
Identification Code. Students can communicate their SIDC# to Dr. Gelder by completing
the SIDC form on the Web. You are not required to have your scores posted, however,
reviewing posted scores is an excellent way to know exactly what scores Dr.
Gelder is using to determine your course grade. Along with your scores Dr. Gelder
will also calculate your predicted course percentage (your final grade). This
calculation is only a prediction and is usually based on the assumption that
your future performance will be the same as your performance up to the time
the percentage is calculated and posted. Sometimes Dr. Gelder can screw this
calculation up (if he is not careful), although extreme care is taken so such
a possiblity is unlikely. So be careful interpreting this prediction. It is
strongly recommended that you keep all of your exams, homework and laboratory
write-ups so that in the event of any recording error you can support any change.