General Information and Grading System, Spring 2009
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
semester's work. Note: Graphing calculators will NOT
be allowed to be used during examinations! Only calculators with single line
displays can be used when taking an examination in this course. Cell phones
must also be put away, in a purse, manpurse or pack.
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 take ALL exams in this course. You must contact Dr. Gelder in advance if
you can not take an exam for an excused absence! Not contacting Dr. Gelder in advanced of an exam that you know you can/will not take will result in a zero for that exam. 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 your situation.
Make-up exams 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!
PRE-LECTURE EXPLORATIONS: A PLE is a web-based activity that must
be completed before class. PLEs will begin on Thursday, January 15, 2009 and
continue every lecture day for the remainder of the semester. To count, a PLE
must be completed before the next scheduled class begins. PLEs will typically be posted 24 hours
before the beginning of the next class. A PLE consists of a series of questions that will cover
a portion of the content of that day's class discussion. The questions will typically progress
from easy to more difficult. The questions in the PLE will not be graded right
or wrong. You will be judged as completing a PLE if you have made a reasonable
effort to answer the questions on the PLE and you have taken a reasonable amount
of time to answer those questions. I expect most PLEs will take 10 minutes or
more to complete. Although I will not GRADE the PLEs I will assess them. PLEs are intended to help me better understand what you know
about a particular topic we are going to discuss in lecture. Your responses
will provide me with an idea of how many students understand the concept(s),
how many students are having difficulty, which ideas are not clear, and what
kind of misconceptions you have. If the majority of students have demonstrated understanding of a particular concept, that concept will not be covered in great detail in class. PLEs will help you prepare for class by providing
you some questions that you want answered in class. I STRONGLY recommend that you print out the Expert Response Page and bring that page with you to class. A printed PLE may be needed to verify that you have completed a PLE. You are welcome to use your book, or other resources when completing a PLE. Your personal web page will
track how many PLEs you have completed and it will allow you to review any completed
PLE at any time during the semester.
DURING CLASS INVENTIONS: A DCI is an activity that will be worked on, during class, in small groups. All DCIs are in the 3rd Edition of the During Class Invention and Computer Laboratory Activities Workbook that you are required to purchase from the Student Union Bookstore, Cowboy Book, or the Book Trader. DCIs consist of a set of questions that will either help invent a concept to be discussed in class, or will apply the concept discussed in class. One or more DCIs will be completed during every class. Random DCIs will be turned in at the end of class. DCI's will normally not be graded, although there may be circumstances where they will be graded (see Homework below).
AFTER CLASS APPLICATIONS : An ACA is a web-based activity that must
be completed following class. ACAs will begin on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 and
continue most lecture days for the remainder of the semester. To count, an ACA
must be completed approximately 36 - 40 hours after class ends. ACAs will typically
be posted after class ends. An ACA consists of a series of questions that will
cover the content of that day's class. The questions will typically progress
from easy to more difficult. The questions in the ACA will not be graded right
or wrong. You will be judged as completing an ACA if you have made a reasonable
effort to answer the questions on the ACA and you have taken a reasonable amount
of time to answer those questions. I expect most ACAs will take 10 minutes or
more to complete. ACAs are intended to help me better understand what you understood
about a particular topic after we discussed the concept in lecture. This will be accomplished by asking questions that will require you to apply the concept(s) discussed in class. If you can answer the questions on the ACA that would suggest you have a good understanding of the material. Your responses
will provide me with an idea of how many students understand the concept(s),
how many are having difficulty, which ideas are not clear, and what kind of
misconceptions you have. ACAs will help you recognize what concepts you do not understand. That way you can better focus your studying and questions. I STRONGLY recommend that you print out the Expert Response Page and bring that page with you to class. A printed ACA may be needed to verify that you have completed a ACA. Your personal web page will
track how many ACAs you have completed and it will allow you to review any completed
ACA at any time during the semester.
HOMEWORK: At least sixteen (16) problem sets will count towards
your final grade. Problems Sets will be accessed from your Personal Page on the course web site. Each problem set will be unique, so be sure the problem set you work on has your name on it. Problem Sets with a different student's name will not be accepted, and you will be assigned a grade of zero! The majority of the problem sets will contain 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. Sets of PLEs/ACAs
will make up a four of the Problem Sets. Your score on the Problem Sets based
on your PLE/ACA work will be calculated based on the percentage of the PLEs/ACAs
that you complete. For example, a Problem Set based on PLEs/ACAs could cover
the PLEs/ACAs completed during the first 3.5 weeks of class (Exam I material). If you complete
the majority of those PLEs/ACAs you will earn 12 points. Completing fewer PLEs/ACAs will result in a lower score. Sets of DCIs (During Class
Inventions) will also constitute a Problem Set. DCIs are completed in class
in small groups. Periodically DCIs will be turned in. Those turned in will make-up
a set and be counted towards a PS. Typically four DCIs will constitute a set
for a Problem Set. If you miss class and a DCI is collected, you will not be able turn the DCI in at a later time. If in a set of DCIs you have missed one or more classes (where DCIs were collected) in that set of DCIs, you will receive a fraction of the total problem score of 12 points. The highest scores of sixteen (16) problem sets will contribute
to your final grade in this course. Each problem set is worth 12 points. For
the problem sets on your Personal Page (with 10 problems), only three representative problems will be
graded. 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. If you are going to miss class
and a problem set is due, you can mail (US mail) the Problem Set 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 (405-744-6007) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) your answers to Dr. Gelder. There are no make-ups for
missed In-Class Problem Sets. Students may turn-in Problem Sets early (but not DCI's). Early Problem Sets must be handed to Dr. Gelder, unless other arrangements have been made.
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. The majority of laboratory experiments will have a set of pre-laboratory questions that MUST be completed before arriving at your schedule laboratory class. Laboratory write-up 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. Some laboratory experiments will be completed with one other students. Under such circumstances both members will have the same laboratory data. However, answers to questions, observations, data treatment, and analysis must be answered with independent responses by each member. If it is determined that laboratory experiment write-ups are duplicates (similar if not identical answers), each member will receive a zero for that experiment. Whether academic misconduct charges are made against each member will depend on the extent of the violation. Any questions regarding the interpretation of this policy should be directed to Dr. Gelder. Any Computer Laboratory Activity completed outside your laboratory classroom must use individually collected data from the simulation. Again all response to questions must be independently answered. Computer Laboratory Activities with similar or identical data and responses will receive a zero. Whether academic misconduct charges are made against each member will depend on the extent of the violation.FOUR OR MORE LABS MISSED ANYTIME DURING
THE SEMESTER WILL RESULT IN AN "F" GRADE FOR THE COURSE!
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 may 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
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 encouraged to use your graphing calculator in lecture, laboratory, and
on problem sets and laboratory write-ups. Note: Graphing calculators will
NOT be allowed to be used during examinations! Only calculators with single
line displays can be used when taking an examination in this course. Be sure your calculator has both common logarithm and natural logarithm functions.
WEB (intro.chem.okstate.edu): We will take advantage of the Internet/WWW to
handle many administrative details associated with CHEM 1515. Additionally many
resources will be available from our class web site to aid you as you learn
chemistry this semester. 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? To access some of the
digital resources available this semester you must have a reasonably fast computer,
some memory, 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 campus computers (PS102). To access the video resources
you will need the latest version of QuickTime. Additional animations will require
the ShockWave Plug-in for your browser. 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. Some animations/simulations may have other specific accessorizing that is required.
PODCAST: Subscribing to Video Podcasts for CHEM 1515
Do you have the lastest version of iTunes (version 8.0.2)? Are you downloading any podcasts? (NOTE: You do not need a video iPod or a Mac to subscribe to the video podcasts.)
1. If you do not have iTunes (which you need to subscribe to a podcast) on your computer checkout the Apple iTunes download web site <http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/> and download the most current version of iTunes (there is a Windows XP version). All Apple wants is your e-mail address. Apple will let you know when you can get free music (every Tuesday), and free videos.
2. To access the General Chemistry Spring 2009 Podcast, open iTunes and select the Advance menu option.
3. Select the Subscribe to Podcast and type in the address http://introchem.chem.okstate.edu/rssSP09.xml
into the dialog box and click OK. (Note the Spring 2008 Podcasts can be accessed
The Spring 07 Podcasts can be accessed at http://introchem.chem.okstate.edu/rssSP07.xml).
Podcasts from CHEM 1314 are available at http://introchem.chem.okstate.edu/rssF08.xml.
4. This will subscribe you to the General Chemistry Spring 2009 Video Podcast.
5. NOTE: To see all of the video podcasts (every lecture plus extra cool stuff) you may need to click on the small triangle icon immediately to the left of the word General in the title of the podcast.
6. The first time you access the video podcasts, only the most recently added podcast will download. You will have to click on the small GET button to get any other podcasts.
7. To see what the contents of a particular podcast are before downloading double click on the description line where you can see the beginning of the description of the contents of the particular podcast.
8. To obtain future podcasts from CHEM 1515 re-open iTunes, select podcast from the left frame and click on the Update button in the upper right corner of the window.
9. Contact Dr. Gelder if you have any questions.
10. Now that you have iTunes checkout the iTunes music store. There are many very interesting podcasts (both video and audio) that you may find interesting, informative and useful.
JAVA RUNTIME PLUG-IN:
This will be needed throughout the Spring Semester. Anyone running Windows XP Internet Explorer browser needs to check this information to access some software the class will be using this semester. Go to http://cheminfo.chem.ou.edu/~mra/CCLI2004/GLHeNeAr.htm and see what happens in the IE window. If the IE browser window shows a boxed section with a small ‘X’ icon in the upper left corner, this means the simulation can not load properly due to the missing Java Runtime Environment for IE. If there is any problem with the simulation window you will need the more current version of the Java RunTime Environment for Windows. To get the latest version for this hardware go to http://java.sun.com/downloads. On the right side of the window select JDK 5.0. When the page is open select Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 Update 10 for download. On the next page loaded you will have to accept the licensing agreement before you can begin the download of the JRE. Select J2SE RunTime Environment 5.0 Update 10 for Windows. This will download to your computer and automatically accessorize IE so it will open the simulations.
DROP POLICY: (See the OSU Class Schedule for more
Tuesday, January 20th
Last day to ADD a course (Tuesday, January 20th with instructor's
signature..note any student attempting to add CHEM 1515 after Tuesday, January 20th should be in contact with Dr. Gelder BEFORE Tuesday, January 20th.)
Tuesday, January 20th
Last day to DROP a course with no grade, and no fees
Friday, April 10th
Last day to drop from the course with a "W" recorded
on the transcript and with advisor's signature only. Last day to drop ALL courses with an automatic grade of 'W'.
After April 10th students must petition to withdraw from a class.
See your academic advisor or visit your college advising office for more
information regarding petitioned withdrawal. (NOTE: Dropping by petition
is VERY difficult.)
Friday, April 24th
Last day to drop from all courses with an assigned "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".
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: OSU has implemented a new Academic Integrity policy
to demonstrate a committment to students, staff and faculty that mature, honest
behavior is expected of everyone, and that anyone charged with a violation of
the Academic Integrity policy is treated fairly. The details of the Academic
Integrity Policy can be found at http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu.
Everyone should be aware of the types of violations and the levels of sanctions
for such violations.
a. Level one sanction
Level one sanction: award a grade of "zero" or "F" for the
assignment or examination for violations including but not limited to the following:
1. Copying a few sentences of material (1-5 sentences or a minor portion) from
a written or Internet source without proper citation.
2. Cheating on a quiz or minor assignment.
3. Receiving unauthorized help on an assignment.
4. Working on an assignment with others when the instructor asked for individual
5. Using a false excuse to obtain an extension on a due date.
6. Signing an attendance roster for someone who is absent or asking someone
else to sign the roster to avoid being counted absent.
Dr. Gelder's re-statement of the above in terms of his course.
Copying answer(s) to problem(s) on a problem set, question(s) on a laboratory
I encourage students to work together on problem sets...but you must NEVER
copy answers. Work together to understand how to solve a problem, but write
up the solution for your particular problem independent of other students. Word
for word answers, or identical mathematical seetups and solutions will be interpreted
as a violation of the Academic Integrity policy.
b. Level two sanction
Level two sanction: award a grade of "F!" for the course for violations
including but not limited to the following:
1. Turning in a paper copied from another student.
2. Turning in a paper obtained in full or in part from a term paper “mill”
3. Copying material almost word for word from a written source and turning it
in as one’s own work.
4. Fabricating or falsifying a bibliography.
5. Getting questions or answers from someone who has taken an examination.
6. Obtaining an unauthorized copy of an examination in advance.
7. Using unauthorized notes during an examination.
8. Having another student take an examination.
9. Inappropriate use of technology (camera phones, text messaging, programmable
calculator, etc.) during an examination.
10. Copying from another student during an examination with or without his/her
11. Helping someone else cheat on an examination.
12. Stealing an examination or problem answer from the instructor.
13. Altering a grade or scoring on an examination or paper to obtain unearned
14. In a course requiring computer work, copying another student’s program
rather than writing one’s own.
15. Fabricating or falsifying laboratory or research data.
16. Inappropriately sharing or using work on an online assignment or examination.
17. Turning in work done by someone else.
18. Submitting substantial portions of the same assignment to more than one
class without permission of the instructors.
There is a specific procedure for charging students for Level ONE
and TWO violations consisting of notification, meeting(s) with an Academic Integrity
facilitator, and a specific appeals process. All of this is available at the
ALL members of the academic community are expected to preserve and
uphold Academic Integrity of this institution.
The expectation for all students in this course is that complete integrity
will be demonstrated at all time. You should be aware that both 'taking' and
'giving' assistance during an examination constitutes a violation of the Academic
Integrity Policy. Copying answers on problem sets constitutes a violation of
the Academic Integrity Policy. Do not allow another student(s) to copy your
answer(s)! Do not ask another student to copy their answers! If I believe students
have copied answers I will give charge both students with violating of the Academic
Integrity Policy. You are welcome to work together, but write up your answers
independently. Students who are caught cheating on examinations will be charged
with violating the Academic Integrity Policy.
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. Missing lecture could result in not turning in a
During Class Invention activity. A missed During Class Invention activity that
is not turned in will result in a loss of one fourth of a problem set grade. 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 or on your CHEM 1515 personal page.
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
16 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 accessible
through a Grades Database. The Grades Database is linked through each student's
Personal Web Page. Students can communicate their Secret Identification number/name
to Dr. Gelder by completing the SID#/N 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.