The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 

Department of Chemistry and Physics


Course: CHM 1300-005, "General Chemistry I"

Term: Fall 2013 Semester                                         

Meetings: MWF 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm, SCI 3235

Office Hours:  MTWRF 3.00 pm-4.00 pm or by appointment

Professor:  Cornelia Tirla                           


Literature Resources:

class text – T. L. Brown; H.E LeMay, B.E, Bursten, "Chemistry: The Central Science" twelfth edition, Pearson Education, Inc.: NJ.  Course ID Fall005
web literature - some useful resources are


Description: This course will be concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of matter, including stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure and theory, and chemical periodicity. 


Objectives: Consistent with the goals of the UNCP General Education Program (see p. 23 of the UNCP catalog), the activities associated with this course are designed to provide students an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry, to solve problems and to think critically and creatively.

Format: The conventional lecture format will be the primary teaching method employed in this course. Because of the importance of quantitative data manipulation in chemistry, students should bring scientific calculators to each class meeting to allow for participation in group problem-solving sessions.


Federal laws require UNCP to accommodate students with documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or hearing disabilities. In post-secondary school settings, academic accommodations are not automatic; to receive accommodations, students must make a formal request and must supply documentation from a qualified professional to support that request. Students who believe they qualify must contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in DF Lowry Building, Room 107 or call 910-521-6695 to begin the accommodation process. All discussions remain confidential.  Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively. More information for students about the services provided by DSS and the accommodation process may be found at the following links: <> <>


While exposure to chemicals commonly encountered in a university laboratory setting pose no or low risk to an adult, they can pose a significantly higher level of hazard to a fetus. Many of these hazards are not well studied, and it is not known what exposure level is safe for a fetus. It is therefore prudent for pregnant women to limit the unnecessary exposure of a fetus to any chemicals. This is especially true if the chemicals are mutagenic (causes damage to chromosomes) or teratogenic (causes birth defects and/or fetal death).


If you have recently become pregnant or anticipating becoming pregnant while you are enrolled in a laboratory course, please inform your laboratory instructor and s/he will provide, upon request, the Material Safety Data Sheets for the chemicals you will be exposed to during this course. You can then discuss with your physician the potential hazards these chemicals pose to the fetus in order to make a choice as to whether or not to stay enrolled in the laboratory course during your pregnancy. 





August 14-19

Ch 1

Introduction, Matter and Measurement

August 21-26

Ch 2

Atoms, Molecules and Ions

August 28

Review 1

Ch 1 and 2

August 30

Test 1

Ch 1 and 2

September 4-9

Ch 3

Stoichiometry, Formulas and Equations

September 11-16

Ch 4

Aqueous Reactions and Solutions Stoichiometry

September 18

Review 2

Ch 3 and 4

September 20

Test 2

Ch 3 and 4

September 23-27

Ch 5


September 30-October 4

Ch 6

Electronic Structure of Atoms

October 7

Review 3

Ch 5 and 6

October 9

Test 3

Ch 5 and 6

October 14-18

Ch 7

Periodic Proprieties of the elements

October 21-25

Ch 8

Basic concepts of chemical bonding

October 28

Review 4

Ch 7-8

October 30

Test 4

Ch 7-8

November 1-6

Ch 9

Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories

November 8-13

Ch 10


November 15-26

Review 5

Ch 1-10

December 2


Final test


Course Requirements: Graded assignments for this course will include four preterm tests and a comprehensive final exam.  Pertinent questions and problems will frequently be suggested for work outside of class, though submission of these assignments is not required.

Evaluation/Grading: Graded assignments will be scored on a 100-point scale. Course grades will likewise be computed on a 100-point scale based on the average of the four preterm test scores (75% total) and the final exam (25%).  Letter grades for the course will be assigned according to the following scale:
100-95=A, 94-90=A-, 89-87=B+, 86-83=B, 82-80=B-, 79-77=C+, 76-73=C, 72-70=C-, 69-67=D+, 66-63=D, 62-60=D-, 59 and below=F
These letter grades will then be converted to the 4-point QPA scale by the University Registrar's Office prior to being recorded on student transcripts (see p. 41 of the UNCP catalog).

Attendance:   Poor attendance typically results in poor performance on graded assignments and, consequently, low course grades.  Though attendance per se is not factored into this course's grading scheme, students will be required to sign an attendance roster at each class meeting for purely bookkeeping purposes.  As CHM 1300 is a course included in the UNCP General Education curriculum, the policy regarding excessive absence reporting will be followed (see pp. 49-50 of the UNCP catalog). For religious holiday policy please refer to the following website for details:

Honor Code:  Students are expected to follow the UNCP Honor Code (see pp. 49-51 of the UNCP catalog); settled cases involving first-offense violation of the Honor Code will result in a minimum penalty of course failure.