Great Basin College
Molecules and Life in the Modern World
Caroline R Bruno
Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society, 6
A Project of the American Chemical Society
Introduction to chemistry in its many forms and applications, physical and organic, with
consideration of environmental and social issues. Includes online laboratory activities. Prerequisite:
MATH 096 or higher.
This is an introductory course in chemistry that may be used either as an introduction before
moving on to higher levels of college chemistry or as a fulfillment of general science credit for any
degree. The general headings of topics to be covered include
measurement, the structure and
naming of atoms and compounds, the construction and use of the periodic table, chemical
reactions, stoichiometry, gases, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry
with an emphasis on
chemistry in the environment
. A more spe
cific outline of the topics to be covered and the tentative
schedule for the semester is attached. The outline should be considered a general guide only and
not an absolute schedule.
The primary objective of this course is for students to under
stand concepts and interrelationships
involving chemical phenomena. With this understanding in hand, it is hoped that the student will
then use this understanding in problems of every day occurrence or move on to a higher level of
chemistry with more depth
in problem solving and more laboratory experience. It is also an
objective of this course that the students understand the scientific method and its role in problem
laboratory exercises will show students the use of the scientific me
how mathematics can be applied for consistent, reproducible evaluations of problems.
Method of Instruction:
This is a fast
PowerPoint Presentations available on WebCampus
coincide with assigned reading material
in the text and add clarification and examples to the
material in the text.
Learner Outcomes and Measurement:
Expected Learner Outcomes
Solve problems using the scientific method
Demonstrate how chemistry is used to
understand and explain
many of today’s
, Chapter Quizzes
Chemically analyze current and potential
Analyze how chemistry is
of medicines, plastics and
Analyze the chemistry of nutrition.
Analyze various types of chemical reactions
ab reports, Chapter Quizzes
Demonstrate and analyze how genetic
engineering is used in our society.
Calculate empirical and molecular formulas
Lab reports, Chapter Quizzes
Calculate chemical quantities
ab reports and
Students are required to complete quizzes associated with each chapter.
Generally, quizzes will
be available on T
Quiz availability will not be extended under any
Take quizzes from a computer with a
speedy and reliable
Immediately contact the GBC Helpdesk if techni
cal problems arise.
Four labs will be completed by students in the comfort of their own kitchens!
The lab reports are
"gateway" requirements for this course; to receive a passing grade in this course, all labs must be
handed in and receive a pass
ing grade (A, B, or C). If any of the four labs are not handed in or do
not receive a passing grade,
a failing grade will be issued for the course
. If any lab is handed in but
does not receive a passing grade, the student will have one week to revise the l
ab to a passing
grade (C only). If a lab is handed in late, the highest grade possible is a 70%. For every additional
day the assignment is late, the highest possible percentage will drop by 10%.
You may conduct
the experiment with a fellow classmate,
t you must write your own lab report and display and
format your data independently.
Recommended ‘End of Chapter’ Questions
Your success in this course depends on
. At the beginning
of each chapter, your professor will provide a list of recommended ‘End of Chapter’
questions. Although these questions will not be graded, careful and accur
necessary for success, as these questions wil
l be sim
questions. Answers to the
questions will be posted online for students to review.
Most of the EOC questions
selected by your instructor will be quantitative (involving calculations) but keep in mind the student
le for all content in each chapter.
Grading will be based on
the Chapter quizzes
four lab reports
. All scores will be added
together at the end of the semester, and the percentage of the total possible points will determine
credit opportunities are not available.
Grades will be based on the following divisions:
A student may receive a “W” grade
only if withdrawal occurs before the end of the thirteenth week
of the semester
. To withdraw, the student must inform the instructor verbally or in writing why the
withdrawal is taking place, and must formally withdraw through student services. Anyone wh
does not formally withdraw and does not complete the course will receive an ‘F’ grade. ‘I’ grades
for ‘incomplete’ will be given only
under the most extenuating circumstances
, and only with the
prior approval of the instructor.
It is important to log into the class frequently to stay up to date with reading, assignments and
It is the student’s responsibility to complete
and turn in
Hints for Success:
In order to pass this course you
articipate in your
education and study!
Keep up to date on reading.
Although not required, be sure to complete all of the ‘Your Turn’ questions
throughout the chapter. These question s will help you prepare for the
‘End of Chapter’ Questions and quizzes.
Although not required, t
the recommended ‘End of Chapter’ Questions
seriously; they will help you prepare for exams!
questions if you are confused.
Your professor wants to HELP you!
Additional Course Information:
The instructor will reply to
WebCampus emails during posted office hours.
If you have an urgent question requiring a timely response during school
hours, call the instructor directly at 775
In case your book hasn’t arrived by the start of semester, the first
on the schedule are available via WebCampus.
If you are unable to secure a book by the end of the
week of class,
the instructor recommends withdrawing from the course and taking it
Technical problems with WebCampus need to be addres
sed to the GBC
Extra credit opportunities are
Student Conduct Policy:
Students are expected to follow the Student Conduct Policy for students in the Nevada System of
Higher Education (NSHE) outlined
tudents will specifically be held
accountable for behaving in a civil and respectful manner toward other students and the
The college catalog states, “Messages, attitudes, or any other form of communication deemed to
outside the bounds of common decency/civility as judged by common standards of classroom
behavior (determined, as they would be in a regular classroom, by the instructor) will not be
Pay particular attention to those last four words. Any s
tudent who behaves rudely to another
student or to
will be dropped immediately.
Academic dishonesty, in any form, such as, cheating and plagiarism, will not be tolerated by the
instructor AND Great Basin College.
mic dishonesty can result in failing the class, academic
suspension, or expulsion.
All tests, quizzes, laboratories, and other assignments must be the
student’s OWN work.
Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s word, ideas or data as one’s own.
When a s
tudent submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that
information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references; and if
verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.
writing or speaking, the students will acknowledge the source whenever:
Another person’s actual words are quoted
Another person’s idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in
the student’s own words
istics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the information is
Students with Disabilities:
The college catalog states, “Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational
opportunities to qualified students wi
th disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and
regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability. The AD
Officer, located in Berg Hall, will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate
and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services. For more information or further
assistance, please call 775.753.2271” (36).
for Fall 20
Not a contract:
This document does not in any way constitute a contract. It is only a summary of how the
expects the course to proceed. In may be changed by the
s and Important Dates
Chapter Quizzes and
: The Air We Breathe
: The Air We Breathe
Ch. 1 Quiz available
Sunday Sept 12
Protecting the Ozone Layer
Ch. 2 Quiz available
Sunday Sept 19
: The Chemistry of Global
Ch. 3 Quiz available
Tuesday Sept 21
Sunday Sept 26
: Energy, Chemistry, and
Due Thursday, September 30
Ch. 4 Quiz available
Tuesday Sept 28
Sunday Oct 3
: The Water We Drink
Tuesday Oct 5
Sunday Oct 10
: Neutralizing the Threat of
Tuesday Oct 12
Sunday Oct 17
: The Fires of Nuclear Fission
Tuesday Oct 19
Sunday Oct 24
: Energy from Electron
Due Thursday, October 28
: Energy from Electron
Tuesday Nov 2
Sunday Nov 7
: The World of Plastics and
Tuesday Nov 9
Sunday Nov 14
: Manipulating Molecules
Due Thursday, November 18
Tuesday Nov 16
Sunday Nov 21
Chapter 11: Nutrition: Food for Thought
Course Drop Deadline
Tuesday Nov 23
Sunday Nov 28
Due Thursday, December 2
Chapter 12: Genetic Engineering
Final Quiz on Chapter 12
Tuesday Dec 7
Tues Dec 14
Substantiation of the Incorporation
the General Education Objectives into Chemistry 100
Communication Skills (strong component): Four complete lab write
ups on quantitative
investigations (following the format of scientific investigation) are required.
encouraged to communica
te via email or other means with
students and the instructor to
discuss concepts covered in reading material and
Critical Thinking (strong component):
Quantitative Ability (significant): Laboratories specifically require measurement,
mathematic manipulation of the data, and the creation of graphs.
dimensional analysis which r
equires mathematic manipulation.
Independent Thought (significant): All lab exercises require reasoning and
independent thought based on the interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative information.
Students will be required to formulate conclusions in written laboratory reports us
ing the scientific
questions require reasoning taken from the understanding and application of
chemistry, not just the memorization of terms.
Scientific Understanding (significant): All principles taught in this course are based on
ntific reasoning. Interpretations are based on facts. The lab introduces the use of the scientific
method and the use of both observational and quantifiable facts in its application.
Personal and Cultural Awareness (moderate component):
Sense of the Indi
vidual in Society (some degree): This objective is also reflected under the
“Sense of Accountability” objective below. Different social attitudes toward the use of chemicals in
different cultures and industry are reviewed.
will require students to
consumer choices impact the chemistry of environmental problems.
Sense of the Past (moderate): The nature of the atom has been of interest to scientists
since the 1800s. This class will examine various models of the atom developed from t
he late 1800s
through the present.
review notable experiments and people involved with the
development of chemistry as a science.
Sense of Accountability (significant): A common theme throughout much of this course is
the interaction betw
een humans and nature, and the personal and social consequences of these
interactions. We discuss ethical and societal issues and needs relating to the use of industrial
chemicals and the environment.
will require students to demonstrate how consu
the chemistry of environmental problems.
Appreciation of Fine Arts (some degree): The use of chemicals in art restoration is a hot
topic. For example, during the 1980’s and 1990’s, the cleaning and restoration of The Sistine
eated controversy in the art community because many art historians believed that the
cleaning destroyed and/or distorted Michelangelo’s original work.
The chapter 6 quiz
students to demonstrate their knowledge of acid rain degradation to scul
Personal Wellness (
Personal safety is considered in the discussion of laboratory safety and chemical hazards.
the environmental issues discussed in lecture, such as the chemistry of the ozone layer, the
chemistry of water, an
d the chemistry of air, directly impact personal wellness.
students to demonstrate their knowledge of how the chemistry of environmental problems may
impact their health.
Technological Understanding (moderate):
Laboratory reports and
homework assignments will be produced using appropriate word
processing and spreadsheet so
ftware. Students will use WebCampus
to access class materials.