Yale University     Department of Chemistry     Fall 2007

Chemistry 113


Lect. MWF 10.30-11.20     (SPL 57)

Prof. Victor S. Batista

Office: SCL 239       Phone: (203) 432-6672     E-mail: victor.batista@yale.edu

Discussion Sessions

Disc. M or Th 11.30-12.20  or T 1.30-2.20  or W 2.30-3.20  SCL 112

Prob-solv. Monday 7:00pm, Monday 8:00 pm, Tuesday 7:00pm. Tentatively Becton 102

 Dr. Iona Black

Office: SCL 108     Phone: (203) 432-3316 (office)  / (203) 887-4996 (Cell) / (203) 436-1806 (Home, Silliman College)   Email:iona.black@yale.edu

Teaching Assistants
Ms. Brooke Rosenzweig
Office: CRB 317, Phone: (203) 432-8960,
Email: brooke.rosenzweig@yale.edu 

Mr. Robert Snoeberger
Office: KCL 9, Phone: (203) 432-5911, Email: robert.snoeberger@yale.edu 

Experimental Demonstrations
 Dr. Narasimhan Ganapathi
Office: SCL 106     Phone: (203) 432-3949 (office)     Email:narasimhan.ganapathi@yale.edu

Course Description

Chemistry 113 introduces the fundamentals of chemistry and chemical reactivity with emphasis on scientific problem-solving skills through lectures and discussion sections devoted to quantitative reasoning. Students are encouraged to develop skills in scientific inquiry through the study of the physical and chemical nature of matter; learn chemical principles and problem-solving techniques and apply these scientific principles to solve qualitative and quantitative problems.

The course is offered to freshmen whose exposure to the subject matter has been only moderate. It fulfills the prerequisites for medical school and for all majors requiring a year of general chemistry as well as the general chemistry prerequisite for CHEM 220a or 225b. Attendance at one discussion section and one problem-solving section each week is required.

The Chemistry 113 course can only be taken as a Freshman.

Welcome !

We are pleased to welcome you to Chemistry 113. This class has been designed to create an optimal learning environment by fostering the active participation of students in the classroom and beyond. Chemistry 113 implements a number of innovations for college science education, including state-of-the-art computer simulations, movies, laboratory demonstrations and a powerful online assessment system for the efficient distribution and collection of homework assignments over the Internet. The application of these new technological advances aim at offering educational technology at its best! This technology helps and encourages student-teacher and student-student communication and improves the efficiency of traditional grading procedures, leaving us with as much time as possible to meet personally with all of you and address your individual and specific needs with science education. We hope you will enjoy this class as much as we will enjoy teaching it !

See 2007 project on 'Chemistry, Life and Ideas'

Class Webpage: http://www.chem.yale.edu/~batista/113/

Lecture Times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Lecture Location: SPL 57

Tentative Distribution of Topics

Phone support: (800) 955-8275 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Monday - Friday
E-mail support: support@webassign.net 9:00 am - 9:00 pm ET
Monday - Friday


Homework Assignments


Chapter Assignment Date Due
Chapter 01 14,16,19,26,39,43,80,94,104,109 Sept 17
Chapter 02 9,12,14,16,20,21,31,41,53,77 Sept 21
Chapter 03 8,13,19,22,27,32,36,39,41,58 Sept 24
Chapter 04 6,10,14,26,31,36,44,45,50,68 Oct 1
Chapter 05 3,11,13,14,20,28,29,35,39,42 Oct   08
Chapter 06 18,20,28,32,37,39,41,46,54,107 Oct   15
Chapter 07 5,6,12,13,17,19,25,28,35,54 Oct  22
Chapter 08 1,3,6,7,26,31,47,50,52,58 Oct  29
Chapter 09 7,12,20,24,28,30,33,37,39,48 Nov  05
Chapter 10 4,5,6,17,18,20,30,34,44,47 Nov  12
Chapter 11 2,8,14,26,32,34,38,40,42,95 Nov 26
Chapter 12 6,8,12,13,16,24,30,32,34,40,50,63,70,102 Dec 03

Grading: There will be a total of 600 points possible. The breakdown is as follows: three (3) exams, the worst will be dropped, for a total of 200 points; assigned homework problems for a total of  150 points, assistance to lectures recorded on random dates for a total of 100 points, and a final comprehensive exam for a total of 150 points. The final grade is determined from an overall curve distribution of grades.

Make-Up Policy: Any missed exam requires a valid Dean's excuse. Students are allowed to drop one exam. With a valid Dean's excuse, if you miss two exams the first will be considered the worst score and dropped, and the material from the second exam will be evaluated on the final. You will be given 50 minutes to complete the section of the exam that corresponds to the material that you missed. Dean's excuses must be given to Dr. Black within 3 days of the missing exam.

Extra Credit: Written paper in the form of a case study for a total of 10 points on a new and possibly controversial finding presented in Lectures. The paper will highlight the dynamic nature of ongoing research and the fact that the interpretation of cutting edge scientific data is rarely unambiguous. Possible topics include unresolved aspects of atmospheric chemistry and their relevance to changes in the global climate, water purification, air pollution and the ozone depletion problem.

Pedagogical Material: Additional pedagogical material can be found and exchange at www.wikidchem.org, a user-maintained website providing agency for the rapid exchange and efficient distribution of lecture, problem sets, solution, exams and  assignments  among the entire chemistry community.

Office Hours: Prof. Batista's office hours: Monday and Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm at SCL 239. Please, feel free to contact Dr. Black or Prof. Batista by phone, e-mail or stop by our offices whenever you need our assistance. Include your name, phone number and e-mail address on all correspondences. Your Teaching Assistants (TA's) will also give you their corresponding schedules for office hours and discussion sections. Additional help sessions will be scheduled by Dr. Black and your TA's for the weekend before each exam.  

Acknowledgments: This project has been partially supported by the NSF CAREER Award CHE-0345984