Chemistry 151, Principles of Chemistry I, Fall Semester 2015


 | Lecture notes, exam times, Homework due dates


Professor James H. Geiger

Office: Chemistry Building, Room 9A

Office Hours: following lectures, and other times by appointment.


Web Pages: Research

Teaching Assistants

(All rooms in Chemistry unless otherwise stated).


Ke Ma, email:

Recitation sections:      1 (Mon 9:00-9:50 AM, rm 183 Chemistry),

2 (Mon 8-8:50 AM, rm 110 Chemistry)

3 (Mon 10:20-11:10 AM, rm 085 Chemistry )


Kuang (Kong) Lee, email:

Recitation sections:     4 (Mon 9:10-10:00 AM, rm 127 Chemistry),

                                    5 (Mon 10:20-11:10 AM, rm 110 Chemistry),

6 (Tues 12:40-1:30 PM, rm  183 Chemistry),


Jeremy Lantis, email:

Recitaton Sections:     7 (Tues 3:00-3:50 PM, rm 183 Chemistry)

8 (Mon 4:10-5:00 PM, rm 127 Chemistry)

9 (Tues 1:50-2:40 PM, rm  085 Chemistry)



Office Hours: The TAs will be available in the Undergraduate Chemistry Help Room, Room 083 Chemistry, during their office hours.  students can also email their assigned TA to arrange for an appointment.

T.A. Office hours in the help room are:

Mon.      3:00  PM -   5 PM.

Tues.    10:00 AM – 12 PM.

Fri.        9:00 AM – 11 AM.



There are 2 basic options:

1.  Get the online Brown, LeMay, and Bursten, Chemistry, the Central Science, 13th edition with Mastering in chemistry (the online homework package).  


 2.  Get the hard cover Brown, LeMay, and Bursten, Chemistry, the Central Science, 10th, 11th, 12th or 13th  editions, Prentice-Hall, 2005. ISBN: 0-13-109686-9 in the book store (but you will still need to get the Mastering Chemistry on-line homework).

The Professor will be using this text for CEM 152 in the spring semester.

Several editions are stocked by campus bookstores. Also, it can be ordered from,, or directly from the publisher.

N.B.: The study guide, Student's Guide for Chemistry, the Central Science, 1 is also available, but purchase of this book is not required.


Lectures: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:40-1:30 pm, room 138 Chemistry, with Professor Geiger.

Discussion ("Recitation") Sections: See the Schedule of Courses for days, classrooms, and meeting times.

The schedule for lectures, quizzes and exams can be found here.


Final Examination:  Room 138 Chemistry.

Homework, Quiz, Test, and Final Exam Rules

The quizzes, tests, and final examination will be conducted as closed-book examinations. A calculator can be employed for calculations, but information stored in advance on the calculator cannot be retrieved for use during the examination. Portable music players, such as iPods, and cellular telephones must be turned off during the examination. Please consult the Academic Honesty section, below, for additional regulations.

Homework:  We will use the on-line Mastering Chemistry package.  You will have to purchase this at the website.  Instructions for this are in the lecture 1 notes.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be given periodically in the semester, always on Wednesdays.  They may be announced or not.  They will consist of 1 verbatim homework problem from the Mastering in Chemistry on-line homework.

Exams: Students are required to take tests during the scheduled class period. Should an absence be anticipated, the student is expected to inform Professor Geiger in writing in advance. If the absence is not reported and/or not approved, the student will receive a zero score for the missed test. Absences will be approved for religious holidays and University-sponsored activities such as a road trip for a sports team. Notice of illness on a test day should be substantiated, after the fact if necessary, by a note from a doctor. Absences will not be approved for discretionary travel or other personal scheduling conflicts.

If an absence is approved for one of the four tests, the student will be allowed to substitute the final exam score on a percentage basis for the test grade. No make-up tests will be provided. If in doubt, consult Professor Geiger about the anticipated absence well in advance of the test day.

Final Exam: The final examination will be conducted as a closed-book exercise with comprehensive coverage of the course material. Aspects of the material covered by the four tests will be combined with a treatment of the new material covered after the fourth test. Students are reminded of the Final Examination Policy outlined under General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations in Academic Programs 200:

A student absent from a final examination without a satisfactory explanation will receive a grade of 0.0 on the numerical system... . Students unable to take a final examination because of illness or other reason over which they have no control should notify the associate deans of their colleges immediately.

Academic Honesty

The Department of Chemistry adheres to the policies on academic honesty outlined by General Student Regulations, 1.00 Protection of Scholarship and Grades and the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades. Statements of these policies are found in SPARTAN LIFE: Student Resource Guide and Handbook and in General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations in Academic Programs. Students who cheat by copying the work of others or by using unauthorized materials when completing homework assignments, preparing laboratory reports, or taking quizzes, tests, or examinations will receive a score of 0 on the assignment. Students are reminded that copying material verbatim from books and web sites or simply paraphrasing the content of books and web sites in preparing written laboratory reports without proper attribution constitutes plagiarism.

Course Grade

The final course grade is determined on an absolute (or flat) basis by the sum of the points obtained by the student on the homeworks, quizzes, the four tests, and the final examination.

Homework: 180 points total.

Quizzes:        50 total

Recitation:  50 total

Exams:        135 points each ( 540 points total).

Final Exam:  180 points.

Total:          1000 points.


Awarded Grade: 4.0 for > 800 points; 3.5 for > 750 points; 3.0 for > 700 points; 2.5 for > 650 points; 2.0 for > 600 points; 1.5 for > 550 points; 1.0 for > 500 points; 0.0 for < 500 points.

updated 1 September, 2011