Chemistry 60: Intro Chem Lab
Dr. Benny Ng Los Angeles Pierce College Email: [email protected] Fall 2020 Sections 17582 Office: CFS91071 Office Phone: (818)710-3333 @bennythealchemist Connect & Build Your Network https://www.linkedin.com/in/drbennyng
Office Hours: T 9:00 – 10:15,
W 9:00 – 10:05
Th 09:00 – 10:15 & 17:00 – 18:00,
F 17:00 – 18:00
Welcome to chemistry 60 laboratory. The purpose of the laboratory component of this
course is to teach you important experimental techniques, familiarize you with the
apparatus, reinforce the materials you learn in lecture and to apply your knowledge. You
will also learn to write a lab report which clearly and concisely communicates scientific
The grade you earn in this class will count as 20% of your total course grade. You must
pass the lab (>65%) in order to pass the course. The lab will be graded based on your
preparedness, quiz scores, safety, technique, cleanliness, effort, and the written reports.
Please refer to instructions on Canvas, your lab manual, and here for the format of lab
Chemistry courses require good reading and writing skills. Students whose native language is other than English are recommended to enroll in E.S.L. 087 or E.S.L. 008 before enrolling in Chemistry laboratory courses. It is recommended that students complete Intermediate Algebra and Intermediate Reading and Composition before enrolling in any Chemistry course.
CHEMISTRY 60: Introductory Chemistry Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
1) Formulate and carry out a plan to solve qualitative and quantitative problems related to chemical properties, composition and reactions (critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis).
2) Implement written protocols to carry out simple chemical laboratory procedures independently, efficiently, and safely and interpret the resulting data (Lab Technique).
3) Summarize, explain and predict fundamental chemical principles as they relate to the behavior of matter and the periodic table (Foundations in Chemistry).
ATTENDANCE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this lab portion of Chem 60 is taught remotely and fully online. This lab is taught asynchronously, meaning you will not need to be online at a specific time. You should expect to spend an average of 6 - 10 hours per week for this lab portion of Chem 60. If you are idle on Canvas for more than a week or missing a week-worth of assignments, you may be dropped from the course without warning. If you decide to discontinue with the course, it’s your responsibility to drop the course yourself.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Students with conditions that may require classroom or test accommodations are encouraged to contact the office of Special Services. Special Services is available to facilitate, verify and set up reasonable accommodations. The Special Services office is located in the Student Services Building, 1st floor, and their phone number is (818) 719-6430.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT: In this class, everyone matters. Everyone deserves to work and learn in a supportive environment, and all individuals are to be treated with dignity and civility. Specifically, we will embrace our individual differences as an integral resource for our learning experience and transformation. We will value our community and our classmates for their intersectionality which includes but is not limited to our sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex characteristics (SOGIESC), ethnicity and socio-economic class.
Your success is important to me, so please let me know if you have a learning disability that requires accommodations, a health or economic challenge that may affect your classroom experience, or a preferred gender pronoun. In addition, please let me know if you have a schedule conflict due to your religious holiday, other concerns that impede your ability to be effective in our course, or input about how to create a welcoming, inclusive and equitable environment for you or for other students.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: There are a variety of religious holidays occurring during any given semester. While many of these are neither Federal nor State sanctioned holidays, they are days of religious observance that may impact some students’ attendance. If you think that you will miss a lecture, lab, assignment due date, or exam because you will be practicing your religion on a particular day, you need to notify your instructor at least two weeks in advance. Official notification will take the form of a note, written and signed by you, which specifies the anticipated date(s) of your absence. A student who provides this information by the deadline will be able to reschedule missed exams or work, and their absence will not adversely affect their attendance record. Failure to provide proper notification will negate the student’s option to reschedule or receive credit for missed activities.
REQUIRED LABORATORY MATERIALS:
* Laboratory Experiments for Beginning Chemistry, 5.1th Edition (free download on Canvas)
* Bound notebook (does not need to be a lab notebook with carbon copies)
* A computer with a webcam, microphone, and Internet. Please request a Chromebook from the district if needed by logging in SIS, and look for “Financial Aid Scholarships”. Click on “Scholarships” and look for the laptop application option.
* Scientific calculator with exponents and logarithms (NOT graphing/programmable).
* Download & install full version of Microsoft Office 365, especially Excel.
OFFICE HOURS: Please attend office hours if you want extra help with understanding of the experiments or with the calculation for the lab reports, or anything you need to succeed in the lab. Feel free to attend office hours to work on laboratory work.
COMMUNICATION POLICY: I encourage you to use the Discussions forum on canvas for Chemistry-related questions. You will see that I have created multiple Discussion boards; each one is for an experiment in the course and a "General Questions" Discussion board.
Please "inbox" me (sending private messages) if it's personal. Please allow 24 hours from the time of sending for a response. If you don't hear back from me within 24 hours, assume that I didn't receive it and please re-send your message. If you send me messages on Friday late afternoon or during the weekend, allow extra time for responses. I check my inbox less frequently on weekends.
CANVAS: In this class we will be using Canvas, which is an online course management
system. This system will be one of our primary sources of communication as all the
necessary information such as instructional pages and pages to submit assignments. You will also be taking Lab Quizzes on Canvas. It’s your responsibility to monitor the Canvas shell for this lab frequently. Check in often and make note of the due dates.
* All experiments will be performed individually unless otherwise noted.
* When working with a laboratory partner, each student must record his or her own data in their lab notebook and turn in an individual Post-lab Report written in your own words.
* Turning in post-lab reports containing the same wording is considered cheating. If in doubt, ask your instructor.
You must pass the laboratory section (>65%) in order to pass the course.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY: Please be honest and respectful, it’s expected by your fellow students and me. Cheating in any form on an assignment will, at a minimum, result in a zero grade on that assignment and filing of an Academic Dishonesty Report Form describing the incident with the Vice President of Student Affairs. Prior or future cheating incidents anywhere in the College could result in expulsion.
Cheating includes: the copying or exchanging of information during exams or quizzes, including letting someone copy your material; using banned materials/information/devices during exams or quizzes; and plagiarism (copying someone else's work, lab data or writing and turning it in as your own, fabricating data without doing the experiment). Exact reproduction of written materials from other students on any lab report will result in all parties receiving a zero.
Please read more about Standards of Conduct and Academic Integrity of the latest Pierce General Catalog.
The last day to drop this class without receiving a ‘W’ is September 13th
The last day to drop the class with a ‘W’ is November 22th
School holidays: Labor Day (September 7th), Veteran’s Day (November 11th), Thanksgiving (November 28th & 29th)
Zoom Recording and Privacy
· Our Zoom meetings will be recorded so that I may share the recordings and students can view them on their own time.
· You are not required to turn on your webcam and show your face in our Zoom sessions.
· The recordings of our Zoom sessions will be available to you. Please do not share or post these recordings yourself.
· If you are interested in recording our Zoom sessions for your own use, please contact me. Recording in a classroom without the prior consent of the instructor is prohibited, except as necessary to provide reasonable auxiliary aids and academic adjustments for students with disabilities.
Student Conduct in Zoom
· It’s important that we all treat one another with respect and kindness in Zoom, just as we would in person. For any misconduct, I will report the incident to LAPC’s disciplinarian.
· These Zoom session