General Chemistry I


  2. A. Course Title: General Chemistry I
    B. Course Number: CH 114A - 10297
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Vorndam, Paul
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);9:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual 8-10 AM Monday or (preferred) other times By Appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s): CH 114AL
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    General chemistry is a comprehensive study of chemical behavior of matter. The study of atomic theory, chemical bonding, elemental periodicity, nomenclature, and physical properties in relation to structure are the major topics covered in this course. The course is designed for pre-professional and science majors. Concurrent enrollment in CH 114AL (laboratory) is required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This is a required course for pre-professionals and science majors. CH114A will transfer to most two and four-year colleges, but it is the student's responsibility to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer.



    The textbook is General Chemistry, Gammon & Ebbing, 11th Ed. The NMJC Bookstore carries a bundle which includes access to the publisher's OWL website.
    Bundle: General Chemistry, Loose-leaf Version, 11th + OWLv2, Printed Access Card 9781337128391 Z

    The laboratory is conducted with latenitelabs accessed through The ISBN access can be purchased through the Bookstore. ISBN 9781464173677


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Policies:

    Assignments will be graded within 48 hours of the day submitted.

    This is not a self-paced course. Please check the Schedule to determine when homework is due. All assignments for each unit is due on the due date found in the course schedule.

    If you disagree with any grade, quiz answer, etc., please email me a thorough justification. If it is a quiz question, be sure to copy the question and all the choices. Be sure to reference your textbook.

    Please contact me if you have any questions about what is being asked in any assignment or discussion question.

    Summary of Grading:

    Your final grade in this course will be based on the number of points you earn divided by the total number of points available x 100, as a percent. For example, if your total points are 245, your final grade will be determined from 245/310 x 100 = 79.0% , which will result in an "C" in this course.


    Total Points Possible



    5 Exams (5 at 20 points each and the Syllabus exam at 10 pts)


    Lab Reports (7 at 10 points each)


    Online Discussion (5 at TOTAL of 50 points for overall performance)




    Homework Problems are done on the Cengage OWL website.

    Five course exams are given (plus one on the Syllabus), one after every two chapters. Chapter 6 is skipped.

    The exams are taken online and are timed. You will have 90 minutes to complete an exam. You may NOT log out of the exam and come back to it. Once it is started, it must be completed. Incomplete exams are graded as is. Questions not answered are scored as zero. Each exam (except the Syllabus Exam) consists of 20 questions. The questions may be multiple choice, T/F or fill-in-the-blank. The questions may require you do do calculations to answer the questions.

    Exams not taken by the due date in the Schedule are scored as zero. If you miss an exam because you did not consult the Schedule, it will be scored as a zero. Period. There are no make-up tests. The only excused absences are ones that the college has approved. No other excuses will be accepted.

    Proctored Final Exam

    The final exam over the last 2 chapters is proctored using a LockDown Browser that you download especially for the final. The LockDown Browser utilizes a webcam on your computer OR you may take the Final Exam at the campus Testing Center. You must have a working webcam to use the browser and the webcam is REQUIRED (unless the exam is taken at the Testing Center).


    This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams (no webcam required at the Testing Center). The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature. If a webcam is used for an exam in this course, you will have to pay a $10 fee once during the term.

    Download and install LockDown Browser from this link: Respondus LockDown Browser for NMJC Respondus LockDown Browser for NMJC

    Note: Don't download a copy of LockDown Browser from elsewhere on the Internet; those versions won't work at our institution.

    To take an online test, start LockDown Browser and navigate to the exam. (You won't be able to access the exam with a standard web browser.) For additional details on using LockDown Browser, review this Student Quick Start Guide (PDF) Student Quick Start Guide (PDF).

    Finally, when taking an online exam, follow these guidelines:

    • Ensure you're in a well lit, quiet location with a good, fast Internet connection where you won't be interrupted

    • Turn off all mobile devices, phones, etc.

    • Clear your desk of all external materials — books, papers, other computers, or devices

    • Remain at your desk or workstation for the duration of the test

    • If a webcam is required, make sure it is plugged in or enabled before starting LockDown Browser

    • LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted

    • If a webcam is required, you will be recorded during the test to ensure you're using only permitted resources.

    Ask your instructor if you do not understand what is required for the final exam after you have read ALL of the instructions. It is UP TO YOU to make sure you are ready to take the final exam on time. Missing the Final Exam for any reason can result in a grade of ZERO at the instructor's discretion.

    Lab Report Grading Rubric

    Category 0 Point Report 5 Point Report 10 Point Report
    Report clarity/neatness/grammar Multiple misspellings and/or grammatical errors, evidently not proofread; format of report not as required; sentences not complete; no use of past tense. Good report presentation; a few misspellings and/or grammatical errors; minor deviation from required lab report format; wording and sentences are understandable for the most part; inconsistent tense usage. Well organized and complies with required format; report very readable; no grammatical errors or misspellings; writing in report is thorough but concise; consistent and proper use of past tense (experiment occurred in the past).
    Effort/Completeness Yes/No answers to or restating of questions with no support or explanation of answer; no thought to if data supported objectives or made sense; or explanation of what may have went wrong; no or very little use of phase symbols, super and subscripting in chemical formulas and reactions. Answers to questions are not quite fully explained. Some effort evident in trying to research and/or understand the concepts or why data does not make sense. Use of phase symbols and super and subscripting in chemical formulas and reactions are correctly used. Answers to questions complete and well supported even though not completely correct. References given to show effort of attempts to understand the question.
    Concept Knowledge No correct knowledge or understanding of concepts (regardless of effort made). Concepts understood in part; at times explanations are correct but not applicable to the given situation. Concepts well understood, correctly applied, and communicated well; Report data used to render explanation. Sources of error identified and explained.

    Minor point deductions made be made at the discretion of the instructor for poor grammer, etc.

    Discussion Rubric

    You must make a least one substantive post to each discussion question to receive the 10 points for that question. A substantive post is one that significantly contributes to the discussion by adding new information or opinion. It is NOT simply stating "I agree" or something similar. If additional information is included from an outside source (this is encouraged) the source MUST be cited - otherwise it will be considered as plagiarism. of course, multiple posts are encouraged, but the minimum is one.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's broad range of science courses provides students with an opportunity to achieve their academic goals by fostering higher order thinking skills, basic academic success skills, discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and scientific and academic values.
    The course content of general chemistry CH 114A supports NMJC’s mission which is “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:
    1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
    2. Solve problems scientifically.
    3. Communicate scientific information.
    4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
    5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.


    By the end of this course students should be able to:
    1. Describe the writing of chemical formulas and equations.
    2. Explain the use of chemical equations to determine yields of chemicals from reactions. (stoichiometry)
    3. Describe the completing and balancing of equations.
    4. Explain the systems for naming compounds.
    5. Describe the properties of gases, liquids, and solids.
    6. Discuss the history, development and usefulness of the chemical periodic table.
    7. Describe chemical bonding and how it affects the shape and properties of molecules.
    8. Describe the properties of solutions and look at the practical applications of these principles.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Instructor email response time.

    The instructor will respond to student email inquiries within 24 hours on weekdays and within 48 hours on a weekend.

    Grades for homework and exams are available immediately on the Cengage OWL website. Grades for labs are immediately available upon finishing the lab on the latenitelabs website.

    • Time zone: It is important to note that this course operates on Mountain Standard Time. Students are responsible for adjusting due dates to their time zone.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  15. COURSE OUTLINE The course consists of 5 exams, each covering 2 textbook chapters, 7 lab experiments with a home lab kit and 5 graded online discussions and one on the Syllabus. Course Outline

    Week Chapter Lab Discussion Exam
    1 begin Ch 1 none Intro Syllabus
    2 finish Ch 1, begin Ch 2 none Intro cont'd none
    3 finish Ch 2 1 Intro Cont'd Exam 1 (Ch 1 & 2)
    4 begin Ch 3 none none none
    5 finish Ch 3, begin Ch 4 2 Plagiarism/Scientific Method none
    6 finish Ch 4 none Plagiarism/Scientific Method Cont'd Exam 2 (Ch 3 & 4)
    7 begin Ch 5 3 Plagiarism/Scientific Method Cont'd none
    8 finish Ch 5, begin Ch 7 none none none
    9 finish Ch 7 none Fossil Fuels Exam 3 (Ch 5 & 7)
    10 begin Ch 8 4 Fossil Fuels Cont'd none
    11 Ch 8 Cont'd none Fossil Fuels Cont'd none
    12 finish Ch 8, begin Ch 9 5 Natural vs Synthetic none
    13 finish Ch 9 none Natural vs Synthetic Cont'd Exam 4 (Ch 8 & 9)
    14 begin Ch 10 6 Climate Change none
    15 Finish Ch 10, begin Ch 11 none Climate Change Cont'd none
    16 finish Ch 11 7 Climate Change Cont'd Exam 5 (FINAL EXAM) (Ch 10 & 11)