General Chemistry I

(section 3 CRN11833)


Spring 2021


Dr. Draganjac 

LSW549 Office 

LSW542 Lab


LSW534 Lab 


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  1:00 – 1:50 MWF

FNB Arena Hames Room



Office hours: 1:00 – 3:00, TR (Others by appointment)

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Tests:         7 exams (6 chapter exams/ comprehensive final)            (700 points total)

Exams will be given during your scheduled exam time.  Each exam will be given on Blackboard.  Do not use Internet Explorer or Edge when taking the exam as problems may occur.

Grading is straight percentages:  90+, A; 80-89.999, B; 70-79.999, C; 60-69.999, D; Below 60, F.

Makeup Exams: The final exam will replace any missed exam.  I do not drop the lowest test score and I do not replace the lowest score with the final.  If you do not feel you are prepared to take an exam, you can always count the final in its place.  Remember that the final is comprehensive.

CHEM 1013. General Chemistry I Study of chemical reactions and equations, periodic rela­tionships, the gaseous state, and the fundamentals of atomic theory, quantum theory, electronic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry and thermochemistry. Special course fees may apply. Prerequisite, MATH 1023 or ACT composite score of 23 or higher. Prior completion of CHEM 1003 or high school chemistry strongly recommended.

General Education Goal

Students should understand how science is conducted and the criteria for scientific evidence so that they will be able to make informed decisions about the health and well-being of their communities and the natural environment.  They should be aware of the ethical and political issues raised by science. 


General Education Student Learning Outcome

Students will be able to apply foundational knowledge of the various sciences to make informed decisions.


Exams will be given after each of the following units:




Atoms, Molecules and Ions, Nomenclature, classes of reactions


Stoichiometry Review


Types of Reactions: Acid/base, Redox, Thermochemistry


Atomic and Electronic Structure; Periodicity


Chemical Bonding; Molecular Structure


Gases, Gas Laws

Final exam: Thursday, May 6, 10:15 am.  ALL chemistry exams are given at this time. Do not look at the final exam schedule for 1 pm MWF classes.

Federal Law prohibits discussion of your grade with anyone.  Also grades cannot be given by e-mail or over the phone.

The use of graphing calculators or calculators with extended memory is not allowed on exams. The calculator must be able to do scientific notation, multiple roots and natural logarithms. Cell phone calculators will not be allowed.

Students are responsible for the names and symbols for the elements (element list).  Students are also responsible for knowing the ions posted on the web (list of ions).

Students who require academic adjustments in the classroom due to a disability must first
register with ASU Disability Services.  Following registration and within the first two
weeks of class, please contact me to discuss appropriate academic accommodation.
Appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure equal access to this course.

Tutoring:  Peer tutoring is available to all students enrolled in ASU-Jonesboro courses in the Learning Support Center (LSC) located in the Dean B. Ellis Library, Room 100 (enter through the main library and take the stairs or elevator down to the ground floor).  Tutors are able to assist students in almost all 1000- and 2000-level general education courses and some upper-division core courses. LSC hours are Monday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm and Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. 


Students can drop-in or make appointments by calling 972-3451 or emailing Tutor availability by subject should be posted on the LSC website after the 2nd week of the semester.  Some tutors will prepare activities in advance for group tutoring sessions.  LSC services are included in your tuition—there are no additional fees.  Visit the LSC website for more information:

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 University Syllabus Statement with

Technology and Social Distancing/Protective Equipment Recommendations


University Syllabus Statement


Arkansas State University has made every effort to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our return to in-person instruction during the Spring 2021 semester. The University is following the most up-to-date guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the continuing threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge there is potential for the interruption of in-person instruction during the course of this semester. While it is the goal of the institution to offer traditionally face-to-face classes, the social distancing measures arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many of the classes to be offered in a hybrid format this semester (i.e. a combination of face-to-face and remote modes of delivery). This means nearly every course offered will have a component where internet access is essential to course success. Students are strongly encouraged to secure WiFi access they can use for the semester either on or off campus. The purpose for this strategy is to protect our students, faculty, and staff while adhering to physical distancing recommendations from public health officials while accomplishing the course learning objectives.

If the university transitions to all-online instruction, campus housing will remain available for students who do not have a safe place to move or who do not have access to the internet elsewhere. Students who leave campus will need to ensure that they have reliable access to the internet to continue their course work. Web cameras may also be required by instructors to facilitate remote instruction (please see technology recommendations section below). University officials will provide students with as much advanced notice and information as possible if the transition to all-online instruction becomes necessary.

Please remember, all official notifications are made through your official A-State email account, the university website, and Blackboard Learn. You are responsible for checking your university email to ensure you receive the latest updates regarding this course.

Technology Recommendations


Technology (hardware and software) and internet access will be key to course success in Spring 2021. Please check the following list to be certain you have the technology needed to be successful in your courses.


1.    Internet Access—You should make arrangements to have access to the Internet, preferably high-speed Internet, for the duration of this course. A wired, high-speed, Internet connections (ethernet cable), is highly recommended especially when taking a test.


2.    Computer Operating Systems

a.    For PCs: Windows 8+

b.    For MACs: OS 10.13+

c.    For Cellular Phones: iOS or Android


3.    iOS Devices, any of these options should work; however, completing most course assignments will need a computer:

a.    iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later


4.    Android Devices, any of these options should work; however, completing most course assignments will need a computer:

a.    Samsung Galaxy (S9+, Note 9+), Google Pixel (3A+), OnePlus (7T+)


5.    Software—You will be the most successful in this course if you have access to a computer with the following software installed:


·         Microsoft Office –Excel, Power Point and Word. . A-State has secured for you access to the latest MS Office software for both Mac and PC users. For more information, please visit the software download page where you will find other tools needed to be successful in this course.


·         Students are welcome to use Mac Applications such as Keynote, Numbers, and Pages, but please plan to convert these documents to the Microsoft file types prior to assignment submission. This course technology requirement also applies to Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs.


·         Browsers, Plug-ins, Players and Viewers—to take full advantage of all the features in this course, be sure you have the right technology at your fingertips. This includes:


·         Blackboard-supported browser - Firefox 60+, Chrome 74+, and Safari 12+ (Internet Explorer is no longer supported) are compatible with the current version of Blackboard.


·         Acrobat Reader

·         It is recommend running the Blackboard Browser Check to verify installed plug-ins on your computer


6.    Additional Computer Hardware:  web camera, microphone, and speakers (can be internal hardware already available on your computer)


Social Distancing/Protective Equipment


1.    Everyone must wear appropriate face coverings (e.g., mask or face shield) when entering and exiting all buildings.


2.    Everyone must practice social distancing AND wear appropriate face coverings when transitioning between classes.

3.    Everyone must practice social distancing AND wear appropriate face coverings when entering and exiting classrooms.

4.    Students must wear appropriate face coverings for the duration of a class period unless otherwise instructed by the professor.


5.    Physical contact in the classroom should be discouraged or prohibited without consent from the EOC. If an assignment requires students to be in physical contact (touching each other), please follow the approved plan provided by the instructor of the course.

6.    Instructors may request students to leave the classroom if the student fails to comply with wearing some form of appropriate face covering.

7.    Instructors are NOT required to wear masks during their lecture, but must wear a face shield or practice social distancing (which may include the 12 feet space for instructor).

8.    Students and faculty members are asked to properly sanitize all surfaces used, upon entering and leaving the classroom (pre/post class wipe down similar to “gym” model)


9.    Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms or a fever exceeding 100 degrees should avoid returning to the classroom and seek medical advice from the student health center.







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