Chem 101  Applying Chemistry to Society

Fall 2018 Syllabus

Section: 003

Instructor: Tricia Crenshaw

E-mail Address:

Office: Sims 109A

Phone: (803)-323-2211 Ext. 4923

Lecture: Thursday 6:30pm-9:15pm

Office Hours: 5:00-6:00pm Thursday

Also by Appointment

Credit Hours: 3.0 Credits

Course Goals:

- Establish an understanding of basic chemistry principles

- Relate how these principles apply to the world around us

- Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills


Course Materials:

Textbook: Chemistry in Context, 9th edition, The American Chemical Society. The electronic copy is available from the WU bookstore or the publisher, McGraw-Hill. The version of course material available with Connect Plus is most compatible with the course. The connect access is what has been identified to the Bookstore. Following the link above gets you to the preferred option which has the Connect access.  You must have access to Connect Plus for taking quizzes and exams.

Purchasing an access code will give you access to the eBook. It is possible to print pages from the eBook. You do not need to have a physical copy of the textbook.


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Calculator: A basic scientific calculator or graphing calculators (one with exponential notation, logarithms, and orders of operation) is necessary for all quizzes and exams. Cell phones may not be used as calculators during tests and quizzes.


Syllabus Changes: I will make changes to this syllabus as needed and mistakes will be correct as necessary. I will send notification to you of any changes to this syllabus through Blackboard.


Course Description: CHEM 101 is a general education natural science course for non-science majors. In this course, we will focus on the basic chemistry needed to understand several environmental issues.


Student Learning Outcomes:


CHEM 101 is a general education natural science course for non-science majors. In this course, we will focus on the basic chemistry needed to understand several environmental issues. Thus, a successful student in CHEM 101 will:


1. be able to explain the chemistry behind several environmental issues;

2. demonstrate an understanding of the basic science vocabulary encountered in the course;

3. demonstrate an understanding of how human activities influence the local and global environment


University-Level Competencies: Competency 1: Winthrop graduates think critically and solve problems.


Winthrop University graduates reason logically, evaluate and use evidence, and solve problems. They seek out and assess relevant information from multiple viewpoints to form well-reasoned conclusions. Winthrop graduates consider the full context and consequences of their decisions and continually reexamine their own critical thinking process, including the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments. Throughout this course, students will work on developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will use their chemistry knowledge to investigate how chemistry is involved in our daily lives.


General Education Requirements:. Chem 101 fulfills three hours of general education requirement for natural sciences. Listed below are the seven fundamental student learning outcomes for natural science courses as well as examples of how they will be fulfilled in Chem 101.


Students should be:

1. Conversant with a few fundamental concepts from the three main areas of natural science, including earth, life, and physical sciences. (e.g., chemical reactions, global warming, nuclear power, etc.)


2. Able to apply the scientific methodologies of inquiry. (e.g., Problem solving exercises)


3. Able to discuss the strengths and limitations of science. (e.g., discussion of scientific methodology)


4. Able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of scientific discovery. (e.g., The development of the periodic table and discovery of subatomic particles)


5. Able to discuss the social and ethical contexts within which science operates. (e.g., global warming, fossil fuels, nuclear power...). 6. Able to communicate about scientific subjects including the defense of conclusions based on one’s own observations. (e.g., homework assignments and analytic exam questions)


7. Able to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to the social sciences and to non- scientific disciplines. (e.g., research paper on current scientific topic in the news)


Writing Requirement

The General Education writing component (8 pages required) for this course will be met in various ways:


1. Discussion Posts: Six discussion posts requiring 1 page response each. (Total 6 pages)


2. Short answer and essay exam questions- 2 pages


Written responses will be critically evaluated with respect to accuracy, content and syntax.


Class Preparation:

I expect you to be prepared when entering the classroom. Please read assigned materials before coming to class. This will allow more time for classroom discussion and leads to greater subject comprehension. In order to succeed in the course, learning must take place inside and outside the classroom. Doing the following will better help in understanding the content:

Š      Read the assigned materials before class,

Š      Complete homework problems after each lecture

Š      Review lecture notes



Evaluation/Assessment: In this course, your grade will be based on a combination of exams, quizzes, and discussion posts. The breakdown of the grading is as follows:


Evaluation/Assessment Summary


Exams (4)


Quizzes (9)


Discussion Posts




Graded Assignments:

Exams – Four exams worth 100 points each. Exams will consist of multiple choice questions as well as short answer and essay questions.

Quizzes -  Quizzes will be given throughout the semester. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. There will be no make-up quizzes. If a quiz is missed, that grade will be one of the dropped quiz grades.

Discussion Posts: During the semester there will be six discussion posts. These may include responding to a question using evidence discussed in the book and lectures to support your answer, or an article read and response. You may also be asked to respond to a classmate. A one-page response will be required.  


Grading Scale:                                  A    90 to 100%

                                                            B    80 to 89%

                                                            C    70 to 79%

                                                            D    60 to 69%

                                                                        F    Less Than 60%


You should carefully read the Winthrop University Student Conduct Code printed in the  Winthrop University Student Handbook. As noted in the Student Conduct Code: Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals. This policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy in the online Student Handbook


Attendance: Attending class is essential to performing well in the course. Students with poor attendance have more difficulty learning material and usually perform more poorly on exams and assignments. You are responsible for all material covered in class and in the assigned reading and homework.



Communication will be done within class and on Blackboard. Check your Blackboard account daily to check for assignments and changes in the schedule. If you have any questions, call, email or see me during my office hours. You can also see me before or after class to set up an appointment.


Course Withdrawal:

October 19th is the last day to drop a Fall Semester course. Students may not withdraw from a course after this date without documented extenuating circumstances.


Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access:

Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility (OA) at 803-323-3290, or,, as early as possible to discuss your concerns.


Academic Success Center:

Winthrop Academic Success Center is a free resource for all undergraduate students seeking to perform their best academically. The ASC offers a variety of personalized and structured resources that help students achieve academic excellence, such as tutoring, academic skill development (test taking strategies, time management counseling, and study techniques), and group/individual study spaces. The ASC is located on the first floor of Dinkins, Suite 106.Tutoring for this specific course is offered through the office. If you wish to request a tutor, you must attend ONE Tutee Seminar, offered every Friday. Please contact the ASC at 803-323-3929 or if you have any questions. For more information on ASC services, please visit

Class Schedule

This is a tentative schedule and subject to change. The student is responsible for any changes and should regularly check Blackboard. Changes may be communicated through Blackboard or in class.


This is a tentative schedule and will be updated as needed.                                   


Topics Covered and Assignments

Suggested Practice Problems from each chapter.


Portable Electronics

Ch. 1 – 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 24


Portable Electronics

The Air We Breathe

Quiz -Chapter 1 (Due by 9/5 at 11:59pm)

Ch. 2 – 1, 3, 5, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 31, 34, 36, 41


The Air We Breathe

Radiation from the Sun

Quiz-Chapter 2 (Due by 9/12 at 11:59pm)

Ch. 3 – 1-3, 5, 7-13, 18-20, 24, 25, 27-30, 32, 33, 34, 38, 41, 42


Exam 1 -1st half of class.

Radiation from the Sun

Quiz -Chapter 3 (Due by 9/19 @ 11:59pm)



Climate Change

Ch. 4 – 1-4, 6-9, 18, 25, 30, 42,


Climate Change

Quiz -Chapter 4 (completed in class)



Exam 2  -1st half of class.

Brewing and Chewing –Chemistry of Foods and Beer

Ch. 10 – 1, 3, 5, 7-10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 20, 31,


Chemistry of Brewing Beer

Quiz –Chapter 10 (Due by 10/17 @11:59)




Quiz –Chapter 11 (Due by 10/25 @11:59)

Ch.11 -3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 23, 24, 43, 51


Last Day to Drop a Full Semester Course



Exam 3 -1st half of class.

Energy Storage

Ch.7 – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15 21, 26, 32, 34, 40


Energy Storage

Quiz –Chapter 7 (Due by 11/7 @11:59pm)



Water Everywhere

Ch. 8 – 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 13, 15, 19, 23, 25, 26, 32


Water Everywhere

The World of Polymers

Quiz –Chapter 8 (Due by 11/28 @ 11:59pm)

Ch. 9 – To be listed


The World of Polymers

Quiz –Chapter 9 (completed in class)



Exam 4