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CHEM 10063: General Chemistry II Laboratory
Summer 2021

 

Because this class is being offered in a remote format and because different instructors design their remote sections in so many different ways, I want to go over how I have set this course up and what you can expect.

Most of the information I will be providing for this course is located on the course website. A link to this website is posted on Blackboard Learn.

Because the website we will be using is new, I encourage you to contact me about any questions, comments, suggestions, or anything else you want to share about this class.

 

Syllabus

The syllabus for this course is posted both on the course website and on Blackboard Learn and outlines the requirements and expectations for this class.

 

Course Website

If you have difficulty locating any information on the course website or run into any problems, please let me know. Because I am running and maintaining this site, Network Services will not be able to help if you run into problems.

Accounts will be created on this website for all students enrolled in this course the day before the start of the semester. To login, use the following information:

As an example, if your name is J. Smith and your ID is 812345678, then your password would be: “smit5678”.

After logging in to the website the first time, I strongly encourage you to change your password. To do this, select the “User Account” button on the right side of the blue toolbar near the top of your screen and select “Change Password” from the dropdown menu.

If you forget your password, select the "Login" button on the course website followed by the "Request new password" button. Note that you will need to enter your KSU email address. A one-time login link should be sent to you. If you do not receive this email message within five minutes or so (be sure to check your spam folder), you can try again or contact me.

Finally, note that the website will automatically log you out after approximately one hour of inactivity. Be sure to save your work if you need to step away from your computer.

 

Lectures

It is anticipated that we will have lectures once a week at noon on Mondays. These lectures will be recorded, and attendance is optional. During these lectures, an overview of the concepts covered in each of the three labs for the current week will be presented. We will be using several different websites this semester, and suggestions on how to use these sites will typically be provided.

 

Lab Experiments

In a traditional face-to-face class, you would learn the various techniques covered in this class by performing tasks in lab and then analyzing the data collected in lab reports. For this remote class, you will need to learn by watching videos or reading explanations for each experiment. You will either collect data from computer simulations or be provided with sample data to perform the necessary analysis for your lab reports. With the exception of the lab quiz, you will be able to do all of the work required for this class outside of the regularly scheduled class meeting times.

 

Lab Reports

Templates will be provided in a format compatible with most word-processing software (Microsoft Word, etc.) for most reports. It is anticipated that lab reports will be submitted through the course website. Details will be provided during the first class period. I strongly encourage you to keep a complete copy of lab reports you submit.

All lab reports will be graded on a 10 point scale. Late lab reports will be accepted, but will be penalized 1 point for each day late.

 

Exams

During the last regularly scheduled lab period (August 18) we will have an online lab exam. This exam will be worth the equivalent of two laboratory reports.

 

Asking Questions

In a face-to-face class you would have the opportunity to ask questions during class or immediately before or after. In this remote section, the best way to get answers to your questions is through email. In general, I will try to respond to your email within 24 hours during the week. (I will typically be a bit slower to respond on weekends). If desired, it may also be possible to set up a video conference to ask questions.