General Information and Grading System

EXAMINATONS: There will be four (4) one-hour examinations, as indicated in the schedule and the final exam. The final exam will be comprehensive, i.e., cover the entire semester's work.

NO MAKE-UP EXAMS: Only illness, court dates, and University sponsored events are acceptable excuses for missing an exam. You must contact Dr. Gelder in advance! In calculating your total points for the course, a missed one-hour exam will be replaced with your final exam percentage. Therefore, the final exam score could count twice, once for the final exam score and once for a missed hour exam. If you should miss TWO hour exams, you should see Dr. Gelder as soon as possible to discuss the situation. Make-ups will NOT be scheduled. Feeling like you are not prepared to take the exam is NOT an excuse. Suck it up and take the exam.

HOMEWORK: At least fifteen(15) problem sets will be assigned. Each problem set consists of no more than 10 problems. These will be due at the beginning of the class you are enrolled in on the date indicated on the problem set, or announced in class. Late problem sets (not turned-in at the beginning of class) will NOT be accepted. The highest scores of fourteen (14) problem sets will contribute to your final grade in this course. Each problem set is worth 12 points. Only three representative problems will be graded on each problem set. Each graded problem will be worth three points, unless otherwise noted. The remaining three points will be awarded, on an all or nothing basis, for completing the remaining problems in the problem set. On occasion unannounced In-Class Problem Sets will be administered. There are no make-ups for missed In-Class Problem Sets.

LABORATORY: Twelve (12) laboratory experiments and two InClass Exercises will be graded. The two lowest laboratory experiment/InClass Exercises scores, will be dropped. Laboratory quizzes may be given during the semester. The quiz could be worth approximately 10% of the grade for the particular experiment. An In-class problem set will count one laboratory grade. Labs and InClass Exercises must be turned in before leaving the laboratory, unless stated otherwise. Any late laboratory write-ups will be penalized 50% for the first day and 90% after the first day. Late InClass Exercises will not be accepted.


EYE PROTECTION: State law requires approved protection over the eyes at all times in a laboratory in which an experiment is in progress. A student found without goggles/safety glasses will cause the loss of lab points from every student in the laboratory section, and may be asked to leave the lab.

LABORATORY CHECKOUT: If you drop the course, check your locker equipment back to the storeroom within TWO WEEKS, otherwise check out of your locker by the last scheduled laboratory. Failure to do so will result in a $10.00 clearance fee PLUS charges for any breakage or dirty equipment that must be replaced during the cleaning procedure. Charges accumulated during the semester will also be added. The Bursar's office will receive an invoice of these charges.

WEB ( We will take advantage of the Internet/WWW to handle many administrative details associated with CHEM 1314. Additionally many resources will be available from our class web site to aid you as you learn chemistry this semester. You are not required to use the WWW in our class as all of the materials will be available in class. The strength of our class web site is it will have many features that will supplement our classroom discussions. What will you need to take advantage of the resources on our web site. Minimally will be access to a computer connected to the Internet. If you do not have your own computer where you live, computers are available on campus at several locations (see our web site). To access some of the digital resources available this semester you must have a fast computer (333 MHz or faster), some memory (64 – 96, probably at least 128 MB), a audio headset, and a fast internet connection (cable modem, DSL or T1 line). If your computer is not able to handle the video resources bring your audio headset and use the campus computers. To access the video resources you will need the latest version of the Real Player and QuickTime. Additional animations will require MacroMedia’s ShockWave Plug-in for Director. You will also need Adobe’s Acrobat Reader to view the answers to problem sets, in-class exercises and sample examinations. Check the plug-ins link on our web site to locate these resoures. All campus computers will have these accessories for your browser. The Gas Law laboratory experiment during the week of October 16th will require the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

DROP POLICY: (See the OSU Class Schedule for more details.)

Important Date


Friday, August 25th

Last day to ADD a course

Friday, September1st

Last day to DROP a course with no grade and no fees

Friday, November 10th

Last day to drop from the course with a "W" recorded on the transcript and with advisor's signature only

Wednesday, December 1st

Last day to drop from all courses with a "W" or "F" recorded on the transcript, with advisor's signature and Dr. Gelder's signature. Note: students who do not have 40% of the possible points at the time of dropping will receive an "F".
After December 1st students must petition to withdraw from a class. See your academic advisor or visit your college advising office for more information regarding petitioned withdrawal.

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT/DISHONESTY: The expectation for all students in this course is that complete integrity will be demonstrated at all time. Faculty regulations require notification of advisers, deans, etc. in the event of academic dishonesty. You should be aware that both 'taking' and 'giving' assistance during an examination constitutes academic dishonesty. The following procedure will be adopted: students who are found to copy laboratories or homework could receive a 0 for the assignment and may receive a 0 for the laboratory or homework portion of the course. Students who are caught cheating on examinations will receive a 0 for the examination and may receive an 'F' in the course. In the event you are penalized for academic dishonesty, or academic misconduct, you may appeal the decision. Any appeal must begin with a discussion with Dr. Gelder. Students may obtain information regarding the proper appeal process from the Academic Appeals Board, 101 Whitehurst Hall. Students must initiate an appeal within ten days after notification by Dr. Gelder that a penalty for academic dishonesty or misconduct has been imposed.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS: OSU is committed to serving the needs of students with disabilities. Federal Law protects individuals with disabilities and states that the University must provide appropriate academic accommodations. According to the OSRHE Task Force on the Americans with Disabilities Acts, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the University of his or her disability. If any member of this class feels he/she has a disability and needs special accommodation of any nature whatsoever, the instructor will work with you and the Office of Student Disability Services, 326 Student Union, to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure fair opportunity to perform in the class. Please advise Dr. Gelder of any disability during the first week of scheduled classes.

ATTENDANCE: While attendance will not be taken during lecture it is strongly recommended students attend all lectures. Important information regarding examinations, homework and laboratory will be announced in class. In addition insightful, stimulating discussion of chemistry concepts will occur during the lecture period. Students are encouraged to inform Dr. Gelder when attendance in lecture is not possible. Attendance in laboratory is mandatory. Four missed laboratories will result in an "F" in the class, independent of student's performance on examinations and homework.

SCHEDULE: The lecture schedule is tentative. Depending on rate and extent of coverage the date of coverage for a particular topic may change. The order of topics will not be changed significantly. All tests will be given on the dates shown and all problem sets and laboratory reports will be due on those dates given in class.

TERMS AND CONDITIONSq: It is the student's responsibility to communicate to Dr. Gelder any potential problems that result in missing lecture, laboratory, problem sets or exams. Pay close attention to course withdrawal dates. Any extra credit opportunities will be available to all students. No individual student will receive any 'special' treatment for missed work. All course policies will be applied consistently to students. Requests for deviations from course policy should not be made. Contact Dr. Gelder if any extented, continuous periods of missing class occur.

Total Point Breakdown

Where points are from

Points possible

Your total

4 Hour Exams + 100 pt. Final



12 lab grades (a percentage of your total lab points will be multiplied by 200)



14 homework grades (a percentage of your total PS points will be multiplied by 200)



Grand Total Points



Tentative Grade Distribution

Total Earned Points


765 - 900


675 - 764


495 - 674


360 - 495


0 - 360