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Chemistry 121

Instructor: Dr. Don C. Elbers

Office: Southeastern Hall Room 123 (Office hours will be posted)

Office Phone: 985- 549-3940  EMAIL:

This information sheet is subject to change.  You will be notified in class if updates are available.  You will not be given a new "hard copy".  It is your responsibility to review the changes "on line" and print a copy for your own use.


The regulations of the university will be followed. In case of absence, a written excuse must be presented to me. The number of absences may be considered in determining borderline grades.  Students having more than five (4) [for an off campus course two (2)] unexcused absences will not be eligible for extra credit, bonuses, and grade adjustment (curving).

When any student receives excessive unexcused absences (e.g., ten percent of the total classes) prior to the established withdrawal date, the student may be withdrawn with a grade of "W."


Three 100-point exams will be given during the semester (including the final exam).  The final exam will include some comprehensive information. You will be notified approximately one week prior to the exam date. A review session will be conducted at the last class meeting prior to the exam. If you miss an exam and an absence is not excused, you will receive a grade of zero on that exam. If your absence is excused, you will be allowed to take a make-up exam. This make-up exam will be a 100 point comprehensive exam given one week before the end of classes NOTE: The decision to excuse an absence is left to the instructor (the exception being administrative approval).

It is the responsibility of the student to insure that all required work is done. Therefore, you must let me know if you need to schedule a make-up exam.

If you are a graduating senior, it is your responsibility to notify me as your grade must be turned in early.  Graduating seniors may need to take the final exam early.  If this is necessary the exam will be given at one of the approved times.

If you miss the final exam, and you do not notify me before the last day that grades are due, you will receive a grade of zero for that exam.

If you miss a scheduled make-up exam, you will receive a grade of zero on that exam.


Your final grade will be determined by averaging your test scores with the grade you made on assigned problem sets and quizzes (should there be any). The grading scale is as follows:
90 - 100% A

80 - 89% B

70 -79% C

60 -69% D

0 - 59% F

                Borderline grades will be closely examined and may slightly alter the above scale.

An optional extra credit assignment may be given near the end of the semester. Students having more than the maximum number of absences, that have not been excused, will not be eligible to receive extra credit.

          Final course grades will be posted on line only to be viewed via LEONet.

Graded work (reports, tests, quizzes) will be returned to the student as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the student to retain all graded work in their possession until course grades are finalized at the end of the semester. In the event of a grade dispute, the student may be required to surrender all graded work for grade verification.


IV. MATERIAL TO BE COVERED: (Textbook: General Chemistry 4th ed. Hill, Petrucci, McCreary, Perry)

Essentially chapters 1-6, 11, and 7-10 (in that order) in the textbook will be covered with some additions and some deletions. The student is responsible for the material covered in class and in the textbook. Aqueous solutions will not be covered extensively (in chapter 4), as this is covered in detail in Chemistry 122. Chapter 6 will be covered only as it applies to heat transfer and calorimetry.

A detailed class syllabus is posted on my web page. 

An excellent reference book is Chemistry, Chang, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th ed.)



It is a student's responsibility to withdraw from a class. A student does not withdraw from a class by failing to attend. If a student ceases to attend a class and does not complete the paperwork of withdrawal, he will receive a grade of "F" on his or her grade report.

The university catalog should be consulted about degree credit for certain Chemistry and Physics courses (for instance, credit cannot be obtained for both Chemistry 101 and 121) and for credit for both lab and lecture.



The regulations of the university will be followed in order to provide an environment that is conducive to learning.

It is University policy that the classroom is not a place for children, and that students are not to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting.    

"Free discussion, inquiry, and expression is encouraged in this class.  Classroom behavior that interferes with  either (a) the instructor's ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable.  Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is     perceived as "crossing the civility line."  In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required.  Classroom behavior which is deemed inappropriate and cannot be resolved by the student and the faculty member may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for administrative or disciplinary review as per the Code of Student Conduct which may be found at . "



If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203,
Student Union.  No accommodations will be granted without documentation from the Office of
Disability Services.


The  University policy concerning e-mail  will be followed.  Please check your Webmail daily.  Only Southeastern's e-mail addresses will be used for official correspondence.  Messages from other than your officially assigned e-mail address may not receive a response.


Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Behavior that violates these standards is not acceptable. Examples are the use of unauthorized material, communication with fellow students during an examination, attempting to benefit from the work of another student and similar behavior that defeats the intent of an examination or other class work. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, improper acknowledgments of sources in essays and the use of a single essay of paper in more than one course without permission are considered very serious offenses and shall be grounds for disciplinary action as outlined in the current General Catalog.



Link to sample test #1
Link to sample test #2
Link to sample final exam
Optional extra credit assignment
Electromagnetic Spectrum
Pictures of my classes
Conservation of Energy
Fish in a Bucket
Fish with Bubble
Link to syllabus