CHEM 107,  Elementary Chemistry

Instructor:  Dr. Annie Bianchino

5 units

Office 411-10

Prep course for CHEM 111A

Office phone:  (714)  992-7436





Course Description:  divided into lecture, lab, and problem solving for approximately 8.5 hours/week (more with breaks).  This course is designed to prepare students for Chemistry 111A.  The fundamental principles of chemistry will be discussed, with strong emphasis on problem solving.  This course will integrate lecture, lab and problem solving, so we will be very flexible in our scheduling of time.  Breaks will be scheduled according to our needs and the nature of the activities for that day, particularly on Friday. 


Prerequisites:  Math 40, Elementary Algebra or the equivalent with a grade of C or better.


Required Materials:

Texts:     Introductory Chemistry by Tro, Prentice Hall publisher, 5th ed., 2015 with Mastering Chemistry Web Access.

              Elementary Chemistry 107 Lab Manual, 4th ed.

Supplies:  Scientific Calculator

              Safety Goggles for Lab

              Fullerton College Computer Access


Recommended Materials:

              Study Guide for Introductory Chemistry by Tro, Prentice Hall publisher, 5th ed., 2015.


Typical Grading Policy: 




Exams,   3 @ 100 pts each








Problem Solving & attendance


Final Exam (cumulative)





Note that NO exam score will be dropped.  Start studying for class immediately.

Generally, there will be NO MAKE UP EXAMS.  See the instructor if an emergency situation keeps you from missing an exam.


Critical NOTES:      

1.  You MUST receive a minimum of 65% or 325 points on your exam total (3 exams + final exam) in order to Pass the class with a C or better.  This is even if you have high lab scores and your overall total in the course squeaks past 65%.  The reason for this is that you must be prepared to take chem 111A if you receive a C or better.  Earning less than 65% on your exams shows that you are not prepared to take that course. 

2.  You must pass the lab portion (minimum of130pts/200pts) in order to pass the class.


Tentative assignment of letter grades:

lowest A

900 pts (90%)

lowest B

800 pts (80%)

lowest C

650 pts (65%)

lowest D

550 pts (55%)

anything below 550 pts =  F

< 550 pts


Other information and guidelines:

            Cell phones, etc.  Please turn off anything that may beep you and disturb the class.  If you need to have it on, place it in vibrate mode and quietly leave the room if you need to answer. 

NO TEXTING in class!  NO goofing off online either.  The classroom should be a quiet learning environment with minimal distractions.  Do not do anything that may disturb others who are trying to focus and learn.

            Attendance is mandatory for success.  Missing even 1 lecture may leave you “hopelessly lost” for the rest of the semester.  Missing 2 or more lectures may result in the instructor dropping you from the course.  However, do not rely on the instructor drop option.  It is your responsibility to drop the class if you want to.  (If you want me to drop you, let me know in writing).

            Come to class ON TIME!!!  At times I will lock the door after class begins, and open it only when late students will not disturb the class.  You will miss more information and be lost in the class.

            Review old material as quickly as possible, preferably directly after class.  Write abbreviated review notes for future study.

            Preview new work, even if you simply look at the pictures and read section headings in the chapter.

            Study on a regular basis, not just before exams.  DO NOT CRAM! 

            Homework problems will be assigned for each chapter using the online Mastering Chemistry that came bundled with your textbook.  Keep up to date with your homework assignments.  Late homework receives less credit, but can be done.  Deadlines for each assignment are posted online.

            Use Study Area from Mastering Chemistry.  Tutorials/Quizzes/and other goodies are here.

            Go to the tutoring center or see a PAL for (free) help as soon as you realize you need it.

            Use your time wisely, remember, there are no make up exams, and deadlines for handing in homework and labs will be strictly enforced.

            Be prepared for the laboratory experiment.  Read the experiment before lab, this will save you time and frustration and you will get a better grade!

            Be prepared for problem solving session.  Have a list of questions or problems that you are having difficulty with.  Before you can say you are having difficulty with a problem, you must have attempted it.  Try all assigned problems before the problem session, otherwise you will not get as much out of that session.

            Organize a study group.  However, always study alone first before meeting with the group.  You will see how much better it works.

            Finally, CHEATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  Do not collaborate with others on exams or any assignments that are graded.  This includes lab reports.  If cheating is suspected, a grade of zero will be given to all involved students.  Cheating on an exam may result in receiving an F in the course and/or dismissal from Fullerton College.  Using notes (cheat-sheets) or looking at others' papers is cheating.  This is a serious offense.


Important Dates – look these up each semester:

After 2 weeks

Last day to ADD classes

After 2 weeks

Last day to DROP without a “W”

Around the 12th week

Last day to DROP classes  (W on transcript)


*Regarding the late drop deadline:   This instructor firmly believes it is best to decide whether or not to remain enrolled in any course as early as possible during the semester.  For those of you who are transferring to Universities, they often have much shorter drop deadlines.  To help you make the decision to drop, you should consider your performance on each quiz and especially exams.  Discuss any concerns you have with me immediately so that we can determine how to remedy the situation.  If you receive a graded exam/quiz that has “see me” written by the grade, then you must come to my office hours (or make other arrangements to meet with me) to discuss your poor performance on that exam.  Do not be shy or embarrassed, I do this to identify reasons for the performance and to find ways to improve the situation before it gets out of hand (ie, you receive too many failing grades so that you cannot pass the course). 

Chem 107


Tentative Lecture Schedule




Chapter. & Topic




1.  Introduction to Chemistry and Matter-the Chemical World

2.  Measurement and Problem Solving


3.  Matter and energy


4.  Atoms and Elements

5.  Molecules and Compounds


5.  Molecules and Compounds continued

6.  Chemical composition

EXAM 1, Chapters 1-5


6.  Chemical composition continued

7.  Chemical Reactions


8.  Quantities in chemical reactions (Stoichiometry)


9.  Electrons in atoms and the periodic table


10.  Chemical Bonding


EXAM 2, Chapters  6-10

11.  Gases


12.  Liquids, solids, and Intermolecular forces


13.  Solutions


14.  Acids and bases


14.  Acids and bases cont.

7.  Net Ionic Equations revisited sec 7.7


Catch up or go forward

EXAM 3, Chapters  11-14


16.  Oxidation-Reduction


15.  Equilibrium

FINAL EXAM  (cumulative) – last class meeting




Chem 107                          Homework Assignments from text                            Tro, 5th ed.

Answers to most odd numbered problems are given at the back of the text.  However, numeric problems online will have different numbers given for problems.


These problems are to be answered online at for credit (see next page for instructions).  HOWEVER, you should write out the answers to the problems on paper before or while submitting answers online.  This keeps a record for you to study from, and it helps when asking questions during problem solving time, office hours, or when working with tutors or in study groups.  Note that online assignments contain additional tutorial problems (not listed here) that are not in the textbook.


Assigned questions and problems will become available online beginning mid-Aug.  As we progress through the class, more and more chapters become available.  Keep up with homework!!!




Exercises at end of chapter:    Questions and Problems
































To be announced later…..





Chemistry 107

On-line Homework

Electronic homework can be accessed 24/7 and will provide you with instantaneous feedback as you do your homework on-line. You will be graded and given credit for the homework done on-line. All the assignments and due dates can be found at the web site. You will be able to access the electronic homework with your "access code" found with the Introductory Chemistry, Nivaldo J. Tro text, 5th ed.  2015.

To Log on and get started, please do the following:

I) Registration: 

1.    Go to 

2.     Click on “Students” (under Register)

3.    Click on  “Yes, I have an access code” and “continue” box.

4.     Read the License Agreement and click I Accept button. 

5.    Fill out Access Information. Click to answer the question, “Do you have a Pearson Education account?” Click No if you do not have one from another class. Fill out log in name and password that you created. Write them down on this piece of paper! Enter access code in the six blank boxes provided.

6.    Fill in Account Information pertaining to Personal Information, School Location, Security Questions, Confirmation and Summary.


II) First Time Log In:

1.    Log in to MasteringChemistry. Go to   enter the login name and password you created during Registration, and click Log In.

2.    You will need two pieces of information:

3.    Course ID : MCBIANCHINO*****

4.    Student ID: (your Fullerton College Student ID#.)

5.    Enter the Course ID, then Student ID and click Save.

That’s it.  You are now enrolled in your Instructor’s Course.


Support and More Information:

1      Click the Assignment List tab on the left to view the Introduction to MasteringChemistry assignment. This assignment will teach you how to use the program.

2      Online Help link is available on the site.

3      For registration questions only: visit

4      For all other questions: visit   

5      To check browser requirements (especially to view certain interactive tutorials and animations), click the Check Browser link from the MasteringChemistry Home page.


Student Learning Outcomes:


Upon successful completion of CHEM 107F, Elementary Chemistry, students will be able to:


1.     compute and solve introductory chemical problems.

2.     recognize, describe, and explain matter on a molecular level in terms of introductory chemical concepts.

Assessment: Common questions or problems.


3.     demonstrate proficiency in assembling basic laboratory glassware, performing fundamental laboratory techniques, making and recording relevant experimental observations and interpreting the results..

Assessment: Common questions or problems. Participation points in laboratory section for safety and proper handling of chemicals and equipment. Lab practicum at the end of the semester.



Extra help:


PALs, student Peer Assisted Learners, are available to help you learn problem solving in chemistry.  After a week or so, a list of PALs, their courses and schedules will be posted.  Drop in whenever you can, or contact them via email if no times fit your schedule.  Make it a habit to meet with the PAL on a regular basis; your grade will improve if you do.



SI, supplemental instruction may be available to any student who wants or needs extra assistance with the coursework, and/or has weak math background.

Students who perform poorly on lecture quizzes are strongly recommended to attend these SI sessions. 

Students with a combined grade less than 14 (less than 70%) on the first two quizzes have an opportunity get their needed help, and to obtain 2pts toward quiz scores.

These students must attend a SI session AND pass an exit quiz/worksheet in order to obtain these points.  This is a chance to learn the material, and get back on track before the next quiz/exam AND earn some points back…  a rare second chance.


More information on SI:

SI meets at least once every 3-4 weeks during the semester, generally a week before exam time. 

SI students are encouraged to meet with PALs and/or tutors in between SI reviews. 

All reviews/tutor sessions are free to Fullerton College students. 

SI is taught both by chemistry instructors and ENGAGE in STEM students.






Elementary Chemistry Lab is a concurrent requirement of Elementary Chemistry (Chem 107). 

It is designed to illustrate chemical principles and teach fundamental techniques. 

You must pass the lab portion of the class in order to pass the course.




            Elementary Chemistry 107 Lab Manual 4th ed.

            Safety Goggles            Scientific calculator                 Fullerton College Computer Access 




            pot holder or small towel,   lab apron.  Bring your calculator to lab.




            Be prompt and regular in attendance.  Absences and/or tardiness will result in a lower grade.  Lab Quizzes are unannounced and are given at the beginning of the lab period.  Usually, quizzes are given every three or four experiments.  If you are late and miss a quiz, you get a zero.  If you only have 2 minutes to finish, well, you have 2 minutes…..


            Do not expect to get out of lab early each week (although, rarely you will be finished early, depending on your preparedness).  Often you will require the entire lab period to complete the experiment.


            MAKE UP LABS are discouraged and are possible only for emergencies and require prior arrangement with the instructor. If you must miss a lab, see the instructor ASAP to discuss options.  Sometimes it will not be possible to make up a lab due to the schedule.  Missed labs will result in a score of zero.


            Be prepared for the laboratory experiment.  Read the experiment before lab; it will save you time and frustration and you will get a better grade!  Win win win.


            Avoid collaboration on laboratory experiments and reports except by instructor assignment.  Falsification of data and/or collaboration may result in zeros for all students involved.


            Try to master each new technique and principle as it is presented.  You will use certain techniques throughout the course and in later Chem courses.  Your lab instructor is here to assist you.




            Each lab report will be due at the beginning of the next lab 9:30 am sharp.  If you come to lab late, your lab report is also late and will have 5 points deducted. 

            Each report is worth a total of 20 points. 

            Each report should include a pre-lab (2 pts), data sheets and calculations, and a post-lab (5 pts).

            The pre-lab must be completed before performing the experiment.

            Record ALL DATA (not calculations) IN INK.  Do not erase.  Do not use White Out.  If you make a mistake, simply put a line through the entry.  You should be able to read what was crossed out.

            Your lowest lab report score will be dropped from the total.

            Lab reports handed in up to 1 week late will receive a 5 point deduction.  After 1 week, late labs will not be accepted.  If you miss a lab, be sure to get the previous weeks lab report to the instructor on or before the due date, otherwise it will be late.



            Safety goggles may be purchased at the bookstore or elsewhere and must protect the eyes from the top and sides.  Eyeglasses, sunglasses and safety shields are not sufficient.  You MUST have goggles and WEAR THEM correctly or you will not be allowed to participate in laboratory classes.  Reminders to wear your goggles will result in points deducted from your lab report.


Check In and Check Out:

            Once you check in to a locker, YOU are responsible for the equipment in that locker.  Be sure all items are present at the start, and that they are not chipped or broken.  Points are deducted from lab experiments if you break glassware.  At the end of the semester you will check out of the locker.  At that time I will inspect each piece of equipment and you will need to replace anything that is lost or broken. 



Laboratory Schedule



Exp #




Check In and Safety



Instrumental Measurements



Density of Liquids and Solids



Families of Elements  (Qu?)



Naming Compounds




Analysis of Alum  /  % water in hydrate

Empirical Formula of Compounds/ Dry Lab



Analysis of a Penny / Chemical Reactions (Qu?)



Decomposing Baking Soda  /  Stoichiometry



Molecular Models and Chemical Bonds



Density of Natural Gas (Qu?)



Analysis of Saltwater  /  Solutions



Analysis of Vinegar (part B only)/  Neutralization Titration



Conductivity of Aqueous Solutions (Qu?)

Check out of lockers 1



Thanksgiving Holiday



Cumulative Lab Quiz and Lab Practical

Check out of lockers 2



Lecture Final Exam date


Useful Info:  Your locker # _____   Your lock combination # _________________

Your lab friends’ contact info:


Lab Grade Analysis


Your lab grade will be calculated by adding grades from your best 12 lab reports and all your quizzes.  This lab grade is then normalized to 200 pts toward your lecture grade.


7.     Lab Reports

                   13 labs @ 20 pts each, then drop the lowest score                                                           240 pts

keep track of your scores below:

drop the lowest score and add the rest




























Your total lab reports  =                                   (as a % divide by 2.4 =                     )


8.     Unannounced (short) Lab Quizzes

                   4 lab quizzes @ 10 pts each                                                                                             40 pts

                   none of these quiz scores are dropped

                   missing a quiz = 0 score

keep track of your scores below:










Your total quiz  =                                         (as a % divide by 0.4 =                      )


9.     Cumulative Lab Quiz

                   1 cumulative lab quiz given last lab meeting @ 60 pts                                                      60 pts


Your Cumulative Lab Quiz score =                            (as a % divide by 0.6 =                 )


10.  Lab Practical

                   Lab practical performed during last lab meeting @ 60 pts                                               60 pts


Your Lab Practical score =                                          (as a % divide by 0.6 =                 )


TOTAL     Possible points                                                                                                             400 pts


Your grand total add the following PERCENTAGES for each category multiplied by the factor shown:

             lab reports percentage x 0.60                                      

             lab quizzes percentage x 0.10                                     

             cumulative quiz percentage x 0.15                              

             lab practical percentage x 0.15                                    


             =   total lab percentage