Chemistry 65 Introductory Chemistry Information and Syllabus, Fall 2017

  • Kim-Lien Thi Dinh, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Los Angeles City College
  • Email:, I prefer that you email me in Canvas during the semester only.
  • Phone: (323) 953-4000 x 1602
  • Office hour (in SCI-324H): MW 7:30 – 8:00 am, TTh 7:30-9:35 am, or by appt.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

  • SI Leader: Tiffany Youngren. You can email her in Canvas.
  • SI Sessions: Mon & Wed 11:00 – 2:00 pm, Fri 10:00 – 2:00 pm in the library conference room. No SI sessions during finals week.

Section C01 & C01A

  • Lecture:  MW 8:00 am – 9:25 am (SCI 130)
  • Lab:  M 9:35 am – 12:35 pm (SCI 301)

Section C02 & C02A

  • Lecture:  MW 8:00 am – 9:25 am (SCI 130)
  • Lab:  W 9:35 am – 12:35 pm (SCI 301)

Section C03 & C03A

  • Lecture:  T 9:35 am – 12:35 am (SCI 111)
  • Lab:  Th 9:35 am – 12:35 pm (SCI 301)

Section C04 & C04A

  • Lecture: T 9:35 am – 12:35 am (SCI 111)
  • Lab:  Th 9:35 am – 12:35 pm (SCI 305) with Prof. Balakin
    • Andrey Balakin, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Los Angeles City College
    • Email:
    • Office hour: TBA


  • Math 115 with a minimum grade of “C” or appropriate score on placement exam.

Required Materials (all items can be purchased in the bookstore, however, some of these items do sell out the first week of class)

  1. Introductory Chemistry by Nivaldo Tro, any edition will work for our class. A used 3rd edition can be purchased for ~$6.00 here, a 4th edition for ~$15 here. Alternatively, the LACC custom edition textbook bundle can be purchased at LACC’s bookstore, $123.80, book w/ access + e-text.  We will not use the Mastering Chemistry Access code.
  2. Knewton Access Code, can be purchased in the bookstore, 2 years (with markup) or online for $9.99/month or $44/2 years. You’ll have a free trial before you have to purchase the access code.
  3. Safety goggles, even if you wear glasses! Like these or these.
  4. Scientific calculator, need logarithm functions and scientific notation keys. No graphing, no sharing.  Something like this (Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS) or similar will work.
  5. Lab experiments, check the schedule below and print the ones for our course.
  6. Lab notebook, the kind with carbonless duplicate pages, 75 or 100 pages. 
  7. Scantrons, form 882-E
  8. Graphing paper, print the ones you like; or can be purchased here.
  9. Lecture notes, ~120 pages in total, print single sided (not back and front), 3 hole punched, and put in a 3 ring binder. This file is in your Canvas course under the “Files” tab.


A total of 1000 points are possible as indicated below:

  • Final, 200 points
  • Exams (3, 100 points each), 300 points
  • Lab Experiments (normalized total), 300 points
  • Homework (normalized total), 100 points
  • Online Quizzes, Surveys (normalized total), 100 points

Course grades* will be assigned according to the following breakdown:

A 88.0-100%        B 76.0-87.9%       C 60.0-75.9%       D 50.0-59.9%       F less than 50%

*LACC does not have a +/– grading system.  Only A, B, C, D, F, I**, W, P/NP will be used.  I do not curve grade.

**Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in a student’s record.  The “I” must be made up no later than one year following the end of the term in which it was assigned.  The complete policies can be found here.  Further more, the following will be applied.  You must currently be passing the course for an incomplete.  You must satisfactorily complete 12 out of the 13 lab assignments.  A score of “0” will be recorded for the remaining experiment and can not be made up.  Any assignments you do not complete on time will have a score of “0” and the deadline will not be extended.  You must have completed 2 out of the 3 exams, and you’ll be exempt from the 3rd. The two exams will be normalized to 150 points each instead of 100. The final must be taken within a year and a letter grade will be recorded after its completion. Do not assume you’ll get an incomplete when you have an emergency, this must be discussed with me or you will receive an unsatisfactory grade.

Course Description: This is an introductory chemistry 4-unit course with laboratory, emphasizing fundamental principles of inorganic and physical chemistry, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, ionic and covalent bonding, problem solving, gas laws, and solutions.  It covers atomic structure, nomenclature, bonding, molecular geometry, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter and related forces, gas laws, solution chemistry, quantum theory, periodic properties, colligative properties, and acid base concepts.  This course serves as preparation for Chemistry 101, and DOES NOT meet the IGETC general education requirements for physical science with laboratory. The course is designed primarily for students who have had little or no chemistry training.  Attendance for both lecture and lab is mandatory. 

Student Learning Outcome: By the end of this course, you will be able to (1) interpret, analyze, and solve qualitative and quantitative problems appropriate to the course content; (2) work independently in the laboratory and perform laboratory skills and techniques exhibited in introductory chemistry laboratory.

Information for Students with Disabilities: Students with a verified disability who may need authorized accommodation(s) for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and the Office of Special Services (SSV 100, 323-953-4000, ext. 2270) as soon as possible.  All information will remain confidential.

Financial Aid:  If you need help paying for books and other college expenses, call the Financial Aid Office at (323) 953-4000 ext 2010.

Academic Integrity: All students at LACC are expected to follow the rules of ethical conduct stated in the Student Policies section of College Catalog. The complete catalog can be found here.

Cheating will not be tolerated!  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying on exams, plagiarism, faking or falsifying experimental data, etc.  Plagiarism is the act of copying another’s written work and submitting it as your own.  Examples of plagiarism include copying another’s lab report, data, and published work.  Such actions (which are often illegal in the “real world”) may result in suspension or dismissal from the course and the college.  Per LACCD Board Rule 9803.28, violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following sections: cheating on an exam, plagiarism, working together on an assignment, paper project when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade. If one students helps another student cheats, both will receive a score of “0” for that assignment.

Drop Date Information!  The deadline to drop without a “W” is Sunday, September 10, 2017. Dropping after will result in a “W” on your transcript.  The deadline to drop with a “W” is Sunday, November 19, 2017. As of July 1, 2012 students now have only 3 attempts to pass a class. If a student gets a “W” or grade of “D”, “F”, “I”, or “NP” in a class, that will count as an attempt. A student’s past record of course attempts district wide will also be considered. You should carefully consider if you could reasonably manage this course with the other factors in your life (e.g. work, family, course load).  If you think you will not be able to complete this course with a C or better, drop by the stated deadline.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to me.  You may also see a counselor in the Counseling Center in AD 108.  After the drop deadline, a letter grade will be assigned.

You will be excluded from the course for any one of the following:  If you missed the first meeting of class, or if you are absent more hours than the number of hours the class meets per week.  However, you should not assume that the instructor will drop you.  It is your responsibility to formally withdraw from the class through Admissions and Records should you decide you no longer wish to be enrolled, otherwise you will receive an “F” in the course. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make sure work is handed in on time and to find out what you missed in class.

Computer Resources: The Chemistry and Earth Sciences Department has a computer classroom located in SCI-316.  The classroom is normally open 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Monday-Thursday.  If the room is locked, you can ask one of the faculty or lab technicians to open it for you.  This classroom can be reserved for class meetings by department faculty.  If the classroom is unavailable, the all-campus computer lab for student use is located on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Library and is available during the library’s normal business hours.  Please contact ext. 2396 for more information about the all-campus lab.  For information about computer access, including information regarding computer login, email accounts and wireless access, please go here.

Policy on Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices:  The use of cell phones or any other electronic devices for any purpose, including smart phone calculator apps, on exams/quizzes is prohibited.  All phones are to be turned off during exams and stored.  Students caught using phones during exam may be subject to receiving a score of “0” on the exam/quiz and referral for further disciplinary action.

Description of Coursework

Final and Exams: Three exams and one cumulative final* will be given and no scores will be dropped. The exam dates are listed in the attached schedule.  Each exam starts at the beginning of lab and if you are late to an exam, you will have the remainder of that time to complete your exam. If you need to make-up an exam, a penalty of 20% (per day-weekend counts) will be assessed for the first exam taken late, and a larger penalty (40% per day) for any additional exams taken late. Send me an email and I will tell you the date, time, and location of your make-up exam.  Once an exam has been returned and reviewed (2-7 days), there will be no more make-up exams.  The final exam date and time is listed in the schedule.  Everyone is required to take the final examination.  Failure to take the final will result in an automatic fail for this course, regardless of your grade prior to the final.

*The final exam will not be returned to you.  It is LACC’s property.  Your scores will be posted in Canvas.

Laboratory work: The laboratory component is designed to give you hands-on experience with some of the concepts learned in lecture. Completion of the laboratory work is mandatory! Thus, you must satisfactorily complete 12 out of the 13 lab assignments in order to achieve a grade of a “C” or higher in the course.   Completing a lab consists of performing the experiment AND handing in the lab report.  All lab work must be done individually. The due date is listed in the attached schedule. There is a 2-point penalty for each day that your report is late (weekend counts). After a report has been graded and returned, you will only receive one point for that assignment, but it counts as being completed. Multi-page report must be stapled and 2 points will be deducted if it is not. No points will be credited to one student for lab work completed by another student; that is cheating.

Laboratory make up policy: There are no makeup, plan to attend all sessions. I do make exceptions for extenuating circumstances but it is subject to availability. Chemicals and solutions for that experiment may no longer be available. 

Safety goggles are to be worn by all students in the laboratory at all times.  Students who repeatedly are found not wearing goggles (to protect their eyes) will be subject to removal from the laboratory for that entire period.

You are responsible for all of the equipment in your locker. You will lose two points for each equipment you break or lose. It is best not to share equipment, and if you absolutely must share, be sure to return any shared equipment to your locker before you leave for the day.  Make sure you have put away all equipment and locked your drawer before leaving.

All students are required to keep a lab notebook. The notebook must have carbonless duplicates. You are required to prepare your notebook for data collection prior to coming to class. You will record all data directly in your notebook and you will turn in the carbon copies of your data sheets. Notebook policies are described in more detail here.

You are responsible for printing out your experiments prior to coming to lab.  I will not print them for you.

For each minute you stay after lab is over, you will lose two points. Please set a timer so that you have enough time to clean up. Everyone is responsible for cleaning up the lab, 10 points will be deducted if you don’t.

Knewton: Homework is graded through the Knewton web-based program. The assignments include interactive tutorial assignments and is adaptive. Expect to spend an average of 45 minutes per assignment. There is a correlation between doing problems, understanding the course material, and doing well on exams. The more problems you make an honest effort at completing, better are your chances of doing well on the exams. The point of doing homework is to improve your understanding of the material, not to practice for exams. Exam problems do not necessarily look exactly like homework problems. However, if you truly understand the material, then you should be able to reason through exam problems that look different from homework problems.

Enrollment in Canvas is MANDATORY!  I do not use eTudes, Blackboard, or Moodle. This program serves as my course management system.  You will not have any recorded scores until you enroll.  Graded and returned work are your responsibility.  If you continue to not be enrolled, a grade of “F” will be assigned.

Online Quizzes and Surveys. There are online quizzes and graded surveys in Canvas. You may take them any time before the due date. Two attempts are allowed for quizzes and no late work will be accepted.

“Natural disasters” are not excuses for not completing computerized assignments.

Study Guides for Exams and Extra Credit:  There are none, please don’t ask.  There are old exams & quizzes are under the “Exams” tab.

Miscellaneous: Please don’t ask for an extension on any assignments. The last day to turn in late work is right before the start of your final. You will probably receive 1 point for the late work. See the policy for each category. The last day to pick up papers is the day of the final. Anything left behind will be discarded.

LACC requires and addendum attached to the syllabus and can be accessed here.

Chemistry 65 TENTATIVE* Lecture & Laboratory Schedule

*Your instructor reserves the right to alter this schedule, including exam and quiz date. Any changes to this schedule after the first day of class will be BOLDED, ALL CAPS, UNDERLINED, AND IN RED.

Week  Date Lecture Lab  
Mon Wed Thurs Notes
      SCI-301 Dinh

9:35-12:35 pm

SCI-301 Dinh

9:35-12:35 pm


SCI-301 Dinh

9:35-12:35 pm


SCI-305 Balakin

9:35-12:35 pm

All lab work are done individually unless otherwise instructed.
1 8/28 – 9/2 Ch 1 & 2 Laboratory Notebook Guidelines* (1 hour)

*We will prepare a laboratory notebook setup for Exp 17. Examples are provided online. Bring your laboratory notebook or you may not have your laboratory notebook by today and you’ll need to transfer this information to your lab notebook later.

Safety Video (40 minutes), Safety Quiz ( 20 minutes, in Canvas)

Check-In (max. of 30 lockers per section) (30 minutes – 1 hour)

The computer lab, SCI-316 is available for the safety quiz.

When you are done with check-in, meet me in SCI-316. I will help you set up Canvas, Knewton, and Dropbox.

2 9/4 –9/9 Ch 2 Metric Labor Day Exp 1 Meas. (20 pts) & Exp 2 Density (20 points) Exp 1 Meas. (20 pts) & Exp 2 Density (20 points)  


3 9/11 – 9/16 Ch 3 Matter Exp 1 Meas. (20 pts) & Exp 2 Density (20 points) Exp 4 Salt & Sand (25 pts) Exp 4 Salt & Sand (25 pts) Exp 1 & 2 are due Wed or Thurs of this week.
4 9/18 –9/23 Ch 4 Atomic Theory Exp 4 Salt & Sand (25 pts) Exp 14 Calorimetry (20 pts) Exp 14 Calorimetry (20 pts) Known samples for Exp 14 include Al, Pb & Fe. Select ONE known sample and repeat the experiment 3 times. Select ONE unknown sample and repeat 3 times.

Exp 4 due Wed or Thurs

5 9/25 – 9/30 Ch 5 Nomenclature Exp 14 Calorimetry (20 pts) Exp 5 (15 pts) & Exp 7 (20 pts) (KClO3 & hydrate) Exp 5 (15 pts) & Exp 7 (20 pts) (KClO3 & hydrate) Exp 14 due Wed or Thurs
6 10/2 – 10/7 Ch 6 Mole EXAM 1 (Ch 1-4 & Exp 1, 2, 4, & 14)
7 10/9 – 10/14 Ch 7 Reactions Exp 5 (15 pts) & Exp 7 (20 pts) (KClO3 & hydrate) Exp 10 (15 pts) & 11 (15 pts) Exp 10 (15 pts) & 11 (15 pts) Exp 5 & 7 due
8 10/16 – 10/21 Ch 8 Stoichiometry Exp 10 (15 pts) & 11 (15 pts) Exp 13 (20 pts) Stoichiometry& Exp 6 (15 pts) ID of ions Exp 13 (20 pts) Stoichiometry & Exp 6 (15 pts) ID of ions I recommend you start with Expt. 13 and while your product dries in the oven, you can do Expt. 6.

Exp 10 & 11 due

9 10/23 – 10/28 Ch 8 EXAM 2 (Ch 5-7 & Exp 5, 6, 7, 10, & 11)
10 10/30 – 11/4 Ch 9 Light Exp 13 (20 pts) Stoichiometry & Exp 6 (15 pts) ID of ions

Exp 15 (15 pts) is done as HW. No lab notebook set up

Exp 15 Molecular Models (15 pts) Exp 15 Molecular Models (15 pts) Exp 13 & 6 due
11 11/6 – 11/11 Ch 10 VSEPR Exp 16 Boyles & Excel graphing (15 pts) Exp 16 Boyles & Excel graphing (15 pts)


Exp 19 Ideal Gas (20 pts)  
12 11/13 – 11/18 Ch 11 Gases Exp 19 Ideal Gas (20 pts) Exp 19 Ideal Gas (20 pts) EXAM 3 (Ch 8-10 & Exp 13 & 15) Exp 15 due
13 11/20 – 11/25 Ch 13 Solutions EXAM 3 (Ch 8-10 & Exp 13 & 15) Thanksgiving  
14 11/27 – 12/2 Ch 14 Acids & Bases Exp 17 Titration (30 pts) Exp 17 Titration (30 pts) Exp 17 Titration (30 pts) Exp 16 and/or 19 due
15 12/4 – 12/9 Ch 12 Intermolecular Forces Review & Check Out Review & Check Out Balakin Section Only: Exp 17 (finish)

All Sections: Review & Check Out

16 12/11 – 12/16 Finals Week (no lecture & no lab), Exp 17 due.

The final is cumulative. It includes content from Chapters 1-14 and all the experiments completed during this semester.

Section 01 & 02 Monday December 11, 8:00-10:00 am, room SCI-130

Section 03 & 04 Tuesday December 12, 10:30-12:30 pm 8:00 am – 10:00 am, room SCI-111

Section 03 & 04 Thursday December 14, 8:00-10:00 am, room SCI-111