FAQ

This section is for answers that are not found in the syllabus.  If the answers are not here or if you need further clarification, please send me an email.  

Your class is full, can I get an add code from you?  On the first day of class, I have a lottery for the students who want to add if there are open seats.  Bring a picture ID.  Be on time, the lottery takes place at the start of class, not one minute later.  LACC does not have a wait list so you should regularly check the schedule of classes for any open seats before the first day of class.  Once classes have started, even if there are open seats, you will need an add code from the instructor.

I need extra help, is there tutoring on campus?  If you can’t make it to office hours for help (or if there are no office hours), you can find help in the STEM Academy Student Center & Tutoring.  It is located in Franklin Hall 304.  It serves STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and an application may be required. 

I’m falling behind, what can I do?  I recommend you keep up with the current material and leave the late material behind until you find time for it.  If you keep at the old material, and not focus on the current material, then everything continues to be late.  Chemistry is cumulative in nature and if you learned the current material, you have effectively learned some of the previous chapters’ contents.

What is your lecture style?  I use an app call Good Notes to lecture.  It serves as an electronic white board to save the day’s lecture and you will have a copy.  I do reference images and examples from the text.  I will solve problems in class and expect you to participate.  Bring your calculator to class every day.  PowerPoint is used when I need images that I can’t draw, but for the most part, I’m an electronic “chalk talk” kind of person.

Where are the keys to your exams?  The keys to your exams are provided in class.  No other keys are provided.  These are available so that you have an idea of what kinds of questions you might get and how each exam is formatted.  It is not designed for you to study off of or to be used as homework problems.  That will have dire consequences if that was all you studied for.  I recommend that you treat it like as if you are taking the real exam.  Find 2 uninterrupted hours, print the exam cover page, and without notes, see how many problems you can do.  If you find yourself not able to do most of these questions without your notes, you might want to study some more.

I’d like a head start, where can I buy my book and supplies?  You can purchase your book & supplies from the LACC bookstore.  The text book in the book store may not look like the item from online retailers, but it is the same book.  It is packaged as the Los Angeles City College custom edition.  Get your laboratory notebook and googles early, they tend to sell out the first week of class.  Links to online retailer, amazon.com, are provided for your convenience.  I am not paid any commission for them.

Can I buy an older edition of the text book?  Yes, but you are responsible for finding corresponding content as we move through the course.  Typos and errors in older editions are common, and you are responsible for them.  You will need to purchase Mastering Chemistry access separately.  Instructions are provided in your syllabus.

I can’t find my papers, did you give them back to us?  Papers that are not picked up are available during lecture.  They will be available until the day of your final.  Papers that are not picked up by then will be discarded.

Where can I turn in late papers? You may turn in late work to SCI-324H. Slip your papers under the door. Depending on the course, the penalty may be large or small. In some cases, you’ll only receive one point for that assignment. Review the late policy in your syllabus.

I thought the course is out of 1000 points.  Why are there more than 100o points in Mastering Chemistry?  Your scores are normalized (or weighted).  For example, I assigned 100 points (10%) for the homework category, however, there are more than 100 problems in the homework category.  Each problem is worth one point, but collectively, all problems in the homework category are normalized/weighed to 100 points.  MC tracks all raw points and then gives you the normalized/weighted score at the very bottom of the screen.  If you need help calculating weighted scores, here are some useful youtube videos: here and here.