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General Chemistry Laboratory

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2017
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
304 prelab lecture, 302/305 lab
Days & Times

T         1 - 4:50 PM

Candice Fulton (view Profile)


Lab Manual for Chemistry 1141
Bookstore, mandatory
Course Objectives

Students will gain skills in laboratory techniques as well as explore topics relating to classroom lecture material: stoichiometry, density, states of matter, descriptive properties, periodic trends, chemical reactions, synthesis, and thermochemistry.

Course Expectations

Each week students are expected to turn in a weekly homework assignment, the lab report, and take a quiz.  A midterm and final are also required to complete the course.

Grading Standards

33%     data sheets

10%     prelab homework assignment

15%     weekly quiz

16%     midterm

16%     final

10% classroom participation

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

All assignments are due at 1 :00 PM.  Homework and reports may be turned in late for a 5% penalty each day up to one week.  No assignments will be taken after this point.  Quizzes cannot be made up.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students must attend lab on the day specified on the student's schedule.  Students may make up lab during the same week with instructor permission IF 1) room in the alternate room exists; and,  2) it is made up the same week as the assigned lab.

Other Policies

Clothing must be worn to cover from the neck/shoulder area down to the knees.  This can be done with regular clothing or a lab coat.

Goggles must be worn AT ALL TIMES.

No open-toe shoes, sandals, or "flip-flops" are to worn in the laboratory.

The laboratory sheet with more detailed rules must be read and signed before lab work begins.


Any violation of the above policies will result in the student being dismissed from lab with a grade of "0" for that lab assignment.  Students receiving a second dismissal will be dropped from lab.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

schedule F16-20160829-112259.docx

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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