2021 Spring Syllabus


Note: This is NOT an online class.

Class: CH 1223 – Chemistry II – Spring 2021
Lecture Times: MWF 10:20 – 11:10 AM and 11:30 – 12:20 PM
Location: McCarthy Gymnasium
Exam Times: W 5:30 PM – 6:55 PM (only on exam nights)


Name: Dr. Eric Van Dornshuld
E-Mail: edornshuld<at>chemistry(d0t)msstate{d0t}edu
Office: 1130 Hand Lab
Office Hours: M 1-2 PM; W 2-3 PM (no W office hours on exam weeks)

Need to contact me? Send me an email. Do not use the Canvas messaging system (I don’t use it).

Course Description

CH 1223 - Chemistry II addresses the principles of atomic and molecular structure, energetics, dynamics, and synthesis as related to chemical systems. The laboratory course CH 1221 is designed to complement CH 1223 although they have separate registration, syllabi and grades.

Exam Schedule (tentative)

Exams will be offered online via Canvas. You must have stable, reliable internet and a camera (webcam, phone camera, etc.) that is able to take pictures.

Date Exam
01/20–01/27 Fun. Exam (Ch. 01–09)
03/03 03/10 Exam 1 (Ch. 10–13) – Practice Exam 1
04/14 Exam 2 (Ch. 14–17)
a Final Exam (Ch. 10–17, 21)

aFinal exam schedule: https://www.registrar.msstate.edu/students/schedules/exam-schedule/s/?year[value][year]=2021&semester=spring
Official academic calendar: https://www.registrar.msstate.edu/calendars/academic-calendar/c/?year[value][year]=2021&semester=spring

Lecture Schedule

Tentative chapter start date

Date Chapter
01/11 10
01/22 11
02/03 12
02/19 13
03/03 14
03/17 15
03/24 16
03/31 17
04/16 21

Required Course Materials

  • Chemistry from OpenStax
  • CH 1223 Chemistry II Workbook (available at Barnes & Noble campus bookstore sometime during first week of classes)
  • Calculator (scientific or graphing)
  • Your MSU ID for attendance reporting/scanning
  • Stable and reliable internet connection and a camera (phone, webcam, etc.) for taking pictures.

Learning Objectives

Students will utilize critical thinking skills to learn and utilize the following concepts:

  • Liquid and solid-phase structure
  • Intermolecular forces and effect on physical properties
  • Colligative properties
  • Equilibrium and Le Châtelier’s principle
  • pH and pOH of acid/base solutions and buffers
  • Thermodynamics: enthalpy, entropy, and free energy
  • Balancing aqueous oxidation-reduction reactions
  • Galvanic and electrolytic cells under (non-)standard conditions
  • Rates of reaction and dependence on concentration, time, and temperature
  • Nuclear decay, fission, fusion, stability, and decay

Grading Rubric

Component Points
Fun. Exam 20
Exam 1 100
Exam 2 100
Final Exam 200
Quizzes 50
Homework 100
Total 550

Grading Scale

Ltr. Grade %
A ≥87
B ≥74
C ≥60
D ≥51
F <51


Canvas is the online hub for all announcements, grades, homework submissions, and assignments (Quizzes & Exams).


Homework (HW) assignments (located in your Chemistry II workbook) are turned in as a single, scanned PDF file per assignment to Canvas. The homework total for the class is determined as a function of points scored and the total number of homework questions (157) as follows

\[\dfrac{\mathrm{tot.~pts.~scored}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 100~\mathrm{pts.} = \mathrm{tot.~HW~pts.}\]

Late homework will be given a zero.

HW Policies

  1. Show all of your work.
  2. Include units on all appropriate numbers.
  3. Be organized. Your reported work should be reproducible. I should be able to follow your work step-by-step and reproduce exactly your reported answer.
  4. Do not report a number that does not match the work you have shown. If you do, grading will stop immediately and your entire assignment will be given a zero.
    • Example: Writing “1 + 2 = 5” violates point 4 above.
  5. Fill out the cover page (i.e. self-evaluation sheet) for each assignment and include it as the first page in each HW submission. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the assignment. Additionally, misrepresenting the information you report on your cover page will result in a zero for the entire assignment.

HW Submission Procedure

  1. Scan your homework as a single PDF file per assignment.
  2. Ensure the pages are in the correct order.
  3. Be sure to fill out the cover page for each assignment. This is required.
  4. Upload to Canvas
  5. This step is mandatory Log into Canvas to make sure that Canvas has received your submission. Download your submission to ensure it was submitted properly.


Quizzes will be offered periodically online via Canvas in an asynchronous manner. Your total quiz score will be determined as a function of the points scored and the total number of points as follows

\[\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~scored}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 50~\mathrm{pts.} = \mathrm{tot.~Quiz~pts.}\]


All material from the textbook (Ch. 10-17, 21) is testable material unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Exams will be offered online via Canvas in a synchronous manner. You must have stable, reliable internet and a camera (webcam, phone camera, etc.). Exams will be scored as a function of correct questions scored and the total number of questions as follows:

Fundamentals (Fun.) Exam

\[\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~earned}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 20~\mathrm{pts.} = \mathrm{tot.~Fun.~Exam~pts.}\]

Exams 1 and 2

\[\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~earned}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 100~\mathrm{pts.} = \mathrm{tot.~Exam}~n~\mathrm{~pts.}\] where n = 1 or 2.

Final Exam

The final exam is cumulative (Ch. 10–17, 21).

\[\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~earned}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 200~\mathrm{pts.} = \mathrm{tot.~Final~Exam~pts.}\]

Exam Format

The exam format is different from what you may be used to. Not only is there a set amount of time to complete an exam, each exam question has its own time allotment. You will not be able to “go back” and reevaluate a question. Once you move on from an exam question, it is “locked-in”. Finally, exams will have a follow-up assignment that must be completed immediately following the exam. Consider this as part of the exam that you just took (because it is). Failure to complete the follow-up assignment properly will result in a zero for the entire exam.

Read more about the “Live Exam” format here and here

Final Grade

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

\[\dfrac{\mathrm{tot.~(HW+Quiz+FE+Exam)~pts.}}{\mathrm{tot.~(not~bonus)~pts.}} \times 100\%\] Note: Canvas does not know how to compute your class grade. Canvas only records individual assignment grades. It is your responsibility to compute your class grade using the equations above.

Late HW/Quiz/Exam Policy

Any late HW, Quiz, or Exam will be given a zero.

Late Policy FAQ

  1. Assignment not turned in on time?
    • Result: It gets a zero. It is late.
    • Solution: Stay on top of due dates and times
  2. Weather knocked your power out the night an assignment was due and now you cannot submit on time?
    • Result: It gets a zero. It is late.
    • Solution: Do not wait until the last minute to complete and turn in an assignment.
  3. A scanning app indicates your assignment was exported to Canvas but Canvas never actually received it?
  4. You THINK the deadline is 5 PM and you miss the 5 AM deadline time?
    • Result: It gets a zero. It is late.
    • Solution: Rationalize and understand due dates and times. If you need clarification, please ask me.
  5. You get sick the day the assignment is due and you miss the deadline?
    • Result: It gets a zero. It is late.
    • Solution: Do not wait until the last minute to complete and turn in an assignment.
    • Exception: If you can provide documentation that you were sick on every single day that the assignment was open and available, you will be considered for a make-up.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory.

This section is a face-to-face instructional class. Per Academic Operating Policy 12.09, students are expected to attend all class meetings in person. Should a student expect a university-excused absence from a class, the student should contact the course instructor of record to inform them of the absence and the reason for it. Special instructions regarding illness and contagious infection are included in the syllabus section entitled: Contagious Infection and Other Health Accommodations for face-to-face instruction.

Attendance Reporting

Students are required to scan their MSU ID (at the attendance scanner in the classroom) when arriving to the beginning of class. Scanners open 10 minutes before class start. Those students who scanned in for class and leave class before class is dismissed are required self-report their exit via email within 24 hours so that the attendance record can properly reflect an absence for that day. Failure to do so is considered to be misrepresenting and falsely reporting class attendance.

Note: Attendance is not taken during Add/Drop week.

Contagious Infection and Other Health Accommodations for face-to-face instruction

Students required to isolate due to symptomatic or asymptomatic contagious infection or quarantine due to potential exposure to contagious infection will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Such students must provide an excuse from either the Dean of Students, the Longest Student Health Center, or qualified medical practitioner directing quarantine procedures, and the recommended date of return. Information provided will be enforced at the instructor’s discretion.

In cases meriting accommodation, quarantining students may be expected to log into the lecture during the scheduled class time or complete equivalent assignments approved by the instructor. If a student is too ill to participate in a class at the scheduled time, the student may be provided a link to a recording of the lecture or offered a similar accommodation as determined by the instructor.

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate and maintain contact with their instructor(s) regarding their quarantine status. All accommodations are subject to the instructions provided by the Dean of Students’, Longest Student Health Center, or qualified medical practitioner.

Excused Absence Policy

This course adapts the official University AOP 12.19 policy on excused absences and all requests for an excused absence must adhere to the stated policy. Excused absence requests must be made via email to the instructor in a timely manner. Documentation must be emailed and physically provided to the professor.

Make Ups

Students who miss an assignment (quiz, exam, or homework) due to an excused absence will be offered a make-up.

Facial Coverings

To safeguard the health of all members of the MSU campus during this global pandemic, the university has reconfigured classroom spaces and adjusted room capacities to assure adequate physical distance between all individuals in each room. In addition, the university has published requirements for the use of face coverings for everyone on campus, including specific requirements for their use in all classrooms, labs, and shared office spaces regardless of physical distancing. In order to mutually protect the students’ freedom to learn and the instructor’s ability to teach in a safe classroom environment, everyone in this classroom is required to wear a face covering in the classroom in accordance with MSU policy. If a student cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition, they should request an accommodation via the Office of Disability Support Services. If a student simply does not want to wear a face covering, they will not be permitted to remain in the classroom or lab.

Continuity of Instruction

In the event that face-to-face classes are suspended due to the pandemic or its effects, the instructor will continue instruction in a manner that best supports the course content and student engagement. In this event, all instructors will notify all students of the change via their university email address (the official vehicle for communication with students). At that time, they will provide details about how instruction and communication will continue, how academic integrity will be ensured, and what students may expect during the time that face-to-face classes are suspended. If a student becomes unable to continue class participation, the student should contact their instructor and advisor for guidance.

Student Honor Code

Mississippi State has an approved Honor Code that applies to all students. The code is as follows: “As a Mississippi State University student, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.” Upon accepting admission to Mississippi State University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor Code. Student will be required to state their commitment on examinations, research papers, and other academic work. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the MSU community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor Code. For additional information, please visit the Honor Code Policy.

Title IX

MSU is committed to complying with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination, including violence and harassment, based on sex. This means that MSU’s educational programs and activities must be free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct. If you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination, sexual violence and/or harassment by any member of the University community, you are encouraged to report the conduct to MSU’s Director of Title IX/EEO Programs at 325-8124 or by e-mail to . Additional resources are available at Dean of Students Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault.

Support Services

Students who need academic accommodations based on a disability should visit the Office of Student Support Services, 01 Montgomery Hall, call 662-325-3335, or visit the Student Support Services website.

University Safety Statement

Mississippi State University values the safety of all campus community members. Students are encouraged to register for Maroon Alert texts and to download the Everbridge App. Visit the Personal Information section in Banner on your MyState portal to register. To report suspicious activity or to request a courtesy escort via Safe Walk, call University Police at 662-325-2121, or in case emergency, call 911. For more information regarding safety and to view available training including helpful videos, visit ready.msstate.edu

Honorlock Statement

You may be using Honorlock, an online proctoring service, to proctor your exams this semester. You will need a computer, webcam, photo ID, and a stable Internet connection. You do not need to create an account, download software, pay a fee, or schedule an appointment in advance. To get started, you will need Google Chrome and to download the Honorlock Chrome Extension. You can download the extension at Honorlock Extension Install. You should also review the information provided in Mississippi State University’s Honorlock Resources for Students guide.

It’s very important to check your system’s compatibility and Internet connection speed in advance as described in the guide.

Honorlock support is available 24/7/365 at Honorlock Support website. If you encounter any issues, you are strongly urged to contact them by live chat within the Honorlock session.

Mandatory Reporter Status

As the instructor for this course, I have a mandatory duty to report to the university any information I receive about possible sexual misconduct. This includes information shared in class discussions or assignments, as well as information shared in conversations outside class. The purpose of reporting is to allow MSU to take steps to ensure a safe learning environment for all. The university also has confidential resources available, who can provide assistance to those who have experienced sexual misconduct without triggering a mandatory reporting duty. More information about confidential resources is available at https://www.oci.msstate.edu/focus-areas/title-ix-sexual-misconduct.