2021 Fall Syllabus


Class: CH 1223 – Chemistry II – Fall 2021
Lecture Times: MWF 9:10 AM and 10:20 AM
Location: Hand 1100


Name: Dr. Eric Van Dornshuld
E-Mail: edornshuld<at>chemistry(d0t)msstate{d0t}edu
Office: 1130 Hand Lab
Tentative Office Hours: M 11:20 – 12:30 PM; W 3:30 – 4:30 PM (or by appointment). No office hours on in-person exam nights.

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

Stop Email Abuse: Questions that are better suited for office hours or can reasonably be quickly be addressed in-class should not be sent via email. Please be reasonable about relegating a question through an email.

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.

Required Course Materials

  • Chemistry from OpenStax
  • CH 1223 Chemistry II Coursebook (available at Barnes & Noble campus bookstore sometime after the first week of classes)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Your MSU ID for attendance reporting/scanning
  • (RECOMMENDED) Study guide for ACS standardized final exam (available mid semester in Hand 1115)

Lecture Schedule

Tentative chapter start date

Date Chapter
08/06 10
09/01 11
09/15 12
09/27 13
10/11 14
10/27 15
11/03 16
11/12 17
11/29 21

Schedule for Summative Exams

Date Time Location: Exam
08/25 09/01 5:30–6:50 PM Online (Canvas) Fundamentals Exam (Chemistry I Review)
11/17 5:30–6:50 PM Dorman 140 Semester Exam (Ch. 10–17)
See Schedule See Schedule Hand 1100 Final Exam (Ch. 10–17, 21)

Official academic calendar: https://www.registrar.msstate.edu/calendars/academic-calendar/c/?year[value][year]=2021&semester=fall

Note: Exam coverage is tentative and is dependent upon the progress made in lecture.

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 %
Fun. Exam 5
Canvas Exams 25
HW Exams 20
Comprehensive Exam 30
Final Exam 20
Total 100

Grading Scale

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


Canvas is the online hub for all announcements, grades, and assignments.

Fundamentals (Fun.) Exam

The Fundamentals (Fun.) Exam will be given on Canvas the second week of the semester. This exam is a Chemistry I Review exam covering the fundamental concepts in the prerequisite course, CH-1221 Chemistry I, for this class. Your overall score will be determined as a function of the points scored and the total number of points as follows:

$$\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~earned}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 0.05 \times 100\% = \mathrm{Fun.~Exam~\%.}$$

Canvas Exams

Canvas Exams are formative assessments will be offered periodically online via Canvas in an asynchronous manner. Each Canvas Exam will have the following instructions included at the top:

You must work this exam on your own. You may not receive any help from any person or person(s). This content is protected by copyright and is not allowed to be reposted anywhere. Any violation of academic or copyright integrity will be reported to the Dean of Students’ office.

This exam is open-book. Enter your answers into Canvas. There will be many Canvas Exams throughout the semester (I envision 30–60 but this is tentative). Your overall score will be determined as a function of the points scored and the total number of points as follows:

$$\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~scored}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 0.25 \times 100\% = \mathrm{Canvas~Exams~\%}$$

Homework Exams

Homework Exams (HW Exams) are summative assignments (called worksheets in your Chemistry II Coursebook) and are turned in as a single, scanned PDF file per assignment to Canvas. The total for the class is determined as a function of points scored and the total number of HW Exam questions assigned as follows

$$\dfrac{\mathrm{tot.~pts.~scored}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 0.2 \times 100\% = \mathrm{HW~\%}$$

Any modifications to the HW Exams will be sent out via a Canvas announcement.

HW Exam Due Dates

The tentative schedule is below for HW Exam due dates. All HW Exams are due at 5 AM on the specified date.

Date HW Exams
09/19 10
09/26 11
10/03 12
10/17 13
10/31 14
11/07 15
11/14 16
11/28 17
12/05 21

HW Exam 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.

‘Close’ is good enough

Many HW Exam questions come with the answer(s) provided. Often in chemistry, numerical values are dependent using measured quantities (thermophysical properties, measured values, etc.). Depending on the quantity chosen, the final answer can vary a bit from the reported answer. Complicating matters further, measured quantities can vary depending upon the experiment implemented to measure.

For all HW Exam questions that require you to look up and use experimental values, the final reported answer can vary a little bit from the given answer and will be considered correct.

Keep in mind significant figures and rounding rules should always be appropriately employed.


In some instances, minor corrections or clarifications to HW Exam questions may be needed (called errata). Errata will be posted to the parent Canvas page for this course. Be sure to check for errata before attempting any HW Exams.

HW Exam Submission Procedure

  1. Scan your worksheet as a single PDF file per assignment.
  2. Ensure the pages are in the correct order.
  3. Fill out the entire 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.

Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Exam is a summative assessment that will cover all material covered in-class up to the day that the exam is administered. This is an in-person exam and will be administered in Dorman 140 (all DSS students go to Hand 1144).

All material from the textbook (Ch. 10-17) is testable material. In-person exams will utilize assigned seating. Be sure to check your seating assignment before showing up for the exam. Seating assignments will be posted to Canvas the day of the exam. Your overall score will be determined as a function of the points scored and the total number of points as follows:

$$\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~earned}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 0.3 \times 100\% = \mathrm{Semester~Exam~\%}$$

Final Exam

This course employs the ACS Final Exam for 2nd-term General Chemistry and will be administered on the official final exam date and time for this course in Hand 1100. Your overall score will be determined as a function of the points scored and the total number of points as follows:

$$\dfrac{\mathrm{pts.~earned}}{\mathrm{total~pts.}} \times 0.2 \times 100\% = \mathrm{Final~Exam~\%}$$

Final Class Grade

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

$$\mathrm{(HW~Exams + Fun.~Exam + Canvas~Exams + Comprehensive~Exam + Final~Exam)~\%} = \mathrm{class~\%~grade}$$

Cross-reference the percentage with the Grading Scale to determine your final letter grade.

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 Assignment Policy

Any late assignment (HW Exam, Fun. Exam, Canvas Exam, Comprehensive Exam, and Final Exam) will be given a zero.

Assignments should be completed well in advance of the due date. I recommend completing Canvas Exams within 48 hours of being posted. I recommend starting HW Exams when the appropriate chapter is starting to be covered in lecture.

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 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 incapacitated on every single day that the assignment was open and available, you may be considered for a make-up/extension.

Do not email me about make ups or assignment extensions if your situation reasonably fits within the listed (or unlisted but similar) scenarios.

Attendance policy for face-to-face instruction

Attendance is mandatory.

This section is a face-to-face instructional class. Please refer to
Academic Operating Policy 12.09, regarding attendance expectations and accommodations.

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 to immediately self-report their exit via email 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.

Excused Absence Policy

This course adapts the official University AOP 12.09 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.

Short Version: Do not cheat or violate copyright.

Longer Version: Do not do anything that can be construed as cheating (academic misconduct) or violating copyright (student misconduct). All non-HW Exams must be done on your own and you are to follow all stated directions in those assignments. You are not allowed to receive help from any person or person(s) for Exams. You may not share any portion of a summative exam with anyone other than the instructor of the course. Under no circumstances is posting ANY of my content to ANY website is not allowed and violates copyright. Therefore, do not use websites like Chegg to avoid violating academic integrity AND copyright.

Any violation of academic integrity will be submitted to the Honor Code office with a recommended outcome of an ‘XF’.

Continuity of Instruction

In the event that face-to-face classes are suspended due to extenuating circumstances, such as weather, the instructor will continue instruction in a manner that best supports the course content and student engagement. In this event, all instructors will notify 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 due to extenuating circumstances, (e.g., health and safety, loss of power, etc.) the student should contact their instructor and advisor for guidance. For additional guidance, please refer to Academic Operating Policy 12.09.

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 titleix@msstate.edu. Additional resources are available at Dean of Students Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault.

Disability Resource Center

Mississippi State University is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Center (01 Montgomery Hall) collaborates with students who have disabilities to arrange reasonable accommodations. If you have, or think you may have, a disability, please contact drc@saffairs.msstate.edu or 662–325–3335 to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations. Disabilities may include, but are not limited to, conditions related to mental health, chronic health, attention, learning, autism, brain injury, vision, hearing, mobility, speech, or intellectual disabilities. In the case of short-term disabilities (e.g., broken arm), students and instructors can often work to minimize barriers. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

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

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. Additional resources are available at https://www.oci.msstate.edu/focus-areas/title-ix-sexual-misconduct/ and at https://www.students.msstate.edu/sexual-misconduct-sexual-assault/.