Chemistry for the Citizen (CHE 102)



Instructor: Dr. Noel Sturm, NSM D-323, (310) 243-3383 or (310) 243-3376.




Course Organization and Policies:

  1. Required Text: CHEM 2: Chemistry in Your World" (with OWLv2 24-months printed access card); John L. Hogg; Cengage Learning, 2nd Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1133962984; ISBN-10: 113396298X.


  1. Power Point Presentations: Many of the chapters have Power Point presentations arranged via lecture topic as links: There is also supplementary material towards the end of the course that has been provided as Power Point presentations.


  1. Examinations:


      There will be four examinations each worth 100 points.

      Examinations will be multiple-choice. There will be 50 randomly generated questions each worth 2 points.

      From the time you log-on you will have 100 minutes to complete the examination. If you go over the time limit penalties will be assessed based on the following:

      15 minutes over = 5 point deduction

      30 minutes over = 10 point deduction

      45 minutes over = 15 point deduction

      more than 45 minutes beyond the stated time limit will result in a score of 0 for that exam.

      You may not log-off and back on during the specified time period.

      All examinations must be completed by 5:00PM (PST), Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 to receive credit for this course.


  1. Homework: Homework will be assigned. Given the array of unfamiliar material and the speed with which we cover the material doing the assigned homework problems is required to succeed in the course. Answers for the homework assignments will be posted in Blackboard. Each Homework assignment is worth 10 points, there are 10 assignments for a total of 100 points. Homework turned in after the deadlines stated below will not be accepted.


Homework Assignment


How To Submit


Log into Blackboard and then navigate to this course.
Click the "Assignments" menu link.

Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Click the specific assignment, i.e. "Chapters 1 and 2".
A form will open that walk you trough the process of attaching your respective assignment.

Chapters 1 and 2

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Chapter 3

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Chapter 5

Friday, February, 13th, 2015

Chapter 8

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Chapter 9

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Chapter 10

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Chapter 13

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Chapter 14

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Chapters 15 and 16

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Forensics and Chemistry and the Gym

Friday, May 1st, 2015



  1. Discussion Board Etiquette: Effective usage of the discussion board means that only quality information should be posted to it. The best uses for the discussion board tend to concern course content for which you are unclear, and need help to more fully understand. As such, posted questions should be reasonable for your classmates to understand and contribute (but perhaps with some forethought!). It should not be one of the following types of questions that vaguely incorporates course content:




Lastly, you should be cautioned that the discussion board is not the venue to ask questions concerning answers to the problem sets. Naturally, you may pose questions about general conceptssome of which may be implicitly embedded into questions on the problem setsbut if discussion board questions veer into, I got 300 meters for problem 4. Did anyone else get this?, that is a clear misuse of the discussion board. Such postings will be immediately deleted.


6. The Goal: of this course is to understand the basic principles of chemistry.


7. Grading Criteria: Letter grades are based on the following point distribution. Grades are criterion-referenced not norm-referenced; each student has an equal opportunity meet the criteria charted below:


    1. Four Exams @ 100 pts = 400 pts
    2. Ten Homework Assignments @ 10 pts = 100 pts
    1. Total = 500 pts

































8. Course Description: A non-mathematical treatment of the basic principles of chemistry and their application to various facets of life in a highly technological society.



9. Academic Integrity Statement: A university is a community of learners bonded together by the search for knowledge; the pursuit of personal, social, cultural, physical, and intellectual development; and the desire for the liberating effects of an advanced education. California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has a culture--an academic culture--shared with other universities and colleges across the nation. Integral to that culture is a set of values such as academic freedom, dedication to teaching and learning, diversity, civility toward others, and academic integrity. Academic integrity is of central importance in the university community and involves committed allegiance to the values, the principles, and the code of behavior held to be central in that community. Integrity concerns honesty and implies being truthful, fair, and free from lies, fraud and deceit.



10. Disabled Student Services: CSUDH adheres to the American with Disabilities Act with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. To receive accommodations, students with disabilities must register with Disabled Student Services. For more information, please contact their office in Welch Hall B250 at (310) 243-3660 or (310) 243-2028.



© Dr. Noel Sturm 2015