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CHEM 1050: General Chemistry: About this Course

Learning Objectives for Chemistry 1050

Upon completion of this course, students should:

  • Understand the basic physical principles underlying chemistry and be able to apply them both to qualitatively explaining phenomena and quantitatively predicting or interpreting outcomes.
  • Understand and be able to explain fundamental ideas in the practice of science, including the nature of scientific evidence, the scientific method, and appropriate practices with respect to record-keeping, safety, and treatment of data.
  • Students should be able to apply principles of chemistry to understanding its role in other fields (e.g. biology), while understanding its underpinnings in physics and mathematics.

Required Materials

  • You may also link to the specific required chapters via unit pages on this site.
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  • You can order a hard copy through or print chapters from the PDF.

Required Items: texas instruments calculator
• Scientific calculator (Graphing calculators and internet devices are not allowed on exams) • Recommended: Texas Instruments calculator TI-30X (or similar scientific calculator)

Grading and Assessment

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

40% Two lecture tests
30% Quizzes: Dates to be determined by the lecturer 30% Final Exam

Final grades are not curved, but are set according to the following scale:

95 or higher: A+ 87-95: A
85-87: A-
82-85: B+

82-72: B

72-70: B-

68-70: C+ 62-68: C 58-62: C- 58-50: D*
Less than 50: F

*Note: If you earn a grade of D, that is the grade you will receive. Requests to change it to an F will not be honored.

Chem 1050 Assigned Reading Policies

Below is the assigned reading with homework problems. Your lecturer will give you guidance about where you are in the text and what to do to stay current with the reading. Read the material at least once before the lecture, and spend some time on the in-chapter problems to reinforce it. Unless noted otherwise, problems listed as Homework correspond to the end-of-chapter problems for the corresponding chapter. Answers to red problems are at the end of the Chapter. If you are instructed to memorize something, the test will be written assuming you have done so.

Homework is assigned but not graded. Quiz and examination questions will mostly be similar to those given in the text. You should do as many of these as possible.

Lecture Tests: Note that these are during common hours. FIRST Test: Tuesday, October 22, 12:30 − 2:00 PM, SECOND TEST: Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 − 2:00 PM, FINAL EXAM: Friday, December 20, 8:00 AM − 10:00 AM

No makeup exams given for missed lecture tests.
Students arriving late to an exam will not be admitted after 30 minutes.

Also, students will not be allowed to leave the exam any earlier than 30 minutes after the exam has begun.

Course Policies

Academic dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York.

Cheating, plagiarism, internet plagiarism and obtaining unfair advantages are violations of policies of academic integrity and are punishable by penalties, failing grades, suspension and expulsion.
Click here for more information about CUNY policy on academic integrity. 

Student Disability Services

In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her.

Drop/Add Dates:

September 2 September 17

Last day to add a course
Course withdrawal period begins. A grade of “W” is assigned to students who

officially withdraw from a course
Last Day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W”

November 5
Student Bereavement Policy

Students who experience the death of a loved one during the semester should consult the student bereavement policy here: 

Non-Attendance Due to Religious Beliefs

Students who are unable to attend class due to religious observations should consult the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin for the college’s policy, and contact the lecturer to discuss the issue. Students must come forward with the issue in a timely manner.

Pass-Fail Option: Details regarding taking courses on a pass/fail basis are given in the Brooklyn College bulletin. Students interested in this option should read the bulletin carefully, as they may not be eligible to do so; questions should be directed to the Registrar. However, note that the last day to submit a request to take a course on a pass/fail basis is given in the calendar above.

Course Counseling


Coordinator for General Chemistry Undergraduate Chemistry Advisor:

Health Profession Counseling:

Prof. Joann Mathias, 359NE

Prof. Aneta Mieszawska

Prof. Silbering 2231B