Professor Laura J. Juszczak
Department of Chemistry
3119 Ingersol Hall
Phone: 718 951-5000 ext. 1426
Email: LJuzak @ brooklyn.cuny.edu
2:00 – 5:00pm Tuesday
2:00 – 5:00pm Thursday
or by appointment (email first).
The goal of this course is to give the student a basic understanding of chemistry and physical processes in the context of food chemistry, metabolism and cooking. The course also necessarily makes connections to the future sustainability of food and water. We aim to prepare the student for the increasingly urgent and complex national dialogue on the interrelated topics of global climate change, energy, pollution, extinction and the food supply. The specific objectives of this course are to provide the student with the basic vocabulary of chemistry, and a basic understanding of the experimental process as it relates to food chemistry and cooking.
Chemistry in Context: Applying chemistry to society 8th ed. Paperback or ebook).
Middlecamp, Catherine. American Chemical Society. (2015).
You will need access to Connect, the online study and homework website, in either case, but note that purchasing Connect alone (ISBN: 007352297x) gives you access to the online ebook.
The access code is also provided with purchase of a new hardcopy textbook.
There is a two-week free access to Connect at the beginning of the semester. Instructions for registering for your section are provided on the course Blackboard website.
Experiments for Core Chemistry
by Laura Juszczak (ISBN 9781524913670 Kendall Hunt Publishing Company).
A small combination or key lock to secure lab supplies in the lab desk cabinet.
FYI - LAB ATTENDANCE IS NOT OPTIONAL
The order of the class reading material from Chemistry in Context and is given below. However, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments when necessary. Problem sets are also assigned, and these are completed online at the McGraw-Hill Connect website. The reading material assignments from The Kitchen as Laboratory, The Disappearing Spoon, and Culinary Reactions are available on the course Blackboard site.
After completion of Chapter 5.
APPROXIMATE DATE: 3/22 – in class
8:30am - 10:00am
Whitman Hall auditorium (bring pencils)
The final grade for the course is based on a score, which is the sum of the scores received for the following: The grade breakdown is as follows:
30% lab grade 1
15% online problem sets (graded)
25% midterm exam
30% final exam grade
Questions from the lab experiments may be included in both the midterm and final exam.
Calculators or use of other electronic devices are not necessary nor are they allowed during exams but you will need pencils.
The final exam for is scheduled for Thursday, November 25, 2018 from 8:30am – 10:00am in Whitman Hall auditorium.
It is the student’s responsibility to note the midterm and final exam time, place and date at the beginning of the semester, and to be sure not to schedule other activities during this time.
There is no make-up mid-term exam. If the midterm exam is missed, the final exam will be count towards both the midterm and final exam grade points.
Course work cannot be completed independent of the lab work.
NO credit is earned for coursework without completion of the lab assignments.
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.
The faculty and administration support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. Here is the complete text of the "CUNY Academic Integrity Policy" and the Brooklyn College policies for implementing that policy. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member must report the violation.
All students should read the 2017-2018 Brooklyn College Bulletin for a complete listing of academic regulations of the College.
Eating and cell phone usage is not allowed during lecture. Unnecessary and superfluous movement, talking and other disruptive behavior distracts other students’ attention from the lecture material to which they are entitled. Students who create such disturbances will be asked to leave and/or escorted from the classroom.
The state law regarding non-attendance because of religious beliefs, listed in the 2017-2018 Brooklyn College Bulletin (Undergraduate Programs, pg. 66), will be followed.
NOTE: Labs meet EVERY WEEK.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each lab class.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of her/his presence.
Students are expected to come to lab ON TIME and be prepared by having read and understood the lab procedure BEFORE carrying out the work in class.
Each of the 10 lab report sheets must be handed in at the laboratory class meeting one week following the completion of the experiment. Lab report sheets are expected to be stapled together, and the student’s and lab instructor’s name must appear on each sheet. 10 points are awarded for each lab report. Point assignment is at the discretion of the lab instructor, but no less than 4 points shall be awarded for completion of the lab work
Instructors deduct 3 points for each week the lab report is handed in late.
Labs missed due to illness must be made up by attending alternate lab sessions with permission of the lab instructor, arranged through the General Chemistry stockroom technicians, Ms. Grace Kosiorek or Dr. Olga Berezovska (248 IE).
Documentation of illness must be presented to the stockroom technician.
Labs so completed must be accompanied by a signed lab form, obtained from the stockroom technician.
This form is to be returned to the student’s assigned lab instructor. Experiments not completed will result in a grade of zero for that experiment. LAB ATTENDANCE IS NOT OPTIONAL. Students will receive the grade of F for the course if more than TWO LABS are MISSED and NOT made up. Missed labs MUST be made up WITHIN 2 WEEKS of the experiment assignment. Lab make-ups are subject to lab space availability.
Students are to work individually in the laboratory unless specifically told otherwise. Students are expected to actively participate in the collection of all data. ‘Sharing’ of results without actual participation in collection of those results constitutes cheating; no credit will be given for that lab.
New York State law that safety goggles must be worn at all times by all students in the laboratory. Goggles are provided as part of the lab equipment rental fee. Students who consistently refuse to properly wear safety goggles during the lab period; will be dismissed from the laboratory. Students so dismissed will not have the opportunity to make up missed lab work. It is the student’s responsibility to bring her/his goggles to each lab session. If the student completes their lab work before the end of the session, students MUST continue to wear their goggles until they have exited the lab
Eating and drinking are also not permitted during lab sessions. Students may also be dismissed for violation of this safety rule
Pregnant students are encouraged to defer taking Chemistry 1007 as the lab is an integral part of the course.
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