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- Fall 2017 Syllabus
- Fall 2017 Schedule
- Fall 2017 Lab Syllabus

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 5
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

Chapter 1 (and Key)
Chapter 2 (and Key)
Chapter 3 (and Key)
Chapter 4 (and Key)

SECTIONS 01 & 02

Diagnostic Quiz
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3
Exam 4<
Final Exam

Keys for each QUIZ and EXAM
Diagnostic Quiz
Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4
Quiz 5
Quiz 6
Exam 1
Exam 2
Exam 3
Exam 4


Periodic Table

Naming Compounds
- Key

Balancing Equations
- Key

Predicting Products
- Key

Redox Reactions
- Key

Redox Reactions (in Acidic and Basic)
- Key

CHEM 161
General Chemistry I

Updated: 09/25/2017


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  • Lecture Notes for Chapters 1-3
    - Print copies of Chapter 1-3 Lecture Notes (at the left) before class on Tuesday, Sept. 26th.
    - Print and complete Review Materials for Chapters 1-3 (at the left) to prepare for Exam 1 on Monday, Oct. 2nd.

  • First day of class: Monday, September 25th
    - Because there is a waitlist, students who are absent the first day will be dropped, so students on the waitlist can enroll in the class. If there are still students on the waitlist during the first two weeks, students who are absent without instructor permission during the first two weeks of class will be dropped to allow students on the waitlist to enroll in the class.

  • First lab meeting: Tuesday, September 26th
    - Students are required to attend the first lab meeting on their scheduled lab day. Students who are absent the first day will be dropped, so students on the waitlist can enroll in the class.
    - During the first lab meeting students will take the Seattle Central CHEM 161 Diagnostic Quiz, which will cover all CHEM 139 topics. Download a copy of the CHEM 161 Diagnostic Quiz Review to prepare for the quiz.

Marie Villarba's Office Hours
in SAM 420 for Fall 2017

Monday: 1:00-2:30pm
Tuesday: 1:00-1:45pm
Wednesday: 1:00-1:45pm
Thursday: 1:30-3:30pm
      and by appointment



Phone: (206) 934-4130
- Voicemail messages (but not text messages) may be left at this number.

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  • If you're majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), join the Ready! Set! Transfer! (RST) Academy.
  • Another round of Onsight scholarships will be available soon to RST members in good standing who qualify for federal financial aid. Please find the application and instructions here.

         TI-30Xa       Mead composition notebook
    • Chemistry: The Science in Context by Gilbert, Kirss, Foster, and Davies (4th edition), ISBN: 978-0393919370 or0393919374 (front shown cover above)

    • CHEM 161 does not use a published lab manual. Be sure to download the CHEM 161 Lab Manual in Canvas.

    • CHEM 161 students must also purchase TWO new bound, composition notebook (with at least 80 pages). One will serve as a homework notebook, and the other will serve as a lab notebook. Each student will record all collected experimental data directly into his/her lab notebook. Composition notebooks may be purchased at the SCCC Bookstore or at office supply stores (e.g. OfficeDepot, OfficeMax, Staples, etc.).

    • Students will not be allowed to use programmable graphing calculators during quizzes and exams. Students are required to have a basic scientific non-programmable calculator that can carry out exponential functions (indicated with an EE or EXP button) such as a TI-30Xa. (See example above). These can be purchased at the SCCC Bookstore, Target, Fred Meyer, and office supply stores such as OfficeDepot, OfficeMax, and Staples.

    • "The MESA program provides support to first generation, low-income, underrepresented, educationally disadvantaged students studying science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and seeking to transfer to bachelor's degree programs." MESA also helps students connect and study with other students who share their interest and provide information on "career options, scholarships, and internship opportunities and special programs." Check out the MESA program Website for more information.

    • Seattle Central's Ready! Set! Transfer! Academy is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that provides resources and support (including scholarships) to help students interested in a STEM major and career. Check out the Ready! Set! Transfer! Academy Website for more information.

    • Access the Gilbert textbook online Study Space for practice quizzes, animations, and videos


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