The Big Picture

Course Goals

Chem 130 provides an introduction to inorganic chemistry. Because this area of chemistry, even at an introductory level, is too broad to cover in a single semester, our content-specific goals are relatively modest; they are to...

In addition to these content-specific goals, we also have several growth-oriented goals that are important to your development as a student in STEM; these are to...

Working Toward Success in Chem 130

Whatever your background in chemistry, specifically, and in STEM, more generally, in addition to your usual commitments—attending class and lab, completing assignments, and preparing for exams, to name a few items—commit yourself to...

The Nitty-Gritty Details

Textbook and Other Resources

The textbook for this course is Chemistry: Atoms First, a free textbook available from OpenStax. You may choose to access the textbook through a browser, but you may also download it as a pdf file, download it to a Kindle, or order a print version. Visit the OpenStax website to explore your options.

The schedule provides daily reading assignments and suggested end-of-chapter problems. Most of these problems provide practice in the basic concepts necessary for success in this course. You should use these end-of-chapter problems to test your facility with these concepts; answers to these problems are included at the end of the textbook.

No textbook is a perfect match for any course and you will find that our textbook explores some topics at a greater depth and explores other topics more superficially than will we. As needed, we will supplement the textbook with additional resources. Your textbook and these other resources will provide you with an additional perspective on the material we cover in class; exams and other assignments will draw only on the concepts we cover in class and not on additional concepts that appear only in the textbook or in other resources.

You will need a notebook for use in lab; see the lab syllabus and schedule for further details. Additional supplementary materials, including copies of handouts, answer keys, and practice exams are available on the archive page.


Your final grade is determined as follows:

Letter grades are assigned using the following scale:

A (≥93.0) A- (90.0-92.9)
B+ (87.0-89.9) B (83.0-86.9) B- (80.0-82.9)
C+ (77.0-79.9) C (73.0-76.9) C- (70.0-72.9)
D+ (67.0-69.9) D (63.0-66.9) D- (60.0-62.9)
F (<60.0)

Final averages are not rounded; to earn a grade of B instead of a grade of B-, for example, you need a final average of ≥83.0. These ranges are fixed with the following caveats:

Office Hours

Feel free to stop by my office (Julian 364) without an appointment at any of these times:

If you wish to schedule an appointment at another time, please catch me after class or lab, send me an email, or drop by my office.

Due Dates

Because I value thoughtful, well-written, and well-reasoned work more than absolute deadlines, the due dates for most assignments are intentionally flexible. Unless otherwise specified, there is no penalty for turning an assignment in late as long as I am in the process of grading the assignment; however, once I finish grading a set of assignments, any missing work receives a grade of zero (no exceptions).

Flexibility with due dates is not a license to procrastinate. To make this policy work requires communication. If you need additional time, then you must meet with me before the assignment's due date to show me the work you have completed and explain why you need additional time. Together we will work to find a reasonable extension.


A textbook is a poor substitute for the active learning that takes place in a classroom. Although attendance at class sessions is not required, I encourage you to take advantage of our time together by engaging fully with the material and with your classmates during class. If you miss class it is your responsibility to know and to understand the material covered that day. Ask a classmate for a copy of his or her notes and visit the course website for copies of handouts.

You are expected to attend all lab sessions and failing to do so will affect your final grade. You should not assume that it is possible to make up lab work at a different time.

Selected DePauw University Academic Policies

Academic Integrity

Although you may make frequent use of external resources when completing an assignment, it is important that the work you submit represents your understanding of the assignment. A failure to do so is unethical and a serious breach of academic integrity. Be sure to review DePauw's guidelines for academic integrity, which are included in the Student Handbook; in particular, review the examples of plagiarism. Although often unintentional, plagiarism nevertheless is a serious violation and may result in a significant reduction in your grade for an assignment or for the course.

Be sure to consult with me if you are unsure about any issue concerning academic integrity as it relates to work in class or lab.

Disability Services

It is the policy and practice of DePauw University to provide reasonable accommodations for students with properly documented disabilities. Written notification from Student Disability Services is required. If you are eligible to receive an accommodation and would like to request it for this course, please contact Student Disability Services. Allow one week advance notice to ensure enough time for reasonable accommodations to be made. Otherwise, it is not guaranteed that the accommodation can be provided on a timely basis. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students who have questions about Student Disability Services or who have, or think they may have, a disability (psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, medical, etc.) are invited to contact Student Disability Services for a confidential discussion in Union Building Suite 200 or by phone at 658-6267.

Religious Accomodations

DePauw University accommodates students who are adherents of a religious tradition and wish to fulfill obligations of that religious tradition on holy days. Students are expected to notify their instructors of their intent to fulfill the obligations of their religious tradition well in advance of these days. For the sake of this policy, “holy days” are defined as periods of time in which either activities required by normal class participation are prohibited by a religious tradition, or a special worship obligation is required by a religious tradition.