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Prerequisites

Before you take this course, you should have taken PHY S 100 (Physical Science) or learned the equivalent information.

BYU Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to view the world around them in chemical terms. Students will use the concepts of atoms, molecules, and their properties to understand a variety of phenomena.
  2. Students will be able to make basic quantitative calculations regarding a number of chemical concepts in preparation for more rigorous, college-level chemistry courses.

Course Materials

You will need these materials:

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Course Organization

There are 19 lessons in this course. The lessons closely parallel chapters in your textbook and are meant to serve as a resource to aid you in your study of material covered in the text. Each online lesson will therefore contain only a short introduction describing the relevance of the material outlined in the chapter. Each lesson will also feature a list of learning outcomes that are to be achieved through study of the assigned readings, along with a list of those readings, and a link to tutorial materials that will help you as you master the material.

Lesson Introduction

Each lesson will have a short introduction. The purpose of the introductions is not to repeat what is stated in the text, but rather to put the material into proper perspective and to briefly demonstrate its relevance.

Learning Outcomes

Each lesson will feature a list of learning outcomes that outline the knowledge to be gained through reading the assigned sections of the text and through working the assigned tutorial problems. It is important to pay attention to these lists from the outset, since they serve as a roadmap for the knowledge you can expect to gain as you work through this course.

Assigned Readings

Each lesson will feature assigned readings from your textbook.

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Assignments

Each lesson will feature tutorials, review questions, and exercises covering basic concepts outlined in the reading material from the textbook. One tutorial will be required and the other will be recommended.

Required Tutorials

Required tutorials must be completed in order to successfully fulfill the requirements of the class. The required tutorials will be available from the WileyPLUS Online Learning Resources website. Students will be able to answer the questions as many times as they would like, with no penalty for incorrect answers. After the first attempt, a hint and a link to the online textbook (e-text) will be accessible from within the tutorial. After the second attempt, a link to the correct answer will be accessible. Students are urged to do their very best work when attempting to obtain the correct answer before opening the link to the actual solution. Remember: There will be no link to the correct answer on the midcourse and final examinations. It is therefore to your advantage to try to answer the questions in the tutorials without peeking at the correct answer until you have given the question your very best effort.

Up until you request your tutorial grades be uploaded, you can do the required tutorials as many times as you need to in order to master the material. There is no penalty for submitting an incorrect answer, and you are free to submit answers as many times as you need until you get the right answer.

IMPORTANT! When you have completed the tutorials for all of the lessons, you will need to have your grades uploaded to your Independent Study course. To have your tutorial grades posted, complete and submit the WileyPLUS Grade Transfer Request assignment at the end of lesson 19. Be sure to complete all of the tutorials before requesting that your grades be uploaded because once your grades are uploaded, that will be your final tutorial grade.

Recommended tutorials consist of problems and exercises drawn directly from the text and are recommended for course mastery, but do not count towards your final grade. Since the recommended tutorials are not required, they will not be graded. It is up to each individual to decide whether he or she has mastered the material to her or his satisfaction. Since most students learn by repetition, it is a good idea to work as many recommended problems as time and circumstances allow. Online quizzes available from within WileyPLUS will also be assigned as recommended learning resources. Performance on midcourse and final examinations will definitely be enhanced by completion of recommended tutorials and quizzes.

Registering for WileyPLUS

You must register with WileyPLUS before you can access the required tutorials. Before you can register, you must have your course registration code (which can be purchased bundled with a new textbook). If you purchase a used book, you will need to purchase a separate WileyPLUS registration code. Instructions for both types of registration are included in the “WileyPLUS Registration” section in this course.

IMPORTANT! You must also complete and submit the Student Information Submission assignment after completing Tutorial 1. This assignment does not count towards your grade; however, you must complete and submit this assignment before you are able to continue on in the course.

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Exams

The examinations will be multiple-choice format and (unlike the required tutorials) will be graded similar to any standard examination, with a time limit of 3 hours. The midcourse and final exams will consist of 30 and 40 questions, respectively.

The midcourse exam covers material from lessons 2 to 10. The final exam covers material from lessons 2 through 19 and is comprehensive. A periodic table will be provided for your use while taking the exams, along with the list of standard conversion factors, important constants, and other relationships found in the last few pages of your textbook. For each exam, here is what you will be provided with:

[ LINK REMOVED ] Supplemental information provided with the midcourse exam

[ LINK REMOVED ] Supplemental information provided with the final exam

You will need a scientific calculator for your exams. Blank scratch paper may also be used for your calculations, but all scratch paper you take to an exam must be turned in to the proctor with the exam.

Remember, before you request your final exam, you must have your tutorial grades posted! To do this, complete and submit the WileyPLUS Grade Transfer Request assignment at the end of lesson 19.

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Help with WileyPlus

If you are having problems with the WileyPLUS tutorials or quizzes, contact their support team.

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Grading

Your final grade will be based on your performance on the required tutorials, the midcourse exam and the final exam. The required tutorials will account for 45% of the final grade, and the remaining 55% will be made up from your midcourse and final examinations as follows:

Assignments Value Percent
Required Tutorials 200 points 45%*
Midcourse Exam 100 points 22%
Final Exam 150 points 33%
Total 450 points 100%

*Please note that in order to collect the full 200 points associated with these assignments, you will eventually need to answer all of the questions correctly. Short of this, the percentage of tutorial questions you get right will be multiplied by 200 to give your final score for the tutorial questions.

Your final grade for the course is determined using the following scale:

Grading Scale
A 90%–100% C 70%–72%
A− 87%–89% C− 67%–69%
B+ 84%–86% D+ 63%–66%
B 80%–83% D 60%–62%
B− 77%–79% D− 55%–59%
C+ 73%–76% E (fail) 54% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

Assignments will be completed through a separate web application. (NO resubmissions are allowed.)

Exams

1 proctored, computer-graded midcourse exam and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam (1 retake each for a fee). Your scores for the required tutorial assignments must be transferred to your Independent Study course before you request the final exam. You must pass the final exam to pass the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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COPYRIGHT NOTICE
The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.
“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment…
Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy.

Copyright notice for specific, individual copies
All copies are intended for non-commercial, educational purposes in connection with this registered course and only for students enrolled in this course. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws.