Skyline College A.J. Bates Professor of Chemistry

     Chemistry 220 - General Chemistry 2 - Spring 2016

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Announcements & Important Course Information

Friday, February 5

  • Please note that Sunday, February 7 is the LAST DAY to DROP
    a semester-length course with NO RECORD appearing on your transcript.
    • This is a correction from the printed Schedule of Classes and from my syllabus.


Thursday, February 4

  • PS #3 is posted on Sapling Learning.


Monday, February 1

  • For lab tomrrow, following the quiz we will discuss the Kinetics 1 FOLLOW-UP worksheet. The link to Kinetics 1, its answer key, and the Follow-up are below:
  • Please see CALENDAR for items due and all of the activities for tomorrow's lab session.


Wednesday, January 27

  • Reminder: A copy of the course text and solutions guide are on reserve in the library.


January 19, 2016

  • Welcome to CHEM 220 - General Chemistry 2 for Science Majors. I am looking forward to a productive, challenging, and rewarding semester.  
  • Our first CHEM 220 class meeting will be LECTURE on January 20 at 10:10 am in 4-148.
    Note that this is a room change from the original schedule.

  • Our first LABORATORY sessions will be on Thursday, January 21 at 9:20 am (AA section) and 2:10 pm (AB section) in 7-341.

    • It is very important that you attend your first lab session and continue to attend the lab in order to maintain your registration and/or waitlist priority. In the first lab, we will discuss the lab portion of the syllabus, enrollment, and cover important safety information that is required to participate in the laboratory.

  • Sign up for the Sapling Learning Online Homework System:
    • Follow the above link.
    • If you have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account.
    • Please enter your first and last names in the profile as they appear on your official Skyline record. If you go by a different name or a nickname, please put it in parentheses after your first name.
    • From the expanding menus, select Skyline College, General Chemistry, Semester 2.
    • Then select Skyline College - CHEM 220 - Spring 16 - Bates.
    • When you register for the course on the system, you may select to use it for the first two weeks of the semester for free. You must then pay to continue to have access.
    • The first Sapling Learning problem set and an introductory BONUS problem set are already posted.
  • The course text, Chemistry, 7th ed. by Martin Silberberg,is available as a custom edition in the Skyline College Bookstore. If you are purchasing new, this is a much less expensive option than buying the full text book. However, you are also welcome to use the 5th or 6th edition of the textbook for the course. You may be able to find those online at a much lower price. It is very important that you have a copy of the textbook (in any of these 3 editions). The readings and assigned problems from the text are essential to the course.
  • Please begin the reading and book problems (see LECTURE page) for Chapter 16 on Reaction Kinetics.
  • The following worksheets are from the General Chemistry 1 course and cover topics that will be critical in all of our work this semester - Stoichiometry and Solutions. I recommend that you work these problems as review. A quiz early in the semester will cover these topics and some of our initial work in Kinetics.

Academic Integrity

  • Academic integrity is an important issue in all academic settings, and will be taken very seriously by the instructor of this course, and the college generally.

  • I recognize that most students conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. I also recognize that the actions of a few dishonest students and the impact of those actions on the academic process necessitate a frank and ongoing discussion of this issue.

  • Please review the Student Handbook information on Academic Integrity.



  • The prerequisite for CHEM 220 is:
    • Successful completion (C or better) of CHEM 210 (General Chemistry 1) or equivalent.
  • Please speak with me if you have any questions regarding your preparation for the course, or to if you wish to discuss whether another course is better suited to your academic preparation or goals. Please also ask if you have questions about prerequisites or the petition process.


Important Waitlist & Enrollment Information

  • If you are trying to add the class, continue to follow standard WEBSMART registration procedures and check your email account for WebSMART notifications up to the first day of CHEM 220 class - January 20.
  • Waitlist priority will be observed for each lab section separately. If you are interested in more than one section, or wish to enroll in a different section, you must add yourself to the waitlist for that section.
  • Starting with the first day of classes:

    • If you are waitlisted for a course section:
      • You are required to attend one of the two scheduled labs on January 21 in order to maintain your waitlist priority.
      • You need only attend one of the two sections on that day.

    • If you are unable to enroll in your preferred section and you are unable to add to the waitlist for it prior to January 20:
      • Add your name to the waitlist sheets for the course section(s) you wish to add to on January 20 during the LECTURE or January 21 in the LABORATORY.
        • Your priority will be after all those who waitlisted prior to the first day of classes.
        • Your priority will be the same as other students added to the waitlist on January 20-21.
        • If necessary, a lottery will determine relative priorites of students added to the waitlist on those dates.
      • Follow the same procedures (above & below) as other students waitlisted for the course.

  • After January 21, if you are still waitlisted for your desired section:

    • You must continue to attend a lab section as instructed in order to maintain your waitlist priority. Add codes may be provided in lab. If you are not in class (or late) your add code may be offered to another student.

    • You must also attend lecture classes until you are able to add (or until it is announced that no additional adds will occur), as add codes may be provided in lecture. If you are not in class (or late) your add code may be offered to another student.

    • You must check the course website (this page) and your email every day for important enrollment information. Information relevant to all waitlisted students will be posted on the course website. Individual information may be emailed.

    • Please follow these instructions to maintain your waitlist priority. There are many students waiting to get into the course!