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CHM-130: Fundamental Chemistry
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CHM130 (SUN#1130)
Class# 13418
INSTRUCTOR:  Ken Costello, (480)202-2993
Photos of him impersonating famous chemists.

To see assignment scores, go to the gradebook.

If taking the on-campus CHM130 lab, you might find the below link to the help pages useful.  If taking the online CHM130 lab, then no need to use these help pages.
Each topic in chemistry can be studied by focusing on the following: (1) building blocks, (2) mathematics, and (3) force & energy. Just like 3 colors are mixed to make any color, these 3 areas are mixed to explain any chemistry topic.
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Syllabus and Sapling Learning Account
(The Syllabus is in Canvas)

How to create a Sapling Learning Account

Target Dates

My class doesn't have deadlines, but it has target dates for the quizzes and exams. Those are listed in Sapling Learning within the title of the quiz/exam.   Target dates are set to keep you on target in completely the course at an even pace.  If you do a quiz after its target date, the quiz is not late nor do you get penalized.  It just means you are getting behind.


Student Information Sheet

It's always helpful for instructors to have extra information about why you are taking the course and other relevant information.   So we have a Student Information Sheet that we would like you to fill out.   Here is the form as a Word document.   Also, here is a Web page that has the sheet which you can copy and place in an email.  Then add the information.

Why Chemistry?

Throughout human history, chemistry has helped us survive. Turning stones into tools, making fire, creating ceramics, and preserving food were some of the earliest benefits of chemistry.

Early Chemistry Menu Page
Tutorials and Quiz 

Pitfalls to Learning

Learn the pitfalls you encounter when learning a difficult subject like chemistry

No Quiz

Chemistry in a New Light
Your instructor has created a way to tie all areas of chemistry together and at the same time make it easier to comprehend. All chemistry topics are a mixture of building blocks, force/energy, and math.

Chemistry in a New Light Tutorial

Quiz for Chemistry in a New Light at Sapling Learning

Scientific Skepticism

Learning science means how to look beyond the surface, beyond the moment, and beyond the expected response. This approach helps us uncover the real truths behind what is presented. It also protects us from being fooled.

Scientific Skepticism Menu Page (Tutorials & Quiz)

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Mathematical Universe Tamed
Math? There's nothing to it.

Symbols vs The Real Thing
Symbols just don't carry the same weight
Quiz for Symbols vs The Real Thing at Sapling Learning

Math & Measurement Reading Assignment in Textbook

Its hodgepodge ways don't measure up

METRICS tutorial
A system for all people for all time.
Quiz for Metrics at Sapling Learning

Significant Figures Tutorial & Reading Assignment
When numbers aren't themselves

Measuring Temperature, Mass, Volume, and Density

A smart way to do math
Quiz for Sig Figs and Conversions at Sapling Learning

Quiz based on end of Chapter 2 problems at Sapling Learning

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Building Block Intro
(Simply Complex)

Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons Built from Energy
(Condensation of Energy)

Elements Built from Protons, Electrons, and Neutrons

Compounds built from Elements

Building Blocks for Inorganic Compounds
(Oxygen rules this kingdom)

Building Blocks for Organic Compounds
(Carbon rules this kingdom)

Quiz for Building Block Series at Sapling Learning


Putting Elements in Their Place with the Periodic Table

Quiz for Classifying: Calming the Chaos at Sapling Learning

Extra Credit Quiz for Classifying Matter at Sapling Learning

Extra Credit Quiz for Element names/formulas at Sapling Learning

Chapter 3: Elements and Compounds
Textbook Reading Assignment

Plus Chemistry and Secret Codes

Quiz based on end of Chapter 3 problems at Sapling Learning

field of flowers
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Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical and
Chemical Changes
Textbook Reading Assignment in Chapter 4

Quiz for Physical and Chemical Properties & Changes at Sapling Learning

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Early Development of Atomic Theory
After 2,000 years, the idea of the atom returns

Chapter 5: Reading Assignment for Textbook
Early Atomic Theory Quiz at Sapling Learning

Quiz uses some Problems Pulled from Textbook (Chapter 5)
Quiz on Isotopes at Sapling Learning

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Nomenclature Introduction & Menu
Includes links to Chemistry Language Tutorial, Textbook Assignment, & PowerPoint Tutorials
Quiz on Nomenclature at Sapling Learning

      FOR ONLINE LECTURE STUDENTS: The practice midterm and the actual midterm exam are located at end of lecture assignments in Sapling Learning. The midterm exam mostly covers sections 1 to 6. Check Sapling Learning for the dates that the midterm is offered.  You have the option to provide your instructor with a date and start time to talk by phone with instructor to get some initial guidance as you begin the exam. Or, you can just take the midterm exam without any initial guidance.

Midterm Exam

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The Art of Counting without Counting tutorial

When items are too many to count or too small to count,
one needs to learn the art of counting without counting.
Also included is the Good News and Bad News about Chemistry

Textbook: Read sections 7.1(Mole) and 7.2(Molar Mass) in chapter 7

The Art of Counting Quiz at Sapling Learning
Count by Moles because a Trillion is Too Small

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Writing & Balancing Chemical Equations tutorial
Any type of production needs to balance starting and ending inventory

Reading for Writing & Balancing Chemical Equations: 
11th &12th Editions pp150-159, 13th & 14th Editions pp143-150


Balancing Equations: Textbook Assignment as Quiz at Sapling Learning
These quiz questions were pulled from question 11, p.170, 11th edition; question 3, p.172 from 12th edition
question 17, p.171, 11th edition, and question 7, p.172, 12th edition
Types of Chemical Reactions & their Chemical Equations tutorial (4/2/16)
Reading for various editions: 11th &12th pp159-164, 13th pp151-157, 14th pp150-156
Types of Reactions Quiz at Sapling Learning

Stoichiometry tutorial
The procedure for writing out calculations to get the right starting and final amounts for the right reaction. This tutorial goes through the steps of doing inventory for the chemical equations.

Reading for various editions: 11th pp174-189, 12th pp176-191, 13th pp168-184, 14th pp150-156
Stoichiometry Quiz at Sapling Learning

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The Nature of Light and a Modern View of the Atom)

This is a tutorial that shows how the electron structure of the atom was discovered. The quiz questions are scattered throughout the tutorial.

Quiz on Nature of Light and the Modern Atom at Sapling Learning

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Chemical Bonds: The Atom Connection

This tutorial reviews some bonding principles from an earlier tutorial that focused on building blocks and expands it to focus on force & energy plus a more modern view of the atom.

Quiz on Bonds at Sapling Learning

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Tutorial on Gases

Composition, Misconceptions, Gases at Work, Gas Laws, and Density

Quiz on Gases at Sapling Learning


Liquids, Solutions, Concentrations Tutorial

Quiz on Liquids, Solutions, and Concentrations at Sapling Learning


Acids and Bases
No quiz.  Acid/Base questions on final.


See Sapling Learning or Canvas for information on the course final and departmental final

In the image, that's not a zero and no, that's not CHM130 students collapsed on the grass.
Take a breath, the "O" stands for oxygen.

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