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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

NSU - Norfolk State University
CHM 100 : Syllabus
Phone:   (757) 823-2285 Office:   Room 117 Wood Science Building

Chemistry: Man & Environment

A survey of the principles and applications of chemistry designed for the non-science major with limited background in science and mathematics. CHM 100 includes topics in general, organic and biochemistry designed to aid the student in understanding the chemical factors in our technological society. Students are expected to attend class, be on time, participate in class discussion, complete homework assignments, prepare written reports, and take all quizzes and examinations. Attendance and active involvement in the class are required for success.

Methods of instruction are determined by the student outcomes desired. The methods used include lecture, class discussion, demonstrations, movies and animations, drill and practice, homework, and web and written assignments.

Successful completion of ENG 101, and MTH 103

Students at Norfolk State University who complete the general education core will be able to:

  1. Write clearly, and precisely;
  2. Read and comprehend written and graphic information;
  3. Locate, compile, organize, and document information from print and digital sources;
  4. Understand mathematical and technological thought, and use appropriate logic in problem solving;
  5. Understand and apply key concepts, principles and processes in the natural sciences;
  6. Demonstrate technological proficiency appropriate to their professional and personal needs.
    More detail can be found in the current NSU Undergraduate Catalog.


  1. Students will come to realize how chemistry affects their daily lives: how the food they eat, the clothing they wear, the environment in which they live and their own bodies are products of chemistry.
  2. Students will become familiar enough with the vocabulary of chemistry to be able to read and understand articles in the popular press relating to chemistry.
  3. Students will realize that the study of chemistry is an open-ended experience, which must continue throughout their lives.
  4. Students will be able to perform simple mathematical computations that illustrate the mathematical relationships on which chemistry is based.

Chemistry in Focus, A Molecular View of Our World; Fourth Edition, by Nivaldo J. Tro

Week 1Handout/CH 1 (pdf)
Worksheet #1 (pdf)
Molecular Reasons
Week 2CH 1
Week 3CH 2The Chemist’s Toolbox
Week 4CH 3Atoms & Elements
Abstract on Research Paper Due - On Assigned Topic
Week 5CH 3Atoms & Elements
Week 6CH 4Molecules, Compounds & Reactions
Week 7
your instructor will inform you of the exact date for your midterm exam.
Week 8CH 5Chemical Bonding
Week 9CH 5Chemical Bonding
Energy for Today
Research Paper Due
Week 10CH 6Organic Chemistry
Week 11
Week 12CH 8Nuclear Chemistry
Week 13CH 9Energy for Today
Book Report Due
Week 14CH 10Energy for Tomorrow
Week 15CH 12Liquids and Solids Around Us
your instructor will inform you of the exact date for your final exam.
Book Report:
Click on the links below.
Reading List (pdf) Report Format (pdf) Report Guidelines (pdf)
Research Paper:
Click on the links below.
Research Guidelines (pdf)

Grading Scale:
90 - 100 = A87 - 89 = A-
84 - 86 = B+80 - 83 = B77 - 79 = B-
74 - 76 = C+70 - 73 = C67 - 69 = C-
64 - 66 = D+60 - 63 = D56 - 59 = D-
55 and below = F
Grading Assessment

  1. All Chemistry 100 classes cover the material in chapters 1 – 6, 8-10, 12. Supplemental material may be discussed as time and interest permit.
  2. There are weekly quizzes, (usually one per chapter, as announced by your instructor) and one midterm examination. The midterm examination = 2 quiz grades. The average of these grades equals 45% of your final grade. NOTE: Your TWO lowest quiz grades will be dropped in computing your quiz average. The first two missed quizzes will count as your lowest quiz grades. (Other missed quizzes may be made up only if you have an official excuse from the University, and the permission of your instructor. NOTE: Your instructor is NOT required to permit you to take make-up a quiz! ). Unexcused absences from a quiz equal a quiz grade of F (0).
  3. Two written reports are required: one research paper (the specific topic will be assigned in class), and a book report. The average of the report grades equals 20% of your final grade. Your instructor may decide to accept late papers, but if that is done a penalty will be applied. Specific Requirements for the written reports will be supplied by your instructor.
  4. Web based practice tutorial quiz: Take the multiple-choice test for Chapter 1 (& subsequent chapters) and send (e-mail) the results to your instructor. This is a good preparation for the first quiz and those that follow. Your chapter results MUST be emailed to your instructor by the announced due date. Zero credit will be given for results submitted after the due date. Go to and click on CHM 100. This will account for 10% of your final grade.
  5. There is a two-hour, comprehensive Final Examination, which equals 25% of your final grade.
  6. A grade of incomplete (I) may be given, at the discretion of your instructor, when only one course requirement has not been met because of illness, emergency or some other reason accepted by the instructor. An “I” grade is very unusual, and is given when the student is passing. See the catalog for further details.
  7. You will NOT receive a grade in this course unless your name appears on the official class roster.

EXTRA CREDIT: There are 20 PBS video tapes are on reserve in the library or readily accessed from Register as New User. You will receive 0.25 points for each of these tapes that you watch and evaluate. An evaluation form for each tape must be completed and emailed to your instructor to receive credit. Remember - these Tapes are Extra Credit work, so if you complete all 20 evaluations, 5 points will be added to your final grade. Take advantage of this opportunity. Keep as current as possible since the tapes supplement the work we are doing in class.
Click on the links below.
Sample Tape Evaluation Forms Tape Resource List

Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

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