Chemistry 332/Environmental Science 332 Syllabus

Spring 1998
CHEM 332/ENVR 332,
Environmental Chemistry

Dr. S.E. Van Bramer
Kirkbride 405
Office Hours
Mon 9:00-9:50
Tue 2:00-3:00
Wed 9:00-9:50
Wed 4:00-5:50
Fri 9:00-9:50


Required Text:
N. Bunce Environmental Chemistry 2nd ed; Wuertz: Winnipeg, Canada, 1994.

In addition to your textbook, several supplemental books are on reserve in the library or available on loan from Dr. Van Bramer. Detailed Listing.

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated and are grounds for FAILURE in the course. The University's policy on cheating and other forms of academic fraud will be strictly enforced. When in doubt about what is acceptable, ask the instructor. You will do some work in small groups and interaction is strongly encouraged in this setting. You, however, are ultimately responsible for the material. Working together on homework problems is acceptable, but you must reference other people's ideas. Quiz's and Exams must be your own work. You are allowed to use a calculator and a pen or pencil for quizzes and exams. No other materials are allowed. For additional information read "
What is Plagiarism"


Lecture is scheduled for M, W, F 10:00 to 10:50 in KB 325.


You are expected to attend lecture. Lecture will supplement the textbook and a significant amount of time is spent working problems.


+/- grades are used. Your grade is based upon performance on the following:
  1. 100 pts. Homework Problems
  2. 100 pts. Midterm (Take Home given Wednesday February 25, Due Friday February 27, 5:00 pm)
  3. 100 pts. Paper.
    1. Idea Due March 16
    2. List of Primary Sources Due March 22
    3. Outline Due April 6
    4. First Draft Due April 15
    5. Review Due April 20
    6. Final Copy due April 29
  4. 200 pts. Final Exam.
    1. 100 pts from Take Home final (Handed out Wednesday April 29, due for in class final)
    2. 100 pts in class final (date TBA)

Make Up Exams:

  1. If you have advance notice of an absence you must make arrangements with the instructor before the exam is given. Failure to do so will result in a ZERO for the exam.
  2. If you are unable to take an exam and do not have advance notice you must; have an acceptable and documented excuse, be prepared to document your absence, and contact the instructor before the next class meeting.
  3. Undocumented or unacceptable absences result in a zero on the quiz or exam.
  4. If a makeup exam is given, your grade will be the LOWEST of the following:
    1. Your score for the makeup exam.
    2. Your class weighted average for the final.

Office Hours:

I will be available in my office during scheduled office hours. Any changes in these hours will be posted on my office door and on the Web site. At other times I am happy to help you, if I have time. Feel free to call and make an appointment if you need extra help. You are strongly encouraged to ask questions and seek help early. Chemistry is challenging. When you do not understand something, ask.


Each student is responsible for establishing an e-mail account at the beginning of the semester. This may be done at the Academic Computing Services office, ACN room 200 (go in the north doors). As soon as you have your account send an e-mail message to me at: This account allows you to communicate with other students in the class and send questions. I check my account often (including evenings and weekends) and will respond as soon as possible. I will frequently post information to the class via e-mail. You are responsible for checking your e- mail.


Supplementary course material and a listing of course topics is posted on the WWW This may be accessed from any of the student computer labs on campus (ACN, Wolfgram Library, and Kirkbride 400). Any updates to the course Syllabus will be posted here. In addition the site includes; lecture notes, solutions to homework problems, solutions to problem sets, links to interesting sources on the Web, handouts, and reading guides. Spend some time using this site and becoming familiar with the resources available.
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Department of Chemistry
Widener University
Chester, PA 19013

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