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CHEM 110 A: Preparation for General Chemistry

Meeting Time: 
MWF 1:30pm - 2:20pm
JHN 102
Samantha Robinson
Samantha Robinson

Syllabus Description:

"If you never guess wrong, you're not guessing about hard enough things." - Jordan Ellenberg, Shape, 2021 (p. 418)

Course Meeting Times


M, W, F 1:30pm - 2:20pm

JHN 102

Lectures are recorded via Panopto, and the recordings will be available on Canvas (and as a live stream).

Attendance is not monitored in lecture and you only need to attend in person for the 3 midterms and the final exam. If you need to miss an exam for any reason, please submit a response to this absence form within 48 hours.

Discussion (Quiz) Sections

Tuesdays (times and locations per the UW Time Schedule)

Discussion sections are not recorded and in-person participation is expected. You are allowed to miss two discussion sections without penalty. If you need to miss discussion section for any reason, please submit a response to this absence form within 48 hours. There is no discussion section in Week 1 (January 3).

Teaching Team


Dr. Samantha Robinson (she/her) |

Teaching Assistant

Wan-Chen Tu  (she/her) |

Office Hours for the instructor and teaching assistant can be found on the Office Hours page.

Course Materials & Connectivity

Textbook & Online Homework Access

      • Introductory Chemistry, 9th edition (Zumdahl/DeCoste, Cengage)
      • ALEKS Online Homework
      • Scientific (non-graphing) calculator

(There are several formats of the textbook available from the bookstore and other retailers (hardcover, loose-leaf, rental, used, etc.) Pick whatever format will be most affordable and convenient for you. More information is available on the Textbook & Materials Information Page)

Internet & Instructional Technology

    • Access to a computer or tablet

Need a device? Try Student Technology Loan Program funded by Student Technology Fees

Learning Objectives

See a specific breakdown of objectives & skills per chapter in the Canvas site.

Course Components & Grading

The course consists of:

  • 3 recorded in-person class sessions per week - Recordings will be available in Panopto in Canvas
  • 1 in-person discussion section per week with a teaching assistant (sessions are not recorded)
  • Daily work in the ALEKS online homework platform
  • In-person exams administered during the lecture time in JHN 102
  • Various participation assignments: exam reflections, reading assignments, etc.

The point distribution for the evaluative components of the course is as follows:




3 midterm exams (20% each, drop lowest score)



1 cumulative final exam





9 Discussion Sections (drop 2)



22 Active Reading Assignments (drop 2)



Auxiliary Participation Assignments

(Includes Syllabus Quiz, Surveys, and Exam Reflections)


ALEKS Online Homework




Some additional notes on grading:

  • The final median GPA in Chemistry 110 generally falls between 2.6-2.9.
  • It is the Chemistry Department’s policy not to make grade changes of 0.1 after final class grades are submitted to the UW Registrar.
  • Your scores for the various assignments and exams will be recorded using the online Gradebooks in Canvas.

Additional Resources in Canvas

Course Schedule: Reading Assignments, Due Dates, and Practice Problems

Course Objectives (Exam Topic List)

Office Hours Information

Exam Information

Textbook & Materials Information

Communication in the Course

Classroom Climate

Access & Accommodations

Absence & Late Work Policies

Academic Ethics & Integrity

Help Resources

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Catalog Description: 
Introduction to general chemistry with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills. Covers basic concepts of chemistry along with the mathematics required for quantitative problem solving. For students without high school chemistry or with limited mathematics background. Successful completion of CHEM 110 prepares students to enroll in CHEM 142. Prerequisite: assessment of skills by taking the General Chemistry Placement Exam. Offered: AWS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
Section Type: 
Last updated: 
November 9, 2022 - 9:55pm