Welcome to the Section 01 Chemistry 112 website

This website is intended for the use of all chemistry 112 students, and especially section 01, as a source of information concerning the course, sets of extra problems and general information about chemistry. The fact that you are now reading this means that you are free to browse everything here. It has be put together by Dr. K. Brown, the section 01 instructor.

The computer science department has developed a podcast system for recording lectures in selected theatres, one of which is ours (Th 105). There will hopefully be a link somewhere in these pages to the podcasts of the section 01 lectures and you are encouraged to have a look at them. Also, we will be re-instituting regular help sessions to be held Monday to Thursday between 11:30 and 1:30. Come and do your homework, ask a question or just sleep. It's up to you.

I would also like to do a series of demonstrations in class to help illustrate the principles that I discuss in class. With any luck we'll have an explosion or two.

Words of Wisdom

  • First year university isn't grade 13. Here's a great link to help you survive and prosper.
  • "I don't understand why I did so poorly on the exam ... I got great grades in high school."

    I've encountered this comment many times over the years and have wondered why. The conclusion that I have come to is that in high school all that is needed in order to pass a course is a good memory .. understanding what is being taught is not always necessary. In university you must understand the course material in addition to memorizing information. The only way to do this is to work at it. My job is to assist in the process of understanding.

  • "Can't you bump my grade up to 50%? I need to pass so I can take chem 250 next term"

    No.We don't arbitrarily change grades. If we did this for you then we would have to do so for everyone or risk charges of favoritism. Everyone is treated equally. If there is to be a grade change there must be a valid reason for doing so. Needing the course as a prerequisite is not one of them.

  • "I calculated a passing final grade from the lab, midterm, MGC homework and final. Why do I have a failing grade on PAWS? "

    Look carefully at the course outline! It says there that "achieve a satisfactory performance in the examinations". This generally means that failing both the mid-term and final is not satisfactory will most likely result in a failing grade despite the lab and homework grades.

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