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Chem 103, Survey of Chemistry, v2 

University of Mississippi
Department of Chemistry
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Kerri Scott

Instructor: Dr. Kerri Scott

Dr. Kerri Scott is an Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Forensic Chemistry in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of the The University of Mississippi.

She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Murray State University and her D.A. degree from The University of Mississippi. An instructor at the university since 1991, she has regularly taught liberal arts, preparatory, and majors chemistry, as well as courses in forensic chemistry.

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University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This course is an introduction to General Chemistry. It is designed primarily for the nonscience student who needs to fulfill the science requirements of his/her degree program. It is also for the person who, realizing that chemistry is intimately related to his/her everyday life and health, desires to gain a general knowledge of this science. This course may not be counted toward a major or minor in chemistry by University of Mississippi students.

This course will not attempt to teach a rigorous course in chemical principles. Formulas, equations and structures will be used only when required to illustrate the topics being discussed. The mathematics used will be limited to addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Chemistry 103 will comprise all fourteen chapters of the text book. The student will note that, in general, each chapter will consist of the instructor's summary, reading the chapter of the text book, and completing the written assignment that must be completed and returned to the instructor through the Chapter quizzes for each week. The student, however, is encouraged to work as many problems as he/she can at the end of each chapter.

Textbook Information:


Required Textbook:

Kimberly Waldron, "The Chemistry of Everything", 2007, Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-008522-7.  

The textbook may be purchased from the Ole Miss Bookstore located in the Union or you can try ordering the book from an online bookstore such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon. We have provided Chapters 1 through 2 in Adobe Acrobat format for those of you who are having problems locating a textbook. See Lessons -> Start Here.

The student is encouraged, in addition to the textbook, to make use of the textbook Companion Website: This site allows students to review chapter material and have extra practice with interactive quizzes. There are also other helpful materials on the Student CD that comes with the textbook. It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices. Use the ISBN number to make sure you're ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • To motivate students to learn chemistry because knowing it is important and relevant to their lives.

  • To teach students the fundamental concepts of chemistry.

  • To lead students to discover some theoretical and practical applications of chemistry.

  • To empower students to locate information and address technical issues.

  • To help students to develop their analytical skills, critical judgments, and abilities to recognize and access risks and benefits.

Course Outline:

Lessons & Exams

Assigned Readings

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Chapter 1: Everything


Lesson Two

Chapter 2: Dirt


Lesson Three

Chapter 3: Diamonds


Lesson Four

Chapter 4: Salt


Lesson Five

Chapter 5: Film


Lesson Six

Chapter 6: Sunshine


Lesson Seven

Chapter 7: Water


Mid Course Exam

Chapters 1 through 7

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Eight

Chapter 8: Air


Lesson Nine

Chapter 9: Explosives


Lesson Ten

Chapter 10: Chains I


Lesson Eleven

Chapter 11: Chains II


Lesson Twelve

Chapter 12: Groceries


Lesson Thirteen

Chapter 13: Drugs I


Lesson Fourteen

Chapter 14: Drugs II


Final Exam

Chapters 8 through 14

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

Grading Information:
Course grades to be determined as follows:

Homework Assignments ~20%
Midcourse Examination ~40% (Chapters 1 thru 7)
Final Examination ~40% (Chapters 8 thru 14)

In general, the student's final grade in this course will be determined after consideration of his/her performance on the chapter assignments (~20%), the Midcourse Examination (~40%), and the Final Written Examination (~40%). The percentage figures represent the relative weight of the three areas will have in the calculation of the final grade.


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