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Download the 59-240 Course Outline for Fall 2006 in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
***Updated version for Fall 2007 will be uploaded shortly.

Mandatory textbook
s (Fall 2007):

Atkins, P.W. and De Paula, J. Physical Chemistry, 8th edition, W.H. Freeman, New York, 2006 ISBN 0-7167-8759-8

Trapp, C.; Cady, M. Guinta, C. and Atkins, P.W. Students Solution Manual for Physical Chemistry, 8th edition, W.H. Freeman, New York, 2006 ISBN 0-7167-6206-4

***note: the 6th and 7th editions of Atkins are also supported

Recommended texts (Fall 2007):

Barrie, J.R. Applied Mathematics for Physical Chemistry, 3rd Edition ISBN 0-13-100845-5

Course Guidelines:

A. Attendance is VERY IMPORTANT to be successful in this course - students who do not attend lectures generally score very low on exams and assignments. You must keep up with the material as the semester progresses.

B. To arrange consultation time with Dr. Schurko, please make an appointment by email. Office hours are flexible and will be adjusted around your schedule of classes and labs.

C. You MUST study outside of class. Outside work should include reading assigned material, doing assigned questions and problems, reviewing lecture notes, correcting errors made in past work, etc. For every 1 hour of lecture, 1-2 hours should be spent outside of class. Physical chemistry requires study, practice and drill.

D. Adequate lecture notes should be taken. These notes should be reviewed as soon as possible after each class meeting. The student is encouraged to consult with the instructor about any material that is unclear. Lectures are currently available on the web - modified versions should be available immediate prior to or after the lecture.

E. Attendance of intro week and all laboratories is mandatory. Official written documentation as to why a student misses a laboratory (e.g., medical reasons, etc.) must be provided within 24 hours of the lab session, otherwise the student will not be able to reschedule sessions. and will receive a grade of zero for that laboratory.

F. Exams missed due without an official excused absence will result in a grade of zero. Only students with an official excused absence will be given the opportunity to make-up an exam, which may be written or oral. If for health or personal reasons an exam must be missed, you must notify Dr. Schurko by phone or email within 12 hours before or after the exam.

G. All students are required to take the final examination in order to receive a passing grade in the course. No notebooks, texts or cheat sheets are allowed in any of the examinations. Students caught cheating will receive an automatic grade of zero and be subject to academic discipline.

H. Laboratory reports must be independently written. Students which deliberately copy answers, figures, charts or other materials from their partners or from old laboratories will receive an automatic grade of zero on the laboratory report and be subject to academic discipline.

The Departmental Guidelines on examination procedures, missed examinations, plagiarism and laboratory attendance can be downloaded by clicking here.  59-240 follows the departmental guidelines unless otherwise noted.

Last Updated Friday June 22, 2007
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