Chemistry 104 Projects and Tests

For each chapter of Caveman Chemistry this is a test on section 2 (Sulfur) and a project described in section 3 (Salt). Each of these is pass/fail. A test must be perfect in order to pass; criteria for passing projects are given at the very end of each chapter. No work is complete until it has been documented in your notebook, your notebook has been turned in, and the instructor has recorded it on the inside front cover of your notebook. The word “notebook” appears three times in the last sentence; that means that your notebook is all-important in this course.

Many of these projects can be completed in your own time and in a place of your choosing. Others, however, are most easily accomplished using tools such as beakers and hotplates which are available to you in the chemistry department only during the scheduled lab period. You are not allowed in the labs at any other time, so don't ask. There is a deposit for equipment and supplies issued to you for your work this semester. When you pay your deposit, you will be issued a notebook, a lock and a lab drawer. You will not be allowed to use the laboratory until you have paid your deposit. The deposit will be returned to you at the end of the semester, minus charges for your textbook and anything you have broken.

There are three final considerations in passing projects which will help to preserve my sanity toward the end of the semester:

  • Project tests may be taken after class, during the scheduled lab period, or during office hours.

  • You may attempt only three project tests per class day.

  • No more than four points will be recorded in your notebook per class day. This gives you 168 chances to accumulate 90 points. An A student needs to average 6.4 points per week, a D student, 3.2 points per week. If you put off your work to the end of the semester, though, you are going to run out of time.

Below is a list of the projects available this semester. The practice tests will help you to prepare for for the project tests.