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Announcement! Chem 1B Final Exam will be held in Mendocino Room 3013 on Wed, May 18th from 8:00-10:00am.

Dr. Jacqueline Houston
Office: Sequoia 420A   email: jhouston@csus.edu
Chemistry Department phone: (916) 278-6684 Fax: (916) 278-4986
Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819


The Semester begins Monday, January 25th, 2016.
Lab will begin on Mon
Jan 25th. Attendance in lab is mandatory.

08 31700 Lecture   MWF SQU316 9:00AM-9:50AM Houston, Jacqueline


09 31701 Lab         MW SQU428 10:00AM-12:30PM     Van Atta, Heidi
10 31702 Lab         MW SQU428 1:00PM-3:30PM         Houston, Jacqueline
11 31703 Lab         MW SQU428 4:00PM-6:30PM         Houston, Jacqueline

Lab sections 9-11 are the ONLY labs associated with the MWF 9:00am lecture section. You can not attend a lab section (labs 2-7) that is associated with the other Chem 1B lecture (TR 1:30 pm) if you are enrolled the Section 8 lecture section.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1A with a passing grade of C (not C-) or better.  Note: This prerequisite for CHEM 1B is strictly enforced.  If you are enrolled or on the electronic waitlist, we have your transcripts on file. If you are not enrolled and you are not on the electronic waitlist and looking to “crash” the course, you will be required to provide a copy of your transcript showing your grade in CHEM 1A to your laboratory instructor during the first or second day of lab.

Textbook:    Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, by Tro (3rd Edition hardback or 2nd “Custom”Edition sold in book store). Mastering Access Code for online homework. If you had Dr. Mack last semester (Fall 2015) for Chem 1A, this is the same text. The
Mastering Access code is valid for 2 years.

Lab Manual: Chemistry 1B, General Chemistry: Laboratory Manual Spring 2016 (bookstore).You must have the Spring 2016 version of the lab manual because changes have been made.

Additional Supplies:  
*    Laboratory notebook (Composition book).
*    Safety goggles, approved type with side and top protection.      
*    Scientific calculator.
*    Laboratory coat and gloves (available at bookstore).
*    MS Word and Excel (or equivalent)

Adding? We will be adding according to the electronic wait list. If you are not on the electronic waitlist, go to a lab section that fits your schedule and put your name on the hardcopy waitlist that is passed out. We will add (in lab) during the second and/or third lab periods.

Make sure you attend lab. We are going over Keeping a laboratory notebook and Writing Lab Reports. Please bring you 1B lab manual.

We will also have a diagnostic quiz the first day of lab. This diagnostic quiz will consist of 15 questions and will be review material from Chem 1A. Topics include nomenclature, writing reactions, net ionic equations, solution stoichiometry (molarity), recognizing strong/weak acids and bases and titrations, and basic algebra. You can only take the diagnostic once.

Please bring scantron form 882-E, a pencil and a calculator.

There is no penalty if you fail the diagnostic. The diagnostic is for your benefit only. It allows you to assess whether you are ready for Chem 1B.

Office Hours:

Dr. Houston
MW 10:00-11:00am Sequ 420
10:00-11:00am HELP Office

1B Lab Instructors:
Katie Smith:
Heidi Van Atta: Mon 2-3:30pm in Sequ 337 and Wed 1-2pm in HELP Office   
Addison Beckemeyer
: Friday 11-1pm in HELP Office
Patrick Sparks: Mon 11-12 in HELP Office, Tu and Wed 11-12 Room 530

TR 3-3:50pm        SQU 325
MW 10-10:50am   MND 1032
MW 9-9:50am       RVR 2010
MW 3-3:50pm       SHS 264
MW 1-1:50pm       BRH 203
WF 10-10:50         RVR 1006


Free Tutoring in PARC by Hector Ceja who tutors for Chem, Bio, Math and Physics

MWF 10-12pm
Tu/Th 8-10am
Lassen Hall 2200

Wed 5-7pm
Th 6-8pm
Library 2023

See PARC website for more details



make sure you enroll in your correct section (Houston 9am) for Spring  2016!

A quick guide on how to register for Mastering

SacCT (Blackboard)

Crystal Cave link