University of Massachusetts, Boston

General Chemistry I


Dr. Mridula Satyamurti   

Office S-1-87



Summer 2015 office hours:

Mondays 11:30 to 12:30 pm

Wednesdays 12:20 to 1:20 pm

Other times by appointment:

If you talk to me in class, confirm the time with an email

Lecture Information:

General Information

Grade Distribution


How to use OWL

If you have a problem logging on you should report at the address on the OWL login page. This address is only for the OWL logging in problems, the subject related emails should come to me at my email address.

Test Dates

  June 15th

July 6th

The tests are during the class hours

Final Exam

Three hours long

July 9th

10 am to 1pm


Periodic Table

Greek Alphabet



Do not depend only on the information in these slides.

You should read the book using these as a guideline

Lecture Notes:

Chapter 1          Unit conversions you need to know

                       Significant figure rules       

Chapter 2          Some common elements to know by name and symbol Naming Acids 

                       Some common acids and bases   Scientists and their discoveries

Chapter 3          

Chapter 4          Strong weak and non electrolytes

Chapter 5

Chapter 6          Orbital Viewer- David Manthey's free Windows Program for generating and displaying orbitals:

Chapter 7

Chapter 8          Lewis structures

Chapter 9

Lecture Slides:

Chapter 1     

Chapter 2   

Dr Carter's lecture

Chapter 3

Chapter 4



Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9


Practice questions

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6, Extra problems

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9



In summer we will be covering two weeks of material every week. Please go over them before coming to class and we will work on the difficulties during discussions.

Answers will be posted at the end of the week.

Week 1 

Week 2 

Week 3 

Week 4 

Week 5 

Week 6 

Week 7 

Week 8  

Week 9 

Weeek 10

Week 11.

Week 12


These POGIL sheets have been made by Prof. Carter for our class. His efforts are greatly appreciated.



A link to Dr Carter's web site. His handouts are very useful.

A wealth of information

Jurgen Poci from our class brought these websites to my notice. They are good and my help some of the visual learners.

The tests have to be picked up within two weeks of the day of the test or they will end up in the recycling bin.


Please note that if you want to come back and discuss your grades or to see your final exam, you need to do so before the dates mentioned below. After the date the exams will be destroyed and no grade change will be made under any circumstances.

Fall 115 -- till 28th February of the next year.

Spring 116 and Summer 115/116 -- till October 15th of the next semester.

After that all the exams will be discarded and no grades will be reviewed.


Change of Grade:

For any reason if you have a grade change, it needs to be done in a reasonable amount of time. You have two months from the date the grades are posted to ensure any correction is made and is showing on your transcript. No grade change will be made after this time.


You are responsible to check that the grade change is made on your transcript.


Recommndation Letters   (FORM please put a date on the form)

Many of you come for recommendation letters after you have taken the class with me for various things. It may be a good idea to come and meet with me when you are still in class so I have some idea of who you are, also remember that every semester I have many recommendation requests, so give me enough time. Also I will not write a recommendation letter if the attached form is half filled. Do not forget to put a date on the form.



 Chemistry Department

University of Massachusetts