Chemistry 6, 9 AM section, graphic

Please read all of the following and ask if something's not clear!

In particular, read the section on the Honor Principle closely!

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(A pdf version of this page, from the first day of class, is also available.)

People, Places, Things 

  • INSTRUCTOR: John Winn, 204 Burke.
  • OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday, 1:30-2:30; Friday, 12:30-2:00; or by appointment. Please ask if you need help, and see below about BlitzMail policy.
  • REQUIRED TEXTS: Principles of Modern Chemistry, 4th Edition, by Oxtoby, Gillis, and Nachtrieb, plus Study Guide and Student Solution Manual, by Freeman.
  • ADDITIONAL READING: A selection of general chemistry texts is available in Kresge Library. You may find it helpful to read appropriate sections in one or more of these on occasion, and all of them are good sources of extra problems to do and solved exercises to study. Modern University Chemistry, by Porile, has been used in this class in the past and should be the most useful.
  • CLASS TIMES: M, W, and F, 8:45 - 9:50; X-hour, Th 9:00 - 9:50, 006 Steele Hall. X-hours will be used for problem discussion sessions as well as additional lectures as warranted. See the Course Syllabus page for more details about class meeting times throughout the term.
  • LABORATORY: The Laboratory Important Information sheet provides details about the lab. Please read it carefully. Failure to complete the laboratory portion of the course can result in failing the entire course no matter what your exam performance has been. You must purchase a copy of the lab manual before your first lab. Notebooks will be provided. Labs start Monday, April 1. Visit the lab's web site for details.
  • BLITZMAIL POLICY: We all love BlitzMail. But it is not the medium to answer specific technical questions, such as "How do you work the third homework problem?" On the other hand it is an ideal way for us to keep in touch outside class time. I may blitz info to all of you from time to time, and you should feel free to blitz me whenever you'd like to set a time to meet in person, whenever you will miss an important class event, etc. You can use the Blitz short-cut "jwinn" (or "" if you're off the BlitzMail system) to reach me.


  • EXAMS: There will be three exams during the term, including the final exam that will be at a time and place announced by the Registrar. The exams will be held in 006 and 007 Steele.

Exam 1: (100 points) THURSDAY, April 18, 7:00 - 10 PM

Exam 2: (100 points) THURSDAY, May 9, 7:00 - 10 PM

Exam 3: (100 points) As scheduled by the Registrar.

  • HOMEWORK: Problem-solving is important! Typical practice problems will be assigned each week, and some others will be done during the lectures. If you fail to work at these on your own, you will find the exams very difficult! Homework will not be turned in or graded, but you will find it very good preparation for the exams. The Solutions Manual provides detailed answers for the odd-numbered problems -- additional solutions to the 'Lecture Problems' will be posted on this web site. Please note that carefully reading the solutions, although useful, is no substitute for doing the homework yourself. It is vital that you attempt all the assigned problems. You cannot wait until the last minute to try to master this material. If you find you are having difficulty with the problems, see me as soon as possible so that we can work together on them.
  • GRADES: The course grade will reflect your exam performance (300 points total) and your lab performance (60 points total, or about 17% of the course). The historic GPA for this course is 2.9 to 3.1 with a median course grade of B; this year should be no different.
  • OTHER SOURCES OF HELP: The following resources, not associated with the Chemistry Department, are available for help: Academic Skills Center Study Groups: sign up 2nd week of classes, Collis, and the Tutor Clearing House of the Academic Skills Center, Collis.


  • DISABILITIES: Any student with a physical or learning disability or a chronic health problem for whom special accommodations would be helpful is encouraged to discuss with me the types of assistance I might be able to offer.
  • HONOR PRINCIPLE: It is vital that you understand the role of the Dartmouth Academic Honor Principle in all aspects of this course. Please inquire if you have questions or feel you need clarification on any of the explicit dictums of the Honor Principle for this course. In particular, you should be aware that the Honor Principle is a two-way agreement: you agree, by enrolling in Dartmouth, to uphold it, and I agree, by accepting employment on the Dartmouth Faculty, to enforce it. The first link above to the Honor Principle states my duties as a faculty member. Read them. I will follow them if need be. Bottom line: a failing grade is always preferable to a trip before the Committee on Standards. Don't screw up.
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