CHEM 111 Information Page

For the Spring 2017 semester, we are using a custom book that includes chapters 0-10 and appropriate ancillaries from McMurry and Fay's "General Chemistry: Atoms First" 2nd edition. The new version has a cover of exploding fireworks, but the previous version of the book that shows a stylized periodic table is exactly the same. You may also substitute the full text (yellow cover with a fuzzy chair). No matter what version you have, you WILL need access to MasteringChemistry for CHEM 111. New versions of the custom text already have MasteringChemistry included, but if you buy a used copy or rent a copy, you will need to buy access either through the bookstore or (better) directly from the publisherís website (itís cheaper there):

NOTE: I *DO NOT* recommend the eText option since it is so much easier to navigate through a paper copy than move back and forth between screens of the eText (plus it makes the cost much higher), but the most important thing is to use whatever version of the book you do have!

This is the official book (available only in the USC Upstate Bookstore)

This is the book we used last year (available in the USC Upstate Bookstore as used copies)

This book will work as a substitute (all page numbers are the same between the copies)





The syllabus for CHEM 111 Lecture is here (pdf file).




Lecture Announcements

(Updated April 24, 2017)

Supplemental Instruction

Finished for the semester!

FREE Tutoring

Available from Student Success Center
(visit LIBR 210 or call 503-5070)

          The final exam topic list is here. Note the exam is Monday May 1st at 8 am! (not at 9 am!). Stop by my office if you have questions before the test!

          Want more practice with unit conversions? Your book has DOZENS, but here are a few websites with varying degrees of difficulty. I've not read every problem on these sites and don't claim they are 100% accurate, but they seemed reasonable and offer you a chance to practice more:




    To register your MasteringChemistry account with my class, follow the instructions in this video. The course ID is BENDER2017

    If you have trouble with MasteringChemistry click the link below to contact their 24/7 help line (they have search queries, online chat, and a phone number) to help solve your problems. I canít help with log-in issues so please contact MasteringChemistry directly.

    Get the one, approved calculator for this class: a CASIO fx-260 solar. You MUST have this calculator!!! (they are available in the bookstore, as well as Wal-Mart, office supply stores (Staples), online, etc.)


Getting help in this course is plentiful:

  1. My office hours are M 10:00-10:50 am, 12:00-1:00, WF10:00-11:30 am, and by appointment. Any time my office door is open, you are welcome to stop by and talk to me about chemistry!
  2. Lab/recitation instructors have office hoursóask your lab instructor.
  3. SI meeting times:see table above
  4. Free, personal tutoring also available from the Student Success Center in the Library Building (room 210). Call (864) 503-5070 for more information.