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A Content Page is one of two page types a student sees in a Lesson. The other is a Question page.


Syllabus for CHEM 101 Chemistry of Materials (3 units lec)


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Chemistry 101 deals with the study of the composition, properties and application of materials commonly used in the field of technology. It includes the topics on non-metals, metalloids, metallurgy, inorganic industrial materials, water, introduction to organic chemistry and organic-based industrial materials such as fuels, rubbers and plastics.


The course is intended for first year BIT students with background studies in the Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chem 100).


This course covers the following topics:

1. Water 2. Inorganic Industrial Materials 2.1. Abrasives 2.2. Glass 2.3. Cement 2.4. Ceramics and Refractories 2.5. Industrial Acids 3. Metallurgy 4. Petroleum and Petroleum Products 5. Organic-Based Industrial Materials 5.1. Fuels 5.2. Oil and Lubricants 5.3. Asphalt 5.4. Polymers A. Rubber B. Plastics 5.5. Surface Coatings A. Paints B. Varnish and Lacquers 5.6. Wood Preservatives 5.7. Refrigerants


1. Water To relate the properties of water to its industrial uses and understand the methods of proper treatment and disposal of sewerage and industrial wastewater. A. Composition and Structure of Water B. Physical and Chemical Properties of Water C. Sources of Water Supply D. Kinds of Water E. Methods of Water Treatment F. Industrial Uses of Water G. Water Pollutants H. Treatment and disposal of industrial and sewerage wastewater

2. Inorganic Industrial Materials 3.1 Abrasives To know the properties and industrial uses of abrasives A. Nature and properties and use of abrasives B. Common abrasives and their trade names

3.2 Glass To relate the properties of glass to their uses and understand the major steps in glass manufacture. A. Physical and chemical properties of glass B. Raw materials needed and steps in the manufacture of glass C. Classification, composition and uses of commercial glass D. Manufacturing process and uses of fiberglass.

3.3 Cement To explain the properties, uses and manufacture of cement and the reactions involved in the setting of cement. A. Properties and composition of Portland Cement B. Raw materials and process of manufacturing cement. C. Classification of cement according to composition and application D. Chemical reactions during the hardening and setting of cement

3.4 Ceramics and Refractories To understand the properties and uses of ceramics refractory A. Common heavy clay products and refractory B. Composition, properties and uses of heavy clay products and refractory

3.5 Industrial Acids To analyze the properties and uses pf industrial acids A. Common industrial acids B. Chemical properties of hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and nitric acids C. Industrial uses of acids

3. Metallurgy To understand the basic processes on metallurgy A. Properties of Metals B. Metallurgy and its basic processes C. Metallurgy of iron and iron products D. Composition, types and uses of metals E. Properties and uses of non-ferrous metals F. Heat treatment and corrosion mechanisms and prevention

4. Petroleum and Petroleum Products A. Propeties of Petroleum B. Processes in petroleum refining and manufacturing C. Uses of petroleum and petroleum products

5. Organic-based Industrial Materials

5.1 Fuels To explain the various classes of fuels, their properties and uses. D. Classification and examples of fuels E. Composition, properties and uses of fuels F. Combustion and flame temperature

5.2 Oils and Lubricants To relate the properties of lubricants and fluids to their uses A. Properties, composition and uses of lubricants B. API and SAE standards of classifying oils C. Contaminants of oils D. Cutting fluids

5.3 Asphalt To understand the properties and uses of asphalt A. Position and properties and uses of bitumen B. Sources of asphalt C. Classification according to manufacture process and physical state D. Properties and uses of each kind of asphalt

5.4 Polymers To determine the properties, processing, fabrication and uses of various types of rubber and plastics. A. Polymers B. General properties of rubbers C. Additives to crude rubber D. Steps in the rubber processing and fabrication E. Structural formula, properties and uses of synthetic rubber F. General properties and classification of plastics G. Constituents of plastic formulation H. Steps in the plastic processing and fabrication I. Structural formula, properties and uses of plastics

5.5 Surface Coatings To determine the properties of paints, varnish and lacquers and relate them to their uses A. Constituents of paints B. Classification of paints, according to the type of binder used and according to their properties or users. C. Properties and uses of paints D. Paint failures E. Constituents of Varnish and Lacquers F. Classification, properties and uses of varnish and lacquers

5.6 Wood preservatives To identify the properties and use of wood preservatives. A. Characteristics of wood preservatives B. Types and uses of wood preservatives C. Important constituents of each type D. Advantages and disadvantages of each type

5.7 Refrigerants To enumerate and explain the properties and use of refrigerants


       Points will be given for four major exams, quizzes,  and research work. Passing grade is 50% of the total or equivalent to 75% transmuted.

Grading System is shown below:

Major Examinations 60% Quizzes 20% Laboratory Reports 10% Exercises and Research Work 10%

                      Total:  100%

The final grades will be based on the following scale:

1.00…………………98-100 2.50…………………80-82 1.25…………………94-97 2.75…………………78-79 1.50…………………90-93 3.00…………………75-77 1.75…………………88-89 4.00…………………70-74 2.00…………………85-87 5.00…………………below 70 2.25…………………83-84 Inc.…………………Incomplete

Attendance Policy

Attendance will be taken. Total absence shall not exceed eight (8) times. For borderline grades, attendance and participation will determine if the higher or lower grade will be assigned. After eight (8) classes have been missed, you will be automatically dropped from the class regardless of your current grades. Absences will only be excused upon the presentation of an excused letter from authorized person(s) or a medical certificate from adult licensed medical practitioner.


Lectures must be attended on a regular basis since all quizzes and exams are based primarily on lecture material. There will be discussions of the lecture and problem assignments, most of which will be graded for attendance and some of which will be graded for contents. You will be expected to read the provided lecture materials ahead of coming to class and to work of the in-chapter practice problems. The in-lecture assignments are designed to check if you are doing this. Bring your calculators to all lectures. Lectures will also consist of problem solving. All of the relevant facts are in the lecture materials and will not be read to you. The exams will be designed to test conceptual mastery of the subject rather than sole memorization of facts.

Academic Integrity

Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Cheating includes, but is not limited to: copying work or allowing your work to be copied; plagiarism; use of unauthorized material at quizzes and exams.

First Offense: Verbal warning Second offense: Automatically zero in the exam Third Offense: Automatically five (5.0) in the subject


Quizzes cover lecture, homework, and reports. No printed matters are to be opened during quizzes. There will be no make-up quizzes. Students who miss a quiz can count the missed quiz as their dropped quiz.

Major Exams

There will be four major exams: Prelim, Midterm, Semi Final and Final


No. of Weeks Topics Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Water Week 3 & 4 Inorganic Industrial Materials Week 5 Preliminary Exam Week 6-7 Metallurgy Week 8 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Week 9 Midterm Examination Week 10 Fuels, Oils and Lubricants Week 11 Asphalt Week 12 Polymers Week 13 Semifinal Examination Week 14-15 Surface Coatings Week 16 Wood Preservatives, Week 17 Refrigerants Week 18 Final Exam


Clark, Donald S. Engineering Materials and Process, 3rd edition, Pennsylvania: International Textbook Co.

Brecia, Frank et. al. Fundamentals of Chemistry, 4th Edition. New York: Academic Press Inc.

Athouse, A. D. et. al. Refrigeration and Air-conditioning. The Goodheart Wilcox Co. Inc. 1990

Henry, N. W. Matter Under Investigation. Jacaranda Wiley Ltd. 1991


The title in a content page is similar to other pages but has some special uses. The title is the identifier in collapse edit mode and appears on the pulldown jumpto list. The title in a content page is also used with the "display left menu" setting.


The content area in a content (branch table) has the standard Moodle HTML editor. This robust editor features are described elsewhere.


A content page description appears to the student as a button. The button width fits the text and the height is fixed. The student selects the button which is associated with a jump. These buttons may be arranged vertically or horizontally. Vertical buttons are centered. Horizon buttons appear in a row, and a second row will appear if needed. The arrangement of buttons is the only thing a teacher can change and this is done in the Lesson settings.

TIP: The "Description" box does not work like the "Answer" box in a question, no mater what it looks like. The "use editor" check box is there and the familiar HTML editor will appear. They do not work. For example, you will see the text in a description field in bold, but the student will not see it.

The Jump link

Each Description in a Content page has a Jump associated with it. When a Description button is chosen, the student is sent to the page defined in the Jump associated with the button. The jump can direct a student to a relative or absolute page. In edit mode the teacher can see all the possible jumps by a pull down menu. The most common Relative links are "This page" and "Next page". "This page" means that the student sees the current page again. "Next page" shows the page which follows in the logical order of pages. An absolute page link is specified by choosing a page's title.

Note that when a page is moved, its relative (for example, "Next page") Jump link will show the student a different page than before. Whereas a Jump link that uses an absolute (For example, a page title) always show the same page after the page has been moved.

Special Jumps

Unseen Question within a branch

This will link to a randomly chosen unseen (by the student in this attempt) question between this Content page and the End of the Lesson or the next End of Branch.

Random Question within a branch

This will link to a randomly chosen question between the current Content page and the End of Lesson or the next End of Branch. If the student has already seen the question and attempts are greater than 1, they will get another chance to earn the point(s) for that question. If attempts are set to 1, the question will be skipped and another random question shown.

Random Content page

This will jump to a random Content page between the current Content page and the End of Lesson or the next End of Branch.

Creating a branch structure in a lesson

It is best to create a branching structure in a lesson after you have created content pages in your lesson in some sort of logical order. Here is a simple example of creating branches that students can navigate to from a page at the start of a lesson.

Go to All-Pages View or Expanded View of your lesson. Above each page of your lesson you will see a link: Add a Content page. Decide where you want to create a Content page and click on the Add Content page link. You will need to specify the name of your Content page (for example: Contents) and then write a few words introducing the topic/ topics covered in your branches.

Next, enter the name of each button link in the description and the page to which each button link will jump. This jump should be the start of each navigational branch section. As a best practice, add a button for End of Lesson in at least this branch table so the student can exit.

Finally you will insert End of Branch pages where each navigational branch section ends. All the jumps your End of Branch pages should be set to the Content page we created in this example.

See Also


For more Lesson topics click on Lesson or the Teacher links below