Sparks 302

No UGLA office hours this Friday (4/18)

Free Response Keys for Exam 3, Exam 2, and Exam 1

If you want the KEY to Exam 3, Do this...

Click and then download the following simple text file: tiny.txt. Then rename the file (or not) replacing "tiny" with whatever you want your key pdf file to be named (shorter is better than longer and no spaces). Also change the extension from 'txt' to 'pdf'. Canvas needs to think it is a pdf file.

NEW RULE: I will ignore any file bigger than 1 kB. I might even ignore anything over 20 bytes. The "tiny.txt" file here is 2 bytes.

LOGIN to Canvas and upload this tiny file to the assignment named "Exam3 KEY". After that we will be able to download your "pdf document" and names and then upload a pdf file with the KEY to your exam. This is really not that difficult. I know you can do it.

The first deadline for getting your specific key has passed, but you can get a general key here.


If you want to be an UGLA

We are looking for UnderGraduate Learning Assistants (UGLA) to work with CH301 in the fall of 2014. We have five different sections that will make use of UGLAs to facilitate active learning in class. If you love chemistry and are eager to help other students, we would love to have your join our team.

What do you get out of it?

  • a deeper understanding of chemistry
  • certified training as a peer mentor
  • upper division chemistry course credit
  • a chance to be part of a vibrant teaching team.
  • fun beyond your wildest imaginations (assuming you have a limited imagination).

How can I be part of this team? You need to apply.

What will be required of me? You will need to be able to help out in one CH301 for the entire semester. In addition to class, you will need to attend a two "pre-class" meetings each week.

Who should apply? People eager to help others learn. (Having a good grasp on the chemistry (A/A-) in CH301 is not a bad thing either).

Who should not apply? People unwilling to speak to others. People who can never make it to class. People who remember taking CH301 but aren't sure they can remember any of it because they didn't do that great. etc...

What do I need to do?


  1. Email Cotton at (you can also just email Cotton for more information)
  2. Subject line: Application for LA Fall 2014
  3. Provide a short statement of purpose as to why you would like to join the team
  4. Include your EID so that we can enroll you during registration in CH372C
  5. Estimate your availability and list your three top* class times:
    MWF 12pm or 1pm OR TTH 9:30am, 11am or 12:30pm
    MWF class have an associated required 10am or 11am MW meeting
    TTH classes have an associated required 8:30am TTH meeting

*Please note that we will do our best to consider your class time preferences but we will need to spread out our learning assistants according to everyone's schedule availability. In addition, we do not necessarily have space in the program to accomodate everyone that applies.

The deadline to apply is Monday April 21st at 5pm.

Welcome to Dr. Sparks's CH 302 classes (51810 and 51815)

The Navigation bar at the top of the page links to other important sites.

All the information about the details of the course.
This has the contacts for all the people on our teaching team as well as the many office hours that available for help every day of the week.
Any materials that we are using during our class time as well as the annotated slides from each day and examples of student notes.
This is the system we will utilize for online homework and learning modules.
Piazza is an online discussion forum to get questions answered (and to answer questions to help other students). You should address any content related questions to the Piazza forum.

Finally, there is a link to a periodic table.

Exam Schedule

All regular Exams are on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM. Please follow the exam "protocol" that we announce the week prior to the exam.

Make SURE you have these on your calendar - there are NO MAKE-UP exams ever.

  • Exam 1 Tues Feb 4th
  • Exam 2 Tues March 4th
  • Exam 3 Tues April 8th
  • Exam 4 Tues April 29th

The most important link is to the eBook for CH302.

Chemistry content materials for the course can all be found on the eBook site at .

  • Go to the eBook
  • Explore the eBook
  • Know the eBook
  • Memorize the link to the eBook
  • Check out all the tabs on the eBook site

The eBook site will help you to learn the materials. The eBook will be your main resource for content information.