Covers fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry. Topics include chemical calculations, classification of matter, the atomic and kinetic theories of matter and the mole concept. CHEM 3L is an additional requirement in preparation for CHEM 1A at Cabrillo. May be offered in a distance-learning format.


Jason Camara, Ph.D.

Office: Zoom Meetings

Hours: M-Th 3:30 - 5:15 pm

Phone: 831-477-5621


Course Web Page:



  • M-Th 10:20 am - 12:25 pm - Zoom Meetings


OpenStax College. Chemistry: Atoms First 2e; OpenStax CNX: Huston, TX, 2019 (ISBN: 978-1-947172-64-7). Retrieved from: About your textbook: OpenStax is part of Rice University, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. Chemistry: Atoms First 2e, is a peer reviewed textbook licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. The book is freely available online and low cost in print version. This introductory book contains some content beyond the scope of our course, and we will abbreviate some chapters while skipping others entirely. Please pay close attention to the scheduled material when working ahead to avoid those areas of the text beyond our scope.

A Scientific Calculator, preferably a Texas Instrument 30 series, which will handle logarithm and exponents. Graphing calculators are acceptable.


Prerequisites: MATH 152 or equivalent skills or placement by multiple measures. Chem 3L is an additional requirement in preparation for Chem 1A at Cabrillo.


  1. Analyze major chemical reactions and predict outcomes of simple chemical reactions from given reactants.
  2. Write reactions with correct chemical names, formulas and balanced chemical equations.
  3. Solve stoichiometry problems and unit conversion problems with appropriate conversion factors and significant figures.


Your grade will be based on your knowledge and command of the subject as demonstrated through problem solving exercises - Homework, quizzes, exams, cumulative final.

  • Homework (21.4%) - For each of the 15 chapters there are homework problems assigned. Each problem set and/or worksheet will be worth 10 points (15 assignments × 10 pts = 150 points).
  • Quizzes (28.6%) - Quizzes will likely be a combination of online (Canvas) or sent out via email and returned through Canvas. The date and content of each quiz is detailed in the schedule. Quizzes will consist of up to four problems, and count for 20 points. There will be approximately a total of 10 quizzes (10 quizzes × 20 pts = 200 pts).
  • Exams (28.6%) - There will be a total of two 100 point exams this semester. The date and content of each exam is detailed in the schedule (2 exams × 100 pts = 200 pts).
  • Cumulative Final (21.4%) - The final will be cumulative over the semesters material and consistent in format with the midterm exams. This exam will count for 150 points.
Table 1. Points and Point Percentages of Assignments Towards Total Grade.
Items Points Total Points % of Grade
Homework 15 × 10 = 150 21.4 %
Quizzes 10 × 20 = 200 28.6 %
Exams 2 × 100 = 200 28.6 %
Final 1 × 150 = 150 21.4 %
Totals     700 100 %


Listed here are some of the common courtesies and conduct I expect in my classroom as well as the ramifications for not following them.

Cell phones - Please turn off your cell phone ringer prior to entering the classroom. If you need to be connected to the outside world during lecture (i.e. - ailing relative, child care issues, volunteer fireman....), sit along the isles and quietly leave the room before answering your phone.

Attendance - I don’t take attendance other than on the first few days of class. My attendance policy is show up if you want to learn. Once in a while people are late for various reasons. If you come late to class, be respectful of your fellow students. Quizzes and exams start on time at the beginning of the lecture. If you come late to a quiz or an exam you will have only as much time as remains for the class. Missed quizzes may not be made up. If you must miss an exam you must contact me at your earliest convenience, preferably prior to the start of the exam. Exam make-ups are at the discretion of the instructor. Simply forgetting, missing the bus, oversleeping, parking issues, etc. are not valid reasons for requesting a make-up exam.

Grade disputes - I encourage all of my students to regularly attend office hours. The proper place to ask about grading is during office hours. If you feel that your answer is correct and that I have made a mistake in my grading, please take it up with me in office hours. I am more than happy to go over the grading of any work, however before class, during class and immediately after class are too chaotic for me to give you the attention you deserve for a grading issue

Cheating/Plagiarism - Cheating has never been a problem in my class, however it is your responsibility to not give me cause to think that you are cheating, in other words keep your eyes on your own work. Cheating on an exam or quiz will result in a zero for that assignment and in addition a disruptive student report filed with the Dean of Student Services. A second offense will result in being dropped from the course and receiving a failing grade.

Disruptions - A disruption is classified as an act that disrupts the normal function of the classroom, be it a distraction to me while lecturing or to your fellow students, that a reasonable person would not engage in. Examples of such disruptions are cell phones ringing after first warning, answering cell phones in class, engaging in disruptive conversations while lecture is proceeding, attempting to sit in the center of the room when coming to class tardy during lecture, quiz or exam (incredibly disruptive to your fellow classmates attempting to concentrate), etc.... The consequences for disruptive behavior are a three strikes policy. First disruptive behavior warrants a verbal warning, second time garners a Disruptive Student Report to the Dean of Student Services, third time you will be excused from the class and dropped from the role.

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