REDOX Chemistry Challenge Contest

FSCJ North Campus

November 2011 Holiday Week


Team Members: ______________________†† &____________________________

Expert Quest (optional) : ___________________________


Three Divisions for FSCJ Students:

 Advanced: FSCJ Students who have completed the Science Majors Event, Experts, High School Chemistry teachers and College Chemistry faculty may participate in this once a year event to determine the champion of REDOX at FSCJ North for that school year


Science Majors : FSCJ Students (Science, Pharmacy, PreMed, Engineering, Dental, etc) who are taking or who have completed 2045C and/or CHM 2046C or currently taking either of the two General Chemistry Courses Also second year chemistry students in CHM 2210 and or 2211 are eligible for this division.


Non-Science Majors FSCJ Students who have completed CHM 1020, CHM 1025C or CHM 1032C or currently taking one of these courses or FSCJ students who have had only high school chemistry and have pursued no science majors chemistry at the college level.


Preliminary Rounds:

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Non-Science Majors Division:

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†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Advanced Round:

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1. Teams will be composes of one or two FSCJ students plus an optional non-FSCJ student expert. All teams will fill out a file card: on one side is your name, the other side is your FCCJ partner. Expert/Guest will fill out a separate card. On the card is the Division Entered, Present or Former Chemistry Courses, Major; Hours completed toward degree; Previous chemistry experience (1025C when, where and what teacher) and/or high school chemistry (where, when), participantís address, phone #(s) and School ID, plus primary email. (Index cards will be supplied by John Taylor or Kerry Roth just before a round).


(Experts or Non Student Participants may be any member of the external communityincluding other FCCJ Active Fulltime Chemistry Faculty or may also be any other employees of FSCJ. All FSCJ chemistry fulltime faculty members are invited to participate as an Expert Team of one.)


2. North Campus Chemistry Students will complete the homework reactions in the study packet being distributed during class. The homework includes ten Oxidation-Reduction equations minimum. Of the ten equations at least 5 must be acid media, and at least 5 must be basic media. Show your work with the final balanced answer. Each student of each team will submit a separate completed homework. At least two of the acid, and two of the basic media REDOX equations must be written in net ionic form. The others may be in either net ionic or regular total molecular form. The solutions may use either: the Electron Transfer Process, the Ion Electron Method, or the Proton Transfer method for Organic Reactions.


3. Books and other Reference may be used, but computers may not be used during the contest.


4. During the contest each contestant and expert will individually solve the REDOX equation on the forms provided prior to collaboration.  A team will be selected for each question by random drawing of the INDEX cards. That team, who already has the detailed solution, will write the unbalanced REDOX equation on the board and supervised the contestants and instructor(s) during the solution process. Each contestant, when they have a solution, requests a supervising team member to write on their paper: correct or wrong. After each team member submits the initial paper, then the team may collaborate and submit a team paper for the final Yea or Nay. (All 2046C/CHM 1025C students of John Taylor must participate for the first 8 reactions during the preliminary round for laboratory credit.) If the team submits a final wrong answer, they are eliminated as potential champions of the contest, but must continue playing.


5. A team or an Individual may enter the contest more than once by participating at any of the preliminary Rounds. The Preliminary Round Winner will be the team(s) that submits perfect results for each equation attempted or is the only team left when an incorrect answer is submitted.


6. The Contest will conclude when there is only one team left with perfect results at the Finals Round after Fall 2011 term. The first three place winners will be honored at Honors Convocation in April 2011.