REDOX Chemistry Challenge Contest

FCCJ North Campus

Post Spring Break April 6-10, 2009 Contest Week


Team Members: ______________________†† &____________________________

Expert Quest (optional) : ___________________________


Two Divisions for FCCJ Students:


Science Majors (Advanced) : FCCJ 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.

Monday April 6 11:00-2:15 p.m. D-203/D-204

Tuesday April 7 11:00-2:15 p.m. D-207

Tuesday April 7 5:30-8:30 p.m. A-286

Wednesday April 8 10:00-1:00 p.m. D-207/D-204

Thursday April 9 1:30-4:30 D-210/D-204

Thursday April 9 6:30-9:30 p.m. D-210


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

Wednesday April 8 7:00-10:00 p.m. D-207

Friday April 10 5:30-8:30 p.m. D-207 


Division (CHM 2045C or Higher Level Students)



1. Teams will be composes of one or two FCCJ students plus an optional non-FCCJ 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).


(All chemistry North Campus students of Professor Taylor. Dr Langat, and Dr laurenzo are required to participate as a laboratory activity the week after Spring Break 2009, April 6-10, 2009. Pot Luck Refreshments will be served as well as a few pizza by the instructors


(Experts or Non Student Participants may be any member of the external community, except other FCCJ Active Fulltime Chemistry Faculty from other campuses, but may also be any other employees of FCCJ. FCCJ chemistry fulltime chemistry faculty member from the other campuses 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 20 Oxidation-Reduction equations minimum. Of the ten equations at least 10 must be acid media, and at least 10 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 chemistry students of Professor Taylor, Dr. Langat, and Dr. Laurenzo 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 through eight rounds.


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. The first three place winners will be honored at Honors Convocation in April 2009.