Our New Recitations!
In the Fall of 2013, General Chemistry implemented its latest project: the Chemistry Interactive Problem-solving Sessions (ChIPS). These ChIPS replaced our in-class recitations, and are held exclusively online. Recitations are meant to be problem-solving sessions for smaller groups in order to recap lecture material and go over questions that students may have. Instructors can write and draw on screen, import powerpoint slides, websites, or videos, and chat with students either through text or voice. The entire process is live-streaming and runs through a web application, meaning no software installation needed! This is meant to make scheduling conflicts a thing of the past, and greatly improve on student-teacher interactions.

Please note students specifically enrolled in the Solid Gems and ODASIS sections must still attend their in-class recitations. They are welcome to join in an online recitation, but it will not count towards their grade.

Joining and Using the Online Recitation
Joining and using our online recitation is meant to be straight-forward and simple. Please see the support page here for more information and step-by-step directions.

**Please note we are using a new system called Discourse to run our recitations. This is in contrast to eGyan, which some of you have may used in the past. Be aware that Discourse has different joining procedures.

Recitation Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 AM B. Langowski B. Langowski   T. Fadeeva  
12:00 PM E. Hove   E. Hove   S. Pramanik
2:00 PM K. Sethi   E. Hove   K. Sethi
4:00 PM K. Sethi R. Porcja R. Porcja   E. Hove
6:00 PM R. Young R. Young   R. Young T. Fadeeva
8:00 PM   R. Young   R. Young  

The colors above reflect the difficulty level of each recitation. The table below provides the color codes. Please see the “Policies” section underneath for an explanation of these difficulty levels.

Color Difficulty
Red Challenge
White Regular
Blue Basic

How Recitations Work
Each recitation will be 45 minutes long, and you must sign in within 5 minutes of the start time (i.e. you cannot join the 12PM recitation after 12:05). Following each recitation is a 10 minute quiz. The quiz will closely follow the material covered in the recitation, so students must pay attention. Afterwards, the instructor will hold office hours in order to help any students who still has questions. This allows more one-on-one time with the instructor. These office hours are only available to those students who attended the recitation immediately beforehand. Attendance to office hours is not required, and students may choose to stay or leave once the quiz is finished. However, if no students sign in to the office hours within 15 minutes of start of the office hour, the instructor may choose to end it early.

Difficulty-Level Designations
To better meet the needs and abilities of its students, 162 online recitation sessions will be designated with a particular level of difficulty: basic, regular, and challenging. Although the difficulty level will impact how a recitation is run and the types of questions covered, it WILL NOT IMPACT THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE QUIZZES. All sessions, regardless of difficulty level, will receive similar quizzes with the identical topics being covered within them.

Basic sessions are intended for students who need more emphasis and explanation of concepts. The sessions may be run at a slower pace compared to the other difficulty levels so that the underlying concepts can be more fully explained. A trade-off for the slower pace of the recitation is that not as many topics may be covered in a given 55-minute session. As stated above, the topics and quizzes given in the basic sessions will be identical to the other difficulty levels.

Challenging sessions are intended for students who are thoroughly familiar with the current material and want to go deeper into the concepts. Questions covered within the session will typically be harder, with less information being expressly given, and more challenging questions from the text may be discussed. There will be less “hand-holding” and more responsibility will be placed on the students for knowing the underlying concepts. In addition, recitations may be run at a slightly faster pace than the other levels thereby maximizing the number of concepts covered. Although questions on material will be welcomed, it is expected that they will be of an advanced (i.e., non-trivial) nature. In other words, if the question can be answered by re-reading the book, it should probably NOT be asked during a challenging session.

Regular sessions represent a happy medium between basic and challenging where equal emphasis will be placed on problem-solving and concept discussion.

As always, students are free to attend one or more of any of the above sessions and may try out sessions of different difficulty. However, the rule of ONE QUIZ PER CALENDAR DAY will still apply if more than one recitation is attended in a single day.

These different difficulty levels will be instituted during the second week of classes and will continue throughout the semester.

Every student in 162 must attend at least one recitation per week. It does not matter which you choose, and it can vary each week, but you must sign in and take a quiz. You may attend as many recitations each week as you’d like, but you may only take one quiz per calendar day. Note that this does not mean every 24 hours. For example, if you choose a late-night recitation on Monday and take a quiz, you may still attend a recitation and take a quiz Tuesday morning. For students attending multiple recitations in one week, only the highest quiz grade will count. See the course information section on grading for more information.

ChIPS Etiquette
One of the best features of our online recitations is the ability for students to communicate with instructors using the chatbox. Only the student’s netID will be shown next to their message, and we have found that this anonymity encourages students who may otherwise be shy to ask questions. We ask that you do not use it to be disruptive. Instructors will have the ability to silence/flag student comments when they feel that they are inappropriate, rude towards others, or disruptive. Likewise, they will be able to see the name and information of the student on their end of the recitation. All of these actions are kept and stored in a database for record-keeping purposes. In order to keep the chatbox productive and friendly, please see the following etiquette:

  1. Do not be rude or condescending to other students. Keep the “Golden Rule” in mind
  2. Do not be rude towards the instructors. They are there to help you, and should be treated with respect. Remember, if you would not say it in person to someone, you should not say it over the internet
  3. The recitation chatbox is meant solely for questions. There may be up to 150 students in a recitation. Casual conversations, “hello there” greetings, and any other off-topic comments are disruptive and clutter the chatbox, making it difficult for instructors to see real questions that your classmates may have.
  4. If you are having technical difficulties, please do not clutter the chatbox with it. It is disruptive to students, the instructors, and very counter-productive, as it is unlikely to elicit a useful response from anyone. Instead, use the TechSupport Page on the Sidebar to file a claim to TechSupport James. This is the absolute fastest way to receive help.

In other words, use common sense. The chatbox is there to help you get your questions answered. Never feel too embarrassed to ask a question. However, if you do not have anything nice or productive to say, we ask that you please refrain.