- If you are absent see or call the instructor as soon as possible to arrange a time for a make-up lab.
- ATHLETES - You already know your travel schedule (post-season tournaments excepted), so discuss any
labs you may miss with your instructor NOW!! You can make definitive arrangements later (week of the lab)
but let them know now.
- You are expected to complete all missed lab work either on another day during the week an experiment
is given or during that week immediately following.
- If you will be gone on a family emergency, or are hospitalized please have someone notify us so we
can set aside or remake what you will need. Otherwise, since we do not – and in some cases cannot
store reagents indefinitely, you will have to make your own solutions as well as perform the experiment.
- Note that an excusal form allows you to make up the lab; it does not change the original due
date of the laboratory report.
- If you do comply with the rule about excusal forms or abuse the use of them we may not be able to give
credit for your work. These forms are necessary to preserve equity for everyone.
- There will be a charge assessed on any damaged instrument, and on certain community items that are
particularly expensive and hard to replace.
- All appeals on grading problems will be considered by the instructor in charge only if they are in
writing. We reserve the right to regrade the entire test or report if any part of it is appealed.
- For scientific questions, start by seeing your instructor. If your instructor is not available
consult another lab instructor. Office hours for lab instructors will be printed in the syllabus.
If you have exhausted these reasonable resources, consult the professor in charge of coordinating
the labs. Since this course is so large, the lab coordinator will see students in order as they request.
- Your reports must be in by the beginning of your regularly scheduled period of the week following
completion of the experiment. You will be penalized 25% of the total possible points for each
additional day that a report is handed in late. Extensions will be granted only by instructor.
Lab Safety at Wilkes is Priority #1. Please observe the following!
- Eye protection, in the form of safety glasses or safety goggles, must be worn at all times.
Contact lenses should NOT be worn in the laboratory. They offer little protection,
and if a chemical should enter the eye, they would hinder proper first aid, and greatly increase
the possibility of serious eye injury. All eye protection must have shatter proof lenses and side
shields. If you refuse to wear eye protection, you cannot come to the lab.
- Emergency Telephone Number - including fires - call x4999
- Report any emergency, injury, chemical spill, or breakage to your TA immediately. All injuries
must be reported, however trivial.
- At no time is an undergraduate student allowed to work in the laboratory without the supervision of an
instructor. Students should perform authorized experiments only.
- Eating, drinking, and smoking in the laboratory are strictly forbidden. If you need to eat or drink,
do it in the hall. Wash your hands before leaving the lab.
- NO FLIP FLOPS - Closed shoes must be worn in the lab. Ballerina flats and sandals
are not permitted. Long hair should be tied back during the lab period. Dangling jewelry, long floppy
sleeves, loose garments, short skirts, shorts of any length (including capri), scarves, and neckties
should not be worn in the lab.
- Keep aisles and corridors clear. Back packs, coats, unused books, etc. must be stored on the coat rack
in each lab. Access to emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, eye washes, etc.) must be unobstructed.
- When working with chemicals, gloves and lab coats (preferably with snaps for easy removal) are recommended.
Always use the fume hood for chemical operations too hazardous to perform on the bench.
- Burns and fires are serious hazards. Some substances you will work with burn very easily. Also note
that hot glassware looks very much like cold glassware, but its effect on your skin is very different.
- Follow prescribed procedures for disposal of chemical waste for storage of chemicals. Do what you can
to reduce the chemical waste.
- Know the location of emergency exits, emergency showers, fire blankets, eyewash fountains and fire
extinguishers. Always know two different ways out of the labs. In a real emergency, follow the instructions
of the instructor, and move, don’t argue.
- Don’t clown around. The margin for error is smaller in the lab than in most other places.
- Visitors are not permitted in the lab. If the visit is essential, see them in the hall!
You are expected to keep a current laboratory notebook. Read all guidelines provided in the lab
manual. You are expected to record several classes of information in it:
- It is your notebook, not ours. Use it to take notes of the pre-lab lectures. Leave room to edit or correct
what you thought you saw or heard. This information will help you with the labs and lab reports.
- PUT YOUR NAME ON IT. Many students forget this.
- Allow a page or two at the beginning for a “Table of Contents” Section.
- All of the numbers and units pertaining to the experiment. This information must be recorded directly
in your notebook, not on scraps of paper, since even if it is transferred once, there is danger of digits
being interchanged, etc.
- All the observations you have made. This includes smells, colors and color changes. It includes the size
and shape of solid crystals, abrupt changes in temperature, or any other phenomena. When in doubt, record it.
- Any changes in procedure. If you diluted a reagent down from a concentrated stock solution, record it.
If there was a dead cockroach in your flask, when you did a titration, record it. When in doubt, record it.
- The notebook must be current and consecutive. All your semester’s work must be available to you at
any time. The completeness will be checked on a periodic basis by the instructor.
- You are responsible for showing your instructor your notebook data at the end of each lab period. Sign
and date below the last recording. This is required and should be a part of your lab routine.