CHM 113 Fall 2013

"A teacher is never a giver of truth - he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst". Bruce Lee

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All students should attend both lab Discussion and laboratory assigned Section each week. If you fail to attend one of the listed experiments in your schedule you cannot pass this course.

Syllabus: CHM 113 Discussion

 

Monday, November 18 - Please review class presentation (numerical example) for the Enthalpy of Neutralization. This is a follow-up to the Nov 11 presentation.

Sunday, November 17 - The report form for the Enthalpy of Neutralization has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab).

Monday, November 11 - Please review class presentation for the Enthalpy of Neutralization. The report form will be posted next week.

 

Sunday, November 10 - The report form for the Fuel in a Lighter has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab).

Monday, November 4 - Please review class presentation for the Fuel in a Lighter. The report form will be posted next week.

Sunday, November 3 - The report form for the Titration of Ascorbic Acid in Vitamin C Tablets has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab).

Monday, October 28 - Please review class presentation for the Titration of Ascorbic Acid in Vitamin C Tablets. The report form will be posted next week.

October 21 - November 1: Check the CHM 113 Schedule, Rotation of Experiments, and click on the Molecular Modeling link. You will find important details about the rotation of the two experiments. Please find your lab schedule and read carefully the instructions/notes.

Monday, October 21 - The report form for the Iron Complex Synthesis has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab). You can review class presentation here.

No report form will be posted for the Molecular Modeling lab. Your instructor will give you one paper copy at the beginning of your lab period. Make sure you come prepared to the lab. All work needs to be completed in lab and no extra time will be given.

 

Monday, October 14 - The report form for the Qualitative Analysis of Cations has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab).

Monday, October 7 - You can review class presentation for the Qualitative Analysis of Cations. The report form will be posted after the fall break.

Monday, September 30 - The report form for the Physiologically Important Anions has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab). You can review class presentation here.

Tuesday, September 24 - The report form for the Hydrogen Spectrum has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab).

Sunday, September 22 - Read the class presentation for Hydrogen Spectrum before lab discussion.

Monday, September 16 - The report form for the Gravimetric Determination of Phosphorus in Plant Food has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab). You can review class presentation here.

Monday, September 9 - The report form for the Separation of a Ternary Mixture has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab). You can review the class presentation here.

Friday, August 30 -The report form for Analytical Weighing, Liquid Transfer, and Penny Density has been posted (CHM 113 Report Forms tab).

Check-out this practice assignment on graphing experimental data. Perform the assignment as soon as possible, before your lab report is due.  

Monday, August 26 for the labs running from T (Sept 3) to M (Sept 9):

Analytical Weighing, Liquid Transfer, and Penny Density: Presentation and Statistical Analysis

 

This is the schedule of lab experiments. If there will be changes, the schedule will be adjusted to reflect those changes.

Note the rotation of labs during the weeks of October 21-25 and October 28-31. Click on the Molecular Modeling - Spartan link to find out your lab schedule (note date/time and location). Plan your lab preparations in advance.

This is a tentative schedule:

CHM 113 Fall Semester

Dates

Lab Work

Comments

M – F (26 Aug. – 30 Aug.) Check-in week Safety, policy review, etc.
T – M (3 Sept. – 9 Sept.) Tools of the Trade & Density of Pennies Uncertainties & Statistics (mean, std dev, graphing)
T – M (10 Sept. – 16 Sept.) Separation of a Ternary Mixture Concepts of mixtures
T – M (17 Sept. – 23 Sept.) Determination of Phosphorus in Plant Food Formula Mass
T – M (24 Sept. – 30 Sept.) Hydrogen Spectrum Electromagnetic Radiation
T – M (1 Oct. – 7 Oct.) Physiologically Important Anions Anions
T – F (8 Oct. – 11 Oct.) No labs Tues. – Friday FALL BREAK
M – F (14 Oct. – 18 Oct.) Qualitative Analysis of Cations Cations
Rotation of Experiments M – F (21 Oct. – 25 Oct.) & M – F (28 Oct. – 1 Nov.) Molecular Modeling - Spartan Computational Chemistry
Preparing an Iron Coord. Complex Stoichiometry / Synthesis
M – F (4 Nov.  – 8 Nov.) Det. Ascorbic Acid in Vitamin C Stoichiometry / Titration
M – F (11 Nov. – 15 Nov.) The Fuel in a Bic Lighter Gas Laws
M – F (18 Nov.  – 22 Nov.) Enthalpy of Neutralization Thermochemistry
M – F (25 Nov. – 29 Nov.) No labs Mon. – Friday THANKSGIVING
M – F (2 Dec. – 6 Dec.) Lab Check-out Collecting lab reports

Report Forms

Please check every week!

 

Enthalpy of Neutralization:pdf form and MS Word

Fuel in a Lighter: pdf form and MS Word

Titration of Ascorbic Acid in Vitamin C Tablets: pdf form and MS Word

Synthesis of an Iron Coordination Complex: pdf form and MS Word

Qualitative Analysis of Cations: pdf form and MS Word

Physiologically Important Anions: pdf form and MS Word

Hydrogen Spectrum: pdf form and MS Word form

Gravimetric Determination of Phosphorus in Plant Food: pdf form and MS Word form

Separation of a Ternary Mixture: pdf form and MS Word form

Analytical Weighing, Liquid Transfer, and Penny Density: pdf form and MS Word form

Grading

This is the grading scheme for your laboratory work:

Component Percent
Graded prelabs 15%
Graded lab reports 60%
Notebook 12.5%
Attendance and in-lab technique, performance and professionalism 12.5%

Keep in mind that attendance component includes the Monday afternoon discussion.

Final grade assignment:

Percentage Grade
90.0 - 100 4.0
85.0 - 89.9 3.5
80.0 - 84.9 3.0
75.0 - 79.9 2.5
70.0 - 74.9 2.0
65.0 - 69.9 1.5
60.0 - 64.9 1.0
less than 60 0.0

 

Lab Rules and Policies

  • 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!

  1. 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.
  2. Emergency Telephone Number—including fires, call x4999
  3. Report any emergency, injury, chemical spill, or breakage to your TA immediately. All injuries must be reported, however trivial.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Follow prescribed procedures for disposal of chemical waste for storage of chemicals. Do what you can to reduce the chemical waste.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!

Lab Notebooks

You are expected to keep a current laboratory notebook. 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 YOU 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 giving your instructor a carbon copy of your notebook data at the end of each lab period. This is required and should be a part of your lab routine.

 

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