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General Chemistry Laboratory I, NSC444 Fall 2010


Instructors Allison Turner (Sci 206), Todd Smith (Sci 110)
Location Science 112
Days & Time Thursday, 1:30-4:50
Readings Various laboratory protocols


Course Description

In the laboratory we will apply the same concepts, information and analytical approach we use in the classroom. You will continue to hone problem-solving skills and become familiar with laboratory equipment and procedures. Laboratory sessions will be designed to allow you to explore ideas discussed in class through field and lab work in environmental chemistry. Also, we will try to apply concepts from the field of 'green chemistry' to make our investigations more environmentally sustainable.


Grading Policy

Students are expected to attend all labs and to complete all reading assignments.

There will be two lab reports due over the course of the semester. Each report will describe the student’s research project, and each report is worth 30 points. You will also keep a lab notebook (see below), which will be evaluated at the end of the semester, and will be worth 20 points. The final portion of your grade will be based on your preparation for and performance in the lab. The grade received in the course will be the ratio of points earned over points possible: 90% & above = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D. Diligent and conscientious participation in lab and on assignments will boost borderline grades to the higher grade.


There will be no makeup labs, but if extenuating circumstances will prevent you from coming to lab or completing a lab report notify us as soon as possible so that we can make alternative arrangements — for example, a writing assignment on the same topic as the lab from which the student was absent.


Laboratory Notebooks

For this course you will need a dedicated laboratory notebook. For each laboratory session you should record the purpose of the lab, what you did in the lab, and what you found. Your notebook is a place to keep detailed notes of these activities in a format that will allow you to make sense of your lab activities at a later date, e.g. when writing a lab report at 3 a.m.


Co-requisite

General Chemistry I, NSC158


Laboratory schedule for the semester

Date

Lab

Topic

Assignment

9/2

0

Intro class


9/9

1

Laboratory safety;

Chemistry of surface waters

Bring a lab notebook

9/16

2

Data analysis – linear calibration using Excel


9/23

3

Identifying a mystery ion in solution


9/30

4

Stoichiometry: NaHCO3 in Alka-Seltzer tablets


10/7

5

The molar volume of gases

Lab report 1 is due

10/14

6

Calorimetry – heat from hand-warmers

Lab notebooks due

10/21

7

Spectroscopy and Beer’s law


10/28

8

Building a DVD spectroscope


11/4

9

Assay of Phosphates in surface waters


11/11

10

Fuel from cellulose: newspaper in your gas tank?


11/18

11

Fuel from cellulose – part 2

Lab report 2 is due

11/25

12

Thanksgiving – no lab


12/2

13

Laboratory clean-up

Lab notebooks due

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