Chem 130: Structure and Properties of Inorganic Compounds (Fall 2017) Lab Syllabus and Schedule
Chemistry and biochemistry are experimental sciences and experience working in the lab is an essential part of most courses in out department. The particular focus of the Chem 130 lab is on linking the qualitative observations of chemical reactivity to our models of the structures of inorganic compounds.
The schedule below outlines the work we will complete during our lab sessions. Links are provided here to experiments; links to other materials that you will find useful when working in lab and when preparing written reports of your work are provided in the sections that follow. Due dates for reports are included with each experiment.
November 16: Applications of Redox Chemistry (experiment)
November 23: Thanksgiving Break
November 30: A Third Synthesis Reaction-Coordination Compounds (experiment)
December 7: check-out of lab
Laboratory Notebook. Experimentation is the framework on which we construct our understanding of chemistry and biochemistry. A proper framework, of course, must have a foundation and in the sciences that strong base is a laboratory or field notebook. Our collective confidence in chemistry and biochemistry is built upon experimentation that is well documented; for this reason, you will maintain a permanent record of your work in lab; here are a few key ideas regarding your notebook:
It must be a separate notebook not used for other purposes.
You must bring your notebook to all lab sessions.
Reserve the first page for a Table of Contents that lists each experiment and the page on which your recording of work begins.
Begin each experiment on a new page and include separate sections for work completed before coming to lab, work completed in lab, and work completed outside of lab.
When working with a partner, be sure that you each maintain an independent record of your work.
Lab Reports. You will present the results of your work in lab through a series of written reports, the specific details of which are included with the experiments.
Grading. The lab reports for each experiment is worth 50 points. In addition, your lab notebook will be evaluated following the first experiment (10 points) and at the end of the semester (40 points).
Making Good Use of Time. You can complete any laboratory work in the time available if you come to lab prepared. At a minimum you should read the experiment before coming to lab and think through what you need to accomplish during the laboratory period.
Safety in the Laboratory
Although a chemistry or biochemistry laboratory is equipped with chemicals and equipment that can result in injuries, there is no reason that a laboratory inherently is less safe than other environments where one is exposed to caustic and/or reactive materials, sharp objects, and hot items. You can work safely in a laboratory if you pay attention to how you dress for lab, how you prepare for lab, how you work while in the lab, and how you clean up at the end of lab. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the department's safety guidelines