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CHEM 10063: General Chemistry II Lab
Summer 2021

 

Instructor

Dr. Clarke Earley
Kent State University at Stark
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
421 Main Hall
330-244-3421
cearley@kent.edu

 

Text

There is no text required for this course. Information for each lab will be provided on the course website.

 

Remote Instruction

It has been decided that this course will be delivered through remote instruction.

In a traditional face-to-face class, you would learn the various techniques covered in this class by performing tasks in lab and then analyzing the data collected in lab reports. For this remote class, you will need to learn by watching videos or reading explanations for each experiment. You will either collect data from computer simulations or be provided with sample data to perform the necessary analysis for your lab reports. With the exception of the lab quiz, you will be able to do all of the work required for this class outside of the regularly scheduled class meeting times.

Because of the remote nature of this class, you will be required to access material online. This will include links to web pages, videos, homework, and exams. While most of this will be accessible using a smartphone, most of this material will benefit from using a larger screen and some of this may not work without a keyboard. In particular, the lab exam will difficult if not impossible to be taken on a phone. If you do not have internet access and/or a computer, I encourage you to contact the university to see if arrangements can be made for you to borrow equipment for the semester. For at least the Stark campus (but probably most others), wifi access is available outside of the building, so you can access the internet through a laptop in your car. You are not required to have a webcam.

 

Office Hours

Due to current restrictions I will not be available for face-to-face office hours this semester. You may contact me any time by email, or leave a message on my phone. If desired, it is also possible to arrange for online video sessions at mutually agreeable times.

Note that I will also be available online after our online lectures.

 

Prerequisites

Students are expected to have successfully completed the equivalent of one semester General Chemistry I lab, and have successfully completed or concurrently be enrolled in the second semester of General Chemistry lecture (typically CHEM 10061).

 

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Gen. Chem. I Lab (CHEM 10062), and is designed as an opportunity for students to learn general laboratory techniques and reinforce principles discussed in the lecture portion of General Chemistry II.

 

Learning Outcomes - Developed by the KSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use their knowledge in subsequent higher courses related to this course. For example, demonstrate the structure-function relationships of simple to complex ionic, molecular, and coordinate compounds.
  2. Apply the knowledge obtained in associated lecture courses in conducting a wide variety of laboratory experiments and achieve hands-on experience of bench chemistry.
  3. Apply the knowledge gained from conducting several experiments in their daily lives.
  4. Solve multi-step chemical problems, write concise and accurate lab reports using the language and style of scientific writing. Students will be able to apply these principles to succeed in higher level courses.
  5. Understand the basic principles of safe handling chemicals and in some cases, how to work in a team to perform chemical experiments.

 

Attendance

Because of the remote nature of this class, there is no attendance requirement with the exception of the final lab exam which must be taken during the regularly scheduled class time.

 

Grading

Grades for this course will be based on the lab exam and the scores earned on the laboratory reports, which will each be graded on a scale of 0-10. The lowest laboratory report grade will be dropped, with course grades based on the scale shown below.

Late laboratory reports will be accepted, but will be deducted 1 point for each day late. Unless prior approval is obtained, lab reports will NOT be accepted after the last day of the semester.

Grades will not be curved or arbitrarily adjusted in any manner, and there will not be any opportunities for extra credit.

Grading Scale

Lab Exam

20 pts

20 pts

Laboratory Reports

12 x 10 pts

120 pts

Total

140 pts

Grade

A

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D

F

%

90-100%

88-90%

82-88%

80-82%

78-80%

72-78%

70-72%

60-70%

<60%

 

Experiments

The experiments that we will be using this semester are derived from a variety of sources. If you have problems accessing any of this material, please let me know.

In all cases, the starting point for each experiment will be the course website, where the requirements for each experiment will be posted. In general, experiments will involve reading the background material provided and/or watching a video, performing any necessary data analysis, and answering the questions. The data to be analyzed will either be provided on the course website or obtained from performing computer simulations.

For most experiments we will be using external websites. I encourage you to verify that your computer configuration allows you to access this material well before the deadline for submitting your lab reports. If you run into problems, please let me know as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.

 

Lab Reports

It is anticipated that lab reports will be submitted through the course website. Details will be provided during the first class period. You are encouraged to use computer software to create any graphs required, but are allowed to submit copies of graphs done by hand on graph paper.

Templates will be provided for most of the lab reports. Lab reports will be graded based on the calculations, answers to assigned questions, and accuracy of experimental results obtained.

 

University Policy/General Information

I have posted a page containing various University policy statements (Academic honesty, Students with disabilities, etc.) and other general information (email accounts, posting of grades, etc.) on the course website. This information should be considered as part of this syllabus and is available at:

chem.stark.kent.edu/public/ksu_policies/

 

Schedule

All dates listed below are tentative and subject to change. While this will not happen for the first few experiments, you will generally have the information for each lab at least one week before the due date for that lab.

Due Date

Experiment

July 21

Graphing

July 22

Vapor Pressure and Heat of Vaporization

July 23

Saturation and Concentration Units

July 28

Beer's Law

July 29

Kinetics of Bleaching a Dye

July 30

Equilibrium of Bromothymol Blue

August 4

LeChatlier's Principle

August 5

Acid-Base Titrations

August 6

Buffer Solutions

August 11

Equilibrium: DNA Base Pairing

August 12

Thermodynamics of Dissolving CuCl

August 16

Balancing Redox Reactions

August 18

Equivalent weight by Electrolysis

August 18

Lab Exam