California State University, Dominguez Hills

Department of Chemistry

INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

General Information–Spring 2011


Course

CHE 108L

Meeting:

Tuesdays 1:00-4:00 p.m. in NSM C-315

Materials:


Instructor

Name

Dr. Sofia Pappatheodorou

Office Hours

Mondays 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to noon, and by request

Faculty Office

NSM B-316, 310-243-3384

Research Laboratory

NSM B-324, 310-243-3425

Department Office

NSM B-202, 310-243-3376

E-mail

sofia (“at” symbol) csudh.edu


Policy

Objectives and Regulations

This course is the laboratory component of Chemistry 108, which will be graded as C/NC for a total of 5 units. Chemistry 108 has no prerequisite and is intended to prepare the student for the study of chemistry at the college level. The laboratory will familiarize the student with chemical experimental procedures and with recording and reporting this work. Attendance is mandatory for full credit.

Certain practices will help you to be safe while in the laboratory:


Course Description and Assignments

The accompanying schedule sheets list the laboratory experiments, the graphing exercises and the quizzes. All work intended for the laboratory should be done during the scheduled periods. For justifiable absences, the instructor may allow the student to use the data of his partner to write a laboratory report on the missed experiment.

All assigned experiments are to be read before class. At the beginning of the laboratory period, the instructor will explain the principal concepts and give instructions regarding the laboratory exercise, the format of the data and the lab report. Notes taken on this information, and handouts that are distributed should be kept in a loose-leaf binder for reference.


Data Notebook

Each experiment should be written on a new page with your name, the title of the experiment and the date. All data collected in the lab are to be recorded in this book. Any eliminated data should be crossed out neatly but should remain legible. The copies must be turned in to the instructor at the end of each lab period and will be checked for completeness and accuracy.


Laboratory Reports

A report should be submitted one week after the completion of each experiment. Late reports are subject to a penalty. The reports are to be written or typed on composition paper and should follow the format given previously for each experiment in class. All graded reports should be stored in the binder together with the lab notes for that experiment.



Exams and Grading

The laboratory grade is 20% of the total course grade. The maximum points that can be earned for each experiment and quiz are listed on the schedule sheets: a total of 110 points for the doing the experiments and reports (10 point bonus), and a total of 60 points (10 point bonus)0 for the quizzes. At the end of the semester the total points up to a maximum of 150 will be turned in to the lecture instructor to be added to the lecture score (up to 600 points), forming your course grade (out of 750 points).


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Please refer to page 15 and 16 of the 2009-2011 University Catalog for a description of the CSUDH policy on academic integrity, and for the disciplinary options available in the event of violations. All members of the University Community are expected to abide by the highest standards of academic integrity as expressed in this code



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Quiz Schedule


Day

Quiz

Points

February 8

Significant Figures

5

February 15

Equilibrium in the Balance

5

March 1

Graph V: Volume/Pressure

5

March 22

Mass, Volume, Density

5


April 5

Nine-Solution Problem

5

April 12

Properties of Matter

5

April 19

Elements and Atomic Masses

5

April 26

Water of Hydration

5

May 3

Temperature, Heat and Specific Heat

5

May 10

Changes of State, Heating & Cooling Curves

5

May 17

Graph VI: Rate Constant/Temperature

10



Activity Schedule


Day

Activity

Page

Points

February 1

Check-in and film "Starting with Safety"


-


Notes on Experimental Measurements


-

February 8

Equilibrium in the Balance

5-8

10


February 15

Graphing Exercises: Graph I: Lighting

Graphing Exercises: Graph II: Temperature

9-14

9-14

5

5

February 22

Graphing Exercises: Graph III: Chirps/Temperature

Graphing Exercises: Graph IV: Volume/Temperature

9-15

9-15

5

5

March 1

Density by Graphical Method

Graphing Exercises: Graph V: Volume/Pressure

17-20

1-4

10

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March 8

Mass, Volume and Density Measurement

21-24

10

March 15

Nine Solution Problem Part I

1-4


March 22

Nine Solution Problem Part II

1-4

10


March 28

April 1

Spring Break - No Lab


-

April 5

Properties of Matter

32-35

10

April 12

Elements and Atomic Masses

39-41

10

April 19

Water of Hydration

42-44

10

April 26

Temperature, Heat and Specific Heat

25-27

10

May 3

Changes of State, Heating & Cooling Curves

28-31

10

May 10

Lab Practicum and Check-Out

Graph VI: Rate Constant/Temperature


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* See quiz schedule.

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