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CHEM 2401 – Quantitative Chemical Analysis

Spring 2006
Instructor: Office: Telephone: E-mail: Office Hours: Dr. Donovan Haines BE 2.518 (972) 883-4542 MW 2:15pm-3:15pm; also generally available during lab hours

GENERAL INFORMATION This course is a combination of lecture and laboratory. Each day the we will have lecture before moving to the laboratory: MW 8:00am-9:15am: Lecture in FN2.104 MW 9:15am-11:45am: Lab in BE3.314

Text Book: “Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 6th ed.” by D. C. Harris. ( Notebook: “Cold Springs Harbor Research Laboratory Notebook.” This 8.5”x11” notebook was chosen since it has carbon-copy pages. Students are financially responsible for any item checked out of the stockroom. Other course materials may be recommended or required.

This course emphasizes the theory, applications, and calculations involved in the methods of analysis; and the theory and practice of volumetric, gravimetric, and spectrophotometric methods of analysis. By the end of the semester, you should be able to: • master stoichiometric and other analytical calculations • demonstrate a capability to carry out very precise quantitative gravimetric, volumetric, photometric, and potentiometric determinations • understand the necessity for and use of error estimates and statistical methods and their use in evaluating your measurements and measurements carries out by others • master the use of spreadsheets like Excel • achieve a level of good laboratory practice including safety and cleanliness • keep a professional lab notebook and prepare quality lab reports • be aware of quantitative sampling procedures • be able to apply chemical reasoning to analytical chemistry measurements PreRequisites: CHEM 1312 and CHM 1112

A Word of Warning This lab is much different from most other chemistry labs. Going through the motions will not get you a good grade. The grading is heavily weighted toward getting a correct result, and these experiments are very accurate when properly performed. As a result, you must pay a great deal of attention to detail to get a good grade on your experiments. This lab will really test your skills as a bench chemist. WebCT Our course involves an online website that students can access at To access the website you must have an active NetID (the ID you use for nearly all campus resources) and password. Having a computer at home is not required, as you can access the site from the on-campus computer labs. The site is where you will obtain your grades, get lecture notes and overhead packs, get copies of assignments, and sometimes take quizzes. It also has links to useful sites on the internet. All students should make sure they can access the site the first week of class.

GRADING AND COURSE POLICY Exams There will be three midterm exams and a comprehensive final examination. Each midterm examination will be worth 50 points. The lowest of the three scores will be dropped. If you miss an exam, this must be your dropped score. The final exam will be worth 100 points. Exams are scheduled for the following dates (all are 8am-9:15am unless otherwise specified): Exam 1 – Monday, Feb 13th Exam 2 – Monday, March 20th Exam 3 – Monday, April 17th Final Exam – Monday, May 1st, 8:00am-10:30am (in our normal room) Labs Each lab has a report (10 pts), results (10 pts), notebook pages (4 pts), and technique points (1 pt) for a total of 25 points. Detailed explanations of each appear in the following paragraphs. Your best 8 of 10 experiments will count. Experiment 1 (calibration of your glassware) will be performed but does not count as one of the graded experiments. You will write it up and submit a report to be marked up for practice to give you a better idea our expectations. Lab Reports Each student must prepare his or her own Lab Report for all 10 experiments based on the guidelines described in the 2401-Handout “Writing a Laboratory Report”. The Lab Report for Exp. 1 will be evaluated but it will not count towards your grade. Each Lab Report will be worth 10 pts. Your 8 best Lab Reports will be summed for your Lab Report Score (80 pts. Total). Please refer to the Class Calendar for all Lab Report Due Dates. Lab Reports are due at the beginning of class. Late Lab

Reports will be penalized at a deduction rate of 10% per day. If you miss a lab period you will receive a zero for that experiment and it will count as one of your dropped scores. Lab Results Experiments involving measurement of an unknown will receive a score for the accuracy of your result. This will be 10 points per experiment. For experiments where there is no ‘correct answer’ to evaluate your results against, these points will be the same as your Lab Report points (see previous paragraph). For those experiments your Lab Report thus effectively counts double. Lab NoteBooks Each student must bring his or her Lab NoteBook to Berkner every Monday and Wednesday. Each student must keep his or her own neat and orderly Lab NoteBook using ink. Please put your name and a date on every NoteBook page you use. In addition, be sure to include data labels and units on all tables and graphs. Drawing chemical structures and balanced chemical reactions in your NoteBook (and in your Lab Reports) is highly encouraged. Additional tips for keeping a professional NoteBook can be found on page 25 of your textbook. Your NoteBook must be signed and dated by your TA at the end of any day you spend working in the lab. A photo- or carbon-copy of NoteBook pages must be given to the TA at the completion of every Experiment. The NoteBook pages for the eight counted experiments will each be worth 4 pt. (32 pts. Total). Late NoteBooks (i.e., NoteBooks not turned-in at the end of an Exp.) will be evaluated but will not earn points. Lab Technique Each student will be evaluated with respect to their: adherence to good safety practices, laboratory technical skills, and laboratory etiquette/professionalism. The evaluations will be made by your TA (with the instructor) at the end of each Experiment (10 experiments with two dropped, so 8 pts. Total). If you do not attend a lab, you can not earn Technique Points for that lab. The final grade is based on the following:
2 OF 3 REGULAR EXAMS 100 (50 each) FINAL EXAM LAB REPORTS LAB RESULTS LAB NOTEBOOK LAB TECHNIQUE TOTAL 100 80 (10 each) 80 (10 each) 32 (4 each) 8 (1 each) 400

Your grade will be determined according to the scale below to the nearest whole percentage point. A+ A AB+ B BC+ 97-100 93-96 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 C CD+ D DF 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 59 or below


IMPORTANT: In accordance with University and Chemistry Department safety rules, any time anyone (student, TA, instructor, or visitor) is in a lab, Z87-rated safety eyewear must be worn. The first violation in the semester will result in a warning and removal from the lab until the safety eyewear is in-place. The second violation in the semester will result in dismissal from that lab period with no extra time being allowed for make-up of the work scheduled for that lab period. Similar penalties will apply if any other safety rules are violated. In summary, all students are responsible for all information inside the undergraduate safety manual; it is located at:

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE. You are taking this class by your own decision in order to further goals

that are important to you. The instructor and fellow students expect mature behavior from you at all times. Any behavior that is disruptive to class, inconsiderate, or offensive to anyone reflects poorly on the offender and is subject to disciplinary action. Examples of disruptive behavior are horseplay and loud speech or distracting other students when entering class late. Use of cellular telephones in the classroom is prohibited. Please turn off your telephone before entering the classroom. If you must take a call during class time, please leave the classroom. Likewise, communication of any kind with anyone during tests is prohibited. If you have an emergency during a test, you must surrender your test and resolve the issue with your instructor at a later time. However, this does not carry any obligation on the part of the instructor to reissue the test or change the grading policy. Therefore,
IT IS WISE TO RESERVE YOUR PREROGATIVE TO DROP ONE TEST FOR POSSIBLE EMERGENCIES. STOPPING ATTENDANCE. Any student who stops attending class must officially withdraw from the

course. Failure to do so results in automatic failing grade.
INCOMPLETE GRADES are issued only if the student has satisfactorily completed all course work,

up until the drop with signature deadline. The student must also demonstrate a compelling reason. This process requires a contract signed by the student and the instructor specifying a deadline and the requirements for the completion of the course. Current regulations provide that if an incomplete grade is not removed within the following academic term, it automatically turns into a failing grade. If you are classified as a graduate student, be aware that some policies, including deadlines to remove incompletes, may be different from undergraduate policies.
PLEAS FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT. Unless you can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances such as

disabilities, emergencies, or undue psychological stress, refrain from making pleas for special treatment. Such requests are unfair to other students, place added burden on already overworked instructors, constitute unprofessional behavior, and therefore reflect poorly on the petitioner.
DISHONEST CONDUCT. Students observed cheating on exams will be allowed to finish but will be

referred to the Dean of Students for punishment. In the past this has normally involved failure of the course for a first-time offense.