Fall Term, 2017
Friday, September 1, 8, 22, aand 29, 1 - 2 P.M.
Monday and Wednesday, 1 - 6 P.M. (beginning October 11)
Questions (now on Canvas)
Experiments (now on Canvas)
Website updated on August 11, 2017
The first experiment will be on the Wednesday after Fall Break, October 11 at 1 P.M. in FS 25, the "quant lab". HOWEVER, the first set of questions is due on Wednesday, August 30 and the first of FOUR LECTURES is Friday, September 1 .
On the first day of lab you will all do the same lab: the silly putty/silicone lab. It can be completed in one day and will be a good opportunity for you to learn the fairly awkward location of all of the lab equipment. There is a long slow period, and we will tell you more about safety, etc. then. You will do all labs in groups of two or three, so watch your emails so you know who will be doing the lab with you. The second lab will be on Monday and Wednesday, October 17 and 19. There will be several groups of you, and we may have as many as FIVE different experiments going on each week. Thus, the orientation lab will be critical or you'll be there until midnight trying to find the equipment. Make sure you study the CALENDAR for this class very closely because there are many due dates.
The course is a rigorous laboratory course even though it begins late in the semester when all your other courses are going full speed. BE PREPARED TO WORK DILIGENTLY. Late reports, lack of preparation, etc. will not be tolerated and point penalties apply to all late and haphazard work. Because of the crunch on time for students in previous years, this year we are requiring that you answer and turn in a set of questions related to each experiment during the FIRST HALF of the SEMESTER. See the calendar on the right. These questions are located on the right and must be turned in electronically on Canvas. PLEASE do not hesitate to contact us if you are struggling with the questions, software, etc.
Typically each experiment takes two lab periods. To prevent decomposition, etc., it is mandatory that these syntheses are completed in this time rather than allowing them to sit from Wednesday to the following Monday. The course will introduce you to many new techniques and to many new concepts that have not been covered in any other course. Much instruction will be through direct interaction with the instructors, but most learning will occur through your individual effort and from digging out information and answers from the literature references at the end of each experiment. This lab course will be completely different than any other one you have had thus far.
You will usually work in pairs with partners changing almost every week. This will require extensive effort on your part to make sure you do your share and that you understand what has been done. You must ALWAYS thoroughly study (not just skim) the procedures BEFORE you come to lab. It is important that you realize that this is not a "cooking" class and that understanding "what, why and how" is truly the essence of this course. Indeed, that is why you have final exam questions based on the experiments and on lab techniques, including things done "behind the scenes" such as calibrating the vacuum line and distilling solvents.
The schedule that shows which experiment you will do each week will be sent to you in early October via EMAIL. Make sure you look at this schedule to determine which experiment you will do. Then READ it carefully. YOU MUST BE READY TO DO THE EXPERIMENT - no faking it! We will be in lab and it is easy for us to see who is unprepared. Indeed, this is so important that part of your grade will be based on how ready you are. So read, do stoichiometry calculations, make a bullet point list of what you will actually do, etc. The references at the end of the experiments and the questions you answer earlier in the semester will be useful in preparing you for the lab and writing your report. Some of these references are in the science/engineering library. If you check out hard copies (books), make sure you get them back for others. Journal articles are readily available online. If you do not know how to access these, please ask me.
See Canvas for the complete syllabus or this link