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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 310L
Course Title: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement CHEM 310 focusing on separation/purification techniques. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites: CHEM 310 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM 112L with a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 310 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM 112L with a grade of C or higher.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Microscale and Miniscale Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment
By Schoffstall, Gaddis, Druelinger (McGraw-Hill)
Small Scale Syntheses: A Laboratory Textbook of Organic Chemistry
By Zanger and McKee (McGraw-Hill Professional)
Experiments and Techniques in Organic Chemistry
By Pasto, Johnson, and Miller (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To become familiar with standard rules and practices of laboratory safety.
  • To acquire facility with laboratory equipment used in organic chemistry.
  • To use the scientific method to design and conduct experiments.
  • To perform and evaluate experiments in basic separation techniques.
  • To use critical analysis skills to interpret data and draw conclusions.
  • To develop more sophisticated skills in keeping a lab notebook and writing scientific reports.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Use material safety data sheet database to locate MSDS for specific chemical substances.
  • Extract information from MSDS sheets to determine molecular formula, hazards, physical properties, exposure limit, personal protective equipment, first aid and disposal procedures.
  • Describe the use and operation of different types of safety equipment found in the lab, including eye safety and other personal protective equipment.
  • Explain the current chemical hygiene safety plan and OSHA regulations on laboratory safety.
  • Provide an overview of how to handle flammable, volatile, health hazardous, and corrosive chemicals, and how to handle waste chemicals.
  • Accomplish experimental manipulations using lab equipment such as melting point apparatus, distillation equipment, chromatography apparatus.
  • Perform mathematical calculations to determine theoretical yield and percent yield.
  • Identify an unknown, based on melting point.
  • Perform basic separation techniques, including recrystallization, distillation, extractions, centrifugation, and chromatography.
  • Successfully perform chemical syntheses and isolate measurable quantities of the final product.
  • Use the scientific method in the design and analysis of experiments.
    Topical Outline:
  • Safety rules
  • Melting point analysis
  • Recrystallization
  • Distillations
  • Extractions
  • Chromatography
  • Dehydrohalogenation
  • Preparation of an alkyl halide
  • Sublimination
  • Photohalogenation (optional)

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Julie Estabrooks Date: November 20, 2009
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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