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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 111L
Course Title: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

An experimental introduction to the physical and chemical properties of matter to complement CHEM 109 and CHEM 110. $40 lab fee. Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: CHEM 109 or CHEM 110 or concurrent enrollment. G.E. (CHEM 109 or CHEM 110 must be completed before CHEM 111L can be used for G.E. credit).

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 109 or CHEM 110 or concurrent enrollment.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall and Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Inquiries into Chemistry
By M. Abraham et. al. (Waveland Press, Inc.)
Laboratory Manual for the Principles of General Chemistry
By J. Beran (Wiley)
Laboratory Experiments: Chemistry - The Central Science
By J. Nelson et. al. (Prentice Hall)
Experiments in General Chemistry
By T. Greco et. al. (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To apply basic techniques of experimental chemistry.
  • To illustrate and verify the principles learned in CHEM 109 and CHEM 110.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe fundamentals of physical observation.
  • Utilize the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate care and use of laboratory equipment.
  • Demonstrate safe use and handling of chemicals.
  • Demonstrate basic quantitative techniques, including gravimetric and volumetric measurement.
  • Perform mathematical calculations associated with the experimental techniques employed.
Topical Outline:
  • Safety rules
  • Basic laboratory operations
  • Identification of a compound
  • Chromatography
  • Reaction types and rates
  • Gravimetric analysis
  • Volumetric analysis
  • Properties of organic and biological compounds
  • Or others, covering topics such as naming compounds, VSEPR theory, electromagnetic radiation, redox reactions, and chemistry of vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, enzymes and proteins.

Or others, covering topics such as naming compounds, VSEPR theory, electromagnetic radiation, redox reactions, and chemistry of vitamins, crbohydrates, fats, enzymes and proteins.

Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Alan James Date: November 11, 2008
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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