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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 112L
Course Title: Chemistry II Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement CHEM 112 to include the qualitative analysis of compounds. $40 lab fee. Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM 111L with a grade of C or higher.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM 111L with a grade of C or higher.

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

Laboratory Manual for 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)
Inquiries into Chemistry
By M. Abraham et. al. (Waveland Press, Inc.)
Course Objectives
  • To use basic techniques of experimental chemistry.
  • To illustrate and verify the principles learned in CHEM 112.
    Measurable Learning

  • Utilize all skills from CHEM 111L
  • Determine the specific heat of a metal and its approximate molar mass.
  • Determine the enthalpy of reaction for a reaction in aqueous solution.
  • Explain the process of electroplating.
  • List factors that affect the rates of chemical reactions.
  • Determine the rate law of a chemical reaction.
  • Utilize graphical analysis of experimental data.
  • Compute absorptivity using Beer’s Law and determine the concentration of an unknown using the spectrophotometric method.
  • Perform titrations.
  • Perform qualitative analysis.

    Topical Outline:
  • Safety
  • Calorimetry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Kinetics
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Coordination complexes
  • Synthesis
  • Organic compounds
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Polymers
  • Volumetric analysis
    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

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    Prepared by: Alan James Date: November 6, 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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