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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 412
Course Title: Advanced Experimental Chemistry
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 1
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

A course focusing on laboratory problems requiring classical and modern physical principles and inorganic/organometallic synthetic techniques. Includes 1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 306; CHEM 312; CHEM 312L

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.

Course Objectives

  • To increase proficiency in chemistry laboratory techniques and apply them to selected problems.
  • To demonstrate proficiency in presenting scientific results, both orally and in writing.
  • To utilize, refine and build on skills from previous chemistry courses.
  •  To expand skills involving chemical instrumentation, including IR, UVNis, and multinuclear NMR.
  • To devise new experiments and research topics by utilizing the chemical and scientific literature.

    Measurable Learning

  • Apply skills in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate facility with advanced synthetic techniques and characterization methods in inorganic chemistry.
  • Apply advanced physico-chemical and instrumental techniques to experimental problems.
  • Perform experimental chemistry of main-group compounds, coordination compounds, and organometallic compounds.
  • Write effective laboratory reports in the American Chemical Society (ACS} style.
  • Give an effective oral presentation of experimental results.
  • Use modern electronic search techniques to find information on a given chemical topic, compound, synthesis or technique.

    Topical Outline:

  • Experiments may include, but are notlimited to:


  • Determination of Heat of Combustion - Bomb Calorimetry

  • Quantum Mechanical Study of a Series of Conjugated
    Dyes - Particle in a Box
  • Synthesis of Coordination Compounds and Magnetic
  • Multi-step Synthesis of an Organometallic Compound
    and Inert-atmosphere Techniques
  • Synthesis and Study of a 1, 2, 3-Superconductor
  • Synthesis of a Ferroffuid
  • Gas-phase IR Study of DCI and HCI
  • Oral and written presentations
  • Independent projects


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

    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: Frank Somer Date: April 7, 2015
    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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