Chem 311 ‑ Syllabus

Fall ‑ 2009


Prof. David Henderson


Office Cl 129 Labs Cl 128 and 122


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Phone 2514 (If no answer use e-mail or leave message. When I get really busy I do not always check my voice mail but I check my e-mail. DO NOT CALL HOME NUMBER)


Office Hours: M W 1:30-3, T 1:30-5, many other times by appointment


Required Materials:

TEXT: Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 7th Ed. Daniel C. Harris, WH Freeman New York. Print or ebook

Lab Notebook: Bound with duplicate pages (carbon or carbonless)

Lab Manual: Obtain from Chemistry Office $5.00

Lecture Notes Handout –handout of all PowerPoint slides with space for taking notes. – optional Obtain from Chemistry Office $5.00

Calculator capable of least squares calculations and solving quadratic equations (TI 82/83 or comparable.)

Safety Glasses - Obtain from Chemistry office if you don't have them from a previous course.


Warning about plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offense in both the academic and the scientific community. The faculty in this course reserve the right to maintain an archive of submitted lab reports, papers, and other student work and to compare all student work received against that archive, both manually and electronically to identify improper use of the work of others. This includes the use of, Google, and Google Desktop to compare papers. The inclusion of works in this archive and the comparison to a database does not imply any suspicion of improper behavior on the part of any specific student but is done to discourage such behavior by making it highly risky both to those who submit the work of others as their own and for those who allow uncontrolled access to their past work.




Introduction to Course

Analytical chemistry may be the most important chemistry course you will take. The techniques and attention to detail you will learn will be vital both in other courses and also in any employment you undertake in the sciences. The skeptical approach to the literature and to data interpretation will also be used in every aspect of your future study of science.  Careful reading and attention to detail are the single most important features of this course. You are expected to read carefully everything in this syllabus and the detailed syllabus. You are responsible for all assignments and deadlines it contains.

Please read the assigned material before you come to class. Each chapter contains examples and marginal material and you should not consider that you have “read” the chapter until you have worked through all of these. BRING YOUR TEXT TO CLASS EVERY DAY.

A number of problems and exercises at the end of each chapter are assigned. You have not mastered the material until you can do these problems. You should attempt these problems before the class for which they are assigned and use that class to ask questions about problems you cannot do. Some classes will be devoted to solving these problems and similar problems in a group setting to aid in the learning process. Assigned problems will not be handed in for grading. However, short class quizzes may be given using the assigned problems as their basis. Thus, if you have worked the problems, you will quickly do the parts of them selected for the quiz. If you have not previously done the problems, you will find that not enough time is allocated for the quizzes to allow you to figure them out from scratch.

It is not possible to synchronize the lecture and lab portion of the course completely. However, all of the lecture material is directly related to the lab experiments. Furthermore, formal lab reports are generally not due until the relevant material has been covered in lecture. It is assumed that you will be reading material from the text relevant to the lab as needed before it is assigned in this syllabus. Lab policies are covered in the Lab handouts.


Project Lab- One of the most interesting and useful aspects of the course is the Project Lab. This is an opportunity to put all of the course material together and do an analysis project from the initial definition of the problem to the final public presentation of results. A separate document has been prepared with details of the project lab which will walk you through the various stages of the project from start to finish.        Projects may be of several types. Some students will have the opportunity to do Community Service Projects for various neighborhood groups. Other students may have their own ideas for an analysis that they are particularly interested in. Early in the semester we will discuss the projects available and make assignments.


Grading - Tentative assignment of credit for course evaluation


Quizzes, class activities, problem activities, etc                              5

Exams (3 hour exams and final)                                                      50

Lab and Project                                                                                45


Swine Flue Advisory –There is a possibility of serious flu on campus. It is important that you not attend class if you have a fever and a cough which are common flu symptoms. You are expected to attempt to notify me of your illness if possible. One or two of the class activity –quiz category grades will be dropped to allow for reasonable absences. Low exam grade will also be dropped.


Students who have an exam average > 95 after the 3rd hour exam are exempt from the final exam.


All Labs must be done and reports submitted to obtain a passing grade for this course.