Course Details – Chemistry 211 – Fall 2011
Instructors Lecture Section
Prof. Michael Serpe, Room W4-19A A2: CCIS L1 160 MWF 1-1:50
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Please use eClass for regular inquiries
Dr. Eric Flaim, Room TBA A1: Chem E1-60 MWF 10-10:50
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Office Hours: Michael Serpe: T 1:00-2:30, R 9:00-10:30 or by appointment in W4-19A.
Eric Flaim: M 11:00-12:30, W 1:00-2:30 or by appointment.
Gregory Kiema: T & R, 10:00-12:00 or by appointment in W2-03A.
Laboratory Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Kiema, Room W2-03A, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Description: Principles, methods, and experimental applications emphasizing solution
phase equilibria, titrimetry, volumetric laboratory skills, and evaluation of experimental data.
Includes examples of organic and inorganic analysis.
Prerequisites: CHEM 102/105 or SCI 100
Required Textbook: D.C. Harris Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th edition. Purchase of the
Solutions Manual for text is OPTIONAL.
Lab Manual: Required, obtain from the University Bookstore.
Lab Starts: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM for those with a Friday lab.
Lecture Website: eClass accessible at http://www.elearning.ualberta.ca/
Lab Website: http://www.chem.ualberta.ca/undergrad.html and follow the links for Courses and
What I want the students of CHEM 211 to learn (Objectives):
How to identify a problem (a question).
To identify the best way to answer the question (what analysis will give the desired
How to prepare the sample and associated equipment (glassware, etc.) such that the
best answer can be obtained.
How to perform measurements using proper quantitative analysis techniques.
How to analyze, present and report data.
How to draw conclusions based on the experimental evidence.
What I want the students of CHEM 211 to appreciate:
Being careful, clean, diligent, and meticulous matters! No matter how small the resulting
error may seem, the actual error may be quite large.
Consistency matters! Perform analysis the same way every time.
Details matter! We are learning to be analytical.
Being careful is better than being fast (within reason). Work on developing proper lab
technique first then work on being fast.
Efficiency matters. Having a plan, and sticking to it, will allow more work to be
The physical meaning behind the analysis, this way the results make sense.
Grading: Midterm – 25%
Lab Work – 35%
Final Exam – 40%
The final percentage grade will be converted to a letter grade. Grade assignment will
be based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in the
course. The GPA in CHEM 211 for 2010 was approximately 2.9. Historically, GPA’s
will range by 0.2.
Mid-Term Exam: This will be a 50-minute exam written in class Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
It will cover assigned readings, lectures, suggested problems and experiments. Sample exams
will be posted on eClass. Weight is 25% of course grade.
Final Exam*: This will be a three-hour written exam. It will cover the entire course material.
Sample exams will be posted on eClass. Weight is 40% of course grade. Location TBD.
Morning Section (A1): 9 AM, Monday, December 19, 2011.
Afternoon Section (A2): 2 PM, Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
*Students must verify these dates/times and location on BearTracks when the final exam
schedule is posted.
Note: Practice midterm and final exams will be made available on eClass.
Excused Absences and Deferred Exams: SEE PINK HANDOUT
Academic Integrity: The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of
academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards
regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect.
Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of
Student Behaviour (online at www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/secretariat/studentappeals.cfm) and
avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism,
misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious
offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
All forms of dishonesty are unacceptable at the University. Any offense will be reported to the
Senior Associate Dean of Science who will determine the disciplinary action to be taken.
Cheating, plagiarism and misrepresentation of facts are serious offenses. Anyone who engages
in these practices will receive at minimum a grade of zero for the exam or paper in question and
no opportunity will be given to replace the grade or redistribute the weights. As well, in the
Faculty of Science the sanction for cheating on any examination will include a disciplinary
failing grade (no exceptions) and senior students should expect a period of suspension or
expulsion from the University of Alberta.
EXAMS: Your student photo I.D. is required at exams to verify your identity. Students will not
be allowed to begin an examination after it has been in progress for 30 minutes. Students must
remain in the exam room until at least 30 minutes has elapsed. Electronic equipment, other than
calculators, cannot be brought into examination rooms and hats should not be worn.
CELL PHONES: Cell phones are to be turned off during lectures, labs and seminars. Cell
phones are not to be brought to exams.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students who require accommodation in this course due to a
disability are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support & Disability Services (2-
800 Students’ Union Building).
ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTRE: Students who require additional help in developing strategies
for better time management, study skills or examination skills should contact the Academic
Support Centre (http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/academicsupport/). Additional tutorial services
are available through the Math & Applied Sciences Centre (http://www.ualberta.ca/~masc/).
Note: Recording is permitted ONLY with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording
is part of an approved accommodation plan.
Policy about course outlines can be found in section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.
Disclaimer: Any typographical errors in this Course Outline are subject to change and will be
announced in class. The date of the final examination is set by the Registrar and takes
precedence over the final examination date reported in this syllabus.
CHEM 211 Topics
Lecture Subject Outline: Analytical Balance
Statistics of Small Numbers
Titration of Strong and Weak Monoprotic Acids and Bases
Buffers and Acid-Base Indicators
Titration of Polyprotic Acids, Bases and Mixtures
Complexation in Analysis
Oxidation-Reduction in Analysis
Sampling and Sample Preparation (if time permits)
Discussion of Experiments (throughout the term)