Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 2210L – 20092 Spring 2009
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein, "But not in Lab!" - Dr. Grow
"It ain't what you don't know that's bad, it's what you do know that ain't right" - Will Rodgers
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Grow
Office: 9722 Phone: 484-1101
Office Hours: Posted on Office Door or by appointment.
Text: The Student’s Lab Companion by John W. Lehman
Student Lab Notebook with Permanent Binding by Hayden McNeil Specialty Products
(Other notebooks are NOT allowed.)
Web-based Material: Copies of the syllabus, schedule, and other course-related materials are
available on-line at http://itech.pjc.edu/tgrow/2210lab.html .
Class Schedule: Room 1774, 1:00 – 1:30 PM Monday or Tuesday (Pre-Lab)
Room 2114, 1:30 – 3:50 PM Monday or Tuesday
(Laboratory - Glasses and Aprons Required)
Laboratory Reports, Quizzes, and the Lab Practical:
In order to do well in organic chemistry lab, you must put in time, sweat, tears and, if you're not
careful in lab, probably some blood and flesh. You will probably also be "confused" some of the
time, and that is entirely normal. We will attempt to keep the confusion under control and at the same
time continue to study organic chemistry. One cannot study organic chemistry, a truly cumulative
science, and not keep up with the reading and problem assignments. I am assuming that you will read
your laboratory manual BEFORE pre-lab discussions and that you already know the nature and
procedures of the experiment assigned for that period. All of you, as science majors, should be
developing study skills that allow you to read and assimilate information without formal classroom
discussion. To measure your preparation and understanding in organic chemistry lab on a weekly
basis, I will give a 10 or 15 point, 10 minute in-class or online quiz each week covering the material
discussed during the previous lab and over the principles of the lab for that week. The quizzes will
count for a significant portion of your lab grade, so be prepared.
If you are having problems with the assignments, quizzes, or labs, I expect you to come and see me
about your problems. I cannot help you unless you come and talk with me. I have office hours
posted on my door and am available for help during these times. Take advantage of this free help
from the person who writes the quizzes, it may surprise you how much it can help!
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An important component of this course is the Internet. You may find links on my PJC web sites at
http://itech.pjc.edu/tgrow/2210lab.html and http://itech.pjc.edu/tgrow/2210tom.html. Utilize these
Your grades will be determined by adding your quiz grades, your grades on mid-term and final lab
exams, and your report grades together, along with a subjective technique grade worth 10% of your
final grade. Quizzes and lab exams and spectroscopy problem sets count for about 2/3 of your grade,
reports and technique count for about 1/3. My grading scale is as follows:
90 - 100% A 88 - 89% B+ 80 - 87% B 78 - 79% C+
70 - 77% C 65 - 69% D+ 55 - 64% D <55% F
When you come to pre-lab you will have completed a handwritten original and carbon copy of all
procedures and information needed for the lab that day. You will turn in the copy for approval at the
beginning of the pre-lab. If your preparation is not approved, you will not be allowed to attend
lab and will receive a zero for that lab. You may only bring your original to the lab and may not
bring handouts or your lab text. If you discover that you have not prepared properly, you may “buy”
access to the lab text or handout. Each request for access will cost you 5% of your labs total grade.
Because you will have to have all the information necessary to do the lab written down prior to lab,
there is no way you can do this properly if you wait until the day of lab to begin to prepare. Students
who come to lab after the pre-lab has begun will NOT be allowed to attend lab. Each lab preparation
is worth 10 points.
Because you will have read about and written down everything you need for the lab each week, I will
not present lengthy pre-lab lectures. At the beginning of pre-lab you will be given a short quiz that
covers the material for the lab that day and the lab you completed the previous week. You are
expected to be able to perform any calculations that relate to the labs and will be required to do these
calculations using sample data supplied on the quiz. No make-up quizzes will be given and you will
receive a zero if you miss the quiz or are late for pre-lab. Each lab quiz is worth 10 points.
During each lab, you be collecting data and completing the lab packet data and calculation sheets, and
additional sheets given to you at the beginning of each experiment. Because we do not ask that you
turn in formal lab reports (Thank your lucky stars.), it is important that the material you do turn in is
completed properly. After you have completed the laboratory exercise and have completely filled in
the data sheet, you should then complete the calculations required for the lab. The only materials you
will turn in to me will be these data and calculation sheets. All materials are due at 1:00 PM or
600PM on the day of the next regularly scheduled lab meeting following the lab period that we
completed the experiment. All papers MUST BE STAPLED together and your name should be on
every page. I will not accept reports not stapled together (No, I don't have one you can borrow.). If
you turn in a report after lab begins, you will lose 20% of your possible grade. You have one week to
turn in any late lab, after that you will receive a zero on the lab. Each report is worth 10-30 points.
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Because you are normally only asked to turn in completed, pre-prepared sheets, they must be done
properly if you wish to earn all possible points. Your reports are checked for the following:
Completeness -- Did you answer all questions and complete all tables and charts?
Correctness -- How close to the known values were your results?
Significant Figures -- Did you follow significant figures rules throughout all calculations?
Instructions -- Did you follow the instructions and answer the right questions?
Neatness -- Can I find your answers without spending an hour examining your report?
Units -- Did ALL data collected and calculations performed have the proper units included?
Spectra -- If your data collection included a spectrum of your compound, each student will
need to turn in a copy of the spectrum with your own analysis of the spectrum.
Copies of the analysis will not be acceptable: do your own work!
Evidence of Copied Work -- I will not tolerate any copying of another student’s work.
There are lots of ways to lose points, so it is difficult to get a perfect grade unless you take the time to
carefully follow all instructions and complete all the work properly. Chemistry is a science that
depends upon careful experimentation and calculation. Now is the time to start to learn these skills.
Since you will be working with a partner, it is normal that you might work together on the write-up.
However, answers to every question except for data values should be your own work and not a group
effort. If I see two identical answers, you will both receive zeros on the work!
Because you have a whole week to complete your lab reports, I will not answer any questions about
the previous week’s lab the day the lab reports are due. Do not wait until the last minute to prepare
your lab report.
During the term you will be given a mid-term and a final exam that cover the theory and techniques
you should learn in the organic laboratory. There will be an in-lab “practical” component to the final
exam in which you will be required to demonstrate your ability to set up and carry out specific
laboratory techniques. In the written portion of both exams you be expected to perform any
calculations that you have had to do for any labs you have completed at that point.
These calculations include, but are not limited to, the following:
Theoretical and % yield of a reaction
Mole fraction for mass or volume data
Densities from mass and volume data
Mole fraction and mass percentage from areas under GC curves
Relative reactivity of hydrogen atoms in free radical halogenation reactions
Partition coefficient and the distribution of a solute between immiscible phases
Calculations involving NMR and Mass spectrometry
Class Attendance and Make-Up Labs:
Pre-Lab begins at 1:00PM sharp and I expect you to be on time. Any student who wanders into class
late and interrupts the class by walking in front of Dr. Grow will be asked to leave the room. Class
attendance is required and any student missing more than 2 labs before the "last day to withdraw"
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(April 3rd ) may be dropped from the course. The reason for this strict policy is simply that students
who miss classes do not succeed in chemistry. If you must be absent from a lab, you should call and
let me know that you will be absent and when you will return. The only exceptions to the drop policy
are arranged by discussion with me prior to the 3rd absence. Any student who has withdrawn from
lecture must also withdraw from the laboratory course. Failure to withdraw from lab will result
in the assignment of a grade of “F” for the lab.
It is the policy of the College that students who are still registered in a class after the “last day to
withdraw” will receive a grade in the class and NOT a “W”.” It is the responsibility of the student
to make sure that if they wish to receive a “W” grade in a course that they withdraw themselves
from the course before this date. Instructors cannot issue instructor withdrawals for any students
after the “last day to withdraw” (See page 44 of the PJC catalog). The excuse “I didn’t know my
instructor couldn’t or wouldn’t withdraw me” will not be adequate to result in a change of an
assigned grade to a “W.” Students who stop attending lecture after the last day to withdraw will
receive an “early” F in BOTH lecture and lab. This may result in a request from the provider to return
financial aid you may have received.
If you miss a lab period, you may be able make up the lab. Depending upon the lab assignment, it is
sometimes possible to make up a missed lab during the next lab period. For many labs this is not
possible. It is also possible that I will allow you to get data from your lab partner and still write up
the lab. You still must turn in the pre-lab write-up and the data sheet. There is a penalty for missing a
lab and it is not possible to make up these missed points. If you miss 2 labs you will receive a zero
on the second lab. Check with me as soon as you return to see if a make-up is possible.
All cell phones, beepers, and pagers are to be turned off while you are in class. If your cell phone,
pager, or beeper goes off in class you will immediately be asked to leave the class (no exceptions) and
will not be allowed to return to the class that day. If you actually answer your cell phone in class you
will be asked to leave the class and will not be allowed to return until you have met with both the
instructor and Peter Wilkin, the Director of Student Life.
If you sleep in class, put your head down on the desk while the instructor is presenting material, yawn
in an obvious and disruptive manner, get up and wander around, or otherwise disrupt the class you
will be given one warning and, if the behavior is repeated, be asked to leave the class for the day. If
you cannot stay awake in class it is suggested that you go home and get some sleep. If you must yawn,
show a little class and cover your mouth. The use of portable computers, games, headphones, text
messaging devices, and other such electronic equipment is NOT allowed in class.
The policy at PJC states that food and drinks are not allowed in lab under any circumstances.
In the event that you come into conflict with the instructor in this course, complaining to your friends
or other faculty, or staff will not solve the problem. You should follow the procedure below to
resolve the conflict.
1. Contact the instructor and explain your complaint to see if a quick resolution to the
problem can be achieved.
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2. If you feel you cannot talk to the instructor or are not satisfied with the response of the
instructor, contact the Chairman of the Department of Physical Sciences, Dr. Ed Stout
(Bldg. 97, Phone 484-1106), and explain the situation.
3. If your discussions with the Chairman do not resolve the issue, you may contact the
Provost of the Pensacola Campus, Dr. Jeff Cantor at 484-1158.
You should understand that the College will make every effort to resolve any problems you may have
with any instructor. You should also understand that the College cannot help you unless you inform
the appropriate personnel who are in a position to help in the resolution of conflicts.
Students requiring classroom accommodations or modifications because of documented disability
should contact Disability Student Serves (DSS) at 484-1637 at the beginning of the term so that the
instructor can be notified.
It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus.
However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this
syllabus and schedule are subject to change. When possible, you will be notified of any change in
advance of its occurrence.
Global Learning Outcomes & Objectives
I. Critical thinking - Students will develop the ability to evaluate the validity of their own and other’s
ideas through questioning and analyzing, and the skill to synthesize the results into the creative
a. Evaluate contextual, numerical and graphical data for validity.
b. Define, analyze, and devise solutions for new and different word problems.
II. Scientific and Mathematical Literacy - Students will apply the understanding of natural or
behavioral scientific principles and methods as well as mathematical concepts and methods to solve
abstract and practical problems.
a. Read, write, listen to and speak the language of the sciences.
b. Apply principles of scientific inquiry to real world situations.
c. Understand the history of science and recognize that scientific paradigms are continually
III. Information Management - Students will use effective strategies to collect, verify,
document, and manage information from a variety of sources.
a. Understand how scientific information is organized.
b. Use information-seeking strategies necessary to access information efficiently and
c. Use appropriate technology to enhance scientific thinking and understanding.
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