CH317L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

for FA 2007

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CH 317 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I


FA 2007 HO


Howell, Donna Kae


Assistant Professor of Chemistry


PhD, Chemistry, Louisiana State University

Office Location

SC 306

Office Hours

MW 1:30 - 3:30, TR 11-12

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 6:15 PM

Credit Hours


Organic Experiments, 9th edition, Williamson.

Additional Resources:

Laboratory Notebook (available from Chem. Club for $10)
Goggles (available from Chem. Club for $10)

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Course Description:
Introduction to lab techniques in organic chemistry; extraction, purification, and chromatographic analysis. Basic qualitative analysis of functional groups and separation of compounds of different functional groups. Co requisite: CH317. 0:4:1

Educational Philosophy:

I believe in supporting student learning while maintaining high expectations for student achievement.  I will, to the best of my ability, facilitate an environment conducive to learning. 
I have an open door policy to students.  Please feel free to come in and ask questions, or just stop by for a chat.  This is especially important if you start feeling overwhelmed or lost. 

Class Assessment:
Lab reports, quizzes and final exam.


Lab reports (including prelab activities) will constitute 75% of the grade for the course.
Quizzes 15%
Final Exam 10%
Lab report format (in order, 100 points total):
Must be completed before lab:
Title (3 points)
References (5 points)
Introduction and Background (5 points)
Safety considerations -- Use MSDS, your text, CRC handbook to determine. Also include environmental impact and disposal methods.  (10 points)
Brief, bulleted procedure (7 points)
To be completed during the lab:
Data and observations (initialled at end of lab period by instructor - 20 points)
To be completed after the lab:
Results and Conclusions (30 points)
Error analysis and recommendations to improve experiment (20 points)
Quizzes be 50% from the previous lab and 50% from the experiment for that day.  This is to encourage pre-lab preparation.
 Final Exam will be cumulative and given the last week of classes.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.  Only SERIOUS exceptions will be considered (i.e. death in family, illness requiring a doctor's visit, etc.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Safety First!  Anyone not following the safety guidelines will be asked to leave without points.
Respect for each other and the instructor will be expected at all times. 
Cell phones should be turned off or put to silent mode prior to entering the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

August 23 -- Safety and check in.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 1-31.
August 30 -- Melting point determination.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 50-55.
September 6 -- Recrystallization.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 32-49.
September 13 --  Decolorization of Brown Sugar and Sublimation.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 45, 98-102.
September 20 --  Boiling point (simple distillation) and index of refraction.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 57-63, 65-72.
September 27 --  Fractional Distillation.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 65-75.
October 4 -- Extraction 1:  Separation of Acidic Substances.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 103-116.
October 11 -- Extraction 2:  Caffeine from Tea.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 103-118.
October 25 -- Thin-Layer Chromatography.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 123-137.
November 1 -- Column Chromatography.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 138-141.
November 8 -- Infrared Spectroscopy.  Text reading assignment:  Pages 155-169.
November 15 -- NMR Spectroscopy.  THIS IS A WORKSHEET.  Text reading assignment:  177-183
November 29 -- Review for Final Exam
December 6 -- Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Though you will be working in pairs in the lab, each student will write his or her own lab report.  The data will obviously be the same, but the interpretation of that data and presentation of results must be individual.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Only one lab will be prorated a semester.  Please only miss class when ABSOLUTELY necessary.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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