CH317L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

for FA 2011

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CH 317 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I


FA 2011 HOB


Howell, Donna Kae


Associate Professor of Chemistry


PhD, Louisiana State University

Office Location

SC 105

Office Hours

MWF 10-11, MW 4:20-5:20, TR 1:20-2:20, F 11-12

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 15-December 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Padias, A.B.  Making the Connections 2:  A How-To Guide for Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques.  Hayden McNeil Publishers, is highly recommended.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Lab Notebook (available from CHEM club for $10.00)
Goggles (available from CHEM club for $10.00)

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Course Description:
CH317L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I: 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 and maintaining high expectations for student performance.  I will, to the best of my ability, provide an environment conducive to student learning.
I have an open door policy to students.  Please feel free to stop by and ask questions, or just come in for a chat!  This is especially important if you start feeling overwhelmed or lost.

Class Assessment:

Lab Reports (including prelab activities) will constitute 75% of the grade for the course.
Midterm Exam: 10%
Final Exam 15%


10 Lab Reports -- 100 points each = 1000 points
1 Midterm Exam -- 135 points
1 Final Exam -- 200 points
Lab Reports should follow the outline described on pages 5-16 in the Padias text.  These will be provided for your reference.
The following should be completed in your lab notebook in ink BEFORE coming to the lab:
Date, Title of the Experiment, Objective, Balanced equations (if applicable), introductory section containing any physical constants such as molecular weight, bp, mp, etc., and a bulleted procedure.
During the lab, you should keep your notebook close by and record the operations you perform and observations you make. 
After the lab, you will analyze your results and write a detailed conclusion as outlined on page 12 of the lab textbook. 

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:

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 16 Safety and Check In Pages 1-16
August 23 Melting point, boiling point and refractive index Pages 47-53 and 58-62
August 30  Recrystallization Pages 107-115
September 13 Extraction of Acidic/Basic/Neutral Substances Pages 116-128
September 20 Sublimation Pages 146-149
September 27 Simple Distillation/Fractional Distillation/Refractive Index Pages 130-140
October 4 Thin Layer Chromatography/Column Chromatography Pages 153-165
October 18 UV/Vis of Carotenoids/Chlorophylls Pages 94-97
October 25 Midterm Exam
November 1 Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Pages 98-106 and 167-175
November 8 Infrared Spectroscopy Pages 63-74
November 15 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Pages 75-93
November 22 Review for Final Exam
November 29 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Academic Honesty will be expected at all times!  Even though most experiments will be carried out in pairs, the report must be in your own words.  Data will be the same, but the interpretation of that data must be written in your own words.  For the first offense, the report grades will be divided evenly between the two partners.  Second offense will receive a grade of zero for the lab report for both partners.  A third incidence will be reported to the Academic Dean, the Dean of Student Life and the Provost for disciplinary action.  

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
Missed labs cannot be made up.  One lab a semester will be prorated.

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