2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

CHM 235L - General Organic Chemistry I Lab

CHM 2235.
Description: Laboratory techniques and practice with emphasis on separations, purification, synthesis and spectroscopic identification of organic structures. For science majors and pre-professional students.

Prerequisites: CHM 235  (may be taken concurrently). Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 1
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Purification of Organic Molecules: separations, extraction, distillation, chromatography, and recrystallization
  2. Synthesis of organic compounds
  3. Functional groups and infrared spectroscopy
  4. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  5. Laboratory notebooks
  6. Scientific reports
  7. Organic laboratory glassware, equipment, instrumentation and techniques

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (1-6) 

a. Solve chemical problems associated with synthetic pathways and mechanisms of reaction.
b. Draw conclusions regarding physical and chemical phenomena through evaluation of data and observations.

  1. Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (5, 6) 

a. Use appropriate scientific vocabulary (verbal and written) to describe and/or identify chemical phenomena associated with organic laboratory techniques.
b. Write mechanistic diagrams that represent the step-by-step progress of organic reactions using accepted nomenclature and symbols.
c. Document the ongoing and final efforts associated with laboratory projects.

  1. Interpret the numerical and graphical presentation of scientific data. (3-6)

a. Use data to support a conclusion or interpretation.
b. Use spectroscopic analysis to identify organic structures.

  1. Use the tools and equipment necessary for research in the organic chemistry laboratory. (1-4, 7)
  2. Record the results of investigation through writing. (5, 6)

Required Assessment:
  1. All CHM 235 students will maintain a portfolio of work in the form of a laboratory notebook. The notebook will document all laboratory efforts including any plots of spectroscopic, chromatographic or other comuter generated data. Students will prepare one report in the style of a professional chemistry publication. In all cases the required assessment measures will be outlined on the course syllabus.