CHEM410-001/2                                          Physical Chemistry Laboratory                                                   Spring 2017

Professor Maria C. Gelabert                                                               Sims 314A, x4939

TW 2-4:50 (1 credit hour)                          Google Classroom code: ut917n   Office Hours: M 1-2, TW 9:30-10:30


Lab Schedule

Lab Report Guidelines/Grading

Spring Lab Pedagogy


Course Synopsis and Goals

In this course, experiments are completed that connect with the CHEM408 lecture. Besides laboratory skills, techniques in data collection, error estimation and propagation, calculations, data presentation and scientific writing are practiced. Important corollary skills include keeping a clear, well-organized lab notebook and synthesizing all material into a comprehensive lab report. In addition, this course encourages the use of chemical literature for experimental development and contextualizing results.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate their mastery with the following:

*      Clear pre-lab research on safety, experimental description and raw data;

*      Effective manipulation of data;

*      Appropriate assignment of errors and propagation of those errors;

*      Comparison of experimental results with accepted values and reference citation;

*      Using chemistry literature to broaden discussion of theory and experimental results;

*      Reports that are clearly written, organized, with correct calculations and appropriate citations.


Required Materials

Barrante, Applied Mathematics for Physical Chemistry, 3rd ed.  Prentice Hall

The ACS Style Guide, American Chemical Society 2006 (

Non-spiral composition book, 80-100 pages

safety goggles


Lab Supplies

The bound, non-spiral lab notebook will be used to keep notes on all laboratory work and lab lecture notes as desired.  Use only your lab notebook to write any pre-lab notes, take data, experimental problems and solutions, error analysis, etc.  By the end of the lab experiment, every person should have his or her own original data in their lab notebook. Your lab notes should be clear enough so that anyone can repeat your experiment.  Making thorough notes also facilitates the write-up procedure and helps you get established as a working chemist.


Safety Rules

Safety glasses in the lab at all times (goggles for any splash hazards, lab coat and gloves

No open-toed shoes (yes, this includes sandals and flip-flops)


Students with Disabilities

Winthrop University is dedicated to providing access to education. If you have a disability and require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at 803-323-3290. Once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Disability Services, please inform me as early as possible in the semester.


Student Conduct Code

As noted in the Student Conduct Code: ''Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals.'' The policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy in the online Student Handbook



Grading, Attendance, Syllabus Changes

Each week we will have lab lecture at 2:00 for theory, experimental, data and error analysis or computational details.  In order to receive a passing grade in lab, you must attend 12 out of 13 lab lectures and complete the procedures and get a lab notebook check for 6 out of 7 lab experiments. If you miss a lab experiment for any reason, you MUST contact me no later than 24 hours after your session; only under those circumstances may a makeup lab be scheduled. Any syllabus changes would occur only for rescheduling of experiments. The 100‑point lab grade is broken down as follows:


50 %     Formal Lab Reports (7% each, due one week after)

15 %     Pre-labs (1% each, due at 2:00)

10 %     Notebook Check: at least 10 times (no credit for missing or nonregulation notebooks)

10 %     Attendance, safety, competence and respect for others

15 %     Final Exam, due on Monday, April 25 (format TBD)

–1 %     Per incident involving lack of safety glasses, wearing open-toed shoes, or any other incident judged by the instructor to be unsafe


Minimum letter grades:

100-90                 A, A–

89-80                   B+, B, B–

79-70                   C+, C, C–

69-60                   D

59 and below     F