Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Course Details

Course Number: 2001  Section Number: 101,102,103, 180

Fall 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 311

Days & Times:

-101   T  1:00-4:50

-102   W  1:00-4:50

-103   R 1:00-4:50

-180   T  5:30-9:20

Course Attachments

CHEM 2001 syllabus  Syllabus.CHEM.2001.fall.2014-20140829-140025.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Christopher A. Hansen   
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Course Objectives

This class provides laboratory experiments to accompany CHEM 2003.  You will learn separation and purification techniques and quantitative methods in organic chemistry.  You will also be introduced to organic synthesis.

Course Expectations

CHEM 1241 and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 2003

Submission Format Policy

Lab Reports: Lab reports will be STAPLED and turned in to the instructor. Prelab reports are due at the start of the lab.  Once a lab is complete you will turn in a post lab and take a quiz over that lab the following lab period.

Pre-Lab consists of sections 1-4.

Post Lab consists of sections 5-8.

Pre labs are to be turned in prior to the start of the experiment.

Post labs are due the following lab period after experiment is complete.


For the Pre Lab write-up (Always include name, date, lab number, etc. on the top of every page):


1.  Main Idea.  Write a brief sentence or two describing what you expected to learn or to accomplish along with a reaction (If applicable).


2.  Reaction(s).  Include all possible reactions that might occur in the lab for that week.  If there is no reaction then write there are no reactions for this lab.


3.  Table of physical constants.  Include a Table of Physicals Constants which should include name of chemicals used or synthesized, MW, mp/bp, density, structure, and any special hazard/cautionary notes.


4. Prelab questions


Two web sites that will assist in chemical property data collection are listed below.

Below is a web site for structures which can be used to obtain spectroscopic data


For the Post lab write-up (Always include name, date, lab number, etc. on the top of every page):


5.  Data and observations.  This is the procedure section.  As you perform your lab write down in your lab book the methods you are doing and data you are obtaining.  For any melting or boiling point that you measure, the literature value should also be reported.  The spectra obtained should be labeled and stapled (IR, NMR, UV) to the back of your report.


6.  Calculations.  This section must include all calculations.  Be sure to label all calculations clearly.


7.  Conclusions.  This is especially important for investigative type experiments.  Discuss results obtained with respect to anticipated findings, any errors that may have caused your results to deviate from what was expected, and any side reactions that may have decreased yields. Summarize what you learned.  Discuss your data!!!!!!!!


8.  Post lab Questions.  Answer the post lab questions from the experiment.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Discuss with professor individually

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

For attendance -- All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related student responsibilities, rights and activities

Other Policies

Your lab final will be given on your lab day during the last week of classes (Nov 17).

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.