General Chemistry II - Lab

General Chemistry II - Lab


Summer 2013
07/08/2013 - 08/13/2013

Course Information

Section 004
MWF 08:00 - 10:30
RGC1 318
Ya-Ping Huang

Office Hours

  • M W
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    RGC 319.1
    appointment only
  • T Th
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    RGC 319.1
  • T Th
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    RGC 319.1
  • F
    3::00 pm - 4:00 pm
    RGC 319.1
    appointment only

Course Requirements

Course Description:

The course is the laboratory to accompany CHEM 1312 lecture. Emphasis is placed on techniques, properties and reactions, and reinforcing principles offered in the lecture portion of the course.


CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111 and MATH 1314 with a grade of C or better. Corequisites: CHEM 1312

Required Texts/Materials:

1. Lab manual: Chemical Principles in the Laboratory, ACC Custom Edition, by Slowinski, Wolsey &


2. A scientific calculator, to be used in lab and quiz.



There are 12 labs to be performed, lab grades are made of pre-lab, lab reports and lab quiz.

Detailed lab grading:

    11 Labs x 16 pts each (based on write-up, results)                                                176 pts

      9 Pre-labs (advanced study assignment, 3 pts each)                                             27 pts

     11 Lab follow-up questions (typed, 2 pts each)                                                     22 pts

         Discretionary points (technique, preparation, on-time record)                            15 pts

     ?  Lab quiz                                                                                                                60 pts


Total                                                                                                                        300 pts

      A if > or = 90% (270 points)                      B if > or =  80% (240 points)

      C if > or = 70% (210 points)                     D if > or =      60% (180 points)           F if < 60% (180 points)

  1. Pre-labs (the advanced study assignment) are due at the beginning of the lab unless instructed otherwise. You must show calculation for answers. If you have difficulty with pre-lab, you can replace it with a typed prelab write-up (including purpose and procedure) for reduced credit.
  2. Lab report is made of the following two parts and is due at the next lab period.
  3. The data and calculation pages from the lab book. Data must be recorded in ink at the time of experiment. Attach a sheet of calculation to support your answer.Data page must be signed by lab instructor when you finish the lab. Unsigned lab report will not be accepted.
  4. Lab follow-up questions: refer to lab follow-up questions (download from Blackboard) for each lab 


Students should read the corresponding experiment from the lab manual/Blackboard according to lab schedule shown below

Week of ...


Experiment #


July 8










Exp. 28

Lab Safety, Orientation and Techniques




Determination of Iron by Reaction with Permanganate


July 15






Exp. 47


Exp. 19


Exp. 20

Determination of the Hardness of Water


Rates of Chemical Reactions II. A Clock Reaction


Chemical Equilibrium—Le Châtelier’s Principle


July 22






Exp. 21


Exp. 23


Exp. 51

Determination of Equilibrium Constant (Method I)


pH Measurements—Buffers and their Properties


Acid-Base Titration Using the pH Meter (no prelab)


July 29






Handout (Blackboard)


Exp. 52


Exp. 54

Determination of the Solubility Product of Ca(OH)2




Voltaic Cells (no prelab)


August 5






Exp. 53


Exp. 41


Exp. 41 cont’d

Synthesis of Some Coordination Compounds (Parts A&C)


Preparation of Aspirin


Finish Preparation of Aspirin


August 12




Lab Glassware Clean-up

Course Subjects

The subjects of the lab closely matched the subjects covered in Chemistry II lecture, CHEM 1312, to provide learning experinece to supplement topices learned in lecture.

  1. Theories of chemical reactions:

             I.  kinetics:                   Expt. 19: Rates of Chemical Reactions

            II.  chemical equilibria, Expts 21:  Equilibrium Constant  

                                                Expt. 20: Le Châtelier’s principle 

            III.  thermodynamics.   Expt. 52:Enthalpy

      2.  acid-base and buffers,  Expt. 23: Buffer and their Property 

                                                Expt. 51: Acid Base Titration

      3. Solubility equilibrium,     Expt. : Solubility Product of  Ca(OH)

      4. Redox titration:               Expt. 28: Iron Reaction with Permanganate  

      5. Electrochemistry:          Expt .54: Voltaic cell

      6. coordination compounds:Expt. 53: Coordination Compounds  

     7.  Introductions to organic chemistry.Expt. 41: preparation of aspirin

     8. miscellaneous application: Expt. 47:  Water Hardness 

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

CHEM 1112 – General Chemistry II  Lab Skill Objectives

In addition to supplement learning in lecture, students will be able to perform the following lab skills:

  1. Read NFPA, HMIS labels and understand the hazard of chemicals used
  2. Transfer sample to balance for weighing and tare the balance
  3. Measure temperature with a thermometer
  4. Correctly read a meniscus and accurately measure a liquid volume
  5. Light and adjust Bunsen burners
  6. Correctly use a hot plate
  7. Observe and interpret chemical reactions: color change, temperature change, precipitate formation, and gas evolution
  8. Perform a gravity and vacuum filtration to separate liquids from solids
  9. Use capillary tubes to transfer liquid samples used in paper chromatography
  10. Use a buret to perform a standard titration and observe color change to define the end point of the titration
  11. Use centrifuge and decanting techniques to separate solids from liquids
  12. Use a coffee cup calorimeter to measure heat flow
  13. Measure volume of a liquid using a graduated pipet
  14. Use a Vortex mixer for mixing solutions
  15. Use a spectrophotometer to measure absorbance of a solution
  16. Calibrate a pH meter with buffers and measure pH with the meter
  17. Use Mel-Temp to determine melting points
  18. Set up a voltaic cell and use a voltmeter to measure voltage
  19. Perform neutralization reactions on collected reaction mixtures for safe disposal
  20. Graph experimental results and calculate slope of a line from raw data 

course policy

Course policies

  1. Check Blackboard. Many lab procedures are modified. They will be available on Blackboard about four days before the lab until 8 am (for morning session) 12pm (for afternoon session) on the day of the lab. Please download it before lab. You will be responsible for procedure modification on lab quizzes. Your lab grade will be posted periodically on Blackboard .

      2. Missed exam policy: There will be pop quizzes throughout the semester. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped.  

          The average of the remaining quizzes will be your quiz grade, which accounts for 20% of lab grade.  

      3. Policy about late work (if applicable)

          Late advance study assignment will not be accepted

          Late lab report will be accepted up to 1 week late with 2 points penalty per lab period 

     4. Attendance policy

         Students will not be allowed to participate in the lab if it’s more than 15 minutes late. Students are encouraged to

         participate  in classes and discussions. Detailed attendance records will be kept for each student. No make-up lab

         will be granted. You will get zero for a missed lab. Your lowest lab grade (out of 12 Labs) will be dropped.

    5. Class Participation policy:

        Students are expected to perform their own experiment (no partner) in the lab unless told otherwise. If worked

        together, the  grade will be divided by the number of students involved. Failure to observe lab safety rules

        (discussed separately) after being warned will disqualify a student for that lab period (and a zero grade for that lab).

    6. Student must purchase their own ANSI approved safety goggles or safety glasses stamped with Z87 prior to the

        first  lab work

    7. Statement on Lab Safety

“Health and safety are paramount values in science classrooms, laboratories and field activities. Students are expected to learn, understand and comply with environmental, health and safety (EHS) procedures and protocols, and must agree to abide by the ACC science safety policy. Students are expected to conduct themselves with appropriate professional behavior and with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending all activities. Specific safety information for each activity will be discussed at the beginning of the activity. For those activities that require specific safety training, a student who is late and misses the safety training will not be able to participate in the activity.

The comprehensive science safety policy can be found at:”

 8.   Student Insurance Statement

  • Students enrolled in lab and field courses are covered by student insurance if they are injured as a result of the lab or field activity.
  • Procedures regarding student insurance will be covered in your safety training.
  • If a student withdraws from class, then he/she is no longer covered by insurance 

Attendance/Class Participation

Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance is expected of all students. If attendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor may withdraw students from the class.

Withdrawal Policy

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decides to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary. If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the Final Withdrawal Date (August 7, 2013). The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their records.

Students who enroll for the third or subsequent time in a course taken since Fall, 2002, may be charged a higher tuition rate, for that course.

State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the ACC college catalog.


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College Policy

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Student Discipline Policy

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