LAB Schedule and Guidelines

LAB SCHEDULING The laboratory will operate on a semi-open lab policy. That is - lab work is possible at times other than and including the officially scheduled lab period. As you all have had 2+ years of training in Chemistry, it is expected that you can work safely with a minimum of supervision.

Mondays 1 pm - 5 pm

Laboratory will be open for inspection of equipment and instruments. Use this time to plan your procedure and be sure you understand the instrument operating instructions. There will be NO experimentation during this period.

Tuesdays 1 pm - 5 pm

Regular Lab Period.

Thursdays 1 pm - 5 pm

Open lab period. Use this time to complete any lab work not finished on Tuesday. This may also be considered a make-up period if Tuesday lab is missed. Please note that the teaching assistant will not always be available to supervise, so arrangements for any substantial experimentation during this period must be made with the teaching assistant in advance.

You will be challenged to complete the experiments within a single lab period. Please be prepared to make liberal use of the additional lab time.


Jan. 28 I UV-Visible spectrometry (Handout)
Feb. 4 II Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (Handout)
Feb. 11 III Fluorescence Spectrometry (Handout)
Feb. 18 Colloquium  
Feb. 25 IV Capillary GC/ Temperature Programming (Handout)
Mar. 4 V GC - Linear Free Energy Relationships (Handout)
Mar. 11 VI GC/MS (Handout)
Mar. 18 Colloquium  
Apr. 1 VII HPLC Qualitative Analysis (Handout)
Apr. 8 VIII HPLC Quantitative Analysis by Fluorescence (Handout)
Apr. 15 IX Supercritical Fluid Extraction (Handout)
Apr. 22 Colloquium  
Apr. 29   Additional Lab

Laboratories will be performed on a rotating schedule with the class divided into three groups. Three experiments will run concurrently each week.

It is unavoidable that the lecture and laboratory will not move at the same pace, nor cover subjects in the same order. It is therefore imperative that you act as a student and learn as much as you can about each experiment through reading BEFORE you come to the lab. Be sure to read the appropriate chapters in the lecture text and the lab description before performing an experiment an experiment.

Colloquiums is a form of practical examination. You will be asked to show your lab reports, explain used instrumentation, lab methodology, and solve several problems.