CHEM410-001/2                                          Physical Chemistry Laboratory                                                   Spring 2018

Professor Maria C. Gelabert                                                               Sims 314A, x4939

TW 2-4:50 (1 credit hour)                                      Lab Schedule                          Office Hours: M 1-2, TW 9:30-10:30



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:

Š         Pre-laboratory understanding of chemical safety/hygiene, experimental description and raw data;

Š         Effective collection and analysis of data;

Š         Appropriate assignment of errors and propagation of those errors;

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

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

Š         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


Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access

Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility (OA) at 803-323-3290, or, Please inform me as early as possible, once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Accessibility.


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 of the Student Handbook. In this course, the constructive exchange of data analysis procedure and interpretation is expected and encouraged. However, all submitted writing should be your original writing. If no writing is ever exchanged between individuals, and if absolutely nothing from any source is ‘copied and pasted’, there should be no problem.