Welcome to the Home Page of CHEM 108: General Chemistry Lab


Lab Manual: Cooper, M., Cooperative Chemistry Laboratory Manual; 5th edition

Welcome to Chemistry 108, General Chemistry Laboratory. Chemistry is an important science involved in many areas, as chemists seek means to improve the quality of life. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to energy, our health and the environment, chemistry plays a central role. Scientists studying the mysteries of the human body, the future health of our planet, and the farthest reaches of the universe need an understanding of basic chemical principles. It is important to note that our understanding of chemistry has largely been developed through centuries of rigorous laboratory experimentation.

The format of this course may be different from other courses you have encountered. Instead of performing one lab exercise each week, you will become members of a group working on assigned, open-ended projects.

The goals of this course align with the University Level Competency #1- ″Winthrop graduates think critically and solve problems″ and University Level Competency #4- ″Winthrop graduates communicate effectively.″ Students completing this course successfully will:

-Gain experience in working in a group environment

-Gain experience in solving scientific problems by having to plan, execute, evaluate, and present experiments designed in a group setting


-Be introduced to the communication methods scientists use, including the scientific notebook, the scientific paper and oral presentation


-Be introduced to some laboratory and instrumental techniques that scientists use in solving problems

Your group will complete six projects this semester. You will not be graded on how close you come to an answer, but how you plan, execute, evaluate, and present experiments designed by your group.

University-Level Competencies: Competency 1: Winthrop graduates think critically and solve problems.

Winthrop University graduates reason logically, evaluate and use evidence, and solve problems. They seek out and assess relevant information from multiple viewpoints to form well-reasoned conclusions. Winthrop graduates consider the full context and consequences of their decisions and continually reexamine their own critical thinking process, including the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments. Throughout this course, students will work on developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will use their chemistry knowledge to investigate how chemistry is involved in our daily lives.

University-Level Competencies: Competency 4: Winthrop graduates communicate effectively. 

Winthrop University graduates communicate in a manner appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience. They create texts -including but not limited to written, oral, and visual presentations-that convey content effectively. Mindful of their voice and the impact of their communication, Winthrop graduates successfully express and exchange ideas.

General Education Requirements: CHEM 108 and the co-requisite CHEM 106 together fulfill four hours of general education requirement for natural sciences. Listed below are Winthrop′s seven fundamental student-learning outcomes for natural science courses as well as examples of how they will be fulfilled in CHEM 106 and 108.


Students should be:

1.       Conversant with a few fundamental concepts from among the three main areas of natural science, including earth, life, and physical sciences. (met in CHEM 106).

2.       Able to apply the scientific methodologies of inquiry. (e.g., CHEM 108 laboratory exercises and experiments)

3.       Able to discuss the strengths and limitations of science. (met in CHEM 106)

4.       Able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of scientific discovery. (met in CHEM 106)

5.       Able to discuss the social and ethical contexts within which science operates. (e.g., met in CHEM 106).

6.       Able to communicate about scientific subjects including (lab courses only) the defense of conclusions based on one′s own observations. (e.g., CHEM 108 laboratory presentations and experimental project reports)

7.       Able to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to the social sciences and to non-scientific disciplines. (met in CHEM 106)



General Education Writing Requirement: We will meet the writing component of the general education requirement in lab. The general education writing component will be met through various writing assignments in lab, which will include, but not limited to, developing and writing weekly experimental summaries, creating and writing power point presentations and writing lab reports.

Finally, this page provides valuable information. Be sure to review all the information. Your success in this lab will depend on your preparation. Read the background material associated with each cooperative lab project before coming to lab. If you have specific questions, see your lab instructor before coming to lab. You will want to spend your lab time completing the assignment, not deciding what to do!


 Lab Policies

Safety Information


 Lab Schedule

Cooperative Project Lab Notes

Graphing with Excel

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