Chem 154 Laboratories                                    Fall 2018

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What you need to know before attending your first lab....

Lab sessions commence Friday September 10th in room FR306

A handout with more information will be provided at your first lecture session.

You can download a pdf copy of this handout by clicking the above pdf icon. It will open in a new tab or window.

Instructional VideoInstructional videos are available via our YouTube channel. Videos specific to laboratory techniques and equipment in selected experiments can be accessed by clicking on the icon in the laboratory schedule below. All videos have been tested on our website using Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari and are viewable on a PC, Mac or mobile device, including iPad and iPhone. We have been unable to get the videos to load using Firefox. If your browser is Firefox, please view the videos using Internet Explorer from within a campus computer lab or access them via our YouTube channel.

Pre/Post-Lab Tutorial LinkAlso available are tutorials relating to selected study guide problems and treatment of results,as given in the current laboratory manual. These may also be accessed by clicking on the icon in the laborabory schedule below.

Chem 154 Laboratory Schedule  

Sep 14 Exp 0   Orientation to the Laboratory Instructional Video Link Pre/Post-Lab Tutorial Link Short
Sep 21 Exp 1.1   Gravimetric Analysis - Carbonate sample Instructional Video Link Pre/Post-Lab Tutorial Link Short
Sep 28 Exp 1.2   Gravimetric Analysis - Sulphate Sample   Short
Oct 05 Exp 2.1   Titrimetric Analysis - Vinegar Sample Instructional Video LinkPre/Post-Lab Tutorial Link Short
Oct 12 Exp 2.2   Titrimetric Analysis - Unknown Acid Instructional Video LinkPre/Post-Lab Tutorial Link Short
Oct 19 Exp 3    Spectroscopy  (in lab room FR308)           Pre/Post-Lab Tutorial Link Short
Oct 26 NO CHEM 154 LAB SESSION    
Nov 02 Exp 4.1   Kinetics - Method of Initial Rates Instructional Video Link FULL
Nov 09 NO CHEM 154 LAB SESSION but Full Report is due sometime this week.    
Nov 16 Exp 4.2   Kinetics - Integrated Rate Laws Short
Nov 23 Exp 5  Equilibrium Short
Nov 30 Exp 6   Thermochemistry   Short
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Laboratory Attendance

Attendance at laboratories is mandatory, and missed work will be assigned a zero grade. To pass the laboratory component of this course you must achieve a minimum mark of 50% overall, and you must have attended and completed a required minimum of laboratory work. This minimum is dependent upon a number of factors and will be raised by your laboratory supervisor, if necessary.

If absence from a laboratory period is unavoidable, contact your lab supervisor, preferably before the class, and certainly no more than one day after the missed experiment. Unavoidable absences from the lab (to which there is also a limit) are governed by the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences Policy Regarding Missed Examinations and Labs which can be found in your course outline. If a lab excuse is granted, you will likely be required to make up the lost work.

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Laboratory Report Deadlines

Most reports will be due at the end of the laboratory session. A few reports (for example, the full report and any requiring the use of MS-Excel to create graphs) will require more time for completion. Information about due times is found in the “Prelab Preparation” section of each experiment in the lab manual. Deadlines for submission of reports requiring extra time will be given by your laboratory instructor.
The reports should be submitted in the correct drop box in the hallway outside FR308, unless otherwise specified by your instructor.

Note that there are boxes for all chemistry lab courses and all lab sections within each course, so be sure to use the correct box!

Reports left in the wrong box will not be marked.

Late Laboratory Reports

Penalties will be applied to reports received after the stated deadlines. Late report policies are set by the Department of Chemistry and applied to all laboratory components of chemistry courses at Capilano University. Since the late report policy is set by the Department of Chemistry, your instructor is obligated to apply the penalties as described below

A late report received up to 24 hours after the deadline will be assessed a penalty of 50% of the total possible marks. Late reports must be submitted to one of the chemistry laboratory personnel to be signed and dated. Late reports left in the hallway drop box after the deadline, or left in the wrong drop box, will not be marked.

Reports received more than 24 h after the deadline will not be marked, resulting in 100% loss of total possible marks.

For more complete details on the late report policies, consult your laboratory guide.