This course makes extensive use of spread-sheet software such as Excel™ for calculations
and graphing. If you are not familiar with the use of Excel™ for such purposes and wish
to start preparing early, you should consult the
on-line statistics tutorial
Note: Lecture handouts include suggested review problems from the text,
some of which may be taken up in tutorials. Such material may be included on tests,
quizzes, and exams.
You must obtain the following prior to the first lab session:
The laboratory manual (available only from the Chem Club, LM203) Note: experiments, procedures, and questions are changed or
updated each year; previous years’ lab manuals should not be used.
A hard-cover letter-sized laboratory notebook
A pair of good quality gloves that are not thin disposable ones and
not latex. These are available at most hardware stores, often labelled as
"chemically resistant", and are typically nitrile, neoprene, or similar.
100% pure cotton lab coat and safety goggles (conforming to CSA Z94.3-02)
Permanent marker (for glassware) e.g. Sharpie etc.
Scientific calculator with statistics functions – make sure you know
how to use the stats functions!
Make sure you read the introduction, safety information, procedures,
and the first experiment. There will be a quiz on safety and
procedures during the first lab in addition to the pre-lab questions.
presentation on pipetting and diluting is available.
Check the schedule for your demo group
to see which experiment you will be performing the following week; some experiments
require you to do some preparatory work the week before. You will find the necessary
instructions in the "Before the lab" section for each experiment.
Course Materials and Curriculum:
It is assumed that all students are familiar with the concepts and calculations found in
the prerequisite courses (CHM138/136 & CHM139/135 in combination or CHM151). A detailed list
of topics can
be found here. Very little lecture time will be spent reviewing this prior material;
it is therefore essential that you have a firm understanding of these topics,
and are able to correctly perform all relevant calculations.
Full course details, along with the current course text, lab manual, can be found on the
course information page, under "Documents"