Emporia State University


Spring 2013

Course Syllabus for
CH 124 A

Chemistry I Laboratory


Dr. Chris Pettit
Science Hall 26

TR            10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Other times by appointment

NOTE:  Concurrent enrollment in CH123 and CH124 is required.


Class Meetings:

CH124 A
2:00-4:00 PM 
SH 211
4:00-4:50 PM
SH 215

We will be in the laboratory for about two hours each week followed by a 50-minute discussion session from 4-4:50.  Students are required to attend both the lab and discussion sessions each week. 

Required Materials:

Textbook - Laboratory instructions for each laboratory activity will be available through the ESU Blackboard site for your lab section.

Laboratory Notebook Chemistry Laboratory Notebook, top-page perforated, 100 pages, spiral bound, Hayden-McNeil.  ISBN 978-1-930882-09-6
A scientific calculator – TI-30, -34 or -36 series electronic scientific calculator is recommended. An equivalent calculator with 2-variable statistical functions and scientific notation capabilities.  Programmable calculators, PDA, or cell phone calculators may not be used for exams.

Laboratory Gogglesof a type approved by the ESU Chemistry Department, “Visor-gogs” are recommended.

Laboratory Apron or Lab Coat

Fine point permanent marker (such as Sharpie or equivalent)

Roll of Paper Towels, any color except brown

Significant dates:
Exams:  A mid-term and final will be given in this course.  Everyone will be expected to complete the exam in the specified time (50 minutes for the mid-term; one hour and fifty minutes for the final).  If you arrive late, your exam must still be turned in by the stated ending time. 
Mid-term exam:                     Thursday, March 14, 4:00-4:50 AM, SH 215
Final exam                               Monday, May 13, 3:10-5:00 PM, SH 215
The University sets the final exam schedule based on the day and time of class meetings.
The exam for this class is based on the discussion time for room availability.

Course goals:

Students, who successfully complete CH 124, Chemistry I Laboratory, will:
  • experience chemistry as an experimental science concerned with the study of matter, its composition, properties and changes
  • gain experience with the safe and appropriate use of standard laboratory equipment
  • participate collaborative with fellow students in the laboratory experience by
    • by posing questions that can be investigated in the laboratory
    • developing appropriately designed experiments to investigate the posed questions
    • performing inquiry-based laboratory investigations
    • analyzing observations as data collected in the laboratory
    • presenting an oral report on one of the laboratory projects (group report)
    • constructing understanding of the chemical concepts explored in the laboratory

Course policies and procedures:

Laboratory Regulations:Approved laboratory safety goggles and a lab apron or lab coat are to be worn in all working laboratories in the Chemistry Department.  Note that open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops are not allowed footwear in the laboratory.  Short shorts, very short skirts and/or tank tops are not allowed apparel in the laboratory unless covered by a lab coat.  Shorts, skirts and/or lab coats must reach at least to the knees.


Each student enrolled in a chemistry laboratory course has paid a

fee to offset the cost of consumables and accidental breakage.

In the case of intentional and/or excessive breakage the student

may be charged an addition fee to cover replacement costs

Attendance required:  Chemistry I Laboratory (CH 124) consists of a laboratory session and discussion session – nominally 3 hours each week.  Attendance is required for the full time each week (attendance, along with safety and participation, is 10% of your grade).  There will be no opportunity to make up laboratory or discussion work.
If you are absent, notify me (in advance if possible) – email is the preferred method.  Please notify me in advance of any scheduled, excusable absence such as university sponsored activities, rehearsals, practices, meets, games, and organization conferences.  Notification does not automatically make the absence “excused”.  In cases of unexcused absences there will be no opportunity to make up lab work, quizzes, in-class activities, or written practice sets.
Cell phones and other electronic devices:  Please have the courtesy to turn off and put away cell phones, MP-3 players, pagers and other electronic devices, except your scientific calculator, during the class and lab session.  Personal data assistants (PDAs) and cell phone calculators may not be used.  Requirement:  bring your calculator to each session.
Preparation for discussion sessions:  A tentative schedule of the labs will be provided and is considered, by reference, to be part of this syllabus.  Prior to coming to the lab each week, you are expected to have read the material related to the lab work scheduled.
Laboratory reports:A completed laboratory report will be required for each laboratory activity (55% of your grade), nominally, one report per week.  Specific instructions concerning the format for the lab reports will be covered during discussion and laboratory sessions.  Due dates will also be communicated at that time.  No late lab reports will be accepted.

Lab NotebookYour laboratory notebook will be checked for preparation, completeness, and overall organization during each session. Hence, your notebook should contain a title, experimental objective, background/calculations, outlined procedure, and pre-organized data tables (if appropriate) for the experiment when you arrive to lab, and should include an up-to-date table of contents. As you experiment, take notes in real time...and take them in your notebook, not on scraps of paper!  Your lab notebook is a legal record of your actions, observations and insights in lab. Another scientifically literate person should be able to repeat your experiment by following only what you have written in your lab notebook. Maintaining an accurate, up-to-date record of your actions in the lab can sometimes be a challenge, so it is a good idea to begin developing excellent habits from the beginning.
Lab PerformanceSafe lab practices should be followed, including: wearing appropriate clothing
and personal protective equipment, disposing of chemicals properly, and maintaining a clean workspace. Your performance in lab, which includes those safe behaviors and active participation, will be assessed each week.
Academic Honesty:  As the instructor, I expect the exams, quizzes and assignments to represent your work – not that of others.  If you copy someone else’s work or ideas (even that of another student), it is plagiarism unless you give proper credits.  The ESU Academic Dishonesty Policywill be followed and enforced in these courses.  The policy and disciplinary action(s) may be found in the ESU Student Handbook.  Basically, it says that any student who uses the work of another student (or any other person) without giving the source of that work is guilty of dishonesty.  This includes copying reports and homework of others.  Also, any student who allows another to use his or her work is guilty of dishonesty.  A grade of zero or an "F" letter grade will be assigned for dishonesty of either kind.  Dissatisfied students may follow the academic appeals process for the Departments of Physical Sciences.
Accommodations for Disabilities:  “Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.  All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.”
Non-discrimination:  Each student in this class is entitled to equal educational opportunity and non-discriminatory treatment in this course.  Each student will be treated with dignity and respect by fellow students and by the instructor.
Instructor initiated withdraw:  I reserve the right to withdraw a student from this course if I consider the student’s conduct detrimental to learning or safety (his/her learning/safety or the learning/safety of others).  Such action would follow a discussion with the student(s) involved.  I will also initiate withdraw from this course as a consequence or the co-requisite status of this course with CH 123, Chemistry I.  If a student drops CH 123, I will initiate withdraw of that student from CH124 A.
Grade Components and Grading Scale

CH 124


% of grade

Laboratory reports, including oral report presentations


Attendance, safety and collaboration/cooperation
Laboratory Notebook


Mid-term and Final Exam




Grades will be available for viewing on Blackboard.


All handouts are available on blackboard. Button links to Blackboard login page.