By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate and have an appreciation of basic laboratory safety concepts
- Demonstrate basic handling/clean-up of chemicals
- Demonstrate organized recording of experimental and observational data
- Display experimental results in data tables, construct and compare titration curves, and
- Use paper chromatography to separate and identify mixtures
- Perform acid-base titrations using pH indicators and describe the neutralization
- Perform dilution calculations and prepare standard solutions of known concentrations
- Determine the concentration of an unknown sample and compare to listed values
- Describe and prepare buffer solutions
- Perform oxidation-reduction reactions and relate to activity series
- Set up and use an electrochemical cell and compare experimental and theoretical cell
- Demonstrate basic chemistry lab techniques such as reading scientific scales, performing
accurate measurements, titrating, using volumetric glassware , and using a multimeter
Experiment 1: Colligative Properties and Osmotic Pressure
Experiment 2: Equilibrium and Le Chatelier's Principle
Experiment 3: Beer's Law
Experiment 4: Chromatography of Food Dyes
Experiment 5: Titration of Acetic Acid in Vinegar
Experiment 6: Using Buffers
Experiment 7: Determination of Ka for a Weak Acid
Experiment 8: Reaction Order and Rate Laws
Experiment 9: Oxidation-Reduction Activity Series
Experiment 10: Electrochemical Cells and Cell Potentials
Experiment 11: Anions, Cations, and Ionic Reactions
Required text and materials
1. CHEM 1525 Labkit from Labpaq
The lab kit provides equipment, chemicals, and anything else that students will need to do the
experiments and cannot provide for themselves. Some common materials, like vinegar and other
household items students may need to supply.
Computer with Internet Connection: Digital Camera: Students will need to have access to
a digital camera during the experiments to take photos and videos of their progress.
Web cam: Students will need a computer web cam in order to demonstrate their work in the
practical component of the final exam. For more information, please read the "Assessments"
section in this Course Guide Overview.
Microphone headset: To communicate with the Open Learning Faculty Member during the
practical component of the final exam, students will need computer speakers or headphones, and a
microphone. (A computer headset should be sufficient.)
Skype Account: Students will need a Skype account in order to demonstrate their work in
the practical component of the final exam. Skype accounts are free, and students can register for
an account at http://www.skype.com. If students are unable to use Skype, please contact the Open
Learning Faculty Member to make an alternative arrangement.
Calculator: This course requires a non-programmable, single-numeric line calculator,
such as the Casio fx-260. This course does not permit textual input calculators, electronic
devices, paper dictionaries, or translation devices to be used on the final exams. We reserve the
right to inspect any student calculator during the final exams.
A first-year Chemistry textbook would be helpful.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Laboratory Exams.
|Assignment 1: Safety Quiz
|Assignment 2: Online Journal (Experiments 1-5)
|Assignment 3: Reports (Experiments 1-5)
|Assignment 4: Online Journal (Experiments 6-11)
|Assignment 5: Reports (Experiments 6-11)
| Final Exam: Practical
|Final Exam: Theory
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at start of course.