Clayton State University

CHEM 1212L – Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Course Syllabus - Spring 2011

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

CHEM 1212L (CRN 24341 and 24342)
Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory

Credit Hours:

Chemistry 1212L is a one hour credit science laboratory course associated with Chemistry 1212.

Catalog Description:

Laboratory accompanying CHEM 1212.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Co-requisite: CHEM 1212  (CRN  24340), Principles of Chemistry II

Notebook Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://itpchoice.clayton.edu/policy.htm.

Everyday coursework in class will not require the use of a computer. Therefore, unless there is a compelling reason, cleared through the instructor, students should not have their computers open during the lectures or exams.

My campus e-mail address is aagyeman@clayton.edu.  This course has a web page which can be accessed through my home page at http://a-s.clayton.edu/aagyeman/.  Once you have accessed the course web page, you may wish to "bookmark" this site as you will refer to it often during the semester.  

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system.
  • Able to use a the Microsoft WordTM word processing program.
  • Able to use Microsoft ExcelTM spread sheet program.
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM program
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email.
  • Able to use a Web browser.

Your instructor may have access to more font sets than your computer currently holds.  Therefore, there may be some differences in the appearance of symbols when viewing old exams and exercise sheets.  If this is a problem, consult the instructor.  

You should develop the habit of checking your e-mail daily.  Because of the number of student we typically have, there may be some delay in the instructor's response to an individual's e-mail.  Do not send time-sensitive information via e-mail--use the old system of the telephone.  A delivered e-mail does not relieve you of the responsibility of informing the instructor about some concern.  On the other hand, the instructor may send e-mails with information vital to your success in the course.  Check your e-mail often, at least once a day.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will  be used in the classroom once for the semester in this course. A laboratory session will be held to offer instruction/review of ExcelTM and the completion of a spread sheet containing data important to the laboratory.  Participation in this session is expected and the student is required to complete the spread sheet.  Computers will also be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Objectives:

                    A successful student will be able to:

  • Synthesize, analyze and identify an unknown cobalt complex.

Student Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components  (see CHEM 1212L in the tables):

Chemistry outcomes:

CHEM 1212L supports outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6  of the chemistry major:

  • Outcome 1.    Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.
  • Outcome 2.    Demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills applicable to chemistry, and improved chemical research skills.
  • Outcome 3.    Demonstrate knowledge of technology related to chemistry, including laboratory instrumentation.
  • Outcome 4.    Apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.
  • Outcome 5.    Communicate scientific information in a clear concise manner both orally and in writing.
  • Outcome 6.    Collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.

Biology outcomes:

CHEM 1212L supports outcomes 2, 3,4 and 5  of the biology major:

  • Outcome 2.    Mastery of a broad range of basic lab skills applicable to biology.
  • Outcome 3.    Knowledge of physical science, mathematics, and statistics required to support an understanding of biology.
  • Outcome 4.    Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear, concise manner.
  • Outcome 5.    Ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.


Spring 2011

Instructor Information:

Dr. Augustine O. Agyeman                                                                   

Phone: (678) 466-4793        

Fax: (678) 466-4797

E-mail: aagyeman@clayton.edu

Internet: http://a-s.clayton.edu/aagyeman/

Office: Administration Building, Room A31B

Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 am - 10:50 am and 12:00 noon - 12:50 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 10:50 am and 12:00 noon - 2:50 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 10:50 am
or by appointment

Class Meetings:

Classroom and Class Times:

CRN Time Day Building Room
24341 8:15 am - 11:05 am T Business & Health Science C-54/50
24342 12:35 pm - 3:25 pm T Business & Health Science C-54/50

Textbook & Supplies Information:


Chemistry 1212 Laboratory Manual
Laboratory Notebook with carbonless copies (Available in the bookstore)
Ink Pen and your calculator


You are required to supply your own safety glasses for the laboratory.  These are available in the campus book store but may be purchased elsewhere.  Safety glasses MUST be worn in the laboratory at all times.  If necessary, the instructor will deduct points from lab reports for not wearing safety glasses while in the laboratory.  You will not be allowed to continue to work in the laboratory without safety glasses or your notebook.


The grade in the course will be the result of the grade attained on the final laboratory report, due on the date listed within this syllabus.  The report is worth 100 points with the grade distribution described elsewhere in this syllabus.  The report will include all essential data in tabular form along with the final results and conclusion.  Supportive evidence of your conclusion will be presented at this time.  A report must be graded as acceptable for completion of the lab.  There will be a penalty for late lab reports of 10% per day of the week.  Reports are considered late if submitted past the START TIME of lab on the due date.  The report must be typed, double spaced on white paper, and should be produced using WordTM on your laptop computer.  Be sure to keep a back-up copy.  Tables, equations, subscripts, superscripts, etc. will be expected as part of the report.  Reports may not be submitted by e-mail.  


Found in both the laboratory manual and the course web site, are mini-reports.  Each student is expected to complete these reports at the conclusion of the appropriate experiment.  The mini-reports are not required, but are designed to help you understand the lab and to simplify the task of writing the main laboratory report at the end of the semester.  Remember, your entire grade in the course comes from the one main laboratory report, so use all the help you can get.  By submitting these reports on a weekly basis, you will receive feed-back on significant figures, sample calculations, data tabulations and an overall understanding of the experiment.  If you decide to do these, and you should, submit them in a timely manner, as I will not review them "all at once" or a "bunch" close to the end of the term.  They should be typed, using the computer form and printed for me to look at.  If there are discussions on the grading of the final report, I will probably ask to see your mini-reports with my comments. 

Make-ups / Late Work:

Because of the project nature of the laboratory, a missed lab does not cause any serious problem for the student.  However, the laboratory schedule will not be extended beyond the normal schedule for students who miss regularly scheduled laboratories.  Points will be deducted for late laboratory reports at the rate of 10% per day of the week.

Lecture Requirement:

The student should note that the lecture is a co- or prerequisite for this course.  If you are currently enrolled in the lecture, you should take special note that if you withdraw from either the lecture course or the laboratory, you must withdraw from the other.  




Laboratory Report 100


Letter Grade

Percentage Range


90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report


Due to the fact that no laboratory reports  will have been returned by mid-term, no mid-term grade will be reported for this course.  Students making unsatisfactory progress will be contacted individually by the instructor before mid-term, which occurs on March 4, 2011.

Helpful Information:

Homework:  Your laboratory experiments should be prepared.  This includes having a working knowledge of the procedure, the calculations and the problems pertaining to your experiment.  There are specific problems, both examples and exercises, in the laboratory manual pertaining to each experiment.  It is your responsibility to study and attempt these problems.  This should help you in the write-up of the laboratory report due toward the end of the semester.

Notebooks:  You are required to have a special laboratory notebook that produces carbonless copies.  These are available in the bookstore.  You will not be able to work in the laboratory without your notebook.  Any scrap paper or paper towels with data will be confiscated and destroyed at the discretion of the instructor.
The notebook should include such things as initial and final readings, tabulated data, observations, and calculations in a clear, legible manner.  All entries in the notebook should be made in ink.  Units should be included with each number.  Errors may be crossed out once, i.e. 1.0000 g, but there should be no erasures or block-outs.  Neatness and good organization are desired, but legibility, proper labeling and completeness are absolute necessities.
You will submit the copy of data collected in the laboratory each day before leaving the laboratory.  The instructor may evaluate these and will retain them as a record of your work each day in the laboratory.
If there are any questions about the notebook or its intended contents, you must consult the instructor.  

Risk:  Participation in laboratory activities involves an inherent risk of injury.  In the event of injury, the student should immediately inform the instructor who will contact the Campus Public Safety Officer.  The officer will file an accident report and administer first aid or contact appropriate medical help.

Note:  The instructor reserves the right to alter the laboratory schedule as he sees fit.  Students must participate in the laboratory in order to successfully complete the course.

Academic Irregularity:  Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs.  Judicial procedures are described at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/judicial/.     


Course Schedule:

Tentative Topic Schedule  

The following experiments will be performed in Chemistry 1212L laboratory, however not necessarily in the order listed.

  1. Introduction to the Laboratory, Measurement, etc.

  2. Introduction to the use of your computer for laboratory work.

  3. Titration of unknown HCl solution (a practice experiment).

  4. Determination of a gravimetric chloride unknown (a practice experiment).

  5. Synthesis of a cobalt-ammonia-halide compound.

  6. Analysis for percent halide in the synthesized compound.

  7. Standardization of a hydrochloric acid solution.

  8. Analysis for percent ammonia in the synthesized compound.

  9. Standardization of a sodium thiosulfate solution.

  10. Analysis for percent cobalt in the synthesized compound.

Note:  Not everyone does the same experiment each week.  Sequences will be assigned.

Important Dates:            

01/18/2011 The start of Labs.  First Lab (Introduction & Safety)
01/25/2011 Begin lab work on:  Synthesis, Practice Experiment i & Practice Experiment ii
02/15/2011 Computer Exercises  (You must bring your computer to this laboratory.)
03/05/2011 - 03/12/2011 Spring Break
03/29/2011 Last Scheduled lab day for experiments to be performed
04/05/2011 Lab Clean-up and Check-out.  No experiments to be performed.
04/12/2011 Laboratory Reports are due.  See schedule below.
05/02/2011 Last day of classes

Due Dates for Laboratory Reports:

CRN Lab Time Day Report is Due Time Room
24341 8:15 am -11:05 am


Tuesday, April 12 8:15 am My Hand or my mailbox
24342 12:35 pm - 3:25 pm T Tuesday, April 12 12:35 pm My Hand or my mailbox

If placed in my mailbox, please ask the secretary to initial and place date and time on the report.  Late reports incur a 10% per day of the week penalty.  The penalty begins 1 minute after the time it is due.  Printer problems, weather, etc. are not an acceptable excuse for late reports.  You may submit the reports early but they are not allowed to be e-mailed.


Course Policies:

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

Class roll may be taken and students are expected to attend their assigned laboratory.  Because of the project nature of the lab, one does not miss a lab if they are absent.  However, the instructor will not extend the laboratory schedule near the end of the semester simply for students who have missed regular laboratory days.

Visitors (friends, children, etc.) are strictly prohibited from attending or visiting the laboratory without the permission of the instructor.

Electronic calculators will be needed for laboratory calculations.   The battery and working of your calculator will be your responsibility.  You will find it useful to have your calculator in the laboratory.

The Laboratory Class is a college course.  During the laboratory period you should be attentive and focused on your work.  Cell phones have become a major distraction in the classroom and laboratory.  They are to be turned completely off during the lab period (not just to vibrator mode).  Any person whose cell phone disturbs the class may lose points at the discretion of the instructor.  Anyone actually using their cell phone in the laboratory during lab hours will lose points from the final laboratory report.

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.
A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at: 


Students have the responsibility to complete the Student Survey and Course/Instructor Evaluation for each course and each instructor every semester. If this in not done during the allotted time period, the student will be restricted from seeing their final course grade for a period of approximately one week after final exams have ended. Instructors are not allowed to give course grades to those who did not complete these evaluations. Also, no grades of any kind will be given out over the telephone or e-mail due to federal privacy laws.

As a courtesy to your classmates:

  1. Arrive to lab on time, and stay until the exercise is complete.
  2. No children or visitors are allowed in the laboratory.
  3. Turn off beepers, phones, radios and other electronic devices.  Pacemakers are allowed.
  4. Replace all chemicals to the shelves with lids firmly attached.
  5. Clean all spills that occur on and around the balances.
  6. Be sure all glassware is cleaned with soap, rinsed and hung to dry;  return all equipment to its proper place.  No glassware should be left in the sink.
  7. Be very careful with thermometers and Gooch crucible.--Expensive!!
  8. No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the classroom.
  9. Be aware of all safety rules, policies and procedures.   Abide by the safety rules while in the laboratory.
  10. Wear your safety glasses (This is a must)  at all times in the laboratory.  If necessary, the instructor will deduct points from lab reports for not wearing safety glasses while in the laboratory.
  11. The lab technicians have been authorized to perform surprise drawer checks.

The instructor reserves the right to take any steps he deems necessary in order to produce satisfactory results in the laboratory.

Last update: December 13, 2011

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