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Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
General Class and Course Information
Course Number:
Course Title: General Chemistry Lab 1
Term/Dates: Fall 2016
Reference Number: 215936
Credit Hours: 1
Days: W
Time: 3:30-6:15 pm
Room: NS221
Course Description: The course covers introduction to basic lab safety and fundamental techniques of general
chemistry: separation, filtration, carrying out simple reactions, titrations, etc. In a lecture science course where there
is a required co-requisite lab, students may withdraw from the lab class, but stay in the lecture class. (Students may
also choose to withdraw from both). Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the lecture and remain enrolled
in the lab.
Professor’s Information
Name: Sapna Gupta
Telephone: 561-868-3839
Faculty Web Page:
Office Location: NS 127
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: M: 12:00-3:30 pm; TR: 9:30-11:00 am
and 5:30-6:30 pm; W: 11:00-12:30 pm
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
General Chemistry 1 Lab
Supplementary Books/Materials
Edition Author
Hayden McNeil
Edition Author
Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
Each student requires a lab coat and department approved goggles.
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate and practice general laboratory safety.
• Identify chemistry laboratory equipment such as beakers, graduated cylinders, spatulas.
• Operate various laboratory equipments such as Bunsen burner, weighing balance, centrifuge.
• Carry out simple laboratory techniques such as filtration, titrations, making solutions.
• Write and report scientific data.
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
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Experiments to be Covered
24 Aug
31 Aug
7 Sept
14 Sept
21 Sept
ACS Safety
Check-In and Syllabus Overview
Exp. 1: Measurement and Density
Exp. 2: Separation of a Mixture
Exp. 4: Percent of Water in a Hydrated Salt
28 Sept
5 Oct
12 Oct
19 Oct
26 Oct
2 Nov
Exp. 5: Empirical Formula of Magnesium Oxide
Exp. 6: Synthesis of an Alum
Exp. 7: A Cycle of Copper Reactions
Exp. 8: Chemical Reactions in Aqueous Solutions
Exp. 9: Acid and Base Titration I
9 Nov
Exp. 10: Acid and Base Titration II
16 Nov
Exp. 11: Oxidation-Reduction Titration
23 Nov
30 Nov
Final Exam/Exp. 3: Wavelength and Standard
7 Dec
Mandatory Check Out
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
In addition to college policies, my policies are: if you are caught cheating (copying other people’s work, not giving proper
references, plagiarizing anyone’s work) you get one chance to explain yourself. If you get caught a second time, I have
the right to give you a “F” in the course.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
5% Prelabs - Each lab has some questions before the lab report. These should be done before coming to the lab. (This
can be done in pencil)
5% Lab Summary – Write a 1 page outline/summary of the lab you are about to perform that day. You should have the
following in it:
1) Title of the lab
2) Date of the lab
3) Your name
4) Purpose of the lab and background of the experiment.
5) One paragraph of the actual experiment you are doing (give chemicals and what you are trying to achieve) or
a flow chart of the procedure
You can expect to be asked to leave the lab if you don’t have this completed. I will be checking this during lab.
65% Lab Reports - The main assignment for this class is lab reports. These should be submitted the next lab period. (See
late assignment policy). You should always have your lab text books to do this part. All data goes directly in the lab
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report data sheet in PEN. If you make a mistake the cross out the incorrect data with a single line. In case you have
to take additional reading you can write alongside the column. You cannot use any notebook paper or photocopies
to submit lab reports.
Make sure of the following before submitting lab reports:
1) The lab reports should be complete, with calculations and units.
2) Make sure the lab reports are neat and clean.
3) Report should be stapled in order.
4) When taking data during the lab, write in black or blue pen only. No pencils at all during data writing.
5) If you make a mistake cross it with one line rather than erasing or blacking it out.
5% Post Labs - These are questions given at the end of the experiments. You will be assigned these questions during lab,
if you are not assigned questions then you should do them all.
5% Technique - You are required to have presence of mind while working in the lab. You will be graded on how well you
receive instructions, cleanliness of bench space, presence of mind, tidiness of lab reports, tidiness in turning in
samples (if required), general tidiness and common sense etc.
15% Final Exam - This will be about 1 hour long and based on all the experiments and techniques you have learned in
the lab. To prepare for this you should read all your lab reports and post labs.
You will be working in partners. You are expected to participate equally during the experiment.
Your lab reports can be graded differently than your partners depending on your contribution in the lab.
After the first few weeks of grading, your lab work will also be graded on tidiness and readability.
Listen carefully to the instructions during the lab as many details about the experiment are given during that time.
One lowest score prelab, lab summary, lab report and post lab will be dropped for final grade.
Letter Grade
Percentage (if applicable)
59 and below
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
It is highly advisable that you withdraw from the course if you miss 3 labs.
1) You are encouraged to attend all labs - simply because no credit will be given for the lab that is missed or report not
turned in - i.e. no makeup labs will be given.
2) Each lab is linked with the other in terms of techniques in labs. You might lag behind in techniques if you miss any lab.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
Absolutely no phones, iTouch, laptops or any other electronic devices are to be used in class.
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I will ask the class to turn off their phones at the beginning of the class, so your phone does not ring during the class. All
phones and electronic devices (except calculator) should be kept in your bag/purse and kept on the floor. You may not
use your phones for calculator purposes.
Email Use Policy
1) Check emails for any information about class/assignments/quizzes before coming to class.
2) I will respond to your email only if my name and your name is in the main text of the email. Your "from" and my "to"
email ID does not constitute as the email is from you to me. You must type your name at the bottom of the email.
3) I will not discuss your exam scores or grades via email or phone.
Late Assignment Policy:
1) Lab reports will be due next lab period at the beginning of lab period. Any time later than lab starting time is
considered "LATE" (this includes later on the same day).
2) Late labs will be accepted at 50% deduction for each day and will not be accepted at all after 2 days.
3) If you are absent for the next lab period then you should make arrangements to turn in your lab report and post lab
questions on time for it to be on time.
4) If you inform me of your absence for any lab, you can turn in your lab next lab period with a 50% deduction in points.
5) You can still submit your prelab and lab summary, on the due date, if you are absent for that particular lab. These
should be submitted on the day and time of the lab.
Make-up Exam Policy:
Missed labs cannot be made up. Final exam cannot be made up.
Withdrawal Policy:
You will be withdrawn from the lab if you miss the first two weeks of the three weeks of the labs. You should consider
withdrawing from the lab if you miss three labs.
 Safety is critical. Let me know if there are any special requirements you need to perform in the lab (You may need
to visit with the disability office to get proper documents)
 Chemistry labs require time before and after labs and presence of mind during labs. Whatever effort you put into
the course will also be the outcome. I cannot put in the effort for you. You have to do your part in the lab.
 Chemistry labs are not just done by attending the lab and doing experiment. They are about critical thinking and
making sure you get the right results. If you don’t get the right results, then you should be able to determine why
you did not get the correct results.
 The more you understand your experiments the more you will enjoy the labs and do better in the class. And
consequently you will perform better in your final exam.
 Please read “How to Study for Chemistry” on the professor’s website, to learn how to do well in chemistry.
 Please read "How to be a Good Student", on the professor's website, in order to be a good learner in life.
Professor’s Expectations
1) You are encouraged to attend all labs - simply because no credit will be given for the lab that is missed or report
not turned in - i.e. no makeup labs will be given.
2) Each lab is linked with the other in terms of techniques in labs. You might lag behind in techniques if you miss any
3) Devote time to finish lab reports and read the lab ahead of time.
4) You are encouraged to bring your problems during my office hours.
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5) Keep the exam day free of any other commitment as there will be absolutely no makeup exam. Exam date has
been set in the syllabus, unless an absolute emergency arises (from the instructors point of view) the date will not
be will be changed.
6) Be punctual to lab. All labs will start punctually and tardiness is not acceptable.
7) You should not leave the lab in the middle of the class to attend to phone calls. You need to do all of those before
coming in.
8) General respect of the classroom is expected of all students. Rude behaviour towards instructor or fellow
students will not be tolerated. You are expected to follow instructions provided by professor in the lab.
9) If the professor senses any inappropriate behaviour in lab then the student will be asked to leave the lab and
requested to meet with the professor to discuss the incident.
10) Learning the material is primarily your responsibility. I am only your guide through the semester. I will guide you
through the techniques and it is best if you remember those as we learn more techniques during the semester.
11) SAFETY: Safety is of utmost importance. If these are not followed then the instructor has the right to ask you to
leave the lab.
a) You must always
i) wear goggles in the lab. You may purchase these at the bookstore.
ii) wear a lab coat in the lab.
iii) closed toe shoes with socks in the lab.
iv) clothing that covers your entire legs. No capris, no skirts or shorts in the lab.
b) Absolutely no eating or drinking in the lab. This includes chewing gum.
c) No kneeling on the lab floor.
d) Let the instructor know if you have any health issues.
e) Tie long hair; we will be working with bunsen burners and loose hair should be always tied.
f) PUNCTUALITY IS A MUST. All lab instructions are given during the first few minutes of class, hence if you miss
those you will either not know what to do or you will disturb your colleagues. The door of the laboratory will
be closed after the first five minutes of the lab session.
g) Everyone is expected to be cautious and take their work seriously in the lab.
h) There should be no pranks or running around in the lab.
i) It is always better to look around and move, you may be safe yourself but you might hurt your neighbor.
j) Always call the instructor to your bench, do not carry around samples around if possible.
k) Do not carry out unauthorized experiments.
l) Leave your bench space neat and clean before you leave.
m) If you spill anything (liquid or solid); you should clean it up as you are the only person who knows what was
n) You should not be in the lab if you are not well. You need clarity of mind when dealing with chemicals.
I have the right to ask you to leave the lab if any of the above safety rules are not followed.
College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
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Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is (Click here and type the withdrawal date for your
course from the online class roster). It is the responsibility of the student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s
office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the student to a grade of "W" in the class.
Other Information from your Professor:
Have a fun and safe lab!
Department Contact Information
Name: Carlos Ramos
Telephone: 561-868-3886
Job Title: Associate Dean, Natural Sciences
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Office Location: NS 103
Email: [email protected]
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