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Chemical Principles Laboratory (CHEM 181L)
 
Schedule
 

The following times and topics are tentative and may shift slightly to foster a more effective learning environment. Nothing will be made due earlier than indicated but some things may be pushed back or eliminated altogether, depending on time. All changes will be announced through the course Collab site and posted here on the course website.

CHEM 1811 has two components, a weekly 50-minute "lecture" period and a three-and-half hour laboratory period. The schedule for both components, shown below, is organized by weeks. The "course week" begins with Monday lecture and ends Friday. Lecture and laboratory topics, and their dates, are in bold. Assignments and their due dates are in italics. All assignments are due at the start of the indicated class period unless noted otherwise.

Special Notes:

bK Checks are typically due before the course's weekly lecture period. Questions will be accessible from the schedule below. Answers should be upload to the Assignments section of the course UVACollab site.

Procedure Notes are due at the start of lab. Templates are found in your course packet under the weeks they are assigned. These may be hand written.

Week 
Assignment
Due Date
Pre-course

Welcome to CHEM 1811! Before arriving to the first class meeting, please complete the following tasks:
   • Carefully read the Syllabus, Schedule, and Getting Help
   • Complete the pre-course questionnaire ………………………......................
 

 


Aug 30

Week 1

Aug
26-30

Lecture Topics
     
None
 
Aug 26

Laboratory Topics
     
None

 

Aug 27-30

Week 2

Sept
2-6

Lecture Topics
      Introduction to CHEM 1811

Before lecture:
   • Read What Is Science?
   • Read The Inquiry Wheel, an Alternative to the Scientific Method
 

Sept 2
Location: CHM 304

Laboratory Topics
      Introduction to CHEM 1811

Before lab:
   • Look over the Safety PowerPoint file

Written assignments:
   • Read & Sign Lab Safety Forms .………………….…………………............
 

Sept 3-6
Location: CHM 319





complete in lab

Week 3

Sept
9-13

Lecture Topics
     
Chemistry: Overview of Titration
      Scientific Writing: Overview of Results & Discussion Section

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: Sailing on the "C"
   • Read pp.14-20 in the Course Packet: Exploring the Wet Lab
   • Read pp. 98-110 in Davis et al.: Keeping Laboratory Notebooks
   • Read pp. 2-17 in Davis et al.: Writing: A Threshold Skill
   • Read pp. 111-127 in Davis et al.: Writing Laboratory Reports; skip
         ‘EXPERIMENTAL SECTION’ for now
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Sept 9
Location: CHM 304









Sept 9

Laboratory Topics
      Sailing on the "C": Titration with a Twist

Before lab:
   • Read Background Information: Sailing on the "C"

Written assignments:

   • Complete Procedure Notes (located in the course packet & due at the
     start of lab) ………...............................................................................
   • Write Results & Discussion Section + Feedback Response ...................

Writing like a scientist...
Check out these videos for help writing your results & discussion section and creating and adding tables, figures, chemical structures & equations, and references.

 

Sept 10-13
Location: CHM 319







Sept 10-13
Sept 17-20

Week 4

Sept
16-20

Lecture Topics
     
Chemistry: More on Titration

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: Exploring the Computer Lab (located in the
        course packet)

   • Install ChemBioDraw on your laptop or personal computer
   •
Re-read pp. 111-127 in Davis et al.: Writing Laboratory Reports; skip
         ‘EXPERIMENTAL SECTION’ for now
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Sept 16
Location: CHM 304








Sept 16

Laboratory Topics
      Exploring the Computer Lab

Before lab:

   • Read Background Information: Exploring the Computer Lab (located in the
        course packet)

   • Register for SciFinder Scholar

Written assignments:
   • Complete Lab Notes ...……………………………………………..................
 

Sept 17-20
Location: WIL 308







complete in lab

DMP
Select group members; tentatively determine topic and digital media choice.
 

Sept 20 (email)

Week 5

Sept
23-27

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: Overview of UV/Vis Spectroscopy

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: Spectrophotometry of a Penny
   • Read pp. 51-69 in Davis et al.: Revising
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Sept 23
Location: CHM 304




Sept 23

Laboratory Topics
      A Penny's Worth: Spectrophotometric Analysis

Before lab:
   • Read Background Information: A Penny’s Worth

Written assignments:
   • Complete Procedure Notes (located in the course packet & due at the
     start of lab) ………................................................................................
   • Write Results & Discussion Section + Feedback Response ....................

Writing like a scientist...
Check out these videos for help with writing your results & discussion section and creating graphs for your write-up.
 

Sept 24-27
Location: CHM 319






Sept 24-27

Oct 1-4

Week 6

Sept 30-
Oct 4

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: More on UV-Vis Spectroscopy
      Scientific Writing: Overview of Experimental Methods Section

Before lecture:
   • Read Background Information: The Skiny on Sunscreens (in course packet)
   • Read The Photochemistry of Sunscreens by D.R. Kimbrough
   • Read pp. 114-117 in Davis et al.: Experimental Section
   • Complete bK Check (bring to Monday's lecture) .....................................


Sept 30
Location: CHM 304






Sept 30

Laboratory Topics
      The Skiny on Sunscreens (Choose-your-own-adventure!)

Before lab:
   • Continue to develop your procedure with your lab partner for The Skiny on
     Sunscreens lab. Your TA must approve your experiment before you begin.

Written assignments:
   • Complete Procedure Notes (located in the course packet & due at the
     start of lab) ………................................................................................
   • Write Results & Discussion Section + Experimental Methods Section +
     Feedback Response ............................................................................

Writing like a scientist...
Check out these videos for help with writing your experimental section.
 

Oct 1-4
Location: CHM 319







Oct 1-4


Oct 8-11

Week 7

Oct
8-11

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: Overview of Computational Chemistry

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: Molecular Modeling
   • Install Spartan on your laptop or personal computer and complete the tutorial: “Acrylonitrile: Building an Organic Molecule” (To access the tutorial: open Spartan, click on Activities in the upper right-hand corner and then select Tutorials.)
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Oct 7
Location: CHM 304







Oct 7

Laboratory Topics
      Chemistry in silico: Molecular Modeling

Before lab:
   • Read Background Information: Molecular Modeling

Written assignments:
   • Complete Lab Notes .…………………....................................................
   • Write Computational Methods Section .…………………....…....................

Writing like a scientist...
Check out these videos for help with writing your computational details section.

 

Oct 8-11
Location: WIL 308






complete in lab
complete in lab


Week 8

Oct
14-18

Reading Days
      DMP: Exploring the Digital Media Lab & Filming Techniques

Before lab:
   • View tutorials on iMovie (Content & Editing)

   • Complete mid-semester feedback .......................................................
 

Oct 14-18
Meet in the Digital
Media Lab
(3rd floor,
Clemons
Library)
from 4-5:15 PM

Oct 18 (online)

  DMP
Complete a draft storyboard; determine group members' responsibilities; set tentative meeting schedule.
 

Oct 18 (email)

Week 9

Oct
21-25

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: Overview of Molecular Orbital Theory

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: Exploring Molecular Orbitals
   • Complete A Tutorial: Dinitrogen
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Oct 21
Location: CHM 304




Oct 21

Laboratory Topics
      Exploring Molecular Orbitals

Before lab:
   • Read Background Information: Exploring Molecular Orbitals

Written assignments:

   • Complete Procedure Notes (located in the course packet & due at the
     start of lab) ………...............................................................................

   • Write Results & Discussion Section + Feedback Response ...................
 

Oct 22-25
Location: WIL 308






Oct 22-25

Oct 29-Nov 1

Week 10

Oct 28-
Nov 1

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: More on Molecular Orbital Theory (Conjugation
                      & Aromaticity)

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: More Molecular Orbitals
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Oct 28
Location: CHM 304




Oct 28

Laboratory Topics
      More on Molecular Orbitals

Before lab:
   • Read Background Information: More on Molecular Orbitals

Written assignments:
   • Complete Lab Notes .…………………....................................................
 

Oct 29-Nov 1
Location: WIL 308





complete in lab

Week 11

Nov
4-8

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: Overview of IR Spectroscopy
      Scientific Writing: Overview of Introductory Section

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: The Missing Link
   • Complete A Tutorial: Acetone
   • Read pp. 127-129 in Davis et al.: Introduction
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Nov 4
Location: CHM 304





Nov 4

Laboratory Topics
      Chemistry: The Missing Link: Benzyne & IR Spectroscopy

Before lab:

   • Read Background Information: The Missing Link

Written assignments:
   • Write Results & Discussion Section + Introductory Section + Feedback
     Response ……………………………………………....................................

Writing like a scientist...
Check out these videos for help with writing your introduction.
 

Nov 5-8







Nov 12-15

 
DMP
Schedule 15-minute meeting with instructor between Nov 20-22; develop 60-second project demo.
 
 
Nov 8 (online
scheduler)

Week 12

Nov
11-15

Lecture Topics
      Chemistry: Overview of Extraction Techniques, IR, and NMR
      Scientific Writing: Overview of Abstract Section

Before lecture:
   • Skim Background Information: Spice of Life
   • Read pp. 129-130 in Davis et al.: Abstract
   • Read pp. 70-96 in Davis et al.: Editing for Concision & ACS Style
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Nov 11
Location: CHM 304






Nov 11

Laboratory Topics
      Spice of Life: Analysis of Essential Oils, Part 1

Before lab:
   • Read Background Information: Spice of Life

Written assignments:
   • Complete Procedure Notes (located in the course packet & due at the
     start of lab) ………...............................................................................
   • Write complete Research Report ..........................................................
 

Nov 12-15
Location: CHM 319






Nov 12-15
Dec 3-6

DMP
Complete 60-second project demo; present demo to instructor at scheduled meeting time.
 
 
Nov 13-15 (in person)

Week 13

Nov
18-22

Lecture Topics
     Chemistry: More on IR and NMR Spectroscopy

Before lecture:
   • Re-read pp. 129-130 in Davis et al.: Abstract
   • Complete bK Check (upload to Collab once completed) .........................
 

Nov 18
Location: CHM 304



Nov 18

Laboratory Topics
      Spice of Life: Analysis of Essential Oils (Choose-your-own-adventure!)

Before lab:
   • Re-read Background Information: Spice of Life

Written assignments:

   • Continue to write complete Research Report ..........................................

Writing like a scientist...
Check out these videos for help with writing your abstract.
 

Nov 19-22
Location: CHM 319





Dec 3-6

Week 14

Nov
25-29

Lecture Topics
      No lecture!

Reminders:
   • Spice of Life Research Report is due prior to your lab period Dec 3-6.
   • DMPs are due in your lab Dec 3-6.
   • The lab exam will be assigned electronically Dec 6 and is due Dec 15.
 

Nov 25
Location: CHM 304

Laboratory Topics
     None: Thanksgiving Recess

 

Nov 26-29

Week 15

Dec
2-6

Lecture Topics
     Review for Lab Exam

 

Dec 2
Location: CHM 304

Laboratory Topics
      DMP Presentations

Written assignments (Note: All of these will be completed in lab.):
   • Complete & upload final DMP ......................................………................
   • Complete DMP Self & Peer Critiques ...........................………................
   • Complete final course evaluation ...........................................................
   • Turn in CHEM 1811 Scavenger Hunt ............................……….................
 

Dec 3-6
Location: WIL 308


Dec 3-6

complete in lab
complete in lab
complete in lab

Dec
6-15

Laboratory Exam

Written assignments:

   • Complete Laboratory Exam ...................................................................
 

Dec 6-15

Dec 15 (midnight)

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