CHM-213 : Organic Chemistry I Lab

Academic Level:
An experimental laboratory course to accompany the corresponding Organic Chemistry lecture course (CHM 211 or CHM 212). Students will gain firsthand knowledge of the properties and general reactivity of organic compounds through hands-on experimentation. In the first half of CHM 213, standard "wet-chemical" bench organic chemistry laboratory skills, such as distillation, crystallization, extraction, and chromatographic methods of analysis (among others) are learned. In the second half, these skills are reinforced with experiments designed to illustrate and reinforce lecture theory, including some multistep synthesis reactions. Hands-on training in the acquisition and interpretation using those methods of instrumental analysis most pertinent to the study of organic chemistry, (such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Gas Chromatography (GC) is also provided. In addition, proper methods for documenting and reporting scientific experimentation are reinforced. In CHM 214 students will expand on and reinforce their knowledge of the properties and reactivity of organic compounds by performing a variety of experiments, including several multi-part synthesis reactions. Additional instrumental/ spectroscopic methods of analysis pertinent to the study of organic chemistry are also introduced, including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Three hours of laboratory weekly. 1 credit each CHM 114 IS A PREREQUISISTE FOR CHM 213. CHM 211 IS A COREQUISITE FOR CHM 213 AND CHM 212 IS A COREQUISITE FOR CHM 214. CHM 213 IS A PREREQUISITE FOR CHM 214.