Organic Chemistry 311-01 and

Organic Chemistry 311-03 Laboratory
Wednesday 1:00-3:50PM
NSM C-351
Instructor: Dr. Noel Sturm, NSM D-323, (310) 243-3383 or (310) 243-3376.
Office Hours: MW 4:00-6:30PM; “Chat” Room T 7:00-8:00PM.
E-Mail: [email protected]
Text: Introduction to Organic Laboratory Techniques: A Small Scale Approach; Pavia, Kriz,
Lampman & Engel, 2004 (required); ISBN: 0534408338
Laboratory Manual: The laboratory manual is a set of procedures that must be printed prior to
attending the lab from the web site,, click-on the:
Organic Chemistry Laboratory, CHE 311L, Fall 2006 link. Please note that the first three
procedures, Simple, Fractional and Steam Distillation, will be handed out in class.
Laboratory Notebook: Your notebook is to be with you at all times in the laboratory. This is
where you record what you have done and all of the data and observations that you take. Note
that the lab notebook is not the lab report. Lab reports are written separately and the carbons
from your notebook are attached to the end of the report.
Please use the following format for your lab notebook entries:
Title of experiment (be specific)
Unk # (if any)
A step by step description of what you did (it must contain sufficient detail so that the
experiment could be repeated by anyone reading your notes). One technique is to write in the
steps you propose to do before you get to the lab and then add additional comments and
observations as you actually do the lab.
All significant observations and measurements must be recorded directly into the notebook. Do
not record data on other sheets of paper for later transcription into the notebook!
The original (white) sheets remain attached in the notebook, the carbon copies (blue or yellow)
will be attached to your lab report.
Laboratory Reports: Will be due the Wednesday following the conclusion of an experiment
(i.e. Simple Distillation Report is Due 9/13). Each report will be worth 20 pts, for a total of 200
pts from all laboratory experiments (10). Please note that lab reports are not written in the lab
notebook, but are separate requirements. You will be given explicit instruction, see lab exercises
at, about what each lab report is to contain. Report
must be typed and should include the following:
1. Date
2. Title of Experiment
3. Summary of Experimental Procedure used.
4. Observations / Data (also include a copy taken directly from your laboratory notebook).
5. Graphs, Calculations, Exercises or other activities as per your laboratory manual.
Interpretation of Results and the Report: These sheets found on the web site and tell you
what kind(s) of data, calculations, graphs etc. need to be included in your laboratory report for
any given experiment.
Practicum: To be discussed later, will be a laboratory test and is worth 100 pts.
Quiz: Will cover material from all of the laboratories (100 pts). We will discuss this as we
proceed. This is not something to worry about, instead concentrate on your laboratory work and
subsequent lab reports.
Course Description: Techniques of separation and purification of organic compounds.
Introduction to organic synthesis. Three hours of laboratory per week.
The Goal of this course is to conduct organic chemistry reactions.
Grading Criteria: Letter grade will be based on the following system:
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