Survey of Chemistry Lab is an introductory laboratory course designed to teach the basics of working with laboratory equipment, data gathering, analysis and reporting.

The prerequisite for this course is (CHEM 103 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment).

All CHEM A103 labs are held in CPSB 314.  You must attend the first day of labs and you must attend with your lab manual, goggles, and lab coat.  If you miss the first day of labs, you may forfeit your space in lab. The lab manual, safety goggles, and lab coat are available through the campus bookstore.  Labs start on January 13th, 2014.  Students shall be dressed appropriately for lab or entry into lab shall be denied. Long-sleeved shirts, pants that go down to the ankles, and proper shoes shall be worn. Starting this semester, lab coats are required for all chemistry labs. Review section 3d in the Chemistry Department's Teaching Laboratory Safety Agreement and Procedures for a complete overview of our dress code.

For your convenience, we've posted several files below that you may find useful at some point during the semester.  Please check back frequently to remind yourself of what's available here.  Some of our files are posted in PowerPoint format.  Others are posted in pdf format.   If you don't already have it, the Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.


Of General Interest:

Spring 2014 Syllabus

Sample Spreadsheet and Formulas

The Add/Drop deadline with 100% refund this semester is January 24th.

The Withdrawal deadline this semester is April 4th.


Course Presentations

All the presentations have been updated for this semester.

Week of: Topic Presentation


Safety Orientation, Lab Orientation, Syllabus and Locker Check-in (goggles and lab manual required) Safety Orientation

Glassware and Equipment
Mathematics in Chemistry: Homework Assigned
Lab 1
1/20 Week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Labs
Laboratory Glassware and Equipment Lab 2
MicroLab(TM) and Calibration Curves: Homework Assigned Lab 4
2/3 Volume Determination and Density Lab 3


MicroLab(TM) and Calibration Curves: In-class Exercise
Lab 4
Skill Evaluations
pp. 283 - 302
2/17 Plotting Measured Data to Generate a Graph Lab 5
Synthesis of Potassium Dioxalatocuprate (II) Dihydrate Lab 6
3/3 Solutions and Electrolytes: Qualitative Observations Lab 7
3/10 Spring Break - No Labs
3/17 Determination of Concentration Using Spectrophotometry
Lab 8
3/24 Skill Evaluations pp. 283 - 302
3/31 Kinetics: Measuring Reaction Rates Lab 9
4/7 Analysis of Vinegar by Titration
Lab 10
4/14 Determination of Buffer Capacity Lab 11
4/21 Skills Evaluations pp. 283 - 302