Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab is a one semester lab based on the concepts presented in CHEM A104.

The prerequisites for this course are CHEM 103 with a minimum grade of C and CHEM 103L with a minimum grade of C and (CHEM 104 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment).

Female students who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant during the semester in which they will be taking this laboratory course will need to consult their physician first.  Many of the chemicals used in this course are known teratogens!

All CHEM A104 labs are held in CPSB 311.  You must attend the first day of labs and you must attend with your lab manual and goggles.  If you miss the first day of labs, you may forfeit your space in lab. Both the lab manual and safety goggles 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. Lab coats are mandatory for Chem 104L students. 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:

Please refer to your Blackboard course shell for a copy of your course syllabus.

Please refer to your Blackboard course shell for a copy of your course schedule.

Stereochemistry Definitions

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

The Withdrawal deadline this semester is April 4th.



Course Presentations

Check back soon for updated course presentations.

Week of: Topic Presentation
1/13 Safety Orientation, Lab Orientation and Syllabus

(When locker check-ins are conducted, they will require goggles and a lab coat.)

Safety Orientation

Glassware and Equipment
Download Nomenclature 1 & 2 from Blackboard - Homework Assignment
1/20 Week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Labs
1/27 Nomenclature IAssignment
2/3 Quantitative Analysis of Vitamin C Contained in Foods Lab 10
2/10 Identification of Alcohols and Phenols Lab 1
Structures in Organic Compounds / Stereochemistry
Lab 4/5
2/24 Preparation of Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin)
Lab 3
3/3 Nomenclature II / Research Paper
3/10 Spring Break - No Labs
3/17 Carbohydrates Lab 6
3/24 Research Paper / Presentations
3/31 Preparation and Properties of a SoapLab 8
4/7 Acid-Base Properties of Amino Acids Lab 9
4/14 Isolation of Caffeine from Tea Leaves Lab 7
4/21 Practical Final Exam  

Your instructor will provide you with specific deadlines for your assignments in their syllabus.


Below are the Material Safety Data Sheets for all the reagents you will be using this semester.



1 Acetone, Butyl Alcohol (n-), Butyl Alcohol (sec-), Butyl Alcohol (tert-), Chromic Acid-Sulfuric Acid, Dimethoxyethane (1,2-), Ferric Chloride (3 %), Hydrochloric Acid (33-40 %), Iodine Potassium Iodide, Phenol, Propyl Alcohol (Iso-) (90-100 %), Sodium Hydroxide (10%), Sulfuric Acid (52-100 %), Water, Zinc Chloride
2 Acetic Acid (glacial), Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Butyl Alcohol (Iso-), Ethanol, Formic Acid, Hydrochloric Acid (1-10 %), Hydrochloric Acid (10-33 %), Methyl Alcohol, Methyl Salicylate, Pentyl Alcohol (Iso-), Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide (10 %), Sodium Hydroxide (20-30 %), Sulfuric Acid (52-100 %), Water
3 Acetic Anhydride, Aspirin, Ethanol, Ferric Chloride (3 %), Salicylic Acid, Silver Nitrate (1 N), Sulfuric Acid (52-100 %), Water
6 Copper Sulfate (1 M), Dextrose Monohydrate, Fructose, Iodine (0.025 N), Lactose, Potassium Sodium Tartrate, Sodium Hydroxide (0.2-2.0 N), Sodium Hydroxide (10-60 %), Starch, Sucrose, Sulfuric Acid (10-51 %), Water
7 Anhydrous Sodium Sulfate, Anhydrous Sodium Carbonate, Dichloromethane, Water
8 Calcium Chloride Dihydrate, Ethanol, Ferric Chloride (3 %), Magnesium Chloride, Mineral Oil, Sodium Chloride (25 %), Sodium Hydroxide (20-30 %), Vegetable Oil, Water
9 Glycine, Hydrochloric Acid (1-10 %), Potassium Hydroxide (10-45 %), Sodium Hydroxide (0.2-2.0 N), Water
10 Ascorbic Acid, Hydrochloric Acid (1-10 %), Iodine Potassium Iodide, Starch, Water
Buffer pH 4 Buffer pH 4, Amaranth, Dowicide A, Potassium Acid Phthalate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phenylphenate (O-), Water
Buffer pH 7 Buffer pH 7, Dowicide A, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phenylphenate (O-), Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Tartrazine, Water
Buffer pH 10 Buffer pH 10, Dichloropropene (1,3-), Dowicil 75, Hexamethylenetetramine, Methylene Chloride, Patent Blue A, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate Monohydrate, Water