Chemistry 366/368 Syllabus

Spring 2007
CHEM 366/368,
Instrumental Analysis/Instrumental Analysis Lab

Dr. S.E. Van Bramer
Kirkbride 465
Office Hours
Mon 10:00-11:00
Mon 2:00-2:50
Tue 11:00-11:50
Wed 10:00-10:50
Fri 10:00-10:50


  1. Required Text: Skoog, Holler, Crouch Principles of Instrumental Analysis; Thompson

Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated and are grounds for FAILURE in the course. The University's policy on cheating and other forms of academic fraud will be strictly enforced. When in doubt about what is acceptable, ask the instructor. You will do some work in small groups and interaction is strongly encouraged in this setting. You, however, are ultimately responsible for the material. Working together on homework problems is acceptable, but you must reference other people's ideas. Quiz's and Exams must be your own work. You are allowed to use a calculator and a pen or pencil for quizzes and exams. No other materials are allowed. For additional information read "What is Plagiarism". A copy of the appeal procedure for student academic grievances is available in the Science Division office.


Lecture is scheduled for M, W, F from 11:00 to 11:50 in KB 471. Lab is scheduled for M, W 1:00 to 3:50 in KB 435 and 437.

Course Description

A study of instrumentation and its applicability to structural determination and chemical analysis is made. Included are elementary electronics and circuitry, electrochemical, spectrophotometric, and chromatographic methods. Prerequisite: CHEM 365, CHEM 385, PHYS 232 or equivalent, MATH 142, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: CHEM 368. 3 class hours. 3 semester hours


  1. Students will be able to compare and contrast instrumental techniques including the following:
  2. Students will be able to describe the function and purpose of the following components of an instrument
  3. Students will be able to identify an instrumental method to provide needed information
  4. Students will be able to develop a procedure that includes the following:
  5. Students will be able to interpret experimental data
  6. Students will be able to make a conclusion based upon experimental results


You are expected to attend lecture. Lecture will supplement the textbook and a significant amount of time is spent working problems. 


+/- grades are used. A separate grade will be given for lecture and lab. Your grade for the first half of the semester is based upon performance on the following:
  1. Lecture
    1. 30% Homework. 10% will be deducted from ALL late work. Work will not be accepted after 1 week from the due date. At the instructors discretion, students may be required to redo any graded work for a 10% penalty. The redo will be due one week after receipt.
      1. Using Excel for Statistical Calculations Homework Set
      2. Statistics Problem Set #1
      3. Statistics Problem Set #2
      4. Electronics Homework
      5. Spectroscopy Homework Set #1
      6. Calibration Homework Problem Set
      7. Spectroscopic Sources Homework Problem Set
      8. Wavelength Selection Homework Problem Set
      9. Aspirin Analysis Homework Problem Set
      10. Spectroscopy Homework Problem Set #2
      11. Electrochemistry Homework Problem Set #2 and #3
      12. A-Page article report
      13. Additional homework to be announced

    2. 30% Take home exam (midterm).
    3. 40% In class final exam.
  2. Lab. Lab reports are due 1 week after the experiment is completed. 10% will be deducted from ALL late work. Work will not be accepted after 1 week from the due date. At the instructors discretion, students may be required to redo any graded work for a 10% penalty. The redo will be due one week after receipt.

Make Up Exams and Quizzes:

  1. If you have advance notice of an absence you must make arrangements with the instructor before the exam is given. Failure to do so will result in a ZERO for the exam.
  2. If you are unable to take an exam and do not have advance notice you must; have an acceptable and documented excuse, be prepared to document your absence, and contact the instructor before the next class meeting.
  3. Undocumented or unacceptable absences result in a zero on the quiz or exam.
  4. If a makeup exam is given, your grade will be the LOWEST of the following:
    1. Your score for the makeup exam or quiz.
    2. Your class weighted average for the final.

Office Hours:

I will be available in my office during scheduled office hours. Any changes in these hours will be posted on my office door and on the Web site. At other times I am happy to help you, if I have time. Feel free to call and make an appointment if you need extra help. You are strongly encouraged to ask questions and seek help early. Chemistry is challenging. When you do not understand something, ask.


Each student is responsible for establishing an e-mail account at the beginning of the semester. This may be done at the Academic Computing Services office, ACN room 200 (go in the north doors). As soon as you have your account send an e-mail message to me at: This account allows you to communicate with other students in the class and send questions. I check my account often (including evenings and weekends) and will respond as soon as possible. I will frequently post information to the class via e-mail. You are responsible for checking your e- mail.


Supplementary course material and a listing of course topics is posted on the WWW This may be accessed from any of the student computer labs on campus (ACN, Wolfgram Library, and Kirkbride 400). Any updates to the course Syllabus will be posted here. In addition the site includes; lecture notes, solutions to homework problems, solutions to problem sets, links to interesting sources on the Web, handouts, and reading guides. Spend some time using this site and becoming familiar with the resources available. 

Syllabus Modification:

Any Modification of this syllabus will be distributed in class and posted on the web.
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