Welcome to the 2018-19 lab manual for Chem 201 and 202!

This manual provides guidance in all matters “laboratory” including what you need to do for the first week of lab beginning Tuesday, August 28. It is best if you follow the Getting started instructions right away (see below), even though the semester hasn’t started. Here are a couple of notes to help you use this manual more effectively, followed by some directions on where to turn next.

Finding the lab manual. We don’t know how you found this document, but the easiest way is to either flag this web page or use the link in the upper right of the Chem 201 home page. Search engines may take you to a prehistoric, zombie version of the lab manual so relying on them is strongly discouraged.

Lab manual organization. Key pages in this manual – “Welcome”, “Calendar”, and so on – are listed at the top of every page. Each word is a pull-down menu that leads to other parts of the manual. Use the menu links to get around (note: some menu items lead to pop-out menus). Over the course of two semesters you can expect to read every page of the manual.

The Lab Links sidebar contains links to other sites that you will need to use regularly.

Getting started – Week #1. As stated above, all lab sessions will meet the first week (Week #1) and the lab lecture on M, August 27 (6:10-7:00 pm, Psych 105) will meet as well. Your attendance is expected.* To get started, read Policies: Preparing for Lab: Before Week #1… and do whatever reading, purchasing, and writing is listed there. After that, read the Notebooks appendix, check out the lab Calendar, and read the rest of the Policies. This will get you through your first lab.

*You need to attend lab during Week #1 even if you have not registered for a lab section yet. Come to whichever lab session is most convenient, but please realize that some sections will have filled up and you may not be able to continue attending these sessions after the first week.

Getting started – Week #2. To prepare for the first experiment (Week #2), read Policies: Preparing for Lab: Before the actual lab day…, then read the recommended sections of Exp’t 1 – Structure-Solubility Relationships for Alcohols (as well as reviewing the Safety and Disposal appendices). This reading can be done in between your first and second lab sessions.

Construction warning – some pages in the lab manual are still being revised at this time (Aug 19-27).