CHM 4473 (revised 01/02/06


Physical Measurements Laboratory CHEM4473-syllabus-Fall-2006-v1.doc)

Spring 2006

CATALOG DESCRIPTION CHEM 4473 Physical Measurements Laboratory (4 semester hours) Thermodynamics, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and physical properties of matter, kinetics, basic operations in electronics, literature skills, statistics, and basic computerinstrument interfaces. Prerequisites: CHEM 3472 and CHEM 3312, or consent of instructor. (1-7) Y INSTRUCTOR Dr. Lynn A. Melton BE3.322 (972) 883-2913 Lecture: Laboratory M-W M-W 1:00-2:00 2:00-4:45 BE3.102 BE3.314


Monday afternoon 11:00 am -12:00 pm, by appointment, or come by the office


Understanding of and experience with thermodynamic, spectroscopic, kinetic, and computer-based measurements; Laboratory experience and methods development with instrumentation, particularly spectroscopic and computer methods; Data reduction and reporting; Understanding and use of computational and statistical methods in chemistry.

Note about Spring 2006 objectives: CHEM 4473 is a course in transition. It does not attract enough chemistry majors to justify offering the course every year, and yet it contains material that makes use of the prerequisite semester of physical chemistry. Over the next few years, the course will be broadened with “biophysics modules” in order to encourage biochemistry majors to take the course as an elective. In Spring 2006, students will be encouraged to participate in the development of new, biophysics-related modules for use in subsequent years. Thus the broadened (and perhaps renamed) course may serve as a “physical chemistry lab” (if students take mostly standard PChem modules) or as a “biophysics lab” (if students take mostly biophysics modules).


TEXT(S) The lab modules will be described in handouts and reference materials. There is no required text. Lab Book: “Roaring Springs Composition Book”, Quad. Rules 5 to 1”, Bar Code 70972 77255, available in UTD Bookstore (required). COMPUTER USE BlackBoard will be used routinely for announcements, posting of course materials, etc. Further instruction will be provided on how to use this tool. Use of standard computational programs, such as EXCEL, will be required. Contact the instructor early in the course if assistance is needed. GRADING The course grade will be based on student performance on seven twoweek long modules, each of which is worth 100 points. There will not be midterm exams or a final exam. In grading each module, the instructor will take into account the amount and quality of the lab work the student has performed, the quality of the lab book material, the difficulty of the project attempted, the quality of the written lab report, adherence to schedule and deadlines, and other relevant factors. Each student should strive to make each lab period as productive as possible. REPORTS DUE In general, lab reports are due 12 days after the fourth lab period on a module, unless the instructor has given written permission for a different due date.

DROP DEADLINES 1/25/06, 2/13/06-3/16/06; see Spring 2006 Academic Calendar. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY “The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work of material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.”


LECTURE SCHEDULE The key material for the course in is the lab modules. In most cases, the lectures will be used to provide fundamental material, which may be review or new, in order to assist the student progress in the modules. Date Lecture Topic


01/09/06 01/11/06 01/16/06 01/18/06 01/23/06 01/25/06 01/30/06 02/01/06 02/06/06 02/10/06 02/13/06 02/15/06 02/20/06 02/22/06 02/27/06 03/01/06 03/06/06 03/08/06 03/13/06

Class Organization Review: thermodynamics Review: quantum mechanics Review: kinetics Other lecture topics TBA

Spring Break Spring Break



03/15/06 03/20/06 03/22/06 03/27/06 03/39/06 04/03/06 04/05/06 04/10/06 04/12/06 04/17/06 04/19/06 04/24/06 Last day of class; departmental review

Lab Modules and Procedures Students will work in pairs. Each student must complete (1) a thermodynamics module (T), a spectroscopy module (S), a kinetics module (K), and a computer module (C); (2) two additional laboratory modules (Choice – CH); and (3) the scientific paper module (SP). Four lab periods have been scheduled for each module; however, with the consent of the instructor, a student may spend an additional four lab periods on a particular module. Some of the modules have well-developed handouts (T-Bomb Calorimetry, SHCl/DCl, K-Analysis of Reaction Data (K); others will require more thought and development on the part of the student. Some of the choice modules may allow/require the student to contribute his/her own ideas and skills.


Laboratory Modules L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 L7 Thermodynamics [T1 Bomb Calorimetry; T2 Exciplex Fluorescence] Spectroscopy [S1 HCl/DCl, S2 Raman Activity] Kinetics [K1 Analysis of Reaction Data; K2 Stopped Flow Fluorescence] Computer [C1 LabView; C2 Computation] Choice [CH1 Nanotubes; CH2 Centrifugation; CH3 Naphthol Fluorescence] Choice [CH1 Nanotubes; CH2 Centrifugation; CH3 Naphthol Fluorescence] Scientific paper

LAB SCHEDULE There are no dates for make up labs. Date 01/09/06 01/11/06 01/16/06 01/18/06 01/23/06 02/25/06 01/30/06 02/01/06 02/06/06 02/08/06 02/13/06 02/15/06 02/20/06 02/22/06 02/27/06 Activity Module#1 Module#1 Module#1 Module#1 Module#2 Module#2 Module#2 Module#2 Module#3 Module#3 Module#3 Module#3 Module#4 Module#4 Module#4


03/01/06 03/06/06 03/08/06 03/13/06 03/15/06 03/20/06 03/22/06 03/27/06 03/29/06 04/03/06 04/05/06 04/10/06 04/12/06 04/17/06 04/19/06

Module#4 Spring Break Spring Break Module#5 Module#5 Module#5 Module#5 Module#6 Module#6 Module#6 Module#6 Module#7 Module#7 Module#7 Module#7


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