Fall, 2011


Meeting time, place:

Lecture – 11:00 to 11:50, Monday and Wednesday, Sequoia 301; Laboratory – Sequoia 446



Lecture: Dr. Roy Dixon (office – Sequoia 446C, phone 8-6893, email:

Laboratory: Section 2 (MW 8-10:30) and 3 (MW 1:30-4) – Dr.  Roy Dixon, Section 4 (TuTh 9-11:30) – Mr. Patrick Sparks [Currently taught on Tu. by Dr. Toofan and on Th by Dr. Dixon], Section 5 (TuTh 1:00-3:30) - Dr. Jahansooz Toofan


Emphasis of Course Content:

Lecture - Principles and application of chemical equilibria; measurements and associated statistics; titrations; introduction to spectroscopy and chromatography.

Laboratory – mastering equipment for quantitative handling of chemicals; learning high precision analytical methods; introduction to spectroscopy and chromatography for quantitative analysis; application of statistics; introduction to report writing.


Texts: Harris, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th edition (Note, you may use an earlier edition of the text, but you are responsible for any differences); For Lab, Chemistry 31 Laboratory Manual


Tentative Lecture Schedule (Amount of material covered may change slightly but test dates are rarely changed. Chapters in italics are "review" chapters.  Parts of other chapters also are review items):

Topic                                                                         Week                     Reading        

Measurements (Ch. 1); Errors (Ch. 3)                            Aug. 29                   13–24; 51-52

Errors (Ch. 3)                                                             Sept. 5                    52-64

Statistics (Ch. 4)                                                         Sept. 12                  69-80

Statistics (Ch. 4); Equilibria (Ch. 6)                             Sept. 19                  80-89; 118-121

Equilibria (Ch. 6)                                                       Sept. 26                  121-136

Advanced Equilibria (Ch. 7)                                          Oct. 3                     143-150

Exam 1 (Ch. 1, 3, 4, part of 6)                                    Oct. 3

Advanced Equilibria (Ch. 7), Strong acids                      Oct. 10                   150-158; 163-165

Spectroscopy (Ch. 17)                                                 Oct. 17                   393-399

Chromatography (Ch. 22)                                            Oct. 24                   537-539; 542-545

Chromatography (Ch. 22)                                            Oct.31                    546-553

Acid-Base Equilibria (Ch.8)                                           Nov. 7                    165-177

Polyprotic acids (Ch. 9)                                               Nov. 14                   185-191

Exam 2 (Ch. 7, 17, and 22; parts of Ch. 6 and 8)        Nov. 14

Polyprotic acids (Ch.9)                                                Nov. 21                   193-198

Acid-Base Titrations (Ch.10)                                        Nov. 28                   205-212

Acid-Base Titrations (Ch.10), Catch up                          Dec. 5                     212-223

Final Exam                                                                Dec. 14   10:15-12:15


Holidays affecting class: Sept. 5 (Labor Day), Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving).


Note: additional reading for the laboratory section will be needed (e.g. Chapters 2 and 5).

Posted Information (homework solutions, example exams, assignments):

At website (


Tentative office hours: Mon 1-1:30, Tues. 4-5, Wed 1-1:30 (in Sequoia 446C), Thurs 2:30-3:30 (in help office).  The office hours for the lab instructors will be posted later.


Attendance:  Attendance in the lecture will not be taken.  However, it is to your benefit to attend the lectures and quizzes can not be made up.  In the lab, the instructors reserve the right to drop students who miss too many lab meetings, who fall behind because of attendance problems, or who are consistently late to lab.



The lecture score will account for 55% of the total score with the remainder (45%) from the lab.



         2 midterms (100 points each)

         Cumulative final exam (140 points)

Exams missed due to exceptional circumstances can be made up on the day of the final exam.

         Quizzes (60 points total)

I expect that there will be seven quizzes (six that count and each worth 10 points).  You will be able to drop your lowest quiz score.  Assigned homework problems will not be collected but will form the basis of some of the quiz and exam problems.  The first graded quiz will be the diagnostic quiz, with the score based on the "resubmitted" quiz (You get a chance to correct wrong answers).



Laboratory Reports (85 pts)

Laboratory Notebook Grading (10 pts)

More details of the laboratory grading will be provided in the handout, “Chem. 31 Laboratory Report Schedule”.


Assignment of grades:

The break-down of grades will depend on the class average (in other words be curved), but a higher class average will result in more high grades.  The following grading scheme (excluding +’s and –‘s) can be considered “typical”:

               A                                                    90 – 100%

               B                                                    78 – 90%

               C                                                    66 – 78%

               D                                                    55 – 66%

NOTE:  There is a minimum score requirement of at least 50% in both the lecture and laboratory sections to get a grade of C- or above.


Cheating in class:  Student caught cheating during quizzes or exams, falsifying lab data, or plagiarizing reports will be subject to punishment.  If you have questions on what constitutes plagiarism, see the instructor. Punishment may range from receiving a zero on the quiz/exam to expulsion from the university (see


Prerequisites: Pass Chem 1A and 1B or equivalent with grade of C- or better.  Be prepared to show proof that you have met the prerequisites in lab.