CHEMISTRY 133, Spring, 2011



Meeting time, place:

Lecture: 2:30 –3:20, Tuesday and Thursday, Sequoia 450

Laboratory: 3:30 –6:20, Tuesday and Thursday, Sequoia 516


Instructor and tentative office hours:

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

Monday 10:30 to 11:30, Wednesday 1:00 to 2:00 and Thursday 10:30 to 11:30.


Class Internet Site: - Class information, such as homework solutions, some lecture notes, corrections to documents, etc., will be provided.


Course Emphasis:

Lecture – learn basic principles of electronics and data acquisition; cover principles involving spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and electrochemistry.  Emphasis will be split between learning basic principles of the four classes of instruments and learning details about specific types of instruments within each class.

Lab – learn basic electronics associated with chemical instruments; learn how to operate and optimize various spectroscopic and chromatographic instruments for chemical analysis; learn sample/standard preparation methods; investigate the implementation of a new analytical method.


Texts: Wayne, Chemical Instrumentation and Harris, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Seventh Edition.  However, you are responsible for knowing the differences.  Also recommended for those interested, Skoog, Holler, and Nieman, Principles of Instrumental Analysis, Sixth Edition.  The Laboratory Manual will be available at the Bookstore. The instructions for the first laboratory experiment will also be provided separately on the internet.



Exams (2 midterms at 14% each and one final at 20%)

Quizzes (give roughly every other Thursday - 7%)

Laboratory reports/practical (35%)

Term Project (10%)

Missed exams, if excused, will be made up at time of final exam.  Laboratory reports will be graded on 1) completion of the intended experiments, 2) proper written format, 3) proper analysis of the data, and 4) quality of the work, including accuracy of the analyses when given unknowns to determine. Laboratory reports that are turned in late will lose 10% of the points per class period.  I am planning to allow students to take 1 laboratory practical to replace a laboratory report, but the laboratory practical may only be available for certain experiments.  The laboratory practical will be a ~30 min. test on a student's ability to use equipment to carry out specific procedures and understand results.  The overall distribution of grades will depend to some extent on the class average, but a higher average will result in more high grades.  Additional details on grading for laboratory reports and practicals and the term project will be given in other handouts.

Prerequisites: Chem. 31 and 140B or 142 (If the demand for the class is not too great, it may be possible to take Chem. 140B or Chem. 142 concurrently)


Tentative Lecture Schedule

Topic                                                                                Week                 Pages

Fundamental Electronics (Wayne, Ch. 1)                             Jan. 24                1-13, 16, 17

Electronics and measurements (Ch. 2, 3)                             Jan. 31                20-25, 34-36

Transducers and Feedback (Ch. 3, 4)                                 Feb. 7                 39-46, 61-68

Finish Wayne and Spectroscopy (Harris Ch. 18)                 Feb. 14               379-383

Spectroscopy (Ch. 18, 20)                                                 Feb. 21               383-397; 424-433

Spectroscopy (Ch. 20)                                                       Feb. 28               433-437; 442-449

Atomic Spectroscopy (Ch. 21)                                           March 7              453-468

Exam 1 (Electronics and Ch. 18, 20)                               March 8

NMR                                                                                 March 14            selected readings

Spring Break                                                                      March 21           

NMR, Mass Spectrometry (Ch. 22)                                   March 28            474-488

Mass Spectrometry, Separations (Ch. 23)                           April 4                 488-495, 502, 506-511

Separations                                                                        April 11               511-521

GC (Ch. 24)                                                                       April 18               529-546

Exam 2 (Ch. 20-22 + NMR)                                            April 19

HPLC (Ch. 25)                                                                  April 25               557-575

Electrochemistry (Ch. 14)                                                   May 2                 270-283

Electrochemistry (Ch. 14, 15), review                                 May 9                 283-288, 299-306

Final Exam                                                                       May 19

Term Project Poster Presentation                                   May 20*


* This will be on the day of the Chemistry Dept. Spring Graduation Party which typically is on the Friday of Finals Week.


Policy on cheating:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  This includes copying the work of your classmates, using unauthorized notes during quizzes and exams, falsifying data, and plagiarizing others’ work.  Cheating could result in a reduced score for the work to expulsion from the university.  Become familiar with CSUS cheating policies that can be found at: