Course Details and Policies

Fall 2016, TR 8:00 – 9:15 AM, W 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Professor:  Whitney King
Office Hours:   11-12 AM, by appointment, or stop by my office.
Office:  211 Keyes (x5755)
Home: 207-873-6154
Cell: 207-649-9674 (texting is fine)

Textbook:  Daniel C. Harris, “Quantitative Chemical Analysis”, 8th ed.

Course Overview
A study of the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Students in this course learn how to use physical measurements to make quantitative chemical measurements reported with defined uncertainties. Concepts of chemical mass and charge balance are used to calculate chemical speciation in complex acid/base and redox systems. Lectures and homework focus on problem solving skills that provide solutions to new problems based on fundamental chemical principles and constants. The required laboratory introduces students to advanced volumetric, potentiometric and spectroscopic techniques for quantitative chemical analysis. Written lab reports reinforce the technical writing style used in chemical communications.

Homework                                        10 %
Semester Exams and Quizzes       40 %
Final Exam                                       25 %
Lab                                                     25 %

Lecture Topics and Approximate Exam Schedule (Updated Weekly)

Treatment of Analytical Data                            Read chapters 1-5
Chemical Equilibria and Solubility                   Read chapter 6
Quiz –-September 29, 2016

Volumetric Analysis                                                                                Read chapter 7
Activity and Systematic Equilibrium Calculations                             Read chapters 8 & 9
Acid-Base Equilibria                                                                                Read chapter 10 & 11
Spectrophotometric Analysis                                                                 Read chapter 18, 19
1st Exam — October 13, 2016

Titrations and Distribution Functions                                                 Read chapters 12
Complex Formation                                                                                 Read chapter 13
Fundamentals of Electrochemistry                                                       Read chapter 14
2nd Exam — November 2, 2016

Potentiometry and Redox Methods                                                         Read chapters 15 & 16
Electrogravimetric, Coulometric and Voltammetric Analysis             Read chapter 17
Final Exam

The Homework is a very important component of the course.  Homework will be assigned every week.  Answers to the homework are provided in the back of the book.   Your job is to work out the solutions that yield the answers.  All homework will be graded and should reflect your own knowledge of the problem.  It is against the course policy to use online or published homework solutions to complete your homework.

Many problems will be best solved using a computer program/spreadsheet.  Include a hard copy of the results with your homework  assignment and also place the program/spreadsheet used to solve the problem into your folder on the file server.  You should have your own backup copy of your homework!!!  You will be allowed to use some of your computer programs to solve problems during hour exams. 

Prelab assignments
Prelab exercises are an important component of the laboratory.  The prelabs familiarize you with the current week’s experiment making you more efficient in the laboratory and often improving your results.  A short lab quiz may be given before each new lab exercise.

Academic Honesty
All students are expected to do their own work.  In some cases I will ask you to work on experiments in small groups.  I expect and encourage you to discuss the procedures and results of these experiments with your fellow classmates.  It is also acceptable to work together on difficult homework assignments, but not download solutions from the internet or other sources.  The final lab reports and completed homework assignments should be your own work.  This means that you should be able to explain in detail all of the steps and procedures used to solve a particular homework problem or lab assignment.  All spreadsheets should be your own work, including the equations!   If you work with other students on homework or lab assignments you should acknowledge this collaboration by listing their names on the top of your assignment.

The college statement on academic integrity:  Honesty, integrity, and personal responsibility are cornerstones of a Colby education and provide the foundation for scholarly inquiry, intellectual discourse, and an open and welcoming campus community.  These values are articulated in the Colby Affirmation and are central to this course. Students are expected to demonstrate academic honesty in all aspects of this course.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: plagiarism (including quoting sources without quotation marks around the borrowed words and a citation); presenting another’s work as one’s own; buying or attempting to buy papers or projects for a course; fabricating information or citations; knowingly assisting others in acts of academic dishonesty; violating clearly stated rules for taking an exam or completing homework; misrepresentations to faculty within the context of a course; and submitting the same work, including an essay that you wrote, in more than one course without the permission of instructors.

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense against the college. Sanctions for academic dishonesty are assigned by an academic review board and may include failure on the assignment, failure in the course, or suspension or expulsion from the College.

For more on recognizing and avoiding plagiarism, see the library guide:

Attendance Policy
The attendance and exam policy for the Department of Chemistry is posted on our WEB page (