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Archived Version 2005 - 2006

Module Title Chemistry Laboratory
Module Code CS151
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Peter KennyOffice NumberX120
Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To give students an opportunity to develop manipulative and technical skills in the laboratory. To develop a positive and careful approach to experimental work.To develop sound practical skills. To provide, as appropriate, some support to the theoretical work.

Learning Outcomes
Students Should: 7 acquire a range of fundamental laboratory skills related to experimental work in chemistry. 7 be able to demonstrate an ability to apply a broad range of investigative techniques and analytical procedures appropriately in chemical laboratories. 7 develope safe working practices.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 72
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 3

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry: Preparation of a primary standard, 0.05 M sodium carbonate.Standardisation of hydrochloric acid using a primary standard. Analysis of a sodium carbonate/sodium hydroxide mixture by titration with hydrochloric acid.Determination of water of hydration in oxalic acid by potassium permanganate titration.Determination of copper by sodium thiosulphate titration.Analysis of a halide mixture by silver nitrate titration using the method of Mohr.Hardness of water determination of EDTA titration.Successive determination of bismuth and lead by EDTA titration.Gravimetric determination of nickel in a salt.Qualitative Inorganic Analysis: identification of cations and anions and the analysis of an unknown mixture. Physical Chemistry: The kinetics of the alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl benzoate.Calorimetric measurement of an enthalpy of neutralisation.Electromotive force measurement of galvanic cells.Equilibrium in organic liquids.Determination of he distribution ratio of butanedioic acid between water and diethyl ether.Determination of the stoichiometry of the Ni(II)-EDTA complex.The electric properties of molecules. Organic Chemistry: Recrystallisation and melting points.Separations, including:Liquid-liquid extraction - separation of an organic acid from an organic base;Solid-liquid extraction - isolation of trimyristin from nutmeg.Functional group reactions, including:Hydrolysis of trimyristin;Dehydration of 4-methylpentan-2-ol;Preparation of aspirin;
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Laboratory Manual
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