TERM:2020-21 Fall
COURSE TITLE: Analytical Chemistry I
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Leah Martin-Visscher
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the fundamental chemistry underlying quantitative analysis. Particular emphasis is given to the response of a chemical system at equilibrium to changes in various parameters and to the proper collection and treatment of analytical data. The focus in the laboratory is on gravimetric and volumetric techniques.

Prerequisites: CHEM 201
  • Daniel Harris, Charles Lucy, Quantitative Chemical Analysis. 9th (ISBN: 9781464135385)
  • Computer or tablet with a camera (or a webcam) for accessing Zoom lectures. Smartphones are not recommended
  • Microsoft Excel – you should have access via your student account
  • Scientific calculator
  • Safety glasses – available in the bookstore, or down the road at Vallen (4810 92 Ave)
  • 1 hardcover notebook (not coil bound)
Midterm 117%
Midterm 218%
Final Exam25%
OBJECTIVES:Learning outcomes are statements that describe the key content, skills or values that you will be able to demonstrate, or describe, upon completing the course. This course, though a combination of lecture and  laboratory experiments, is designed to help you answer questions about measurement in chemistry. At the end of this course, the successful student be able to:
  • Evaluate the meaningfulness of data (A,C,E), and assess random and systematic errors, by:
    • Calibrating volumetric glassware and laboratory equipment (C)
    • Explaining the complete process, from sampling to measurement and the connection of each step to uncertainty in the final answer (B, C)
    • Performing statistical analysis (B,C)
    • Explain the importance of error propagation and statistical analysis in a calculation and how this influences what you can “know” about a sample (E)
  • Analyze and quantify the component(s) in a sample by:
    • applying principles of chemical equilibrium to analyze chemical samples (A,B) using acid-base, complexiometric, gravimetric or precipitation titrations to analyze a sample (A,B)
    • Planning and carrying out a suitable laboratory procedure (A,B,C)
    • Demonstrate the correct use of instrumentation and volumetric glassware (C)
    • Use spreadsheets to perform calculations and prepare graphs (A,D)
  • compare, contrast, and select methods of quality assurance for chemical analysis (B,C,F)
  • calculate parameters such as chemical speciation, solubility or complex formation using equilibrium constants (A,B)
  • Effectively communicate laboratory results in oral and written form (notebook, scientific reports, presentations) (D)
  • explain the basic principles of electrochemical methods (A)
  • describe the use potentiometry, coulometry, or voltammetry to analyze chemical samples (A,B)
  • reflect on and form an educated response to the question of how “uncertainty in measurement” can be used to advantage or disadvantage different groups of people, and the cultural and social impacts of “uncertainty” (E,F)
  • 1. Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
    • Measurement, precision & accuracy
    • Error analysis, statistics & sampling
    • Quality assurance & calibration
  • 2. Chemical equilibrium
    • Review of equilibrium
    • Solubility, precipitation & complex formation
    • Activity
  • 3. Acid-Base equilibrium
    • Acid-base reactions
    • Buffers
  • 4. Acid-Base titrations
    • Titrations
    • Applications of acid-base titrations
  • 5. Complexiometric titrations
    • Chelation
    • EDTA titrations
  • 6. Gravimetric & Precipitation titrations
    • Solubility & precipitation
    • Precipitation titrations
  • 7. Electrochemistry & Electrochemical Methods
    • Redox titrations
    • Potentiometry
    • Coulometric analysis
    • Voltammetry
  • Lab 1 - Calibration of Glassware
  • Lab 2 - Sampling & Uncertainty
  • Lab 3 - Fajans Endpoint
  • Lab 4 - Buffer Bootcam;
  • Lab 5 - Standardization
  • Lab 6 - Identification of an unknown acid
  • Lab 7 - Titration of water

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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