Chemistry 255 - Fall 2004
Analytical Chemistry 

Required Materials

Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 6th Edition
Daniel C. Harris
W.H. Freeman ISBN: 0-7167-4464-3

Solutions Manual for Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 6th Edition
Daniel C. Harris
W.H. Freeman ISBN: 0-7167-4984-X

Texas Instruments TI-89 Graphing Calculator

Course Introduction

This class provides you the opportunity to explore analytical chemistry in an environment that emphasizes teamwork and to develop skills, both technical and interpersonal, that will help you obtain employment in the professional world. It asks you to become an active participant in your education as well as in the education of those around you. Why is this important?

Many employers, regardless of mission, desire people who can contribute to the growth of the organization, clearly articulate and effectively communicate their view and ideas, contribute creative solutions to problems, and achieve personal goals. Helen Free, former President of the American Chemical Society and Bayer Corporation employee, states, "We who are technically oriented don't always communicate well with others. Besides chemistry you will need to develop skills in communications, economics, writing, speaking, management/leadership, and how to work with people among others. It is critical to know yourself - what you are best at and worst at." Challenge yourself to develop these skills. A survey of 70 chemical companies revealed the most important traits employers look for in a candidate. Note that the technical skills are not listed; many places will assume you have developed those!

Most Important Characteristics
Communication Skills
Computer Skills

 Most Important Traits
Self Motivation
Problem Solving Skills
Team Player

 To help facilitate this experience, the class (255) and the laboratory (256) will share the same role-playing groups, called a "Company".  In class each company will sit together and have the same roles as in the lab, that is Manager, Chemist, Software, and Hardware, with many of the same responsibilities. Software and Hardware will operate the computational tools (computers or TI-89 calculators).  Manager will interact with me (from the front of the room) to develop and use computational tools to define fundamental concepts in terms of your own lab data and experiences. Chemist will provide all of the data needed from the book and the tables it contains.  Our class sessions will focus on small groups, with a high degree of decision making and interaction on your parts. 

At numerous times throughout the semester we will go into a "workshop" session.  The workshop mode will use 15 to 30 minutes of each class period and each lab of three or four companies will work on parts of the task.  At the end of the sessions, I will ask people to present the results of their work to the rest of the class.  EXCEL or TI-89's will serve as major calculational tools for all of our work together, both in class and lab.

An important professional tool that everyone will be required to purchase is the TI-89 calculator.  This calculator will be used virtually every class period, and may be used on exams.  The TI-89 will work out statistics, solve equations, perform successive approximations, and other numerical approaches to solving problems in equilibrium chemistry.  The power of this inexpensive device has completely changed the nature of the modern analytical chemistry, making it now possible to do realistic modeling of such chemically driven systems as kidney stones, waste dumps, and acid rain.  While other graphing calculators can do some of this work, they are harder to use, especially on exams.

We will be using Mac and PC computers throughout the term and some will have wireless capabilities; 16 Mac G3 portables equipped with AIRPORT technology will be used. These are dispensed from a locked carting system at the beginning of each class period and must be returned at the end. You will each be assigned a computer to use; make sure you always use the computer you are assigned. Upon checking out a portable, you must leave some collateral (an ID or other suitable object with some value). Other computing tools are found in our lab, SC321. Our primary software tools consist of Microsoft Office and LabVIEW 7. These are installed on all the lab machines. Over the semester the analytical lab is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for you to use these resources for any analytical chemistry related coursework. Furthermore, we will also use the campus CLASSES (L:) server as a resource. Any coursework or information found on the computers not related to the course will be destroyed by the network administrator.

The way that points will be assigned for your grade in is summarized below:

participate in 25, 90 minute technical class sessions (25 * 2 points/class)  50 points
do 11 textbook based Problem Sets (11 * 17 points/set) 187 points
do 7 company DAIT Assignments (3 * 20 points and 4 * 27 points), 168 points
take 2 class examinations (2 * 120 points/exam) 240 points
take 4 class quizzes (4 * 25 points/exam) 100 points
take 1 final examination ( 1 * 215 points/exam) 215 points
conduct two role performance peer evaluations of your company 40 points
Course Total: (50 + 187 + 168 + 240 + 100 + 215 + 40) 1000 points


Information on these pages is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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