5.310 Laboratory Chemistry

Spring 2003

Setting up the vacuum distillation apparatus for the Essential Oils experiment.
Setting up the vacuum distillation apparatus for the Essential Oils experiment. (Photo by Chemistry laboratory staff.)

Course Highlights

This site features detailed descriptions of the five experiments completed by students in the course during the semester: unknown amino acid, ferrocene, essential oils, potentiometric titration, and kinetics.

Course Description

Laboratory Chemistry (5.310) introduces experimental chemistry for students requiring a chemistry laboratory who are not majoring in chemistry. Students must have completed general chemistry (5.111) and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the first semester of organic chemistry (5.12). The course covers principles and applications of chemical laboratory techniques, including preparation and analysis of chemical materials, measurement of pH, gas and liquid chromatography, visible-ultraviolet spectrophotometry, infrared spectroscopy, kinetics, data analysis, and elementary synthesis.

NOTE: The Staff for this course would like to acknowledge that the experiments include contributions from past instructors, course textbooks, and others affiliated with course #5.310. Since the following works have evolved over a period of many years, no single source can be attributed.



The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous and require a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented.

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Dr. Janet Schrenk

Laboratory Director:
Dr. Mircea Gheorghiu

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
4 hours / session