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CHEM1102 - Laboratory

What you need to bring each week

All chemical apparatus necessary for the practical course will be provided by the School of Chemistry. You need to bring:
  • A copy of the experiment(s): preferably the Laboratory Handbook

  • Eye Protection - a pair of safety glasses (obtainable when you buy your laboratory book or from the Union for about $5.00).
    The wearing of eye protection is compulsory at all times whilst you are in the laboratory. If you fail to wear adequate eye protection, you will be asked to leave and will receive a fail for that laboratory session. There are no exceptions.
    You will provided with a suitable pair. Alternatively, you can wear your own.

    At the discretion of the Laboratory Supervisor, normal spectacles, not sunglasses, may be an acceptable alternative but only if they are of an adequate size - see lab notice board for minimum dimensions.

  • Footwear - covered footware must be worn during all lab classes. Students wearing open sandals, thongs and those with bare feet will not be permitted in the laboratory.
    If you fail to wear adequate footwear, you will be asked to leave and will receive a fail for that laboratory session. There are no exceptions.

  • Laboratory Coat - wearing of a laboratory coat is compulsory. This must meet Australian Safety Standards: it must be white, long-sleeved, be made of cotton or a cotton/polyester mix and be long enough to offer adequate protection. You will provided with a suitable laboratory coat. Alternatively, you can wear your own.
    If you fail to wear a laboratory coat, have it unbuttoned or have the sleeves rolled up, you will be asked to leave and will receive a fail for that laboratory session. There are no exceptions.
    Laboratory coats and glasses are available on campus in the Co-Op Bookshop and in the Wentworth Newsagency, as well as in many hardware stores. Alternatively, you can purchase a 'Faculty of Science' branded coat as well as lab glasses online via the eStore.

  • A hair band - if you have long hair, you must tie it back

  • A calculator.

Laboratory on-line pre-work

You must complete the on-line pre-work for the relevant experiments before the laboratory session. The on-line pre-work can be accessed via the Internet, either from one of the Uni Access Centres or from home. To enter the web site:

  1. Log on to eLearning (help with using eLearning)
  2. Follow the link to CHEM1102
  3. Follow the link to 'Laboratory material'.
This will be explained fully in your introductory lab session and is outlined in the assessment information for this unit. Information essential to your understanding of the experiment can be found in both the on-line pre-work and in the Introduction to the experiment in the Laboratory Handbook. Completing the on-line pre-works and associated quizzes forms part of your overall assessment for the semester.

Exemption From the Laboratory Program

There are no automatic exemptions from the practical course for any students.

This page contains information on laboratory exemption in Summer School. For information on laboratory exemption for the normal semester units, see the 'Laboratory Information' page.

If you have previously taken and passed a relevant laboratory course at The University of Sydney, you may be able to claim exemption from the laboratory course. If this is granted, you will carry the laboratory mark from your previous unit and will not be able to improve it. To be granted exemption, you must apply by filling out a form from the First Year Enquiry Office. The Summer School lecturer will prepare this form for you and bring them to class on the first day of the course. There is no need to come to the Enquiry Office before Summer School begins.

Course fees are set by the Federal Government and exemption from the laboratory does not effect course fees, in Summer School or in normal semester.

Laboratory program





Monday 9th January Lab B 2-5 E24 Purification of Organic Compounds
Wednesday 11th January Lab B 2-5 E25 Isolation of a Biologically Active Compound
Monday 16th January Lab B 2-5 E35 Spectroscopic Techniques in Organic Chemistry
Wednesday 18th January Lab B 2-5 E28 Extraction of Organic Compounds
Monday 23rd January Lab B 2-5 E30 Enantiomers - Chirality in Organic Chemistry and
E13 Volumetric Analysis
Wednesday 25th January Lab B 2-5 E29 Preparation of Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid)
and Thin-Layer Chromatography of Analgesic Drugs
Monday 30thJanuary Lab B 2-5 E13 Volumetric Analysis
Wednesday 1st February Lab B 2-5 E22 Relative Molecular Mass of an Unknown,
Water Soluble Acid From Titration (Assessment)
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