CHE 441G



CHE 441G Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Course Description: Laboratory studies in physical chemistry, intended as a follow-on to CHE 440G or 446G. Laboratory, six hours. Prerequisites: CHE 440G, 446G or 547.

For Fall 2007, the instructor is Dr. Sean Parkin and the TA is Mohammed Gharaibeh.

Course Information

Lab Times:

In the Spring, CHE441G generally offers four sections (either M/W or T/Th), while in the Fall there is usually just one section (M or W).


Orientation & Safety (CP – 114) August 22 (Wed.)
Statistical Treatment of Data 1 August 27 (Mon.)
Statistical Treatment of Data 2 August 29 (Wed.)
Labour Day (academic holiday) September 03 (Mon.)
Report Writing and Grading September 05 (Wed.)
Experiments Begin September 10 (Mon.)
Thanksgiving Holiday November 22-24.
Checkout Day – attendance mandatory December 03 (Mon.)
Grades Recorded December 07 (Fri.)


Preliminary Reports 10 % (80 points)
Instructor Evaluation  10 % (80 points)
Final Reports  80 % (640 points)
Grades will be assigned on the basis: Course Grade
Final Average % (total points)  
90 – 100 % (720 – 800) A
80 – 89.9 % (640 – 719)  B
70 – 79.9 %(560 –639) C
60 – 69.9 % (480 – 559) D
< 60 % (< 480)  E

A grade of D cannot be given to graduate students.  Therefore, graduate students with course average in the D range will receive an E grade.  Further, because the University requires that graduate and undergraduate students be treated differently, graduate students enrolled in this course will have an additional assignment.  This assignment will be an essay of 8-10 pages summarizing the course material and relating it to the student’s research interest.  The essay must be handed in by November 21st and will be counted for 10 % of the course total.  The instructor reserves the right to lower the cut-points, but they will not be raised.

Academic Dishonesty (aka Cheating):

The Department of Chemistry considers academic dishonesty (cheating) a very serious offense.  The minimum penalty for cheating in any form is the assignment of a grade of E for the course.  Sanctions imposed may include, and have included, suspension, dismissal, and expulsion from the University. "Dry labbing" (i.e., not doing the lab, then using other student’s data or inventing your own data) is regarded as cheating.  Using any part of a report written by others is plagiarism, a form of cheating.  It is also cheating if you use a spreadsheet created by someone else to analyze your data.  Even though you will collect your data in pairs, your analysis and report must be completed independently.

The instructors and the Department of Chemistry will carefully follow the procedures detailed in the current version of the Student Rights and Responsibilities manual (see http: 

If you have any questions at all about what may constitute academic dishonesty in the course, please ask.