Chemistry Lab Techniques 5.301

An IAP Chemistry Laboratory Course for First-Year Students only
The aim of this IAP course is to provide first-year students with intensive practical training in basic chemistry lab techniques, including:

  • Transfer and manipulation of small quantities of organic and inorganic compounds
  • Purification methods for liquid and solid substances (distillation, recrystallization, chromatography)
  • Structure and determination by NMR, infrared, UV spectroscopic analysis, and Mass Spectroscopy
  • Quantitative analysis of biochemical, organic, and inorganic substances by spectroscopic and chromatographic methods

“Chemistry Laboratory Techniques” is intended to provide first-year students with the skills necessary to undertake original research projects in chemistry. Students selected for this course are guaranteed a UROP in the Department of Chemistry for the Spring or Summer 2019, however, this course is not a Prereq for a Chemistry UROP.

The 5.301 lab will meet throughout IAP. Students will be expected to spend from 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday in the classroom and lab from Monday, January 7 to Friday, January 25, 2019. Please do not apply for 5.301 if you have a scheduling conflict with any of the laboratory/lecture times, including Fridays.

Enrollment in Chemistry 5.301 is limited and requires permission of the instructor. To apply for permission to register in 5.301, please fill out the application below by Monday, November 19, 2018. All items with a red star must be answered. For more information about 5.301 or about the application, please contact John Dolhun at 617-258-6848,


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