Chm 122L
Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab
Spring 2013
Dr. Angela King, Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7486

Salem 206      336/758-5511

Office hours: open door policy or by appointment (Easiest to catch me MWmornings)

During the first lab meeting of each section, safety material will be distributed and the class will view a safety film. After reviewing that material and prior to attending the second meeting of your lab section, you must complete a safety quiz. Submit a completed answer sheet to your TA. The quiz is worth 22 points and a passing score is a 20/22. You are encouraged to submit your answers on the day of Lab 1. If you don't pass on your first attempt, you may take it multiple times to improve your score. Students who fail to have a recorded score of 20/22 or better before noon on their lab day (1/31-2/6) will not be allowed to enter the lab rooms to complete Lab #2 and thus will receive a grade of zero for that week.

Schedule with Links to Procedures and Data


Experiment Title

Jan. 17-23

Safety Video/Check-in/Safety Quiz Distribution

Jan. 24-30

Lab 1:  Computational Chemistry:  Conformational Analysis of Ethane and Butane Using Spartan
Students must have Student Spartan installed prior to lecture.  They must also bring their laptops to class.  

Jan 31-
Feb. 6

Lab 2:  Separation of Components in Commercial Analgesic Tablets: Column Chromatography & Thin-Layer Chromatography

Feb. 7-13

Lab 3: Separation of Components in Commercial Analgesic Tablets: Two-Base Extraction

Feb. 14-20

Lab 4:  Recrystallization
Lab 5:  Moonshine (setup only)

Feb. 21-27

Lab 5 (cont.)Moonshine Distillation

Feb. 28-
Mar. 6

Midterm Exam
Lab 6: NMR and IR Spectroscopy

Mar. 7-20

Lab 7: Isolation and Characterization of Citrus Fruit Essential Oils

Mar. 21-27

Lab 8:  Pinacolone Rearrangement &Molecular Modeling

Apr. 3

No lab this week.

Apr. 4-10

Lab 9: Microwave-Assisted SN2Reaction


Lab 10: Dehydration


Lab 11: Diels Alder

May 1

Lab Final Check-out

Safety Information safety handouts Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Hazard Identification Labels
Organic Glassware

View photos of the Glassware that is most likely new to you.

Basic Lab Skills Column Chromatography Filtration
  Crystallization Melting Point
  Distillation TLC (Thin Layer Chromotography)
Special Equipment Rotorary Evaporator (rotovap) Gas Chromatograph
Infrared Spectrometer
Other Links ChemDraw tutorial
The NIST Chemistry WebBook can be a useful source of information for physical constants, spectra, and lots of other valuable information. The site can be especially useful for the organic and physical chemistry students!
Sigma-Aldrich chemical supplier has lots of information about chemicals they sell. You should be able to find molecular weight, density, melting and boiling points, etc.
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest Chemistry Department