2024 Laboratory Course in Basic Physical Chemistry

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Kitajima Masashi  Ishiuchi Shun-Ichi  Ohshima Yasuhiro  Koshihara Shinya  Taniguchi Kouji  Okimoto Yoichi  Nishino Tomoaki  Yamazaki Masakazu  Ishikawa Tadahiko  Huang Po-Jung  Nakamura Masaaki  Hirata Keisuke  Otsuka Takuhiro  Harada Makoto  Kosugi Kento 
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Course description and aims

Laboratory course focusing on the basic techniques in experimental physical chemistry.
 Through the experiential learning together with the discussions and making reports for each coursework, students will also develop practical skills that are essential to become successful researchers.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1. Have acquired the basic concepts and techniques in experiments on physical chemistry.
2. Become aware of the technical report writing.
3. Have developed communication and presentation skills.


laboratory course physical chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The course provides training in basic physical chemistry laboratory techniques. Students will undertake standard experiments, each of which includes discussions on the experimental results and analysis.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Error analysis in the experiment Basic concepts on error analysis
Class 2 Spectroscopy - Principles Basic concepts on spectroscopy
Class 3 Spectroscopy - Measurements Basic concepts on spectroscopy
Class 4 Spectroscopy - Analysis and discussion Basic concepts on spectroscopy
Class 5 Vapor pressure - Principles Basic concepts on phase transition
Class 6 Vapor pressure - Measurements Basic concepts on phase transition
Class 7 Vapor pressure - Analysis and discussion Basic concepts on phase transition
Class 8 Fricke dosimeter - Radiation and dose Basic concepts on radiation and dose
Class 9 Fricke dosimeter - Measurements Basic concepts on radiation and dose
Class 10 Fricke dosimeter - Analysis and discussion Basic concepts on radiation and dose
Class 11 Clock reaction - Reaction rate Basic concepts on reaction kinetics
Class 12 Clock reaction - Analysis and discussion Basic concepts on reaction kinetics
Class 13 Polarization of light - Measurements of polarization Basic concepts on light and polarization
Class 14 Polarization of light - Analysis and discussion Basic concepts on light and polarization

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 50 minutes preparing for class and another 50 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Instruction manuals and course materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Physical Chemistry 8/e (Oxford University Press)

Assessment criteria and methods

Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory.
Students will be assessed on their understanding and commitment of each experiments, discussion and reports.

Related courses

  • CHM.C201 : Introductory Quantum Chemistry
  • CHM.C203 : Exercise in Introductory Quantum Chemistry
  • CHM.B205 : Laboratory Course in Basic Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM.D205 : Laboratory Course in Basic Organic Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Masashi Kitajima (mkitajim[at]chem.titech.ac.jp)

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