2023 Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I a/b

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Okochi Mina  Nakajima Ken  Aoki Saiko  Shimoyama Yusuke  Takao Toshiro  Sawada Toshiki  Nakazono Kazuko  Ikezawa Atsunori  Takehara Ryosuke  Orita Yasuhiko  Miyaji Akimitsu  Liang Xiaobin  Okuyama Hiroto  Sato Kosuke  Ito Shigekazu  Oishi Masataka  Hisano Kyohei  Idota Naokazu  Takahashi Akira  Homma Chihiro  Hata Yuuki 
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Thr5-8(大岡山西4号館実験室,WL1-401(W541))  Fri5-8(大岡山西4号館実験室,W3-207(W323),M-B45(H105))  
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course]In this course, the basic knowledge and techniques they need to acquire to conduct chemical experiments will be instructed for the sophomore students in Department of Chemical Science and Engineering through lectures and practical training. In order to learn the basic experimental operations in physical chemistry and analytical chemistry, the following two themes in these fields are set: (1) “Basics of spectroscopy” for learning the principles and interpretation of representative spectroscopies, and (2) “Thermodynamical treatment of solutions” for learning liquid-solid equilibrium and cryoscopy. The lecture also covers how to write experimental reports.
[Aim of the course] To understand and acquire the basic concepts of physical chemistry, it is essential to perform experiments actually and to deeply consider the results obtained from the analysis of data. This course first covers fundamental operations and knowledge for physical and analytical chemistry along with how to write experimental reports. Following experiments of the two themes are designed to cultivate the practical skills of the students in measurements, analysis of data, and writing reports.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) acquire the basic concepts of physical chemistry and analytical chemistry.
2) acquire the basic knowledge and techniques necessary to perform chemical experiments safely and appropriately in physical chemistry and analytical chemistry.
3) acquire how to write experimental reports.


(Basics of chemistry experiments) writing laboratory notebook and report, chemical safety, handling chemicals, basic operations of chemical experiments, handling experimental data
(Basics of spectroscopy) spectroscopic methods, oscillation and rotational spectra, infrared spectra, atomic spectra, emission spectra
(Thermodynamical treatment of solutions) liquid-solid equilibria, freezing point measurement

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In this course, (1) details are explained and instructed in the first lecture. Then the students are divided into groups to learn (2) Fundamentals of Chemical Experiments, followed by two experiments: (3) Basics of Spectroscopic methods, and (4) Thermodynamical treatment of solutions. In the last two days, instruction on the correction of experimental reports, exercise problems, and interpretation of the answers will be given to assess the students' level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of experimental outline and fundamentals of chemical experiments I. How to prepare, record, and report experiment Make plan for each experiment based on knowledges of experimental outline and fundamental operations. Write experimental reports in a standard style.
Class 2 Fundamentals of chemical experiments II. Chemical safety education Understand the basics of conducting chemical experiments and be able to conduct experiments safely.
Class 3 Fundamentals of chemical experiments III. Basics of analytical experiments Acquire accurate weighting methods and solution preparation techniques for liquid samples. and correctly handle numerical values of experimental data.
Class 4 Fundamentals of chemical experiments IV. Separation and purification operation Properly perform experimental operations to isolate and purify a specific compound from a mixture of multiple compounds.
Class 5 Fundamentals of chemical experiments V. Basic operations of chemical reactions Accurate in weighing substances using a precision balance. Understand and correctly perform the meaning of experimental operations in experiments involving reactions.
Class 6 Basics of spectroscopy I. Oscillation and rotational spectra of diatomic molecules Explain the relationship between a vibration-rotation spectrum of a diatomic molecule and its molecular structure.
Class 7 Basics of spectroscopy II. Measurements of infrared spectroscopy Measure vibration-rotation spectra of hydrogen halogenide and carbon oxide with infrared spectrophotometer and calculate their band distances and force constants.
Class 8 Basics of spectroscopy III. Atomic spectroscopy of hydrogen Explain the relationship between an emission spectrum of hydrogen and its quantum state.
Class 9 Basics of spectroscopy IV. Emission spectroscopy of hydrogen Determine the quantum state of hydrogen by measuring the emission spectrum of hydrogen with a hydrogen-discharge lamp.
Class 10 Themodynamical treatment of solutions I. Theory of liquid-solid equilibria Understand the theory of solid-liquid equilibrium using the thermodynamic relationship.
Class 11 Themodynamical treatment of solutions II. Measurements of freezing point of a pure solvent (cyclo-hexane) Explain the principle and procedure of the measurement of freezing point for pure solvents.
Class 12 Themodynamical treatment of solutions III. Analysis of experimental data of freezing points Determine freezing points for pure solvents and mixture systems by cooling curve data.
Class 13 Themodynamical treatment of solutions IV. Prediction of molecular mass of unknown samples by freezing-point depression Estimate unknown solute in solution from the experimental data of freezing point.
Class 14 Guidance on correction of experimental reports In the experiment report, describe all the necessary items without any deficiency, and explain and discuss the results of the experiment using your own words.
Class 15 Exercise problems to assess the students’ level of understanding and interpretation of the answers. Use the exercise problems to better understand the topics covered, and evaluate one’s own progress.

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.


Textbook for the Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I (in Japanese), edited by committee for the chemical engineering and industrial chemistry laboratory (Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering). This textbook should be purchased at the co-op prior to the initial guidance.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

P. Atkins, J. de Paula, "Physical Chemistry", 10th Ed., Oxford University Press; ISBN-13: 978-4807909094

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their ability of fundamental experimental skills and achievements of learning outcomes based on the equality of reports on two themes (83%) and examination (17%).
The instructor may fail a student if he/she repeatedly comes to class late or does not submit assignments too often.

Related courses

  • CAP.B202 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I b/a
  • CAP.B203 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory II a/b
  • CAP.B204 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory II b/a
  • CAP.H201 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.H202 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibirum)
  • CAP.H205 : Quantum Chemistry I (Quantum Mechanics)
  • CAP.O303 : Instrumental Analysis (Advanced Organic Molecular Spectrum Analysis)

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

This is the prerequisite course to take "Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I b/a".

Students must belong to Department of Chemical Science and Engineering or suffice the conditions given by the committee for the chemical engineering and industrial chemistry laboratory. Also, this is the prerequisite course to take "Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory III" together with."Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I b/a". Thus, students must register both a/b and b/a.

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