Basic Chemistry Experiments


This short (35 hour) course provides first-year CBCMP students with the basic chemistry laboratory skills they will need before embarking on more specialised experiments offered at the 2nd-year level.


The emphasis of the course is on general experimental procedures that can be carried over to all branches of chemistry, with particular emphasis placed on communicating scientific experimental results in the form of written reports.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn:

  how to work safely in a chemistry laboratory;

  how to handle potential hazardous chemical reagents;

  how to handle basic chemistry laboratory glassware and other equipment;

  how to operate FT-IR and UV/Vis spectrometers; and

  how to write experimental reports in a style suitable for publication.


Report writing is an integral part of the Scientific Method, and its heavy emphasis in the grading policy of this class reflects this.


Basic Chemistry Experiments 2015 (Lab manual), Osaka University International College.

This lab manual will be provided in paper form in the first (orientation) class, and in electronic form before that.


Class schedule:

  9 April: Introductory class: Orientation & laboratory safety (in conjunction with Biology lab class)
20 April: Organic chemistry I
27 April: Organic chemistry II
11May: Inorganic chemistry I
18 May: Inorganic chemistry II
25 May: Physical chemistry I
 1 June: Physical chemistry II


Students will be split into two streams for the organic and physical chemistry classes; topics covered are:


Physical chemistry:
  1) Acid dissociation constants; UV-visible spectroscopy.
  2) Cryoscopy; molar mass determination.

Organic chemistry:
  1) Synthesis of salicylates; IR spectroscopy.

  2) Syntheses of methyl orange, rayon, & polyamide.


 Grading is as follows:


  Participation                20 %
  Summary reports        30 %  (3 reports each of 10%)
  Full reports                 50 %  (best 2 of 3 reports, each worth 25%)



Participation covers such things as:
   Are you adequately prepared for each class?
   How you interact in class:
        Do you ask questions?
        Are you an active or passive participant?
   Do you follow safety procedures properly?
   The contents of your lab book.


Associate Professor; Assistant Professor

Luke Ueda-Sarson; Ramachandran Ramajayam

Luke Dylan Ueda-Sarson