Laboratory Chemistry

A photo of Dr. John Dolhun, the course instructor, lecturing and holding a molecular model.

This course employs both lectures and labs to teach the principles and applications of key chemical laboratory techniques. (Photograph courtesy of Dr. Nathan Sanders. Used with permission.)


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Course Description

Laboratory Chemistry introduces experimental chemistry for students requiring a chemistry laboratory who are not majoring in chemistry. The course covers principles and applications of chemical laboratory techniques, including preparation and analysis of chemical materials, measurement of pH, gas and liquid chromatography, visible-ultraviolet spectrophotometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, polarimetry, X-ray diffraction, kinetics, data analysis, and organic synthesis.


Dr. Dolhun would like to acknowledge the contributions of past instructors over the years to the development of this course and its materials.


The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous and require a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented.

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