Fall 2020 - CHEM 366W D100

Physical Chemistry Laboratory II (3)

Class Number: 2171

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: TBA, TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 266 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 360.



Advanced experimental methods in thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Writing/Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:
1 lecture hour/week; 4 lab hours/week
Laboratory: Synchronous, with in-person labs at Burnaby campus
Lecture: Asynchronous

Writing Intensive course: An emphasis will be placed 1) on keeping relevant and accurate experimental information in the laboratory notebook, and 2) writing of formal laboratory reports.

Topics: Students will perform 6 experiments covering concepts in kinetics and thermodynamics. The experiments involve wet chemistry, spectroscopy, electrical measurements, and a variety of other tools.


  • Lab Reports 90%
  • Lab Notebook & Performance 10%


Academic Honesty: Turnitin.com will be used to check for plagiarism.

Attendance of In-Person Laboratory Sessions: It is mandatory for students to attend all in-person laboratory sessions. If you are unable to attend an in-person laboratory session due to illness, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.



Required Materials:

  • Bound notebook - hard cover, soft cover, or spiral bound. Loose leaf binders are not acceptable.
  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 Precautions: Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory in Chemistry for all in-person laboratory sessions. Additional PPE and precautionary measures may be required during in-person laboratory sessions based on the recommendations of the University and provincial health officials.

Technology Requirements: Students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer, high-speed internet access, a webcam and microphone (built-in or external) to participate in online course components. 


The lab manuals will be available online. Students may choose to print out the manual prior to the lab or use their own electronic reader.


Carl W. Garland, Joseph W. Nibler & David P. Shoemaker. Experiments in Physical Chemistry. 8th Edition. 2009. Publisher: McGraw-Hill.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).