Spring 2021 - CHEM 266 LA01

Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (2)

Class Number: 1080

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCC 8055, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 260 with a minimum grade of C-.



Fundamental principles of experimental physical chemistry from the microscopic perspective. Modern experiments in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and structure.


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

Mode of Teaching:
4 lab hours/week
Laboratory: Synchronous, with in-person labs at Burnaby campus.

General Course Description:
Experiments in atomic & molecular structure. An emphasis will be placed 1) on keeping relevant and accurate experimental information in the laboratory notebook, and 2) on proper presentation and writing of formal laboratory reports.

Students are required to perform 6 experiments to be determined by availability of equipment and instructor’s discretion. Topics will cover spectroscopic techniques discussed in CHEM 260, including but not limited to infrared, Raman, UV-Vis, microwave, fluorescence, STM, NMR and AFM. A formal report corresponding to each experiment performed is to be submitted.


  • Lab Reports 80%
  • Lab Notebook 10%
  • Degree of Preparedness for Labs 10%


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:

  • Spiral-bound or hard cover notebook
  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles
  • Face mask
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.


Recommended reading (see instructor):

Garland, Nibier & Shoemaker, Experiments in Physical Chemistry, 8th Edition, 2008, Publisher: McGraw-Hill. Older editions are also acceptable.

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 spring 2021 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).