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Lab Manual

Syllabus (Word file) (Pdf file)
Introduction (Word file) (Pdf file)


Safety  (Word file) (Pdf file)
Notebook  (Word file) (Pdf file)
Glassware and Equipment (Word file) (Pdf file)
Common Laboratory Techniques (Word file) (Pdf file)
Distillation (Word file)  (Pdf file)
Infrared Spectroscopy (Word file)  (Pdf file)
Revised Infrared Spectroscopy (Word file)  (Pdf file)
IR Spectra of Selected Compounds (Word file)  (Pdf file)


Experiment 1 - Synthesis of Aspirin   (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 2 - Synthesis of Acetaminophen   (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 3 - Extraction of Caffeine   (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 4 - Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)    (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 5 - Synthesis of Isopentyl Acetate (Banana Oil)   (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 6 - Steam Distillation of Methyl Salicylate, Hydrolysis of an Ester    (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 7 - Distillation of a Mixture    (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 8 - Identification of Unknowns   (Word file) (Pdf file)
Experiment 9 - Multistep Synthesis   (Word file) (Pdf file)


Tables of Selected Unknowns and Derivatives