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Visual Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Visual Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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A visual aid to upper division first-semester organic chemistry laboratory as taught at San Jose State University. The site has detailed photographs of techniques and experiments, hyperlinked flow diagrams for experiments, FAQ, video and animation. By August 2002, we will have added experimental procedures and dropped the course text, very little of which was used lately. Techniques include distillation, filtration, extraction, thin layer chromatography, melting point, IR (and soon NMR). ... More
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Date Added to MERLOT: May 01, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 15, 2012
Submitter: Daniel Straus


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Avatar for Grace Winschel
5 years ago

Grace Winschel (Consultant)

The safety video on this site is somewhat hilarious. Many of these video tutorials would be really helpful for students to watch before a laboratory exercise so they are already comfortable with setting up different apperati. Though in many of the videos the individuals performing the tasks are not appropriately outfitted with personal protective equiptment (many not wearing gloves, etc.), the set-ups themselves are good. There are well written explanations on things like how to do an extraction and how to use a separatory funnel. Although the site was specifically created for students at San Jose State University, the quizes and practice exams would be helpful for any beginning organic student. There is also a humerous bloopers section which features some common lab mistakes (one of which involves a simple distilation set up, only the distilation tube has been packed with steel mesh)