Physical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 314) at UMass Boston

Professor Timothy Dransfield
Office: S-1-085
Telephone: 617-287-6143


Professor Shelley Foster
Office: S-1-087
Telephone: 617-287-6906


Reminder: Labs Take Place in S-2-47

Lecture is in S-2-62

These pages will gradually fill up with PDF files for all sorts of things - quizzes, solutions, lecture notes, handouts... but for all of them, you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have it already, it's a free download - go here for more information.  In addition, you’ll need to have access to a spreadsheet program for the analysis of your data.  I’ll be using Microsoft Excel, which is available in the computer labs.




REVISED Schedule of Experiments (the re-revised schedule has been emailed to all of you)


Sample research article from the Journal of Physical Chemistry


Lab Report Template


Lecture #1: Course Overview


Introduction to Maximum Probable Error



Experiment #1: The Constant Volume Gas Thermometer

Quiz      Excel spreadsheet for quiz


Quiz Solution and Completed Excel spreadsheet for quiz (and as template for lab)


Experiment #2: Heat Capacity of Metals

Quiz      Excel template for quiz


Quiz 2 Solution and Completed Excel spreadsheet for Quiz 2 (and as template for lab)


Experiment #3: Surface Tension

Quiz    Excel template for quiz 

J. Phys. Chem Ref. Data, 12(3) 1983 817-820. International Tables of the Surface Tension of Water


Excel template for data analysis

Quiz 3 Solution     Solution spreadsheet


Experiment #4: Reaction Enthalpy

Quiz      Excel template for quiz


Quiz 4 Solution and Spreadsheet

Help with error analysis

Experiment #5: Boiling Points of Mixtures

Quiz      Excel template for quiz 5

Solution and Spreadsheet Solution

Lab Data for ethanol / methanol solutions

Picture of Data



Experiment #6: Binary Phase Diagrams

Quiz   Data for Quiz 6   Solution   

Supplemental handout on the derivation of equations


Class Data

Data Analysis Template (please use, it's got additional data you'll need)

Experiment #7: Equilibrium and Thermodynamics

Quiz  Data for Quiz 7    Solution and Spreadsheet Solution


Template for Data Analysis

Experiment #8: Kinetics

Theory/Procedure Handout

Calculation/Report Handout

Quiz Week 1  Data for Quiz    Solution  

Quiz Week 2   Data for Quiz9    Solution and Spreadsheet Solution

Lecture 1  

Lecture 2