University of Southern California

2018 Spring-CHEM 332L: Physical chemistry laboratory


The laboratory course complements the Physical Chemistry lecture series. The lab introduces key skills in instrumentation, signal detection, data collection and analysis as well as illustrating core physical chemistry concepts. In particular, the lab serves to support objectives 4 and 5 (Application and Analysis, Evaluation and Judgment) from learning outcomes defined for chemistry department majors. (
  • Textbook: You will be given a laboratory manual at the first class meeting (pdf file).
    The lab manual contains detailed material on each of the experiments available in the 332L laboratory as well as reference lists to provide additional information related to the experimental works.

  • Reference: It will be useful for you to refer to Experiments in Physical Chemistry by Shoemaker, Garland and Nibler (or a similar text). A few copies of Shoemaker are available in the lab.

  • Current experiment schedule (2018/2/7 version)
  • 2018/2/9: Deadline of lab report 1 (announced on Jan. 23)
  • 2018/2/23: Deadline of lab report 2 (announced on Feb. 7)
  • 2018/3/9: Deadline of lab report 3 (expected)
  • 2018/3/13: No lab (Spring break)
  • 2018/3/30: Deadline of lab report 4 (Announced on Mar. 27)
  • 2018/4/3: Schedule of the final presentatation was determined. [Schedule] [Example]
  • 2018/4/13: Deadline of lab report 5 (expected)
  • 2018/4/17: Final presentation (day 1: Evan Lum, Geoffrey Lang, Benjamin Tayler, Ryan Lopez)
  • 2018/4/24: Final presentation (day 2: Kyle Headrick, Richie Ding, Farhan Chowdhury)
  • 2018/4/27: Deadline of lab report 6 (expected)
Supplemental materials
  • Feb. 22: Instruction manual for magnetic susceptibility balance [Manual]

Instructor: Prof. Susumu Takahashi
Office: LJS 152, TEL: (213) 821-3187

Lecture/Discussion: Tue. 9:00-9:50 am (SGM 142)
Lab: Tue. 10:00- rest of the day (SGM 142)

Office hour: 10-11 am Thursday or by appointment (LJS 152)

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