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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Organic Chemistry I CHEM-2423

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-11433
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/27/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 10:25 AM, S209


  • Monday, Wednesday, 7:45 AM to 10:25 AM, S226

Alternating days for lecture/lab; see schedule

Contact Information

Professor: Dr. Beverly Clement

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM


In this course, the fundamental principles of organic chemistry will be studied, including the structure, bonding, properties, and reactivity of organic molecules; and properties and behavior of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis is placed on organic synthesis and mechanisms. Includes study of covalent and ionic bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, reaction mechanisms, functional groups, and synthesis of simple molecules. Laboratory activities will reinforce fundamental principles of organic chemistry. This course is intended for students in science or pre-professional programs.


Prerequisites: CHEM 1412 with a grade of "C" or better.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


  1. Classify organic compounds by structure, molecular orbitals, hybridization, resonance, tautomerism, polarity, chirality, conformation, and functionality.
  2. Identify organic molecules using appropriate organic nomenclature.
  3. Describe the principle reactions for syntheses of molecules, ions, and radicals.
  4. Describe organic reactions in terms of radical and ionic mechanisms.
  5. Predict the chirality of reaction products based on enantiomeric and diastereomeric relationships.
  6. Describe the use of spectroscopic data to determine the structure of organic molecules.
  7. Formulate appropriate reaction conditions for the synthesis of simple organic molecules.
  8. Perform chemical experiments, analysis procedures, and waste disposal in a safe and responsible manner.
  9. Utilize scientific tools such as glassware and analytical instruments to collect and analyze data.
  10. Identify and utilize appropriate separation techniques such as distillation, extraction, and chromatography to purify organic compounds.
  11. Record experimental work completely and accurately in laboratory notebooks, and communicate experimental results clearly in written reports.
  12. Demonstrate a basic understanding of stereochemistry.
  13. Perform organic syntheses of molecules.
  14. Use spectroscopic data to determine the structure of organic molecules.



Textbook: Organic Chemistry, Structure and Function , Vollhardt and Schore, 6th Edition, WH Freeman, 2011.

Lab Manual: Chem2423/2425 OChem Lab Manual, Blinn Book Store

Online Homework: Sapling Learning; Sapling Learning, Inc.,  (Recommended)

Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, First Semester Topics, Klein, Wiley

Organic Molecular Model Kit (Recommended)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (chemical resistant safety goggles- REQUIRED), aprons or lab coats(Optional)

Course Requirements

Exams are a requirement.  There will be 4 exams worth 100 points each given about as indicated in the attached schedule.  Each of the exams will include all of the material covered through that stage of the course, i.e., all exams are comprehensive.  The lowest of the four grades will be dropped.  Format of the exams will vary.  If you miss an exam, this will be the grade that is dropped.  Make-up exams will be allowed in exceptional situations at my discretion, but only if taken before the graded exam is returned to the class.  The final exam is comprehensive and worth 150 pts.

Laboratory Experiments are a requirement.  The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the course grade.  We have 10 experiments scheduled.  You will be graded on your lab report.  Lab reports will be due at the beginning of the lab 2 days after its completion.  The lowest of the lab grades will be dropped.  You will lose 5 points per class period for labs turned in late.

Quizzes are a requirement.  There will be a number of quizzes given during the semester.  There is no make-up offered for the quiz.  The top 10 quiz grades will be counted toward your final score.

The Final Exam is a requirement and is worth 20% of your final grade


Grading and Grading Policy. CHEM 2423 (4 hr credit) is divided into both lecture (3 hr) and laboratory (1 hr) components. The lecture and Final will count toward 75% of the final grade and the lab will make up 25% of the final course grade. Your grades will be posted on eCampus so you will always know your standing in the course.

Exams (4 x 100 pts; best 3)

300 pts


Quizzes (top 10)

Laboratory Experiments  (10 x 20 pts)

  50 pts

250 pts



Final Exam

150 pts



750 pts




I do not curve, 675 pts (90.0%) is a guaranteed A; 600 pts (80.0%) is a B; etc.

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes





Aug. 26



Introduction, Review, Nomenclature, Functional Groups

Aug. 28



Safety Video, Structure and Bonding, Lewis Dots, Bond Formation

Sept. 2


Blinn Holiday

Sept. 4



Cycloalkanes, conformers, Nomenclature

Cis-Trans Isomerization, Axial vs. Equatorial Strain, Conformation of Polycyclics, Bicyclic Nomenclature

Sept. 9



Chemical Functional Groups, Organic Reactivity, Class Exercise

Sept. 12



Exam I

Sept. 16



Stereochemistry, Enantiomers, Diastereomers, Meso Compounds, R,S-nomenclature

Sept. 19



Stereochemistry, Prochirality and Stereospecific Reactions

Sept. 23



Who Has My Compound

Sept. 26



Organohalides, Nomenclature, Synthesis, Rearrangement Considerations

SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 - Considerations Driving Reaction Mechanisms

Sept. 30




Oct. 3



Additional Organohalide reactions

Oct. 7



Synthesis Exp. 1

Oct. 10



Exam II

Oct. 14




Oct. 17



Alcohols and the Hydroxyl Functionality

Oct. 21



Infrared Spectroscopy

Oct. 24



Additional Alcohol reactions, Additional Synthetic considerations

Oct. 28



Reactions of Alcohols

Oct. 31



Ethers and Epoxides, Protecting Groups

Nov. 4



Synthesis Exp. 2

Nov. 6



Exam III

Nov 11



Natural Product Isolation

Nov. 13



Alkenes, Reactions and Synthesis, Mechanisms and Stereochemistry of Reactions

Nov. 15


Last day to drop with a Q

Nov. 18



Rearrangements, Alkynes, Degree of Unsaturation

Nov. 20



Alkynes, Nomenclatures, Reactions

Nov. 25



Preparation and Dehydrohalogenation of an Alkyl Halide

Nov. 27- Dec 1

Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 2



Synthesis 3

Dec. 5



Exam IV

Dec. 10




Dec. 11



Final Exam, 7:45 am - 9:45 pm, Room TBA