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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Organic Chemistry I CHEM-2423

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-11437
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/23/2013

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, Thursday, 10:35 AM to 1:15 PM, S-226/S-209

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Chammi S Gamage-Miller

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, H-252
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, H-252

by an appointment


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.




Organic Chemistry, Vollhart/Schore, 6th Edition, W.H. Freeman, 2011 (Recommended).

Lab Manual: Chem2423/2425 OChem Lab Manual, Copy Stop Print and Postal

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

Organic Molecular Model Kit (Recommended)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (Optional)

Course Packet: Chem 2423, Dr. Miller; Copy Stop Print and Postal

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 exams will be replaced by final grade if the student makes better on final exam than the lowest grade. Format of the exams will vary.  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 200 points. 

 Laboratory Experiments are a requirement.  The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade.  11 labs are scheduled for the semester. The lab work will be graded based upon written lab reports. The lab report format and the grading rubric will be available on e-campus under folder named “Labs”. Students must submit approved datasheets with the lab reports.  The lowest two lab grades will be dropped.  You will lose 5 points per class period for labs turned in late. There will be no makeup labs!

The lab final exam is based on all the labs covered during the semester. It is an open note exam.  Lab exam is worth 100 points.

 Quizzes are a requirement.  There will be a number of quizzes given during the semester.  There will be no make-up offered for quizzes. The lowest two quiz grades will be dropped.

 Online homework assignments are a requirement. There will be 12/13 assignments. Homework will be graded on the following criteria: 1) Homework completed by deadline; 2) the assignment is complete and 3) The correct answer.  The homework is worth 50 points. If you fail to submit your homework, you will receive a grade of zero for that section. You will receive a score for each chapter assignment.  No extensions for homework under any circumstances. 


Formal grading will be based upon a point system as follows:

Four Major Exams            100 points each (400 total)

Quizzes                             100 points

Laboratory Work              150 points

Lab Finals                         100 points

Homework                        50 points

Comprehensive Final        200 points


Total                            1000 points


Extra credit                 25 points (through online homework)


The grading system of Blinn College recognizes the following grade values:

A ≥ 900 points       mastery of material

B ≥ 800 points                  ″

C ≥ 700 points                  ″

D ≥ 600 points                  ″

F less than 599 points       ″  

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

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture, lab or both will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.

Safety: Students must wear safety goggles during laboratory experiments. No student will be permitted to work in lab without safety goggles.




10.35 - 1.15




Introduction, Review from general chemistry, safety 



Lewis structures, formal charges, resonance, acid/base theory



Functional groups, alkanes,  conformations



Exp. 1 - who has my compound pg. 127



cycloalkanes and radical reactions



Exp-2  Recrystallization pg. 137, TLC  pg. 205



Exam Review,  Exam 1 (Chapter 1-4)



Exp. 3 - Extraction methods  pg. 183



Stereochemistry using models



Exp. 4 - Simple distillation and GC lab, pg. 193



Alkenes and Organic reactions



Exp. 5 - IR spectroscopy pg. 173



Alkynes and alkyne reactions



Alkynes and alkyne reactions



Exp. 6 - Synthesis lab



Exam review,  Exam 2 (Chapter 5,11-13)



Alkyl halides - Substitution and elimination reactions



Exp. 7 - Natural product extraction pg. 213



Reaction mechanisms



Exp. 8 - synthesis lab



In class exercise



Exam review, Exam 3 (Chapter 6,7,11)



Alcohols and phenols



Exp. 9 - Caffeine extraction



Ethers and epoxides, thiols and sulfides



Exp. 10 -  The preparation of alkyl halides pg. 241



Exp. 11 - Synthesis lab



Exam Review, Exam 4  (Chapter 8, 9)



Lab Finals

Final Exam Dec. 12th 10.15 am – 12.15 pm