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Organic Chemistry I CHEM-2423
Class meets: TR 10:35 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. S209 lecture
TR 10:35 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. S226 lab
Alternating days for lecture /lab; see schedule
Dr. Al Gallegos
Office: room H252
Office Hours: 12:15 p.m. -2:15 p.m. MW
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. TR
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. TR
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.
This course is not a core curriculum course.
Textbook: Organic Chemistry, Structureand Function, Vollhardt and Schore, 6th edition
Lab Manual: Chem2423/2425 OChem Lab Manual, Blinn Bookstore
Online Homework: Sapling Learning; Sapling Learning, Inc., www.saplinglearning.com (Recommended)
Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, First Semester Topics, Klein, Wiley (Recommended)
Organic Molecular Model Kit (Recommended)
Safety Equipment: Goggles (Required), aprons (Optional)
Exams are a requirement. There will be 4 exams worth 100 points each given as indicated in the schedule. Each of the exams will include all of the material covered through that stage of the course. In other words, all exams are comprehensive. The lowest of the four exams will be dropped. The format of the exams may vary. If you miss an exam, this will be the exam that you drop. Make-up exams will be allowed only in exceptional situations, and only at my discretion, but only if taken before the graded exam is returned to the class. The final exam is comprehensive, and is worth 150 points.
Laboratory experiments are a requirement. The laboratory portion of the course counts for 25 % of the course grade. We have 9 labs scheduled, each worth 19 points. You will be graded on your lab report, Lab reports will be due at the beginning of the next lab period after the lab is performed.
Quizzes are a requirement. There will be a number of quizzes given during the semester. There is no make-up for the quiz The top 10 quiz grades will count toward your final score.
Eye protection is a requirement. Students are responsible for purchasing laboratory goggles to wear during laboratories. If a student does not have goggles, they cannot perform the wet lab scheduled for that day.
Close-toed shoes and laboratory dress: When performing wet labs, everyone must be wearing goggles (as described aboves) and they must wear enclosed footwear (closed-toed shoes) that covers their feet entirely. Th shoes must be leather- or runbber-soled. No shoes that are made of cloth should be worn (e.e., ballet flats). As well, the chemistry department has stipulated that everyone performing a wet lab must be covered from the neck to below knees. Shirts must have sleeves, even if short sleeves. If a student comes to lab either uprepared for lab or not appropriately dressed for lab, he or she will not be allowed to perform the wet lab, and a grade of zero will be assigned for the lab.
Grades will be calculated in the following manner:
Lecture points possible
Exams (4 exams @100 points each, drop lowest) 300 points
Comprehensive Final Exam 150 points
Quizzes (top 10) 50 points
Total points lecture 500 points
plus 9 labs reports at 19 points each 171 points
grand total 671 points
The lecture component is worth 75 % of the total, whereas the lab component is worth 25% of the total.
The range of each letter grade will be assigned at the end of the semester. Based on prior grade assignments, typical grade ranges are:
Total Course Points greater than or equal to 90% = A
Total Course Points greater than or equal to 80% but lower than 90% = B
Total Course Points greater than or equal to 70% but lower than 80% = C
Total Course Points greater than or equal to 60% but lower than 70% = D
Total Course Points less than 60% = F
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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.
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There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:
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.
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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.
Attendance Policy Reminder: Missing lecture, lab, or both will count as one absence. For classes that meet twice a week during the Spring Semester (like this class!) two absences count as one week's absence. Students accumulating two week's worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped from class.
Problem resolution: If you have a complaint about the class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try to resolve the problem. If the issue cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you shouild then request a conference with the Division Chair, mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, S241, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and drinking: eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.
Chem 2423-303 Schedule as of 1/13/14
Lecture Room is S209 Lab Room is S226
Tues 1/14 Lecture Electron Configuration, Valence Bonding, Hybridization, Molecular Geometry
Thur 1/16 Lab Safety Video; Polarity, Resonance, Acids ands Bases, Ka/pKa
Tues 1/21 Lecture Functional Groups, Saturated Hydrocarbons, Naming, Newman Projections
Thur 1/23 Lab Cycloalkanes, cis-trans isomerization, conformations, polycyclics
Tues 1/28 Lecture Modeling of Newmann projections and cycloalkanes
Thur 1/30 Lab Experiment A. Separation of acetone and hexane
Tues 2/04 Lecture Class exercise, Review
Thur 2/06 Lab Exam I
Tues 2/11 Lecture Types of Reactions, Mechanisms, Energy, and/or Equilibrium
Thur 2/13 Lab Experiment 1 – Who has my compound? p.95
Tues 2/18 Lecture Alkenes I, Degrees of Unsaturation, Naming, Stability, Electrophilic Addition
Tues 2/25 Lecture Alkenes II, Preparation of alkenes, Reactions of alkenes, Dienes
Thur 2/27 Lab Experiment 3 – Infrared Spectroscopy p. 113
Tues 3/04 Lecture Alkynes, Naming, Reactions to form Alkynes, Reactions of Alkynes, Acetalide
Thur 3/06 Lab Synthesis Experiment I
Tues 3/18 Lecture Exam II
Thur 3/20 Lab Experiment 4 – Thin Layer Chromatography p. 117
Tues 3/25 Lecture Stereochemistry, Optical Activity
Thur 3/27 Lab Experiment 5 – Distillation p.109
Tues 4/01 Lecture Alkyl halides, Preparation by free radical reaction, Grignard reagents,
Thur 4/03 Lab Substitution and Elimination reactions of Alkyl Halides
Tues 4/08 Lecture Synthesis Experiment II
Thur 4/10 Lab Exam III
Tues 4/15 Lecture Alcohols and Phenols, Preparation of alcohols, Reactions of Alcohols
Thur 4/17 Lab Ethers and Epoxides, Preparation of, Reactions of
Tues 4/22 Lecture Synthesis Experiment III
Thur 4/24 Lab Exam IV
Tues 4/29 Lecture Review
FINAL EXAM - Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 10:15 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room S209 (the same room where class regularly meets).
Please note: The last day to drop this class with a Q (Q Drop) is on Friday, April 11, 2014.