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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Chemistry - CHEM

Organic Chemistry I CHEM-2423

  • Summer I 2013
  • Section SECTION_301 CRN-30418
  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2013 to 07/01/2013
  • Modified 05/29/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:35 AM to 11:30 AM, S-209


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:40 AM to 1:35 PM, S-226

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Chammi S Gamage-Miller

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, H-252


CHEM 2423 is a comprehensive survey of the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic compounds including reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy and chromatography. The laboratory will involve the use of fundamental techniques of synthesis, isolation and analysis of various types of organic compounds.


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

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


1. Describe those topics from general chemistry important to the study of organic chemistry (structure of atoms and molecules, Lewis Dot structures, acid-base chemistry).

2. Apply the rules of nomenclature to organic compounds.

3. Classify how alkenes react.

4. Classify the different kinds of isomers possible for organic compounds, and organize reactions in relationship to the type(s) of stereoisomers produced.

5. Describe how various techniques can be used to utilize terminal alkynes to synthesize organic compounds.

6. Discuss delocalized electrons and resonance and explain how these effect acidity, molecular stability, and the outcome of organic reactions.

7. Analyze the reactions of dienes by comparing 1,2- and 1,4-additions.

8. Compare how alkanes behave under extreme conditions.

9. Discuss the substitution and elimination reactions of alkyl halides by comparing stereospecific and regiospecific outcomes and the factors that determine whether a given alkyl halide undergoes substitution, elimination, or both.

10. Summarize the reactions of alcohols and contrast these reactions to those of phenols.

11. Compare methods for the synthesis of specific alcohols.

12. Compare the reactions and synthesis of ethers, epoxides, thiols, and sulfides.

13. Contrast reactions of alcohols with those of ethers and epoxides.



Textbook: Organic Chemistry, any Text book Organic Chemistry, McMurry, 8th Edition, Cengage, 2012 is recommended but not strictly required

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

Online Homework: Sapling learning URL:  (Recommended)

Organic Molecular Model Kit (Recommended)

Organic Chemistry as a Second Language by Klein: First semester topics(Recommended)

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

Course Requirements

Grades will be posted on e-campus on % basis. E-campus grade book is not an official grade book.

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       ″  


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

Laboratory Experiments are a requirement.  The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade.  10 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

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.

Eye protection

Eye protection is a requirement.  Students are responsible for purchasing appropriate eye protection and wearing eye protection during laboratories.  Appropriate eye protection for this class will be safety goggles.


Grades will be posted on e-campus on % basis. E-campus grade book is not an official grade book.

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.  If a student gain three days of absences during the semester, he/she will be administratively withdrawn from the class.

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].

Food and Drinks

 Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories

Laboratory dress policy

 (1) Closed-toe shoes must be worn, (2) Clothing must cover the skin from the neck to below the knees, (3) Shirts must have sleeves; alternatively, a lab coat / apron may be worn, (4) Students are responsible for providing their own safety goggles

Unable to present to the laboratory with proper attire will cost you an unexcused absence plus a zero grade for the lab. To avoid such a situation please leave pair of goggles, apron, and pair of proper shoes in your vehicle or in your backpack. 

Electronic devices

You are allowed to take electronic notes. If you use electronic devices for personal activities it will cost you -5 points from the total points. 

Cell phones

 Once instructor entered into the class room or the lab, students need to stow their cell phones in backpacks. Any cell phone activities in the class room will cost -5 points from the total points. 

Personal Folder

Each student must maintain a personal folder to turn in all the material to be graded.  The folder should contain only the ungraded assignments. Make sure to write your name, class, and the section number in the front of the folder. 



S – 209: 9.35 - 11.30 AM (M-F)

S – 226: 11.40 AM-1.35 PM (M-F)


June  3th

Introduction, Review from general chemistry

Review, Functional groups, Laboratory safety


June  4th

Lewis structures, formal charges, hybridization

Resonance structures, acid base theory


June  5th

Intermolecular forces, solvation effects, group study session

Alkanes, lab orientation


June  6th

Naming alkanes, Conformations Using Models

Confirmation cont…Group study session


June  7th

Exam 1

Who has my compounds lab



Chapters 1-4 in McMurry // Check online for HW assignments and due dates


June 10th

Alkane reactions (10.3) and stereoisomers in organic chemistry

Recrystallization  lab


June 11th

Stereochemistry cont. and alkenes

Extraction methods lab


June 12th

Carbocations, alkene reactions

More reactions, Group study sessions


June 13th

Alkynes naming and reactions

Synthesis Lab 1


June 14th

Exam 2

Thin Layer chromatography lab with chlorophyll



Chapters 5-7, 8 in McMurry



June 17th

Alkyl halides, organo-coupling reactions

Substitution reactions: SN1, SN2 mechanisms, group study sessions


June 18th

More alkene reactions, Elimination reactions: E1, E2 Mechanism

Natural Product Isolation lab


June 19th

Introduction to synthesis, Alkynes, naming alkynes, reactions

Synthesis Lab 2


June 20th

More reactions

Group study sessions


June 21th

Exam 3

IR spectroscopy Lab



Chapters 8, 10, 11 in McMurry



June 24th

Alcohols and phenols, Reaction mechanisms overview

Simple distillation and GC lab


June 25th

Ethers and epoxides, group study sessions

Synthesis lab 3


June 26th

Thiols and Sulfides, group study sessions

Oxidation of Secondary alcohol lab


June 27th

Exam 4

Group study sessions


June 28th

Final Review

Final Review for lab exam



Chapters 17,18 in McMurry


July 1st

Final Exam

Lab Finals