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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Sciences • Chemistry - CHEM

Organic Chemistry I CHEM-2423

  • Summer II 2013
  • Section SECTION_311 CRN-40252
  • 4 Credits
  • 07/09/2013 to 08/06/2013
  • Modified 06/20/2013

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:35 AM to 11:30 AM, S209


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:40 AM to 1:35 PM, S226

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Paul J Moses


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, McMurry, 8th Edition, Cengage, 2012.

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

Organic Molecular Model Kit (Recommended)

Safety Equipment: safety eyewear (OSHA approved, with side shields - REQUIRED), aprons (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 exam grades will be dropped. 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 worth 150 points. 

Laboratory Reports

Laboratory Experiments are a requirement.  The laboratory portion of this course counts for 25% of the total course grade.  You will be graded on your lab report.  Lab reports will be due at the beginning of the next class period after the lab is completed.  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 year.  Most quizzes will be given at the beginning of class.  There will be no make-up offered for quizzes. The lowest of the quiz grades will be dropped.

Student Summary

Student Summary.  During the course of the semester, you will be called upon to present to the class a summary of a topic covered in the previous lecture.  You will be graded on the completeness and accuracy of your summary.



Grades will be calculated in the following manner:

   Lecture Points Possible:

       Exams (4 exams @ 100 pts. ea.)    300 pts.

       Comprehensive Final                     150 pts.

       Student Summary                          20 pts.

       Quizzes                                          30 pts

       Total Lecture Points                        500 pts.

Lecture accounts for 75 % of the final Course Grade

Laboratory accounts for 25 % of the final Course Grade

The grading scale will be:

       Course Grade ≥ 90 % = A

       Course Grade ≥ 80 % = B

       Course Grade ≥ 70 % = C

       Course Grade ≥ 60 % = D

       Course Grade < 60 % = F

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

                     CHEM2423-311  SUMMER II 2013


                     9:35-11:30 S209;  11:40-1:35   S226






Bonding, geometry

Polarity, acid/base,



Functional Groups

Saturated hydrocarbons, Naming



Conformations, cycloalkanes

Cis-trans isomers, polycyclics



Modeling, stability

Exp A - % Acetone in acetone/hexane mix




Test 1



Reaction types, mechanisms

Exp 1 – “Who   has My Compound?”  pg 95


Alkenes, electrophilic addition

Exp 2 –   Recrystallization, pg101


Alkenes, prepartion, rxs, dienes

Exp 3 – Infrared Spectroscopy – pg 113


Alkynes, acetylide alkylation

Synthesis Experiment I



Synthesis practice

Test 2



Stereochemistry, optical activity

Exp 4 – Thin   Layer Chromatography  pg 117


Diastereomers, alkyl halides




Coupling reactions

Synthesis Experiment II



Synthesis practice

Test 3



 Alcohols and Phenols

Exp 5 –   Distillation, pg 109


Alcohols and Phenols

Exp 6 - Grignard reaction



Ethers and epoxides

Exp 7 -GC experiment



Synthesis Lab III

Synthesis practice




Test 4







Tuesday 8/6 9:35-11:30 S209