Chem 3331-Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Section 01 by ctj41530


									                   Chem 3331-Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
                                    Section 01
                     Tuesday, Thursday 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. SEC 101

Lecturer:       Professor Scott R. Gilbertson
                5027 SERC
                e-mail address:

Textbooks, etc.:

                All three of the following are required for this course and are available at the U.
                H. Bookstore.

                1. L.G. Wade, Jr., Organic Chemistry, Prentice-Hall, 7th Ed., 2009.
                2. J. Simek, Solutions Manual, Prentice-Hall, 7th Ed., 2009.
                3. Organic Chemistry Models Available in the Chemistry Stockroom or

Examination Schedule:
            1. “Hour” Exams
                (All at 7-8:30 p.m.)

                Date                           Chapters covered (tentative)
                Friday, Feb. 19                1, 2, 3, part of 4
                Friday, March 26               part of 4 and 5-7
                Friday, April 23               8-12
                Wednesday May 5                Cumulative Final

                2. Final Exam
                   Wednesday, May 5 (8:00-11:00 a.m.)
                   Covers Chapters 1-13

Office Hours:
                Prof. Gilbertson (5027 SERC)
                Tuesday:       9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (5027 SERC)
                Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – noon (5027 SERC)
                Thursday:      after classs (room TBA)

                If you are not free during the hours listed above, you may arrange an appointment
                directly with Professor Gilbertson by email or in the lecture room before or after
                lecture. Please do not attempt unscheduled “walk-ins” or to schedule
                appointments by telephone.

Important Dates:
Last day to drop the course with no grade:     Monday, February 1
Last day to drop course:                       Tuesday, April 6
                  Schedule of Lectures and Reading Assignments (tentative)
Date                      Chapter
Jan. 19, 21                  1          Introduction & Review
Jan. 26, 28                  2          Structure & Properties of Organic Molecules
Feb. 2, 4, 9                 3          Structure & Stereochemistry of Alkanes
Feb. 11, 16                  4          The Study of Chemical Reactions

Feb. 19                      First Hour Exam (Friday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

Feb. 18, 23, 25              5          Stereochemistry
March 2, 4, 9                6          Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination
March 11, 23                 7          Structure and Synthesis of Alkenes

March 26                     Second Hour Exam (Friday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

March 25, 30                 8          Reactions of Alkenes
April 1, 6                   9          Alkynes
April 8, 13                  10         Structure and Synthesis of Alcohols
April 15, 20                 11         Reactions of Alcohols
April 22                     12         Infrared Spectroscopy & Mass Spectrometry

April 23                     Third Hour Exam (Friday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

April 27, 29                 13         Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

May 5                        Final Exam (8 –11 a.m.)
Reading Assignments:

       Students should read the applicable sections in the textbook before attending the lecture which
       covers these sections. Soon after each lecture, students should reread those sections and compare the
       text to their lecture notes. At the time of this second reading, the corresponding problems in the
       chapter should be worked.


       Homework problems in Wade are given both within each chapter (highlighted) and at the end of each
       chapter. Each student should work all of the in-chapter problems and as many of the end-of-chapter
       problems as time permits (all if it is at all possible). Homework will not be collected; each student is
       to correct his/her own answers by consulting the answers given in the Solutions Manual. To assist in
       providing motivation for working the problems, a selected few homework problems will be
       duplicated on exams and a record will be kept of each student’s scores on those particular exam
       questions. Professor Gilbertson may also choose to have in class quizzes that are, in part, made up
       from problems in the textbook.


       The quantity of material to be learned in Chemistry 3331 is too large to permit all of it to be covered
       in the lectures. The lectures will focus on the key ideas and on those parts of the material which the
       lecturer judges to most be in need of emphasis or explanation. The lecturer will assume that the
       students have read the corresponding sections in the textbook before attending the lectures.

Review and Problem Sessions:

       There will be problem sessions following the Thursday lectures. These sessions will be run by
       Professor Gilbertson. The purpose of these sessions is to allow the students an opportunity to get any
       specific questions answered and to get clarification of any concepts that may be unclear.


       All exams will be closed book and closed notes. Outside aids, such as books or crib notes, are not
       permitted. All personal items such as, cell phones, calculators, pencil cases must be left in your
       closed backpack/bag or not brought to class. The UH Academic Honesty Policy is in effect. Students
       should read this policy and understand it.

       Each hour exam will have a maximum score of 100 points; the final exam will have a maximum
       score of 200 points.

Length of Examinations:

       During the semester, the exams are designed to take no more than one (1) hour to complete, and the
       final exam is designed to take no more than ninety (90) minutes to complete. The purpose of the extra
       scheduled time is to allow each student to demonstrate depth of understanding, while minimizing the
       effect of speed of reading and recall.
Attendance at Examinations:

       For a sufficiently serious emergency, a student can be excused from one (but no more than one) hour
       exam. The student should request an excuse from Professor Gilbertson by telephone or in person; if
       possible, the request should be made before the examination. The semester grade of a student who
       has been excused from one examination will be calculated as if the grade on that examination had
       been the arithmetic mean of the grades on the other two hour exams which were taken, and adjusted
       according to the mean on the missed exam. No make up exams will be given. The final exam is
       mandatory. There will be no early or make up final exam given.

There will be no dropped exams!

       In order to encourage students to keep up with the work required in this course, all exams will be
       counted! This means there will be a total maximum of 500 points available in the course.

Regrading of Examinations:

       If you wish to appeal the grading of your exam, you must return it to Professor Gilbertson in class.
       You must staple to your exam a note which states which question(s) is(are) to be regraded and why
       you believe that your answer is correct. Nothing additional (notes, explanations, etc.) should be
       written on the exam and NO changes or erasures should be made on the exam before regrading.
       Cheating will not be tolerated! All suspected cases of cheating will be referred to the University’s
       Committee on Academic Integrity. If the Committee on Academic Integrity finds a student guilty of
       cheating, then the penalty will be automatic failure of the course. Exams to be regraded must be
       returned by the Thursday lecture following the exam. All exams submitted for regrading are
       examined by Professor Gilbertson and will be returned within one week.

Letter Grades:

       For each of the four examinations (three hour exams plus one final exam), the professor will
       determine the correspondence between numerical scores and letter grades. Note that the percentages
       of A’s, B’s, etc. are thus not predetermined, but result from the professor’s assessment of the
       performance of the class. At the end of the semester, each student’s numerical grades will be
       summed and the corresponding letter grade will be determined by comparison to the sum of the
       individual exam scores. However, in cases of marked improvement during the semester or the
       presence of one atypically low hour exam score, the semester letter grade may be higher than that
       which corresponds to the sum of the individual exam scores. The professor's judgement of each
       individual case is the sole basis for a decision to raise (or not to raise) a grade, and such decisions are
       not subject to appeal or negotiation.

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