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 832-842-8821 e-mail address: email@example.com 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 Bookstore. 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: 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. Lectures: 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. Examinations: 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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