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May 7, 2014
The results of the final exam, and your final points total and your grade for the class are now posted in the "Your Points" page. Click HERE. REMEMBER TO HIT REFRESH ON THE POINTS PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION.

To see the exam key, click HERE.

Now that the final points have been posted there is no way for you to change them, there is no extra credit, no way of changing any points for any reason, please do not ask. I have personally regraded all of the final exams for all students who were within 30 POINTS of the grade cutoffs. There will be no further regrades and any tests, midterms or finals.

It has not escaped my attention that several of you have points totals that are close to the cutoffs, however, I have already looked at your final exams and I am sorry, there are just no more points for you to earn. If this is you, I understand your frustration and you have my sympathy, but please remember that the majority of students who earned the higher grade scored more than 100 points more than you did.

As above, now that the final grades have been posted there is no way for your to change your grade. The only exceptions are if there has been a serious data entry error. If you find one then send me an email. Please do not ask me to review your grades/tests etc. unless there are obvious data entry errors at this point.

I WILL BE LEAVING TOWN TOMORROW MORNING (EARLY) AND WILL NOT BE BACK UNTIL LATE SUNDAY EVENING. I WILL ENTER YOUR OFFICIAL GRADES ON MONDAY MAY 12TH. You will be able to pick up your final exams after May 13th, you can try my office at any time but I can't promise to be there at any particular time, I have a lot of non-teaching work to do now.

Many of you worked extremely hard in this class, this class may have earned a very high percentage of A grades, despite the very short time between the final class and the final exam. Ara and I very much enjoyed teaching you this semester, we got to know some of you very well, but we both enjoyed working with you all.

I wish you the best of luck in the rest of your studies.

May 7, 2014
All students who are within 20 points of one of the grade cutoffs will have their final exams regraded by me, there will be no regrade requests, thanks!

May 7, 2014
Your points totals except those for the final exam have been posted under the "Your Points" tab. Please check to see that there are no errors. Any errors MUST be brought to my attention by midnight tonight, Wednesday May 7th. There was quite a bit of normalizing for the quiz and homework points, I think that it all worked out properly!  More...

May 7, 2014
The calculation of your total quiz points is a bit complicated I am afraid.
It seems unfair to penalize those students who did not submit quiz #12 by having then drop a 40 point quiz, and so this is how the points have been handled:
First, Quiz #1 was out of 15 points which further complicated the decision on which quizzes to drop, and so your scores on that quiz were normalized to 10 by rounding UP, so that the only "different" quiz was #12.

Next, if you submitted quiz #12 then your four lowest scores out of the 12 quizzes were dropped, your total points minus the 4 lowest were then summed and normalized to 50 points taking 110 to be the actual maximum points then available to you, so, to get 50 points you needed 110 quiz points, to get 25 points you needed 55 etc.
If you did NOT submit quiz #12 then your THREE lowest scores out of the 11 remaining quizzes were dropped, your total points minus the 3 lowest were then summed and normalized to 50 points taking 80 to be the actual maximum points then available to you, so, to get 50 points you needed 80 quiz points, to get 25 points you needed 40 etc.
This still slightly benefits those who submitted quiz #12 because they get to use free points to contribute to their final total calculation, but it does not penalize those who did not need quiz #12, i.e. they will still get the maximum available points.

May 4, 2014
UPDATE: It was brought to my attention that the homework problems you did using the emergency homework site when the main site crashed do not transfer to the main site. Therefore, I have decided that you only need to complete 90% of the problems that are assigned for credit on the main site, i.e. 576. After that the points will be awarded on a percentage basis, and so to earn 50% of the 50 points you will need to have completed 288 of the credit problems etc. The deadline for completing the problems will be midnight Sunday May 4th. Any problems completed after the deadline will not count, please don't ask me to accept credit after that time, excuses such as "I forgot" "I was busy studying" etc. will not work, please don't ask. I got quite a lot of this at the end of last semester and so I am trying to pre-empt this problem this time.
May 4, 2014
The weekly suggested work/assignments page has been updated for the last time. Remember, one extra credit problem will be taken from this page for every exam.  More...
May 3, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the recorded lecture page.  More...
May 2, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Amines notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
May 2, 2014
Quiz #12 has now been uploaded. The deadline will be midnight Monday May 5th, i.e. the END of the day of our final exam. Remember, you will still drop four of the 12 quizzes this semester, the remaining quiz points will be summed and then normalized to a maximum of 50 points. This means that it is very advantageous for you to complete, and thereby NOT drop quiz #12, since has has more questions than the other quizzes! Quiz #12 can NOT be accepted after the midnight deadline of May 5th. I can not accept any quiz after the deadline, please don't ask, excuses such as "I forgot" "I was busy studying" etc. will not work.

Please take the quiz seriously, the data is needed by the hardest working and best TA you will ever had, Ara, please support her research! THANKS!

May 1, 2014
The nomenclature for the final could include carboxylic acids, esters, amides and amines, in addition to prior nomenclature.  More...
May 1, 2014
Your points for midterms #1 - #3 have been posted on the "Your Points" page, after all regrades. This is the only place that you will find the regraded points, I have NOT update the original midterm pages. PLEASE CHECK THESE POINT TOTALS NOW, if there are any errors they must be brought to my attention by the end of the day Sunday May 4th. After that the only changes to your points totals will be your points from the homework, the quizzes and the final exam.  More...
May 1, 2014
This evening's review session has been posted on the recorded lecture page.  More...
May 1, 2014
Quiz #12 will be posted some time tomorrow, Friday May 2nd, IT IS NOT LOADED YET. It is a survey quiz (free points!). The deadline will be midnight Monday May 5th, i.e. the day of our final exam. You will drop four of the 12 quizzes this semester, the remaining quiz points will be summed and then normalized to a maximum of 50 points. This means that it is very advantageous for you to complete, and thereby NOT drop quiz #12, since has has more questions than the other quizzes! Quiz #12 can NOT be accepted after the midnight deadline of May 5th. I can not accept any quiz after the deadline, please don't ask, excuses such as "I forgot" "I was busy studying" etc. will not work. I got quite a lot of these requests and so I am trying to pre-empt this problem this time. As soon as the final exam is finished the graders and I will be extremely busy grading and I will not be able to respond to any email requests anyway, we want to get the tests graded asap.
May 1, 2014
All problems for this semester have now been loaded onto the homework site. To earn credit for using the homework site you will need to have "completed" 95% of the problems that are assigned for credit. There are a total of 641 of these, and so to earn the 50 points you need to have completed 608. After that the points will be awarded on a percentage basis, and so to earn 50% of the 50 points you will need to have completed 304 of the credit problems etc. The deadline for completing the problems will be midnight Sunday May 4th. Any problems completed after the deadline will not count, please don't ask me to accept credit after that time, excuses such as "I forgot" "I was busy studying" etc. will not work, please don't ask. I got quite a lot of this at the end of last semester and so I am trying to pre-empt this problem this time.
May 1, 2014
Study advice for the final. Do not go back and try to relearn everything we have covered this semester. Take a look at the old exams on the website and the practice exams on the website, they will give you a Guide to how much material from earlier in the semester you should expect to see on the final. The final will be roughly 50% material since the third midterm and roughly 50% material since before the third midterm. Use the old and the practice exams as guidance for what material from earlier in the semester might be asked on the finals. Use these old and practice exams to guide you on what parts of the earlier material you should study. If there is something on these old and practice exams you cannot do from earlier in the semester, then go back and study that material ONLY, then return to the practice and old exams. Of course, you need to study the newer material in the same depth as usual.
May 1, 2014
To learn a heuristic approach to solving Aldol reactions, click HERE. For Claisen reactions, click HERE.
Apr. 29, 2014
There will be THREE pre-test review sessions. The first was last Saturday on mechanisms, if you missed it, click HERE to watch it. The second will be this Thursday, May 1st, 6:00 - 8:00PM in PS H-152. The second will attempt to cover the main topics (other than mechanisms) from earlier in the semester. The third will be Saturday May 3rd, 3:00 - 5:00PM, in LS A-191. The third will be over the material covered since midterm #3. Both will be recorded and posted on the lectures page as usual. Neither will be "live" office hours style, I can only do that in PS H-132.
Apr. 29, 2014
The final exam will be roughly 50% material since the 3rd midterm and roughly 50% from earlier in the semester. Use the old exams and practice exams as a guide to what to expect from earlier in the semester.  More...
Apr. 28, 2014
Multi-step (retro)synthesis is hard because the strategy is often difficult and there are simply a lot of reactions to know.

There will be two kinds of synthesis problems on the final exam. The first includes all of the major reactions we have learned this semester. The second kind will include only a "minimal set" of reactions, that everybody should know. The idea here is these problems test your synthesis problem solving skills rather than your ability to learn a lot of reactions.

There are two parts to this "minimal set: of reactions, the first are a set of basic functional group interconversions, the second includes the most basic carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, i.e. the Grignard and acetylide reactions. To see the list of functional group interconversions, click HERE. To see the list of C-C bond forming reactions, click HERE.

You can find examples of these problems on the old exams and practice exams.

Apr. 28, 2014
A set of practice exams for the final exam have been posted. Use them to study for the final. You also have 3 years of old exams on the Study Aids tab.  More...
Apr. 27, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Carboxylic Acid Derivatives notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors. My version of these notes includes some examples of carboxylic acid synthesis problems.  More...
Apr. 26, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the recorded lecture page.  More...
Apr. 26, 2014
As usual, Saturday office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:00PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). WE WILL START TO REVIEW FOR THE FINAL! We will cover important mechanisms from the entire semester and depending upon time, revisit some important concepts such as C-C bond making and retrosynthetic analysis. The review will run from 3:00PM until ca. 4:30PM, we have a lot to do! The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Apr. 24, 2014
Quiz #11 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday April 27th, 6PM.  More...
Apr. 24, 2014
The Enols/Enolate homework problems have been completed on the homework site.  More...
Apr. 23rd, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Carboxylic Acids notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors. My version of these notes includes some examples of carboxylic acid synthesis problems.  More...
Apr. 23rd, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Enols/Enolates notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
Apr. 17th, 2014
There was a typo on the syllabus for the online/hybrid class, the number of points required to earn an A grade is 875, not 880 as in the syllabus, apologies!
Apr. 17th, 2014
THIS WEEKEND I HAVE TO GO OUT OF TOWN, THEREFORE, THERE WILL BE NO SATURDAY OFFICE HOURS/REVIEW SESSION THIS WEEK (only)! Enjoy your weekend.
Apr. 17th, 2014
The results for the third midterm have been posted.  More...
Apr. 17, 2014
Quiz #10 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday April 20th, 6PM.  More...
Apr. 17, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Aldehydes/Ketones notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
Apr. 17, 2014
The first set of Enols/Enolate homework problems have been posted on the homework site. These are sufficient to cover the material on this weeks quiz.  More...
Apr. 15th, 2014
Your points for midterms #1 and #2 have been posted on the "Your Points" page, after all regrades. This is the only place that you will find the regraded points, I have not update the original midterm #1 and #2 pages. You can pick up your midterm #2 exams from my office any office hours.  More...
Apr. 12, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the recorded lecture page.  More...
Apr. 12, 2014
The weekly suggested work/assignments page has been updated. Remember, one extra credit problem will be taken from this page for every exam.  More...
Apr. 11th, 2014
There was a typo on the syllabus for the online/hybrid class, the final exam will be Monday May 5th, not the 6th as on the syllabus.
Apr. 11, 2014
Unfortunately, the recording of last nights review session was lost due to a computer crash. I have re-recorded a version of what was covered. As usual when I re-record, it went a lot faster than when done "live", so hit the pause button (a lot!) if I go too fast.  More...
Apr. 9th, 2014
I have decided that we haven't covered enols/enolates enough to ask reasonable questions on the 3rd midterm, and so there will be no enols/enolates on the exam. I could have you go and memorize the Stork reaction but that would be a bit silly on its own, without proper context there is not a lot of point.
Apr. 9, 2014
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions. The first will be this Thursday, Apr. 10th, 6:30 - 8:30PM in PS H-150. The second will be Saturday Apr. 12th, 3:30 - 5:30PM, also in in PS H-150. Each will cover different material and will mainly consist of solving problems. Both will be recorded and posted on the lectures page as usual. Neither will be "live" office hours style, I can only do that in PS H-132.
Apr. 8, 2014
Quiz #9 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday April 13th, 6PM.  More...
Apr. 8, 2014
A set of practice exams for midterm #3 have been posted. Use them to study for the midterm. You also have 3 years of old exams on the Study Aids tab.  More...
Apr. 8, 2014
The Aldehyde/Ketone homework problems have been posted on the homework site. I MAY ADD ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS TO BOTH THE A/K AND BENZENE PROBLEMS BEFORE THE MIDTERM, so please check back to this page later in the week.  More...
Apr. 5th, 2014
As usual, Saturday office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:00PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). I will be available to talk to students 1-on-1 after the review session. The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. The subject of the review session will be acid and base catalyzed mechanisms. I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Apr 4th, 2014
Because I got behind posting the homework problems, there will be NO QUIZ this week.
Mar. 30th, 2014
The results for the second midterm have been posted.  More...
Mar 30th, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Benzenes notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
Mar 29, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Mar. 29, 2014
Quiz #8 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday March 30TH, 6PM.  More...
Mar. 29th, 2014
As usual, Saturday office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:00PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). I will be available to talk to students 1-on-1 after the review session. The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. The subject of the review session will be synthesis of substituted benzenes and electrophilic aromatic substitution. I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Mar. 23rd, 2014
To see my version of the benzene nomenclature notes, click HERE.
Mar 22, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Mar 22nd, 2014
REPOST: There are several small movies that should help you to understand some of the material that we covered in the Conjugated Section of the notes:
Diels-Alder Steterochemistry (posted previously
Electrocyclic Ring Closure using F.M.O. and Fingers/thumbs
Disrotatory and Conrotatory Electrocyclic Reactions using F.M.O. Theory
Electrocyclic Reactions Using the "Finger and Thumbs" and Aromatic Transition State Theory
Electrocyclic Reactions Using the a Molecular Model and Aromatic Transition State Theory

Mar. 21, 2014
Quiz #7 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday March 23rd, 6PM. I CHANGED QUESTION #1 AT 8:20PM FRIDAY MAR. 21ST, IF YOU DOWNLOADED THE QUIZ BEFORE THEN, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ANSWER THE CORRECT VERSION OF QUESTION #1. More...
Mar 20, 2014
This evening's review session has been posted on the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Mar. 20, 2014
There was one error on the practice exams for midterm #2.
In Exam #3, Question 8), the answer was just wrong, the updated answer for this question was posted on Thursday March 20th at 8:50PM, if you have an earlier version of the answer key please fix it.  More...

Mar. 19th, 2014
The weekly suggested work/assignments page has been updated. Remember, one extra credit problem will be taken from this page for every exam.  More...
Mar. 19, 2014
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions. The first will be this Thursday, Mar. 20th, 6:30 - 8:30PM in PS H-152. The second will be Saturday Mar. 22nd, 3 - 5PM in LS A-191. Each will cover different material and will mainly consist of solving problems. Both will be recorded and posted on the lectures page as usual. Neither will be "live" office hours style, I can only do that in PS H-132.
Mar. 19, 2014
A set of practice exams for midterm #2 have been posted. Use them to study for the midterm. You also have 3 years of old exams on the Study Aids tab.  More...
Mar. 17th, 2014
The homework site (and backup site) has been updated with all of the questions relevant to the second midterm.  More...
Mar 17th, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Aromatic notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
Mar 17th, 2014
I hope this will not be of interest to anybody on this class, but I will be teaching CHM 234 first summer session this year. I have never taught in the summer before, let's see how it goes :\
Mar 17th, 2014
The material for midterm #2 will include ethers/epoxides, all of conjugated systems and aromaticity and the nomenclature of benzenes, i.e., through to the end of todays lecture, Monday March 17th.  More...
Mar 13th, 2014
Your points for midterm #1 have been posted on the "Your Points" page, after all regrades. This is the only place that you will find the regraded points, I have npt update the original midterm #1 page. You can pick up your midterm #1 exams from my office any office hours.  More...
Mar 10th, 2014
There are several small movies that should help you to understand some of the material that we covered in the Conjugated Section of the notes:
Diels-Alder Steterochemistry (posted previously
Electrocyclic Ring Closure using F.M.O. and Fingers/thumbs
Disrotatory and Conrotatory Electrocyclic Reactions using F.M.O. Theory
Electrocyclic Reactions Using the "Finger and Thumbs" and Aromatic Transition State Theory
Electrocyclic Reactions Using the a Molecular Model and Aromatic Transition State Theory

Mar 10th, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Conjugated notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors. The version that I posted is slightly expanded compared to the notes that we used in class.  More...
Mar. 7th, 2014
Apologies for not keeping up with the homework website, this is one of the busiest times of the year for me (other responsibilities).  More...
Mar. 2nd, 2014
The results for the first midterm have been posted.  More...
Feb 28th, 2014
Saturday office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:30PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). NOTE THAT THIS IS 30 MINS LATER THAN USUAL! I will be available to talk to students 1-on-1 after the review session. The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. The subject of the review session will be ether/epoxide reactions, acid/base mechanisms and perhaps some conjugations/resonance review. I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Feb 27th, 2014
Quiz #6 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday March 2nd, 6PM.  More...
Feb 26th, 2014
Today in lecture we talked about the stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder reaction, and in particular, the Endo rule that determines the relative stereochemistries of the -W group on the dienophile and the groups on the diene. Understanding how this works is tricky, and so I have a small (rather low quality) movie that uses a model kit that may help, click HERE .
Feb 26, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Ethers/Epoxides notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
Feb. 23, 2014
There were three errors on the practice exams for midterm #3.
In Exam #2, Question 3b), the reagents/conditions were missing, should have been Excess PCC/CH2Cl2.
In exam #2, Question 3f), the reagents/conditions were missing, should have been conc. H2SO4/heat.
In exam #2, Question 7a), two hydride shifts were missing in the mechanism.
These have been fixed in updated in the version of the practice exams that were loaded on the website at 4PM today, if you have an earlier version please make sure that you have the correct versions of these questions and their answers.  More...

Feb 21st, 2014
There will be NO Review Session on Saturday afternoon, it would be the same as last week (see the recorded lectures page), however, I will be in my office for 1-on-1 questions at the usual review session time, 3 - 4PM.
Feb 21st, 2014
There will be NO QUIZ this week, partly because of the homework site problems and partly because there is no point in giving you a quiz on new material that will not be on the test. There were 2 open quiz slots later in the semester, this weeks quiz will fill in one of those open slots.
Feb 21st, 2014
There is a permanent link to a backup version of the homework website now at the top of this page. It does not have all of the features of the full site, only questions and answers, but it should serve as a study tool if the main homework site goes down again. The main homework site is now working and I do not anticipate more problems, but, just in case....
Feb 18th, 2014
OK, so the homework site is down AGAIN! I will push back the quiz deadline until I am sure that it is working reliably, look for an announcement here. APOLOGIES again!
Feb 18th, 2014
The rescheduled midterm #1 will be MONDAY, FEB. 24th at the usual class time, 7:30AM. All regular/onground students will take the test in LS A-191. All online/hybrid students will take the test in PS H-152. I have also reset the deadline for Quiz #5, it is now 11PM, TUESDAY Feb. 18th.
Feb 16th, 2014
At the end of the review session on Thursday I left you with 2 mechanism problems to solve. If you would like to see my answers, click HERE for the first, and click HERE for the second.
Feb. 16, 2014
I promised a list of mechanism TYPES for the midterm, finally got to it (below): Alcohol with conc. Sulfuric acid to give an alkene
E2 eliminations of halides to make alkenes and alkynes
Migration of Alkynes with strong base
Additions of Markovnikov addition of HBr and addition of Br2 to alkenes and alkynes
Markovnokov addition of H2O to an alkyne
Enol to Keto AND keto to enol tautomerizations, both acid and base catalyzed
Acetylide reactions with halides, carbonyls and epoxides
Sodium borohydride reaction with aldehydes and ketones
Lithium Aluminum Hydride reaction with aldehydes/ketones/esters/acid chlorides
Acid catalyzed formation of a hydrate from an aldehyde
The Pinacol rearrangement
Grignards with aldehydes/ketones/esters/acid chlorides
Acid hydrolysis of the O-MgBr bond

The mechanism you will see will NOT be exactly these reactions as they are in the notes, mechanisms are PROBLEMS to be solved, not things to be memorized. Mechanism problems will be in the STYLE of those above, or will contain FRAGMENTS that are also in those above (possibly fragments from different mechanisms combined), do not take the liot above literally. Look at the practice and old tests for more guidance.

Feb. 16, 2014
There were three errors on the practice exams for midterm #3.
In Exam #2, Question 3b), the reagents/conditions were missing, should have been Excess PCC/CH2Cl2.
In exam #2, Question 3f), the reagents/conditions were missing, should have been conc. H2SO4/heat.
In exam #2, Question 7a), a hydride shift was missing in the mechanism.
These have been fixed in updated in the version of the practice exams that were loaded on the website at 11AM today, if you have an earlier version please make sure that you have the correct versions of these questions and their answers.  More...

Feb 15th, 2014
I never received any confirmation about the room for today's review session, so let's meet at LS A-191 and if it is in use, or we can't get it, we will go and find another room, 3 - 5PM
Feb 15th, 2014
The homework website is ALIVE again!  More...
Feb 14th, 2014
The homework site is down, aaargh! Many of the homework problems, and those on the practice tests come from old problem sets that I used to use. To see the old problem set in pdf form, click HERE (pdf file). To get the answer key, click HERE (pdf file). To see the answer key in html form, click HERE. Hopefully this will all be useful until the homework site is up and running again. Apologies!
Feb 14th, 2014
An issue for this upcoming test is all of the reactions that we have recently learned, there are a lot of them. Learning how to handle a lot of information like this is one of the things I hope you will learn from this course. You need to be very systematic in handling the reactions, make sure that you know what you are supposed to know, and what you currently know. An obvious way to do this is to make a list. There are many such lists around, but by far the best thing to do is to go through the notes and MAKE YOUR OWN LIST! The simple process of making the list will be helpful, and YOUR list will be much more useful to you that someone else's list.

It turns out that I had forgotten but I do have my own list! It is a little different from many of the others because it is arranged (mainly) in terms of the functional groups are are the PRODUCTS of the reactions, and as such may be useful in learning how to solve synthesis problems. I am reluctant to distribute this list, because it is not YOURS, however, I have decided to do so anyway, and I hope that you will use it sparingly and properly. You really need to make sure that you know the reactions on this list. Soooo, to get it, click HERE (pdf file).

Feb 14th, 2014
The homework website is complete for all topics relevant to midterm #1.  More...
Feb 13th, 2014
The weekly suggested work/assignments page has been updated. Remember, one extra credit problem will be taken from this page for every exam.  More...
Feb 13th, 2014
Quiz #5 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday Feb. 16th, 6PM. Apologies for posting late this week.  More...
Feb. 12, 2014
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions. The first will be this Thursday, Feb. 13th, 6 - 8PM in PS H-152. The second will be Saturday Feb. 15th, 3 - 5PM, probably in LS A-191, although this is not yet confirmed. Each will cover different material and will mainly consist of solving problems. Both will be recorded and posted on the lectures page as usual. Neither will be "live" office hours style, I can only do that in PS H-132.
Feb 12, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Alcohols and Organometals notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors. Midterm #1 covers everything up to and including Organometals.  More...
Feb 12, 2014
I DROPPED my tablet on the way to class this morning and shattered the screen, and so I had to deliver lecture on the whiteboard today and could not record it. So, I have just re-recorded the lecture in my office and posted it on the recorded lectures page as usual. It is only ca. 35 minutes long! I find that I tend to go a lot faster when I record material in my office (which is yet another reason why I don't like to do an online class with office recorded lectures), so luckily you will be able to pause me and slow me down! I covered exactly the same material as this morning, but I was also slowed down this morning by having to use the board, which is another factor I suppose. Anyway, hopefully it is still understandable.  More...
Feb 11, 2014
Because we had to skip the review session last weekend, I looked at the recorded lectures from last semester and found one that might be useful for this semester on how to apporach mechanism problems, to watch it, click HERE (also posted on the recorded lectures page).
Feb. 11, 2014
There were two errors on the practice exams for midterm #3.
In Exam #2, Question 3b), the reagents/conditions were missing, should have been Excess PCC/CH2Cl2.
In exam #2, Question 3f), the reagents/conditions were missing, should have been conc. H2SO4/heat.
These have been fixed in updated in the version of the practice exams that were loaded on the website at 3:30PM thoday, if you have an earlier version please make sure that you have the correct versions of these questions and their answers.  More...

Feb. 11, 2014
A set of practice exams for midterm #1 have been posted. Use them to study for the midterm. You also have 3 years of old exams on the Study Aids tab.  More...
Feb 8th, 2014
APOLOGIES, I HAVE TO CANCEL OFFICE HOURS/REVIEW SESSION AGAIN TODAY, SATURDAY FEB 8TH. worst. flu. ever.
Feb 7, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Alkynes notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors (I added a couple of items compared to your notes to further explanation)  More...
Feb 5th, 2014
Office Hours TODAY, WEDNESDAY Feb. 5th are cancelled, both on person and also online, unfortunately I am not feeling well and I have to go home, apologies!
Feb 5th, 2014
Quiz #4 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday Feb. 9th, 6PM.  More...
Feb 1, 2014
Saturday office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:00PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). I will be available to talk to students 1-on-1 after the review session. The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. The subject of the review session will be multi-step synthesis that includes C-C bond forming reactions. I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Jan 29, 2014
Quiz #3 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday Feb 2nd, 6PM.  More...
Jan 28, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Retrosynthesis notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors (I added a couple of items compared to your notes to further explanation)  More...
Jan 27, 2014
For MORE SN2 and E2 PRACTICE PROBLEMS, click HERE, for the answers, click HERE.
Jan 25, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the Recorded Lectures page. I left you with one further problem to solve, to see the problem, click HERE. To see my answer, click HERE.  More...
Jan 25, 2014
Saturday office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:00PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). I will be available to talk to students 1-on-1 after the review session. The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. The subject of the review session will be multi-step synthesis. I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Jan 20, 2014
Quiz #2 has been posted on homework/quiz page, click the "Quizzes" link to download the pdf file, the deadline for submission is Sunday Jan. 26th, 6PM.  More...
Jan 20, 2014
The homework/quiz submission website is NOW OPEN. For instructions on how to use it, click HERE. NOTE, you will need to review these instructions even if you were in my Fall 2013 CHM 233 class because there have been some changes.  More...
Jan 18, 2014
Today's review session has been posted in the recorded lectures page, or click HERE. To see some lectures notes that (very roughly) go with this material, click HERE. For PRACTICE PROBLEMS THAT GO WITH THIS MATERIAL, click HERE, for the answers, click HERE.
Jan 17, 2014
Tomorrow's (Saturday) office hours will take the form of a review session, at 3:00PM, in PS H-132 (the o-chem lab recitation room). I will be available to talk to students 1-on-1 after the review session. The review session will be recorded in the same way that the lectures are and will be posted on the recorded lectures page. You can also watch the review session will also be "live" on the web, via the online office hour link, click HERE. The subject of the review session will be SN1/SN2/E1/E2 reactions, from first semester and from the perspective of what you will need to know about these reactions for second semester organic chemistry (only). I will try to make sure that at least one door to the building is open on Saturday, either on Palm Walk or at the end of H-wing.
Jan 17, 2014
The third lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures. From now on I will not be posting lectures on this main announcement page, please just check the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 16, 2014
To see quiz #1, click HERE.
You will be able to submit Quiz #1 on the homework/quiz website that will be opened on Monday January 20th, i.e. after the drop/add deadline. Quiz #1 must be submitted by 10PM Tuesday January 21st. I will send information by email about how to submit the quiz over the weekend.

Jan 15, 2014
The second lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures.  More...
Jan 15, 2014
ERRORS IN THE SYLLABUS: There is ONE error in the syllabus for the regular/onground class that was distributed. Saturday office hours/review session will be 3:00 - 4:00 PM, NOT 4:00 - 5:00 PM.

There are TWO errors in the syllabus for the online/hybrid class that as distributed. 1) Saturday office hours/review session will be 3:00 - 4:00 PM, NOT 4:00 - 5:00 PM. 2) The dates for the midterm exams were INCORRECT, the first midterm will be Monday Feb. 17th, the second midterm will be Monday March 24th and the third midterm will be Monday April 14th.  More...

Jan 14, 2014
There are SI sessions for this class, lead by a student who did well last year. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays 4-4:50pm in Hayden C-52
Thursdays 4-4:50pm in Hayden C-52
Fridays 1:30-2:20pm in PSA 118

Jan 14, 2014
The gapped notes are now available for purchase at Alternative Copy on Mill (opposite the Nelson Fine Arts Center) if it is more convenient for you to purchase than to print. If you go there, make sure that you get the new 2014 version of the notes, not the 2013 version, there are small but significant changes. I don't know how much they are charging this year, but they are convenient at least!  More...
Jan 13, 2014
The first lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures.  More...
Jan 13, 2014
Because most of the students in the class will have taken CHM 233 with Dr. Gould in the Fall 2013 semester, we will not go over class procedures and syllabus in detail on the first day of class, instead, for a video introduction to how the class works, click HERE.
For an introduction to the online/hybrid section of this class, click HERE.  More...

Jan 6, 2014
This class uses "gapped" lecture notes that you complete in class. They are available as individual pdf files under the Lecture Material tab. You can print these and bring them to lecture, or you can save money by downloading the entire notes set as a complete pdf file, there is a link under the the Lecture Material tab. Take the downloaded pdf file(s) to any local print shop, Kinkos, Staples etc. I can't tell you where you will get the best printing deal because this seems to change every semester. In the past, students have been able to get the notes printed for as little as $10, but the average price seems to be a bit higher than that.

Alternative Copy of Tempe on Mill Avenue, opposite the Nelson Fine Arts Center, has a set of notes that you can buy from them, I am not sure how much they are charging this semester yet. You can also get the notes for the first lectures by printing the first 8 - 10 pages of the "Retrosynthesis" notes, click HERE.

The class has a Facebook page, the best place to print the notes is usually one of the first things that is discussed there, click HERE. You can also say hi to Jake, who was in my class a couple of years ago and who basically runs the place, Jake just loves o-chem!  More...

Jan 6, 2014
A textbook is recommended for this class but is not required. The textbook is Organic Chemistry, 7th Edition, by Paula Bruice. If you use the textbook it is critical that you also get the accompanying Solutions Manual, since the problems are the MOST IMPORTANT part of any textbook. The bookstore cost is ca. $177 for Bruice 7th edition.

ALTERNATIVELY, you purchase access to an electronic version of Bruice 7th edition for $110 at the following website: http://www.pearsoncustom.com/az/asu_masteringchemistry. You will need an access code that you can either buy online on the website or from the ASU bookstore. Electronic access lasts for 2 years. You can also buy access for one semester at a time for $55. If you buy the electronic version you will also gain access to the Mastering Chemistry homework site, which has further practice question. I do not use Mastering Chemistry, but you may find it useful for additional practice. To access the Mastering Chemistry site and the electronic book you will need the following course number: MCGOULD06463. I don't use the Mastering Chemistry site, but as mentioned above, you may find useful extra problems and other resources there.

If you purchase the ebook it does not come automatically with access to the solutions manual, but if you are on the Mastering chemistry site then the following link will take you to the solutions manual: http://view.ebookplus.pearsoncmg.com/ebook/linktoebook5.do?platform=1008&bookid=25094. You need to purchase access to the suite before that link will work. This link is also posted on the Mastering Chemistry website mentioned above.

I will provide suggested reading and problems from the 7th Edition of Bruice and also Organic Chemistry 3rd Edition by J. G. Smith (last years textbook) ONLY. I will not be able to suggest reading or problems from any earlier edition of Bruice or Smith, or from any other textbook. If you have any other textbook (just about all organic chemistry textbooks are the same, you could learn from any of them, used older editions of textbooks from Amazon are a fantastic deal, just make sure that you get an accompanying solutions manual), it should be fairly easy for you to find the appropriate reading and problems yourself.

Many students will ask me if they should get the textbook. Unfortunately I am not able to give a satisfactory answer, since different students have very different needs. Some students really need to study from a textbook and appreciate learning a topic from a different perspective. Some students want a permanent textbook to study for the MCAT, for example. You have to make your own decision on this I am afraid, however, I have found that most students in my classes tend not use the textbook.

Note that the lab is a separate course, the textbook for the lab course is required.


Jan 6, 2014
This class has two sections, a "Regular/Onground" class (SLN 10245), that has regular lecture M, W, F, 7:30AM - 8:20AM in LS A-191, and an "Online/Hybrid" class (SLN 16466). The two classes are essentially identical. Students who are registered for the Online/Hybrid class (SLN 16466) are welcome to attend lecture. Those in the Regular/Onground class will quickly find that all lectures are recorded and they do not actually need to come to class to watch each lecture if they choose not to. Apart from the method of lecture delivery, which will become a matter of choice for students in both classes soon after the start of the semester, everything about the two classes is identical. Both will have the same teaching/learning materials, both will have the same quizzes, and both will have the same exams, given at exactly the same time, just in different classrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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