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Dec 9, 2014
THIS SITE IS UNDER RECONSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW SEMESTER, NOTHING ON THIS SITE SHOULD BE TRUSTED OR DOWNLOADED UNTIL JANUARY 8TH
Dec 9, 2014
This class uses "gapped" lecture notes that you complete in class. They will be available as individual pdf files for download closer to the start of the semester

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.

Dec 9, 2014
This class does NOT use a textbook. In the past when I have required or recommended a textbook most students reported that they never used it. This does not mean that you cannot use a textbook, of course, by all means use a textbook if it helps you to learn. A good textbook is Organic Chemistry 7th Edition, by Paula Bruice, however, just about all organic textbooks are the same, you could use any of them as a reference, and used older editions of textbooks from Amazon are a fantastic deal. For example, I have see a 5th edition of the Bruice textbook on Amazon for just a few dollars. It should be fairly easy for you to find the appropriate reading and problems that relate to the material that we are covering in any textbook, although some textbooks do not cover pericyclic reactions, a second semester topic (the Bruice one does).
br> If you use the textbook it is important that you also get the accompanying Solutions Manual, since the problems are the MOST IMPORTANT part of any textbook.

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, as mentioned above, 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.