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May 10, 2015
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 dated May 10th.

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. The only exceptions are if there has been a serious data entry error. If you find one then send me an email asap.

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 very 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.

Many of you worked extremely hard in this class, this class has a very high percentage of A grades, despite the very short time between the final class and the final exam.

I very much enjoyed working together with you on organic chemistry this year, every class throws up new challenges and is a new learning experience for me. I really hope that many of you got something out of this class in addition to the facts of organic chemistry. Ara and I ot to know some of you very well, but we both enjoyed working with you all.

If you want to pick up your final exam you can try my office any time during the summer, although I will not have office hours and I can't guarantee when I will be there. if you do pick up your test I won't have time to discuss it with you, I have a very busy summer ahead of me. To see the final exam answer key, Click HERE.

I wish you all the best in your future academic career.

May 8, 2015
All points, except those for the final exam, have now been loaded onto the Current Points pages. To see all of your quiz points, including the number that will be used to calculate your final grade, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated May 8th).
All of your points from quizzes, homework, surveys and midterm exams after all regrades etc are summarized on the Current Points page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated May 8th).
The only additions/changes to these points now comes from the final exam. None of these posted points can now be changed, there will be no further regrades of any midterm exams or changes to any other points, please don't ask unless there is a gross error.

Once the final exams have been graded I will personally regrade the exams of every student who is within 30 points of one of the grades cutoffs, there will be no student requested regrades for the final. I hope to post the final points and grades late Sunday. Once I have posted these final grades they cannot be changed. If you are close to a grade cutoff and didn't make the higher grade it will not have escaped my attention, I will just not have been able to find the points on your final to get you there. Please don't ask me to reconsider your grade, I do not award grades, you earn them based on the points you received, I simply make sure that you haven't missed any points by regrading your final exam. So please don't send me emails asking me to reconsider a final grade assignment.
You will be able to pick up your final exam if you like from my office during the summer. I will not have office hours and I can't guarantee when I will be in my office but you are welcome to try at any time if you only want to pick up your test, however, I won't have time to discuss your test with you, I have a very busy summer ahead of me. Thanks for your consideration of these "rules".

May 2, 2015
As promised, a summary of the reactions that we covered on the last day of class will be included on the cover page of your test. To see what this summary will look like, click HERE.
May 2, 2015
The second review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
May 2, 2015
I just loaded 20 more simple synthesis practice problems on the homework website. These are in the "Cumulative Problems" section in the Simple Synthesis Category. All of these are non-credit, and are posted only in case you feel that you need extra practice on these kinds of questions. The problems with the earlier numbers are easier than those with the larger numbers. The ones with the smaller numbers are "confidence building", the ones with the larger numbers are more like actual exam questions.

I may add more problems to the Cumulative Problems Section over the weekend if I feel they are needed or if I can find the time.

May 1, 2015
If anybody wants a complete set of amine lectures you can watch those from last year:
Lecture 1 : click HERE
Lecture 2 : click HERE
Lecture 3 : click HERE

May 1, 2015
My version of the Amines notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
May 1, 2015
The reactions that you need to know for the final exam can be divided into three categories. The first category represents what I call simple basic basic functional group interconversions that I think everybody should know, click HERE for a summary. The second is a list of basic C-C bond forming reactions, click HERE for a summary. Both of these summaries have been posted elsewhere previously on this page. Two synthesis problems will be on the final exam that use reactions ONLY from these two lists. The idea here is to give you problems that test your understanding of how to solve synthesis problems and their strategies rather than testing your knowledge of a large list of reactions, it is assumed that you will know the reactions in these 2 summaries.

A summary of the rest of the reactions that could be encountered on the final exam, including all of those we have covered since the 3rd midterm, is provided HERE. This third category of reactions could be encountered in any kind of problem on the final.

May 1, 2015
To see the final quiz of the semester, Quiz #14, Click HERE. The deadline for submission is 6PM, Sunday May 3rd. It is a survey quiz, basically free points!

May 1, 2015
All homework problems for the entire semester have now been loaded on the homework site. The final number of credit questions is 687, which means that to earn all of the homework credit your Questions Attempted will need to be 610/678.

I have added a separate section at the end of the homework problems called "Cumulative Problems" that will contain extra practice problems on various topics, all of these questions will be non-credit, they will only be for extra practice. One of the Categories in the Final section will be "Simple Synthesis", which will have simple synthesis problems that use only reactions included in the two lists of reactions I posted earlier in the week, i.e. THIS and THIS. Other categories will include extra mechanism practice and whatever else I have the time to post and I think may be useful before Monday.

May 1, 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Apr 30, 2015
HOMEWORK Site: You will receive up to 50 points towards your final grade for using the homework site. You earn homework credit by "completing" the "for-credit" questions on the site. Completion means attempting the question and either submitting an answer, or self-reporting correct or incorrect. Completion of a question does not mean getting it right, it means attempting it. Our system does not penalize you for getting a question incorrect, it is supposed to encourage you to try. You can see all of the problems that you have competed on the main homework questions page. At the top of the page you will see the number of the for-credit questions that you have attempted compared to the number that have been posted (you also see the same for the non-credit questions).

For example, as of today, I have the following : Credit Questions Attempted: 65/658 Non-Credit Questions Attempted: 16/488. I haven't completed many questions!

I have not quite finished loading all of the questions I hope to complete that today, and so I am not exactly sure how many credit questions there will be in the end, but it will be close to 675 or so.

To earn all of the homework credit points you will need to have completed/attempted 90% of all of the credit questions. And so, if there do end up being 675 credit questions, then you will need to have attempted 608 questions, i.e. Credit Questions Attempted: 608/658. If you have Credit Questions Attempted: 304/658 then you will receive 50% of the available points, i.e. 25, and so on. You will to complete the homework questions by 11:59PM, WEDNESDAY May 6th, i.e. two days after the final and the same deadline as the end of semester survey. The final number of credit questions may not be exactly 675, but it will probably be close to that number.

This semester there was some confusion about registering for the site, and so to make sure that you receive proper credit please go to your account on the homework site (at the top right you see your name and a small down arrow, click the down arrow to bring up your account details, and please make sure that your ASU ID is in the Student ID field and not your positing ID. This may contradict information that I sent some of you earlier in the semester, but we have now decided that this is the best way to properly identify you all.

Apr 30, 2015
At the beginning of the semester you were invited to take part in a chemical education project that involved completing TWO surveys. If you participate in the project you will receive 1% of the available class points as extra credit towards your grade. To receive this extra credit you MUST complete both surveys. If you did not complete the first survey you will not earn the extra credit even if you complete the second survey. I do not have easy access to the records from the start of the semester, and so I can't tell you if you completed the first survey or not.

To access the END of semester survey, click HERE. You will need to login using your ASUrite ID as usual. The deadline for completing the survey is 11:59PM, WEDNESDAY May 6th, 2 days after the final.

Please consider competing the end of semester survey (it is a lot shorter than the start of semester one) even if you don't think that you need the extra credit, all of the data is very useful to us, Ara and I thank you for participating in this project

Apr 30, 2015
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first is FRIDAY May 1st, 3 - 5PM in PS H-151, the second will be on Saturday May 2nd, 3 - 5PM, also in PS H-151. The two review sessions will cover different material. Both will be recorded but neither will be "live" since I can only do that from PS H-132. The first will be mainly on material before the 3rd midterm. The second will be mainly material since the 3rd midterm.
Apr 29, 2015
My versions of the Carboxylic Acids and the Acid Derivatives notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Apr 29, 2015
Your scores for all quizzes up to and including Quiz #13 have been updated on the Quiz Scores page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated April 29th).
Your total points to date, including midterm #2 after all regrades and after addition of the 15 points, and also midterm #3 after all regrades, have also been updated on The Current Points page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated April 29th). The new midterm #2 points are only given here, I have not gone back and updated the midterm #2 points on the Midterm #2 Results page.
These are on separate pages this semester because everything got a little bit too unwieldy by the end of last semester and the points page was taking too long to load with everything on it.

Apr 29, 2015
All homework problems related to Carboxylic Acids and Acid Derivatives have been loaded on the homework site.
Apr 29, 2015
To see the answer key to Quiz #13, Click HERE.

Apr. 28, 2015
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, 2015
This is the tentative plan for the rest of the semester. We will have one more lecture on carboxylic acid derivatives on Wednesday, and we will have one lecture on amine chemistry that will cover amine basicity and the synthesis of amines, pages 2 - 6, the rest of the amines section we will need to skip.

The final will be approximately 50% material since the 3rd midterm, and approximately 50% major concepts from earlier in the semester. To study for the final I suggest that you not try to re-study everything we covered this semester, look at the old midterms and practice tests and use those as a guide to what concepts earlier in the semester you need to re-visit.

Apr 28, 2015
To prepare for the final exam, you will find old tests and also a new set of practice exams on the "Old Exams" page. I have deleted those questions on the practice exams that are on material I do not think we will get to (but I have not deleted those questions on the answer keys).
The following questions on the old exams also cover material we will probably not get to:
Spring 2014 - Question 1a
Spring 2013 - Question 6b
Spring 2012 - Questions 8g and 8h.  More...

Apr 25, 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Apr 25, 2015
All homework problems related to Enols/Enolates have been loaded on the homework site.
Apr 25, 2015
Office hours today, Saturday Apr 25th, will take the form of a review session, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be Aldol and Claisen and related reactions.

Apr 24, 2015
My version of the Enols and Enolates notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Apr 24, 2015
To see the new Quiz #13, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 26th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #12, Click HERE.

Apr 19, 2015
There was an error in the answer key for Question #2, the 2 -CH3 groups should be cis- in the product, not trans.

I have added 2 points to the scores of all students for this question (which was the # of points removed for getting the stereochemistry incorrect), up to a maximum of 18. This means that some students got full points even though they got the stereochemistry incorrect :\, but this is the only reasonable solution.

The updated points total is on the Exam Results page, make sure you hit refresh as usual to see the latest version of the points total. This means that for most students the recorded score will be higher than the score on your test by 2 points.  More...

Apr 19, 2015
The results for midterm #3 have now been posted on Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Apr 19, 2015
Your scores for all quizzes up to and including Quiz #12 have been updated on the Quiz Scores page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated April 19th).
Your total points to date, including midterm #2 after all regrades and after addition of the 15 points, have also been updated on The Current Points page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated April 19th). The new midterm #2 points are only given here, I have not gone back and updated the midterm #2 points on the Midterm #2 Results page.
These are on separate pages this semester because everything got a little bit too unwieldy by the end of last semester and the points page was taking too long to load with everything on it.

Apr 19, 2015
Because there was no review session this week, three new review videos have been posted that relate to this week's quiz:
One on the (Relative) Acidities of Enolizable Hydrogen Atoms : Enolate Anions, Click HERE.
One Enolate Anions and Enamines in C-C Bond Forming Reactions, Click HERE.
One on the Malonic Ester Synthesis of Carboxylic Acids, Click HERE.

Apr 17, 2015
Today in class I said that there would be a review session tomorrow, Saturday Apr. 18th, however, I forgot that we will be grading tomorrow afternoon, and so the review session will NOT take place. However, I will be available if you want to talk to me one-on-one tomorrow between 3PM and 4PM, in the LRC (PS H-137). I will try to record a review video on enolizable hydrogen acidity and also making carbon-carbon bonds and post them on the main web site, which are the topics of the quiz this week.
Apr 17, 2015
To see the new Quiz #12, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 19th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #11, Click HERE.

Apr 10, 2015
All homework problems related to Midterm #3 have been loaded on the homework site.
Apr 10, 2015
My version of the Aldehydes and Ketones notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Apr 10, 2015
To see the new Quiz #11, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 12th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #10, Click HERE.

Apr 6, 2015
As mentioned in class today, the material for midterm #3 will come mainly from the Benzenes and Aldehydes/Ketones sections of the notes, through to the END of the Aldehydes/ketones section. All of the homework problems for aldehydes and ketones have now been posted, although I will be adding a few more to the "cumulative" section of Aldehydes and Ketones later today. What I forgot to mention in class today was that midterm #3 will also include aromatic transition state theory (Huckel/Mobius etc) and also aromaticity, the short section of the notes between conjugated systems and benzenes. All of the problems for aromaticity and aromatic transition state theory and also benzene reactions are on the website.

Although the syllabus says that midterm #3 will include parts of Section V, it won't, there will be no enols/enolates on midterm #3. Also, we skipped nucleophilic aromatic substitution, I tried to erase those questions from the homework site, but there may be 1 or 2 questions on this subject that I missed, but you will be able to recognize these problems if the reactant is a Lewis base and not a Lewis acid.

Apr 8, 2015
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first is THURSDAY Apr 9th, 5 - 7PM in PS F-166, the second will be on Saturday Apr. 11th, 3 - 5PM, LS A-191. The two review sessions will cover different material. Both will be recorded but neither will be "live" since I can only do that from PS H-132. The first will be mainly aromaticity and benzene reactions. The second will be mainly aldehyde and ketone chemistry.
Apr 6, 2015
To prepare for the third midterm, you will find old tests and also a new set of practice exams on the "Old Exams" page.  More...
Apr 4, 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Apr 3, 2015
Two review videos have been posted because we did not have any review sessions around spring break, one of aromatic transition state theory, Click HERE, and one on Aromatic structures and ions, Click HERE.  More...
Apr 3, 2015
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Apr 4th, will take the form of a review session, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be Benzene reactions, particularly synthesis.

Apr 3, 2015
To see the new Quiz #10, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 5th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #9, Click HERE.

Apr 3, 2015
All homework problems related to Benzenes have now been loaded on the homework site.
Apr 1, 2015
My version of the aromatic AND benzenes notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Mar 30, 2015
There were some problems with the quiz submit page yesterday, if you were unable to submit the quiz, you can submit it now, the new deadline is 6PM TOMORROW, Tuesday March 31st. If you already submitted the quiz then you do not have to submit it again. Go to the quiz submit page and click the "Check your Submitted Quizzes" link, and if Quiz #9 is there then you don't need to re-submit.
Mar 30, 2015
The results for midterm #2 have now been posted on Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Mar 29, 2015
There seems to have been some problems with the quiz submit page today, if you were unable to submit the quiz, keep your answers, and I will open it up again tomorrow, Monday, the new deadline will be 6PM Tuesday, March 31st. There will be an announcement here when the quiz page will open.
Mar 27 2015
There will be NO REVIEW SESSION tomorrow, Saturday Mar. 28th, we are grading, but I will have regular office hours 3 - 4PM, if you would like to talk to me come and find me in the LRC, I can't remember the room number but it is opposite PS H-135.
Mar 27, 2015
To see the new Quiz #9, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Mar 29th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #8, Click HERE.

Mar 24, 2015
There were some grading errors for Quizzes 5 and 6, these have now been corrected and your corrected quiz scores for #1 - #7 have been updated on The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated March 24th)
Your total points to date, including midterm #1 after all regrades, have been updated on The Current Points page, Click HERE. (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated March 24th)
These are on separate pages this semester because everything got a little bit too unwieldy by the end of last semester and the points page was taking too long to load with everything on it.

Mar 21, 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Mar 21, 2015
Yesterday's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Mar 20, 2015
My version of the conjugated notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Mar 19, 2015
Your quiz scores from #1 - #7 have been updated on The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE.
Your total points to date, including midterm #1 after all regrades, have been updated on The Current Points page, Click HERE.
These are on separate pages this semester because everything got a little bit too unwieldy by the end of last semester and the points page was taking too long to load with everything on it.

Mar 19, 2015
All homework problems related to the 2nd midterm have now been loaded on the homework site.
Mar 18, 2015
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first is FRIDAY Mar 20th, 4 - 6PM in LS E-104, the second will be on Saturday Mar. 21st, 3 - 5PM, LS A-191. The two review sessions will cover different material. Both will be recorded but neither will be "live" since I can only do that from PS H-132.
Mar 17, 2015
To see the new Quiz #8, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Mar 22nd, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #7, Click HERE.

Mar 17, 2015
There is a lot going on in some of the pericyclic reactions, some videos may help:
To see a short video showing the origins of the stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder reaction, specifically the Endo rule, Click HERE.
To see a short video showing a method of solving electrocyclic reaction problems using F.M.O. theory, Click HERE.
To see a short video showing a method of solving electrocyclic reaction problems using fingers and thumbs, Click HERE.

Mar 17, 2015
Midterm #2 will cover all material up to the end of page 22 of the Conjugated Systems notes. We will complete the material for midterm #2 in class tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar 18th.
Mar 17, 2015
To prepare for the second midterm, you will find old tests and also a new set of practice exams on the "Old Exams" page. Ignore the problems on the practice tests that are crossed out in blue, we did not cover that material. In the old exams you should ignore any question that asks about aromaticity, the Huckel rule or Mobius transition states.  More...
Mar 6, 2015
There is NO QUIZ THIS week OR NEXT WEEK! Enjoy the break!
Mar 6, 2015
In class I mentioned that understanding the stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder reaction is best with a molecular model. To see a short video in this, Click HERE.
Mar 1, 2015
My version of the ethers notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 27, 2015
To see the new Quiz #7, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Mar 1st, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #6, Click HERE.

Feb 27, 2015
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Feb 28th, will take the form of a review session, 3:15 - 4:15PM, NOTE THAT THE START TIME IS 15 MINS LATER THAN USUAL. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be Grignard reactions particularly as they apply to synthesis.

Feb 22, 2015
The results for midterm #1 have now been posted on Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Feb 22, 2015
My version of the organometals notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 21 2015
There will be NO REVIEW SESSION today, we are grading, but I will have regular office hours 3 - 4PM, if you would like to talk to me come and find me in the LRC, I can't remember the room number but it is opposite PS H-135.
Feb 21, 2015
To see the new Quiz #6, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Feb 22nd, 6PM.

Feb 13 2015
IF THE HOMEWORK SITE SLOWS DOWN TOO MUCH OR FAILS, YOU CAN USE AN OLDER VERSION OF THE SITE THAT HAS ALMOST THE SAME PROBLEMS. THIS OLDER SITE DOESN'T TRACK YOUR USAGE TO GIVE CREDIT, BUT DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE CREDIT, NOBODY WILL MISS POINTS FOR USING THE OLDER BACKUP SITE, TO GET TO THE BACKUP SITE, CLICK HERE.
Feb 15, 2015
To see the answer key to Quiz #5, Click HERE.

Feb 15, 2015
Struggling with LiAlH4 + ester reactions? Here are two worked problems:
Problem #1, click HERE.
Problem #2, click HERE.

Feb 14 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Feb 14, 2015
There were TWO errors on quiz #5.
Question #8 contains a reagent we have not yet covered, that question will be removed from the quiz, submit any answer for that one, everybody will get one quiz point for that question
Question #7 had the incorrect reagents at step 4. instead of HgSO4/H2SO4/H2), step 4 was supposed to be (Sia)2BH.THF followed by -OH/H2O2. This has been corrected on the latest version of the quiz, click HERE.
Apologies!

Feb 14, 2015
The second pre-test review session will be today, Saturday, 3 - 5PM. I was not able to reserve a room so let's met in LS A-191 and hope that nobody is there. If it is in use then we will go and find another room. It will be recorded but will not be "live" since I can only do that from PS H-132. The subject will be mainly mechanisms and synthesis.
Feb 13, 2015
To see the answer key to Quiz #4, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #5, Click HERE.
Quiz #5 must be submitted before 6PM this coming Sunday, Feb. 15th.

Feb 13, 2015
My version of the Alcohols notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 12 2015
This evening's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Feb 12, 2015
We will not have covered some of the material on the old tests from previous years, specifically:
2012 exam
Question 3
Question 4
Question 7b (some of the reactions)
Question 8 b and c, although these are essentially the same as the mechanisms for LiAlH4 that you DO need to be able to do

2013 exam
Question 3d although this is very similar to the corresponding LiAlH4 reaction that you do need to be able to do
Question 4b
Question 7 (some of the reactions)

2014 exam
Question 3e
Question 3f
Question 4b
Question 6b (some of the reactions)
 More...

Feb 12, 2015
The material for the first midterm will cover alcohols through to the end of Section 5.1, i.e. page 12 of the alcohol notes. Not included on the midterm is formation of halides from alcohols, or anything after that. We will finish the part to be covered in class tomorrow and I will post my version of the notes up to that point.  More...
Feb 12, 2015
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first is Thursday, Feb 12th, 5 - 6:45PM in PS F-173, the second will be on Saturday, 3 - 5PM, location to be announced. The two review sessions will cover different material. Both will be recorded but neither will be "live" since I can only do that from PS H-132. The locations of these review sessions will be posted here later in the week.
Feb 10, 2015
To prepare for the first midterm, you will find old tests and also practice exams on the "Old Exams" page.  More...
Feb 8 2015
Your points for the first 4 quizzes have been recorded on the Quiz Points Page. There were some grading errors for Quiz #1, I believe that these have now been corrected, but please check to see that there are no other errors, thanks.  More...
Feb 8, 2015
My version of the Alkynes notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 7 2015
Your points for the first 3 quizzes have been recorded on the Quiz Points Page. Please check to see that there are no errors, thanks.  More...
Feb 7 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Feb 7, 2015
Office hours today, Saturday Feb 7th, will take the form of a review session, 3 - 4PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be alkyne reactions particularly as they apply to synthesis.

Feb 7, 2015
To see the answer key to Quiz #3, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #4, Click HERE.
Quiz #4 must be submitted before 6PM this coming Sunday, Feb. 8th. I apologize for posting the quiz so late this week, I got horribly behind and I promise to catch up and post things sooner next week!

Feb 1 2015
Yesterday's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Jan 31, 2015
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 31st, will take the form of a review session, 3 - 4PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be simple synthesis problems because we have not yet covered alkyne material.

Jan 31, 2015
Apologies, the server that encodes the lecture recording has been causing problems recently, but it finally finished the lecture from yesterday and it has now been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 30, 2015
To see the answer key to Quiz #2, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #3, Click HERE.
Quiz #2 must be submitted before 6PM this coming Sunday, Feb. 1st.

Jan 29, 2015
All of the Halides and Retrosynthesis problems have now been loaded onto the homework site.
Jan 28, 2015
Several students have asked for help assigning R/S configurations to chiral (asymmetric) centers.

I have now added video explanations to question numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 (credit questions), and 5, 9, 10 and 11 (non-credit questions), in the Identification subsection of the Chirality Category of the chm233 homework site. You can use your old login for the chm233 homework site, or you can register a new login if you were not in my class last semester. You can get to the chm233 homework site from the chm233 webpage.

You can also look at these two worked problems:
CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE
Solving R/S problem #1
Solving R/S problem #2
Solving R/S problem #3
Solving R/S problem #4
Solving R/S problem #5

Jan 28, 2015
Important Video Announcement, Please CLICK HERE.


As Ara said, we are inviting you to participate in a chemical education project this semester. We want to understand the factors that contribute to success in organic chemistry so that we can learn how to teach the subject better. To participate in the project you must complete TWO surveys, one at the start of the semester and another (much shorter one) at the end.

If you participate in the project you will receive 1% of the available class points as extra credit towards your grade.

Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous, if you choose to participate you can withdraw at any time. If you do not wish to participate and still want to earn the 1% extra credit you can do so by sending an email to Dr. Gould who will supply you with some questions to answer essay-style. To access the start of semester survey, click HERE. To participate you MUST COMPLETE THIS START OF SEMESTER SURVEY by the end of the day Wednesday Feb. 4th, i.e. 1 week from now. We thank you for helping us to learn how to teach better.

Jan 28, 2015
There is a lot going on when solving E2 elimination problems that require consideration of stereochemistry. Here is a worked problem in video format. The problem is to determine the alkene, with correct stereochemistry, the E2 elimination product of (2R)-bromo-(3S)-phenylbutane. Try this problem yourself and then, click HERE to see my worked answer.

A new feature on the homework site this semester is the inclusion of video explanations for some of the problems (certainly not all!). Some of these have been added to the E2 homework problems, specifically, Question #6 (credit), Question #12 (credit), Question #4 (noncredit), Question #5 (non-credit), Question #11 (non-credit), so please check the answers to these questions if you would like some more help.

Jan 28, 2015
My version of the Retrosynthesis notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Jan 24, 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Jan 24, 2015
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 24th, will take the form of a review session, 3 - 4PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be first semester reactions in the context of simple synthesis problems.

Jan 23, 2015
To see the answer key to Quiz #1, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #2, Click HERE.
Quiz #2 must be submitted before 6PM this coming Sunday, Jan. 25th.

Jan 21, 2015
If anybody missed the quiz submission deadline of 6PM because of confusion about the submission time then just email your answers to me.
Jan 21, 2015
My version of the Halides notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Jan 20, 2015
The quiz submit page is now open, you can submit quiz #1. If you already submitted the quiz before 3:15PM Tuesday Jan 20th then please resubmit, since the proper roster was not loaded until that time.
The deadline for submission is 6PM, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21st (tomorrow). The deadline for submission of all subsequent quizzes will be 6PM on Sundays.
to get to the quiz submit page click the tab at the top menu or click HERE.

Jan 17, 2015
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Jan 17, 2015
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 17th, will take the form of a review session, 3 - 4PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day. You can also watch the review session "live" by using the online office hours link, click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be SN1/SN2/E1/E2 reactions.

Jan 16, 2015
To see Quiz #1, Click HERE.
Quiz #1 must be submitted on WEDNESDAY January 21st before 11:59PM (Note that it says January 20th on the syllabus, but I had forgotten about the holiday in Monday). The quiz submission tab at the top of this page will not be functional until Tuesday January 20th, i.e. after the drop/add deadline. And so you should do the quiz and then be prepared to submit it next Wednesday before the end of the day. As usual with the quizzes in this class, the quiz is more work than the points are worth, the quizzes are not testing tools but learning tools.

Jan 14, 2015
The homework website is NOW OPEN.
Jan 13, 2015
For advice to students who were not in my first semester organic chemistry class, Click HERE.
Jan 12, 2015
The homework website is NOT YET OPEN. It will open in the next 2 - 3 days, watch here for an announcement.
Jan 12, 2015
Today's first lecture is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Jan 12, 2015
The SI leader for the regular/onground class is Spencer Hall (srhall10@asu.edu), and his schedule is as follows:
Monday 12 - 1PM at PABLO 101
Wednesday 12 - 1PM at PABLO 101
Thursday 5 - 6PM at PABLO 101


Jan 9, 2015
This class uses "gapped" lecture notes that you complete in class. The notes are now available for Spring 2015 on the Lecture Material page, 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.

Jan 9, 2015
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).

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.