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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.