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May 8, 2016
To see the final exam, Click HERE.
To see the final exam answer key, Click HERE.

May 8, 2016
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 (this is a large page, give it time to load). REMEMBER TO HIT REFRESH ON THE POINTS PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION - Last Updated MAY 8th.

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.

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.

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 asap.

You will be able to pick up your final exams almost any time, I should be around campus most days during the summer, I just can't promise to be in my office at any particular time, you may want to call ahead to make sure I am there.

Many of you worked extremely hard in this class and I thank you all for that. I very much enjoyed teaching this class this semester, and working with you all since last August, it seems like a long time ago! I hope that as many of you as possible enjoyed learning organic chemistry. Even though I know that most of you will forget many of the facts pretty quickly (this happens naturally when you stop using any information), I hope that you got to appreciate that organic is something that can be understood, not just memorized. I also hope that the learning strategy you needed to succeed, i.e. learning by DOING, is something that you will find useful in other classes.

I hope that you all enjoy your summer and I wish you all the best of luck in your future careers.

May 6, 2016
All points, except those for the final exam, have now been loaded onto the Current Points page, Click HERE (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated May 5th).

All of your points from quizzes, homework, surveys and midterm exams after all regrades etc are included. The only additions/changes to these points now comes from the final exam, unless there are data entry errors. PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THER EARE NO ERRORS> Errors must be brought to my attention by the end of the day, Saturday May 7th. Apart from data entry errors, there will be no further regrades of any midterm exams or changes to any other points, please don't ask.

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 on Sunday May 8th. 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 3, 2017
For the Fall 2016 semester the School of Molecular Sciences is almost certainly going to need TAs for organic chemistry. If you are interested I urge you to submit an application at the following link: https://sms.asu.edu/about/employment-opportunities
Apr 30, 2016
Both review sessions are now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 29, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 29, 2017
A copy of the completed gapped notes was left in LS A-191 this morning, towards the front of the classroom. If it is yours you can retrieve it form my office at any time, I will try to remember to bring it to the 2 review sessions also.
Apr 29, 2017
I have very slightly modified the list of basic functional group interconversion reactions, to see the latest list, click HERE.
Apr 29, 2016
My version of the Amines 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 27, 2016
The Current Points page been updated again with your midterm #3 scores after all regrades, Click HERE. The regraded exam scores have NOT been updated on This Page, only on the Current Points page, HERE

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Apr 27, 2016
As you know, this semester we are running an experiment with the homework system. Half of the class saw a Recommended Problems page when they enter into the system for midterm #2, the other half do not, and vica versa for midterm #3. I promised to report whether there was any difference in the exam scores for the two groups. As I suspected, the difference is very small.

The mean midterm #2 score for the students with the Recommender system was 121.85, whereas the mean score for those without the Recommender system was 120.5, i.e. lower by 1.5 points. Therefore, when I move the midterm #2 scores to the main points page after all regrades, I will add 1.5 points to the scores for all students who were in the no recommend group.

However, the mean midterm #3 score for the students with the Recommender system was 103.7, whereas the mean score for those without the Recommender system was 107.0, i.e. higher by 3.3 points. In other words, one group beats the other group by a small amount, whether they have the recommender system or not.

Because the recommender system doesn't help at all, I think the best thing to do is simply not alter the points for either group, since it is not obvious how to do so anyway. Thanks for your understanding and patience as we try to make the homework system better.

Apr 27, 2017
I have to move Office hours TODAY, WEDNESDAY APRIL 27TH from 5 - 6PM to 4 - 5PM, apologies!
Apr 27, 2016
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, SUNDAY MAY 1st, the day before the final.

Please consider competing the end of semester survey (it is a 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.

NOTE: This is NOT the usual end of semester class evaluation from the School of Molecular Sciences, that is SEPARATE! You ONLY receive the extra credit if you complete THIS SURVEY, not the class evaluation one! If you did not complete the start of semester survey it is too late, you can not earn the points.

Apr 27, 2017
There is a Section at the end of the homework problems called "Cumulative Problems" that contains extra practice problems on various topics, all of these questions are non-credit, they will only be for extra practice, and so you will need to click the "non-credit" tab to get to them. EXCEPT, in the mechanisms subsection there are 8 simple mechanism problems related to acid and base catalyzed keto/enol tautomerization and hydrate formation that EVERYONE should be able to do easily.

One of the Categories is "Simple Synthesis". Multi-step (retro)synthesis is hard because the strategy is difficult and there are also 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.

Examples of these "simple" problems can be found on the old exams and practice exams and also in the "Simple Synthesis" problems in the last section on the homework site.

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. Note that I assume some common sense when using these summaries, these are the reaction TYPES that could be encountered in exam questions, you are supposed to be able to transfer knowledge of these reactions into different contexts.
Apr 27, 2017
There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first is FRIDAY Apr 29th, 3 - 5PM in PS H-150, the second will be on Saturday Apr 30th, 3 - 5PM again in PS H-150. 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 27, 2016
Studying for the final: I will talk more about this in class on Friday, but here are some general guidelines. The final is usually ca. 50% material since the last midterm and ca. 50% "greatest hits from earlier in the semester. Treat the material since the 3rd midterm (enols enolates/acids/derivatives/amines) as usual, and use the old tests and practice tests as a guide to what material to study from earlier in the semester. Don't try to go back and study everything, you don't have time, but look at the old tests to tell you what you need to go back and study.
Apr 27, 2016
The final Quiz #14 has been posted, Click HERE.
It is a survey quiz and the deadline for submission is 6PM, May 1st.

Apr 25, 2016
My version of the Carboxylic Acids and 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 24, 2016
YOUR FINAL POINT TOTAL FOR THE COURSE WILL BE DETERMINED AS FOLLOWS: (M1 + M2 + M3 + Final + Q-4 + HW + Survey), where, M1 - M3 are the midterm scores after all regrades, Final is the final exam score after all regrades, Q-4 is your quiz points after dropping the lowest 4 quizzes, and HW and Survey are your homework and Survey points. The homework points are determined as described below.

The end of semester survey will soon be released. If you complete BOTH this end of semester survey AND the one at the start of the semester, you will earn 1% of the available class points as extra credit towards your grade, which in this case means 1% of 1000 points. To earn these points you MUST complete both surveys. If you did not complete the start of semester survey it is too late, you can not earn any points. It is not easy for me to check whether you actually completed the start of semester survey, so please don't ask me, thanks.
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Apr 24, 2016
The deadline for "completing" the homework credit questions will be 11:59PM, Wednesday May 4th, i.e. 2 days after the final. Remember, to "complete" a question you only have to have attempted it, it does not matter if you get it correct or incorrect. The number of questions you have attempted is given at the top of the questions page as a number out of 681, which is the total number of credit questions.

To receive all of the 50 homework points you will have to have attempted 90% of all of the credit questions, i.e. 613/681. Attempted credit questions less than 681 will earn points proportionally, i.e. 341 (681/2) earns 25 homework points etc.

Apr 24, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #13, Click HERE.
There will be one more quiz, #14, which will be a survey quiz and will be due Sunday 6PM, May 1st.

Apr 24, 2016
Your quiz scores for quizzes #1 - #13 have added to The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE.
The Current Points page has also been updated with the quiz scores and also your midterm #1 and #2 scores after all regrades, Click HERE. The regraded exam scores have NOT been updated on This Page or This Page(so don't look here for a regraded test score), only on the Current Points page, HERE
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Apr 23, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 23, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Apr 23rd, 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 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be synthesis if carboxylic acids, acid derivatives and their reactions.

Apr 18, 2016
For another VERY SHORT information video about the homework site, please Click HERE.
Apr 18, 2016
For some important information about the homework site, please Click HERE.
Apr 18, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #12, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #13, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Apr 18, 2016
Your quiz scores for quizzes #1 - #12 have added to The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE.
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Apr 18, 2016
The laptop was not working this morning and so I couldn't record today's lecture. I recorded another version at my desk, and as always happens when I record a lecture not in front of the class, it is shorter than 50 minutes. Anyway, this recording is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 18, 2016
Saturday's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 18, 2016
My version of the Enols/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 17, 2016
The results for midterm #3 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Apr 13, 2016
As mentioned in lecture today, I have some videos that may be helpful for developing heuristics for solving Aldol and Claisen Reaction Problems.
How too Solve ALDOL Problems Heuristically (Without Doing the Mechanism Algorithmically), click HERE
How too Solve CLAISEN Problems Heuristically (Without Doing the Mechanism Algorithmically), click HERE

Apr 13, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #11, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #12, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Apr 9, 2016
At the review session today I suggested that it could be a good idea to practice the mechanisms of simple acid and base catalyzed conversions to and from ketones, enols and hydrates. These mechanisms have now been included on the homework website under "Cumulative Problems" (the section at the end of the categories list) in the Subsection "Mechanism Problems", there are 8 of these simple mechanisms.
Apr 9, 2016
Todays review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 8, 2016
Todays review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 7, 2016
UPDATE: Midterm #3 is next Monday, Apr 11th. The exam will cover all material through the END of Aldehydes and Ketones AND Section 1 on the Enols/Enolates Notes. Problems related to this part of the Enols/Enolates notes are found under "Enolizable Hydrogens" on the homework site. There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, one on Friday afternoon in PS H-150 but the time HAS CHANGED TO 5PM - 6:30PM, sorry. The second will be on Saturday afternoon, in LSA-191, 3 - 5PM. Each will cover different material and both will be recorded.
Apr 7, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #10, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #11, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Mar 16, 2016
Midterm #3 is next Monday, Apr 11th. The exam will cover all material through the END of Aldehydes and Ketones AND Section 1 on the Enols/Enolates Notes. Problems related to this part of the Enols/Enolates notes are found under "Enolizable Hydrogens" on the homework site. There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, one on Friday afternoon, location to be announced, 4 - 6PM. The second will be on Saturday afternoon, location to be announced, 3 - 5PM. Each will cover different material and both will be recorded.
Apr 3, 2016
At the end of the review session yesterday I promised to give you 2 more practice mechanisms that use the principles contained in many aldehyde/ketone mechanisms.

To see the first problem, click HERE, to see the second problem, click HERE.

To see the answer to the first problem, click HERE, to see the answer to the second problem, click HERE.

These have both now ben added to the homework site, they are in teh non-credit page for aldehyde/ketone mechanisms. If you would like to see a video explanation for either of these answers you can find them on the homework site.

Apr 2, 2016
If you tried to logon to today's review session "live", apologies, the computer in H-132 was missing (!!) and we had to move to H-150, where I can't do a "live" web broadcast. The review session was recorded, however, and is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 2, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Apr 2nd, 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 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be acid and base catalyzed mechanisms, particularly those connected to aldehyde/ketone chemistry.

Mar 31, 2016
My version of the 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 28, 2016
As you know, this semester we are running an experiment with the homework system. Half of the class sees a Recommended Problems page when they enter into the system, the other half do not. I promised to report whether there was any difference in the exam scores for the two groups. As I suspected, the difference is very small.

The mean midterm #2 score for the students with the Recommender system was 121.85, whereas the mean score for those without the Recommender system was 120.5, i.e. lower by 1.5 points. Therefore, when I move the midterm #2 scores to the main points page after all regrades, I will add 1.5 points to the scores for all students who were in the no recommend group.

As you have probably noticed, the two groups have now been switched. I will compare the exam scores after the 3rd midterm for the two groups and I will correct the scores again the same way if there is any difference. The last time I did this I ended up adding a very similar difference to the other group and all students ended up with the same added points in the end! I suspect that the same will happen this year too, but I will let you know.

Thanks for your understanding and patience as we try to make the homework system better.

Mar 27, 2016
The results for midterm #2 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Mar 27, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #9, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #10, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Mar 27, 2016
Todays review session is now on the recorded lectures page, a bit late to help with quiz #9 I am afraid (crazy weekend).  More...
Mar 25, 2016
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Mar 26th are cancelled, sorry, I have to be out if town. Instead, I will have a review session on SUNDAY AT 4:00 PM in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be electrophilic aromatic substitution and benzene synthesis.

Mar 25, 2016
To see the new Quiz #9, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Mar 13, 2016
Your quiz scores for quizzes #1 - #8 have added to The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE.
The Current Points page has also been updated with the quiz scores and also your midterm #1 scores after all regrades, Click HERE. The exam scores have NOT been updated on This Page (so don't look here for a regraded test score), only on the Current Points page, HERE
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Mar 20, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #8, Click HERE.

Mar 19, 2016
Today's and yesterday's review sessions are now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Mar 16, 2016
Midterm #2 is next Monday, Mar 21st. The exam will cover all material through the END of aromatic systems. There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, one on Friday afternoon in H-152, 4 - 6PM. The second will be on Saturday afternoon in PS H-151, 3 - 5PM. Each will cover different material and both will be recorded.
Mar 16, 2016
My version of the aromatic 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 15, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #7, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #8, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Mar 15, 2016
My version of the conjugated 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 14, 2016
I have some videos that may be helpful for solving F.M.O., and aromatic transition state theory problems.
For a video on Electrocyclic ring closure using F.M.O. that focuses on conrotatory and disrotatory reaction, click HERE
For a video on Electrocyclic reactions using F.M.O. theory using the "fingers and thumbs" method, click HERE
For a video on Electrocyclic reactions using aromatic transition state theory using the "fingers and thumbs" method, click HERE
You do NOT HAVE TO USE the "fingers and thumbs method, you can solve electrocyclic reactions other ways too. For a video on Electrocyclic reactions using aromatic transition state theory and a molecular model, click HERE

Mar 13, 2016
Your quiz scores for quizzes #1 - #7 have added to The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE.
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Mar 5, 2016
APOLOGIES: Yesterday in class I said that we would have a review session today. However, I forgot that I had another commitment this afternoon and so I must cancel. However, you can watch:
a review session on molecular orbitals and F.M.O. theory I recorded previously by clicking HERE
a video showing a worked kinetic/thermodynamic control problem by clicking HERE
a review on Diels-Alder reactions clicking HERE. Enjoy your break!

Feb 29, 2016
The projector system was not working in class today and so I couldn't record today's lecture. I recorded another version at my desk, and as always happens when I record a lecture not in front of the class, it is shorter than 50 minutes. Anyway, this recording is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 27, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 20, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Feb 20th, 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 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be ether and epoxide reactions and some resonance that connects to the quiz questions this week.

Feb 26, 2016
For question #8, the first two options A and B are identical and so I will remove that question from the quiz, all answers will be considered correct for that question.
Feb 24, 2016
Visualizing what is going on in the Diels-Alder reaction is a bit tricky, and is hard to properly show in lecture. To see a short video showing the origins of the stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder reaction, specifically the Endo rule, Click HERE.
Feb 23, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #6, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #7, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Feb 21, 2016
The results for midterm #1 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Feb 20, 2016
Video Announcement, please click HERE.
Feb 20, 2016
Unfortunately, today's recording of the review session didn't work, the recorder crashed, however, I have a recording of the identical review session on the same topic that I gave last year, spring 2016, it is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 20, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Feb 20th, 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 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be Grignard reactions.

Feb 19, 2016
My versions of the Organometals AND ethers/epoxides 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...
Feb 16, 2016
To see this weeks Quiz #6, which is the Grignard quiz originally posted last week, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Feb 15, 2016
The School of Molecular Sciences has scholarship opportunities for chemistry and/or biochemistry majors.

The School is currently accepting applications for scholarships at scholarships.asu.edu. The are five scholarships: Arizona Society of Coating and Technology, George M. Bateman Memorial, School of Molecular Sciences, Wayne W Luchsinger Chemistry, and Therald Moeller, and the deadline for applications is this Wednesday, 17 February. Most require a 3.0 GPA and a brief statement of interests/future plans (can be a few sentences).
Feb 14, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #5, Click HERE.
Feb 13, 2016
Today's (Saturday) review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 12, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 11, 2016
When I posted the quiz this week I forgot that Grignard reactions would not be on the midterm. This means that the quiz question this week are not particularly helpful. Therefore I have posted a NEW QUIZ #5 on alcohol and alkyne reactivity that is much more relevant to the upcoming midterm. I will use the previous quiz #5 as next week's quiz #6, and so if you worked on it already your time was not wasted. To see the NEW Quiz #5, click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM as usual. Don't forget that you will drop FOUR quizzes at the end of the semester.

WELL, I MESSED UP QUESTION #6 ON THE NEW QUIZ, TO SEE THE CORRECT QUESTION, CLICK HERE. However, because of the confusion I will delete this question from the quiz, all answers, A, B, C, D will be considered correct.

Feb 11, 2016
Midterm #1 is next Monday, Feb 15th. The exam will cover all material through the END of alcohols, i.e. no organometallics. There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, one on Friday afternoon in H-153, 4 - 6PM. The second will be on Saturday afternoon in LS A-191, 3 - 5PM. Each will cover different material and both will be recorded.
Feb 11, 2016
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 8, 2016
Midterm #1 is next Monday, Feb 15th. The exam will cover all material through the END of alcohols, i.e. no organometallics. There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, one on Friday afternoon and one on Saturday afternoon. Check back here for updated information on times/locations etc.
Feb 8, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #4, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #5, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Feb 8, 2016
If you are interested in completing an honors contract for this class then please click HERE. If you are mentoring with my wife this semester pleas make sure that you submit a contract so that I can approve it.
Feb 7, 2016
UPDATE - The quiz submit page is down. The NEW deadline for submission of Quiz #4 is MONDAY Feb 8th at 6PM, apologies for the inconvenience but this is beyond my control. YOU CAN NOW SUBMIT THE QUIZ, DO SO BEFORE 6PM MONDAY FEB 8TH!
Feb 6, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page. I changed the topic a bit to substituent effects, making C-C bonds and a little synthesis at the end.  More...
Feb 5, 2016
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Feb 6th, 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be synthesis and alcohol reactions.

Feb 1, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #3, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #4, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Feb 1, 2016
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...
Jan 30, 2016
Unfortunately, the recording of today's review session failed. However, I have a recording of a review session from last year that covered essentially the same material, and so that has been posted on the recorded lectures page instead.  More...
Sept 1, 2016
This semester we are inviting all of you to participate in a chemical education project. 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 (the link is below) and another (much shorter one) at the end of the semester.

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 Friday Feb. 5th, i.e. 1 week from now. We thank you for helping us to learn how to teach better.

The survey should take you 10 - 15 minutes to complete. After submitting the survey you should see a message thanking you for participating and asking you to logout. ONCE YOU START THE SURVEY PLEASE TRY TO FINISH IT WITHIN 30 MINUTES OR SO, DON'T LEAVE IT FOR A WHILE AND RETURN OR THE SYSTEM WILL TIMEOUT AND YOU WILL GET A DIFFERENT MESSAGE SAYING THAT YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT THE SURVEY! If this happens to you, you can just reopen the survey from the link provided above and do it again, but you will have to submit answers to all of the questions again, sorry, that is just the way our system works!
Jan 29, 2016
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Jan 30th, 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be synthesis with Carbon-carbon bond forming reactions.

Jan 26, 2016
Your quiz scores for quizzes #1 and #2 have added to The Quiz Scores page, Click HERE.
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Jan 26, 2016
To see the answer key to Quiz #2, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #3, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday 6PM.

Jan 26, 2016
I apologize for the mess with the bookstore running out of the gapped notes, I just heard from the publisher that the bookstore should have the notes in stock again tomorrow, Wednesday Jan 27th.
Jan 23, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 23, 2016
Question #8 in Quiz #2 should ask you to rank the Bronsted bases in order of DECREASING basicity, not increasing, apologies!
Jan 23, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 23rd, 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be mechanisms, a review of some from last semester and how to handle mechanism problems this semster.

Jan 20, 2016
To see the new Quiz #2, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Jan 24th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #1, Click HERE.

Jan 19, 2016
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 19, 2016
The quiz submit page is now open, you can submit quiz #1. The deadline for submission is 11:59PM, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20th (tomorrow). The deadline for submission of all subsequent quizzes will be 6PM on Sundays.
to get to the quiz submit page click the "Submit Quiz" tab on the menu at the top of this webpage.

Jan 16, 2016
Today's review session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 15, 2016
REMINDER, the quiz submit link does not yet work. It will open after the drop/add deadline, Tuesday Jan 19th. In the syllabus the deadline for submission of quiz #1 is given as Tuesday Jan 19th, I have decided to push it back one day to Wednesday January 20th instead. I will post here when the quiz link opens, which will probably be mid-morning January 19th.
Jan 15, 2016
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Jan 16th, 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be first semester reactions in the context of multi-step synthesis.

Jan 13, 2016
If you did not take first semester organic chemistry with me, there may be some reactions that you have not learned that are covered in my first semester class that I need you to know. If this is you then it is usually radical reactions that you will have missed.

I suggest that you catch up as follows. First, watch the special lecture I have prepared on these topics, details are below. Then, go straight to the new homework website and work the problems there and try to learn in the context of working problems. You should expect to get some or many of them incorrect, but don't worry about that, this is how you learn, by getting problems wrong, understanding why and then trying again. Then use the problems to tell you what you really don't understand, make a short list of what you need help with and then come to office hours as soon as possible!

To get a copy of the gapped notes for this special lecture, click HERE. To watch the lecture, click HERE.

This lecture ALSO summarizes the important halide eliminations reactions, and so if you want to catch up or be reminded of those, you should probably watch this lecture.

This material comes from a webpage I have that summarizes and/or reminds you of many first semester concepts, including a tutorial on the infamous "Energy of the Electrons" concept that we talk about a lot in our class and that is often not emphasized in other organic classes. You can find this page under the "Help" tab at the top right of this page, or, click HERE.  More...

Jan 13, 2016
The second lecture is now on the recorded lectures page. From now on I will just post the lectures on the Recorded Lectures page without making an announcement here.  More...
Jan 13, 2016
To see Quiz #1, Click HERE.
Quiz #1 must be submitted on TUESDAY January 19th before 11:59PM. The quiz submission tab at the top of this page will not be functional until Tuesday January 19th, i.e. after the drop/add deadline. And so you should do the quiz and then be prepared to submit it next Tuesday before the end of the day but do not try to submit it before next Tuesday since the roster will not be loaded. This quiz reviews first semester reactions you need to know in the context of simple multi-step synthesis problems.

Jan 11, 2016
I almost never cancel office hours, but I have an important meeting scheduled in the morning of Tuesday Jan 12th and so office hours that morning have to be cancelled. Instead I will have office hours 2 - 3PM on that day.
Jan 11, 2016
The first lecture is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Jan 1, 2016
The class has a Facebook page, I like to answer questions on the Facebook page because then many students get to see the answer which increases efficiency, click HERE.
Jan 1, 2016
This class uses "gapped" lecture notes that you complete in class. Last semester the notes were available for download on this webpage, but this semester is DIFFERENT. I am experimenting with different ways of doing the notes and therefore this semester you must BUY the notes from the bookstore. The cost should be very similar to what you paid last semester to print the notes.


Jan 1, 2016
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.