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July 11, 2014
Your score on the final exam and the overall course grades have been posted on the "Your Points" page, click HERE. REMEMBER TO HIT REFRESH ON THE POINTS PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION.

Now that the final points have been posted there is no way for you to change them unless there has been a serious data entry error. If you find one then send me an email. Please do not ask me to review your grades/tests etc. unless there are obvious data entry errors. There is no more extra credit, no way of changing any points for any reason. I have personally regraded all of the final exams for all students who were within 20 POINTS of the grade cutoffs. There will be no further regrades of any tests, midterms or finals.

It has not escaped my attention that several of you have points totals that are close to the cutoffs. 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.

This was the first time teaching in the summer and it was an interesting experience for me. It was fast paced and many of you worked extremely hard in this class. Now that the class is over I think that I prefer the semester long course for most students, we are able to go into the material at greater depth, you spend more time immersed in the material even though you are also distracted with other classes. As you have probably noticed if you use the previous years exams to study, my tests in the semester long class are quite a bit harder than the ones that I gave you :) I can see the benefit of having class every day, however, and some students may learn better this way, and so it is not clear cut which is best.

If you would like to pick up your final you can try to catch me in my office next week, but I can't guarantee to be there any particular time or day. After next week I will be very hard to find since I will be in and out of town. I will not have time to discuss your final exam with you since I have tons of work to catch up on that got neglected due to teaching this summer. Ara and I very much enjoyed teaching you this session, we got to know some of you well, but we both enjoyed working with you all.

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

July 11, 2014
In case anybody is interested, you can see the answer key to the final exam clicking HERE. You can see the exam by clicking HERE.
July 10, 2014
The "Your Points" page has been updated as of today, click HERE. All points have now been determined except those for the final exam. Your points for the course will be determined as follows:
Quiz 1 + Quiz 2 + Midterm 1 + Midterm 2 + Homework Pts + Homework Extra Credit + Survey Extra Credit + Final Exam Score
MAKE SURE YOU HIT REFRESH ON THE MY POINTS PAGE TO SEE THE LATEST VERSION.

The points that you will need to earn grades in this class are as given on the syllabus, i.e.:
Grade A : 880 points
Grade B : 775 points
Grade C : 580 points
Grade D : 460 points

Our GOAL is to post grades on Friday July 11th, but we can't guarantee this since it is difficult to predict how long it will take to complete the grading.

Once the final course grades have been posted there will be no mechanism for you to get a higher grade, no more extra credit, nothing. Please don't ask! If you missed a grade by a few points it will not have gone unnoticed by me. Your final exam will have been entirely regraded by me and I will not have been able to find enough points to raise your grade. You will earn your grade by EXCEEDING the required number of points, NOT just by getting close. Thanks for your understanding.  More...

July 10, 2014
In case anybody is interested, you can see the answer key to the first 5 questions of quiz #2 by clicking HERE.
July 9, 2014
The "Your Points" page has been updated as of today. Your final points total will be determined as follows:
Quiz 1 + Quiz 2 + Midterm 1 + Midterm 2 + Homework + Extra
Where Homework is represents the points you earned for using the homework website. Because we had some technical difficulties with the site we may have missed some of your problems, I will be awarding the full 100 points to ALL students, so don't worry about that any more.
The Extra is 1% os the 100 course points that you will earn by completing the 2 surveys from Ara.
MAKE SURE YOU HIT REFRESH ON THE MY POINTS PAGE TO SEE THE LATEST VERSION.
 More...

July 9, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the amines section of the notes, please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors. REMINDER, I will be giving you a list of the amine reactions on your test, click HERE.
 More...

July 9, 2014
If the homework site is slow or is down, you can use the alternate backup homework site, see the top of this page. Don't worry about the homework credit, I will make sure that nobody loses points that they earned.  More...
July 9, 2014
Today's review session on amines has been posted on the recorded lectures page as Lecture #28.  More...
July 7, 2014
Today's review session on acids and acid derivatives has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
July 7, 2014
The homework website has been updated with all amines problems, all problems for the entire course are now on the homework website. REMINDER, YOU CAN USE EITHER LINK TO THE HOMEWORK WEBSITE, WITH DASHBOARD OR WITHOUT DASHBOARD, IF THE MY PROGRESS PAGE FAILS TO PROPERLY UPDATE DO NOT WORRY, YOU WILL NOT LOSE ANY HOMEWORK CREDIT.
July 7, 2014
Each week I will summarize problems from the homework site that I believe you should be working on:
First Semester Review : Additions to Alkenes and Brominations (as needed for review)
Retrosynthesis - All - completed
Alkynes - All - completed
Alcohols - All - completed
Organometals - All - completed
Ethers/Epoxides - All - completed
Conjugated Systems - ALL - completed
Benzenes - ALL - completed
Aldehydes/Ketones - ALL - completed
Enols/Enolates - ALL - completed
Carboxylic Acids - ALL - completed

Carboxylic Acid Derivatives - Nomenclature - completed/in progress
Carboxylic Acid Derivatives - Reactions - completed/in progress
Carboxylic Acid Derivatives - Synthesis - completed/in progress
Carboxylic Acid Derivatives - Cumulative Questions - completed/in progress

Amines - Nomenclature - completed/in progress
Reactions that make amines - Reactions - completed/in progress
Reactions of amines - completed/in progress (skip #2, #6, #7, #8 credit, and #1, #7 - #11 non credit)
Synthesis of amines - completed/in progress (skip #3, #4 credit, and #4, #5, #10 non credit)
Cumulative Problems - completed/in progress (skip #3, #5 credit, #3, #5 non credit)

July 7, 2014
The results for the second midterm have been posted.  More...
July 7, 2014
The second survey is now open, complete this short survey to earn the extra credit for this class, to access the survey click HERE. You MUST complete this survey before the end of the day WEDNESDAY JULY 9th!
July 6, 2014
QUIZ #2 has been posted, to access a copy, click HERE. To earn credit for this 25 point quiz you MUST return it in class on or before THURSDAY JULY 10th!
July 5, 2014
Today's review session on enols/enolates has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
July 4, 2014
There will be THREE review sessions for the final. The first will be tomorrow, Saturday July 5th, 2:30 - 4:3-PM in PS H-132. The subject will be enols/enolates. The second will be MONDAY July 7th, 5 - 6:30PM also in PS H-132, the subject will be carboxylic acids and acid derivatives. The third will be during the regular class period in the regular classroom, Wednesday July 9th, the subject will be amines.
July 4, 2014
THE FINAL EXAM: The final exam will be Thursday July 10th in the regular classroom. The material from this exam will be what we have covered since the second midterm, i.e. Enols/Enolates, Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives and Amines. AND, reasonable straightforward acid/base mechanisms, Bronsted acidity questions and substitution reactions of benzenes,see the PRACTICE EXAMS for guidance on what you might see.

The ONLY reactions you will see from earlier in the semester are the BASIC functional group interconversions, click HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF THESE, AND, basic Grignard and acetylide C-C bond forming reactions, click HERE FOR A SUMMARY OF THESE. You will NOT Have these reaction summaries on your test, these are very fundamental reactions that we have been using all semester.

Because we will only have just covered amine reactions, you will have THIS PAGE of amine reactions summarizing the reagents/conditions stapled to you exam. (this doesn't mean that you don't have to study the amine reactions, you still need to learn how to apply this information in different contexts).

The final exam will be worth 400 POINTS (not the 450 given in the syllabus). The number of points available for using the HOMEWORK SITE will be raised to 100 from 50. To earn all of the homework points you will need to have completed 75% of the "for credit" questions. If you were in the ProblemsA group and are now using the Problems/Dashboard site you will see that the My Progress page has not properly recorded the problems you completed before the 2nd midterm. We are still working to fix this (everything is getting recorded correctly, it is an issue of extracting data from what is now multiple databases in a way that makes sense to you), but nobody will loose any points because of an error on our website or because you could not properly keep track of the problems that you completed. We will be VERY reasonable and make sure that you get the credit you deserve.

July 4, 2014
Here is a reaction list may be helpful for learning the reagents/conditions for the amines reactions we have covered, click HERE. THIS REACTION LIST WILL BE STAPLED TO YOUR FINAL EXAM!
July 4, 2014
Four practice exams have been added to the Practice Exams page (click HERE), these are to help you prepare for the final exam next Thursday. You also have 3 years worth of old exams (click HERE), although they are from my spring semester courses. Use the study advice given elsewhere on this page to know what material from the old exams you will be responsible for this summer.  More...
July 3, 2014
To learn a heuristic approach to solving Aldol reactions, click HERE. For Claisen reactions, click HERE.
July 3, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Carboxylic Acid Derivatives section of the notes, please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors, AND, Here is a reaction list may be helpful for learning the reagents/conditions for the acid derivative reactions we have covered, click HERE.
 More...

July 2, 2014
Unfortunately my computer crashed today and I lost the recording of this morning's lecture. I re-recorded the lecture in my office, which is why it sounds and looks a bit funny, it is also quite a bit shorter than a normal lecture as often happens when I record in my office instead of in a lecture hall, and is also why it got posted rather late today.  More...
July 2, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Carboxylic Acids section of the notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
July 2, 2014
Here is a reaction list may be helpful for learning the reagents/conditions for the enols/enolates reactions we have covered, click HERE

July 2, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Enols/Enolates sections of the notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
July 1, 2014
Each week I will summarize problems from the homework site that I believe you should be working on:
First Semester Review : Additions to Alkenes and Brominations (as needed for review)
Retrosynthesis - All - completed
Alkynes - All - completed
Alcohols - All - completed
Organometals - All - completed
Ethers/Epoxides - All - completed
Conjugated Systems - ALL - completed
Benzenes - ALL - completed
Aldehydes/Ketones - ALL - completed

Enols/Enolates - Enolizable Hydrogens - in progress
Enols/Enolates - Reactions - in progress
Enols/Enolates - Aldol and Claisen Reactions - in progress
Enols/Enolates - Synthesis - in progress
Enols/Enolates - Cumulative - in progress

Carboxylic Acids - Nomenclature - in progress
Carboxylic Acids - Reactions that form acids - in progress
Carboxylic Acids - Reactions of acids - in progress
Carboxylic Acids - Synthesis with acids - in progress

Carboxylic Acid Derivatives - Nomenclature - in progress
Carboxylic Acids - Reactions - in progress
Carboxylic Acids - Synthesis - in progress
Carboxylic Acids - Cumulative Questions - in progress


July 1, 2014
The homework website has been updated with all enols/enolate problems, carboxylic acid problems and carboxylic acid derivative problems
July 1, 2014
THE PLAN FOR THE REST OF THE SEMESTER:

There is NO final exam schedule for summer classes, which means that the final must be on the last day of scheduled classes, Thursday July 10.

I need to complete all grading by June 11th, which means that there can be NO LATE EXAMS FOR ANY REASON. IF YOU ARE NOT IN CLASS TO TAKE THE FINAL ON JULY 10th YOU WILL RECEIVE ZERO POINTS FOR THE FINAL EXAM.

We will finish carboxylic acid derivatives this week. Carboxylic acid derivative nomenclature is a bit tedious and so questions related to this topic will be on the quiz, which will be posted here on Monday July 7th.

The end of semester survey will also be posted on here on July 7th, if you complete this you will earn the extra credit associated with participating in the education study this semester.

As you all know by now, there are TWO versions of the homework website, one has the dashboard that attempts to keep track of your progress and one does not. From now until the end of the course you can now choose which of these sites you prefer to use. The website links "ProblemsA" and ProblemsB have been replaced with "Problems" and "Problems/Dashboard", click the "Problems/Dashboard" link to get the dashboard, click the "Problems" link to get to the plain homework site. In ALL OTHER RESPECTS the two sites are the same, they have identical content. YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH ONE TO USE!

The My Progress page on the homework site may not update properly for some of you from now until the end of the semester but we will make sure that you do not lose any credit points for this.

We will cover the amines section for the first 2 lectures of next week and then finish. Wednesday will be a review session and Thursday will be the final exam. There will be additional review sessions on Friday and also perhaps Saturday, check this site for details.

We will skip section 4.3 of the amines notes.

I will give you a reaction "cheat sheet" of the amine reactions for the final.

June 28, 2014
Today's review session on aldehydes/ketones has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
June 27, 2014
Today's review session on benzene reactions has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
June 24, 2014
A summary of your current points posted earlier this week has been corrected to include the 7 points added to those in the ProblemsB group to correct for the small difference in average scores for the two groups.  More...
June 24, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Aldehydes/Ketones sections of the notes. My version is slightly different from yours, it includes a little more explanation in certain places. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
June 24, 2014
Here is a reaction list may be helpful for learning the reagents/conditions for the aldehyde/ketone reactions we have covered, click HERE

June 23, 2014
Midterm #2 is next Monday, June 30th. You are responsible for material up to and including Aldehydes/Ketones for this test. There will be TWO review sessions before the exam. The first will be this FRIDAY, June 27th, 9:30 - 11:30AM, in PS H-132. The subject will be Benzenes. The second will be SATURDAY June 28th, 10AM - Noon, in PS H-1323. The subject will be Aldehydes/Ketones. You can "watch" both review sessions "live" by using the Online Office hours link, click HERE. Both will also be recorded and posted on the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
June 23, 2014
Four practice exams have been added to the Practice Exams page (click HERE), these are to help you prepare for the midterm exam next Monday. You also have 3 years worth of old exams (click HERE), although they are from my spring semester courses. The spring semester schedule is different from the summer semester, and so you should use BOTH the 2nd and 3rd midterms on the old exams page as study aids, you can ignore the pericyclic reactions on the #2 midterms.  More...
June 23, 2014
The Aldehydes/Ketones problems have been loaded onto the homework site.
Sugested Problems for the this week that will take us up to the 2nd midterm:
First Semester Review : Additions to Alkenes and Brominations (as needed for review)
Retrosynthesis - All - completed
Alkynes - All - completed
Alcohols - All - completed
Organometals - All - completed
Ethers/Epoxides - All - completed
Conjugated Systems - ALL - completed
Benzenes - ALL - completed
Aldehydes/Ketones - Nomenclature - in progress
Aldehydes/Ketones - Reactions that make Aldehydes/Ketones - in progress
Aldehydes/Ketones - Reactions of Aldehydes/Ketones - in progress
Aldehydes/Ketones - Wittig Reactions - in progress
Aldehydes/Ketones - Synthesis - in progress
Aldehydes/Ketones - Cumulative Problems - in progress

June 22, 2014
A summary of your current points has been posted, including your midterm #1 points after all regrades.  More...
June 20, 2014
Today's review session on conjugated systems has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
June 19, 2014
Here is a reaction list may be helpful for learning the reagents/conditions for the benzene reactions we have covered (ignore nucleophilic aromatic substitution), click HERE

June 19, 2014
Each week I will summarize problems from the homework site that I believe you should be working on:
First Semester Review : Additions to Alkenes and Brominations (as needed for review)
Retrosynthesis - All - completed
Alkynes - All - completed
Alcohols - All - completed
Organometals - All - completed
Ethers/Epoxides - All - completed
Conjugated Systems - Resonance and Conjugation - completed
Conjugated Systems - Reactions of Conjugated Systems - completed
Conjugated Systems - Diels Alder Reactions - completed
Conjugated Systems - Pi Molecular Orbitals - SKIP
Conjugated Systems - F.M.O. Theory and Cycloaddition Reactions - SKIP
Conjugated Systems - F.M.O. Theory and Electrocyclic Reactions - SKIP
Conjugated Systems - Pericyclic Reactions and Aromatic Transition State Theory - SKIP
Conjugated Systems - Aromatic Systems - completed/in progress
Conjugated Systems - Cumulative - Select the appropriate problems!
Benzenes - Nomenclature - completed/in progress
Benzenes - Reactions - completed/in progress
Benzenes - Simple Synthesis - completed/in progress
Benzenes - Synthesis - completed/in progress
Benzenes - Cumulative - completed/in progress (skip problems #s 2, 14, 15)

June 19, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Benzenes sections of the notes. My version is slightly different from yours, it includes a little more explanation in certain places. I have also loaded an updated version of the Aromaticity notes with a more detailed explanation of the electron distribution in the aromatic structures pyrrole and furan. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
June 19, 2014
There will be a review session, tomorrow, Friday June 20th, 9:30AM - 10:45AM (the usual class time) in PS H-132 (the organic recitation room). The subject will be conjugated reactions, kinetic and thermodynamic control, Diels-Alder reactions and maybe some benzene chemistry.
June 18, 2014
Apologies, I have had computer issues over the last couple of days that have prevented me from loading the lectures, finally fixed today and the recorded lecture page is now up to date, including today's lecture.  More...
June 16, 2014
The exam and answer key have been posted.  More...
June 12, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Conjugated and also the Aromaticity sections of the notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
June 10, 2014
I had another go at the Diels-Alder movie, to see it click HERE. (hit refresh if you get the old one)
June 12, 2014
The results for the first midterm have been posted.  More...
June 10, 2014
In today's lecture we talked about the Diels-Alder reaction. This one is a bit complicated to visualized in 3D, and it involves quite a lot of stereochemistry. I have a small movie that might help clarify how some of the sterochemistry arises, to see it click HERE

June 10, 2014
Apologies, it seems that I forgot to post last Friday's lecture, I have just posted it together with today's lecture.  More...
June 6, 2014
Today's review session, Midterm #1 Review #2, has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
June 6, 2014
Today's review session, Midterm #1 Review #1, has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
June 4, 2014
The homework website has been updated with all problems relevant to the first midterm
June 4, 2014
There will be two review sessions, the first on Friday, usual class time, 9:30 - 10:45AM in PS H-132. The second will be Saturday afternoon, also in PS H-132, 2 - 4PM. Both will be recorded and both will cover different material.
June 4, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Ethers/Epoxides notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
June 4, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Organometals notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
June 2, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Alcohols notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
June 2, 2014
Each week I will summarize problems from the homework site that I believe you should be working on:

First Semester Review : Additions to Alkenes and Brominations (as needed for review)

Retrosynthesis - All - completed

Alkynes - Alkyne Reactions - completed
Alkynes - Acetylide Reactions - completed
Alkynes - Alkynes in Synthesis - completed
Alkynes - Cumulative Problems - in progress/completed

Alcohols - Nomenclature - in progress/completed
Alcohols - Acidity - in progress/completed
Alcohols - Reactions that Make Alcohols - in progress/completed
Alcohols - Alcohol Reactions - in progress/completed
Alcohols - Synthesis with Alcohols - in progress/completed

Organometals - Practice Making C-C Bond (backwards) - to be completed by next Monday
Organometals - Synthesis - to be completed by next Monday
Organometals - Cumulative Questions - to be completed by next Monday

Ethers/Epoxides - Nomenclature - to be completed by next Monday
Ethers/Epoxides - Reactions - to be completed by next Monday
Ethers/Epoxides - Synthesis - to be completed by next Monday
Ethers/Epoxides - Cumulative Problems - to be completed by next Monday

June 2, 2014
The following may be helpful for learning the reagents/conditions for the reactions we have covered so far:
Retrosynthesis Chapter: click HERE
Alkynes Chapter: click HERE
Alcohols Chapter: click HERE
Organometals Chapter: click HERE
Ethers/Epoxides Chapter: click HERE

June 2, 2014
Four practice exams have been added to the Practice Exams page (click HERE), these are to help you prepare for the midterm exam next Monday. You also have 3 years worth of old exams (click HERE), although they are from my spring semester courses. The spring semester schedule is different from the summer semester, and the first midterms in spring do not include ethers/epoxides.  More...
May 30, 2014
The Alcohols problems have been loaded onto the homework site.
May 30, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
May 29, 2014
There will be a review session, tomorrow, Friday May 30th, 9:30AM - 10:45AM (the usual class time) in PS H-132 (the organic recitation room). The subject will be synthons, reverse SN2, multi-step synthesis and some mechanism practice. We will be mainly practicing solving problems rather than reviewing lecture type material.
May 29, 2014
Please make sure that you understand how this class works, click HERE.
May 28, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Alkynes notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
May 28, 2014
I have posted my completed version of the Retrosynthesis notes. Please check to make sure that your notes have no omissions or errors.  More...
May 27, 2014
Each week I will summarize problems from the homework site that I believe you should be working on:

First Semester Review : Additions to Alkenes and Brominations (as needed for review)

Retrosynthesis > First Semester Reactions - completed
Retrosynthesis > Identifying Synthons - completed
Retrosynthesis > Reverse SN2 - completed
Retrosynthesis > Simple Multi-Step Synthesis - in progress/completed
Retrosynthesis > Cumulative Problems - in progress/completed

Alkynes - Nomenclature - in progress
Alkynes - Alkyne Reactions - in progress
Alkynes - Acetylide Reactions - in progress
Alkynes - Alkynes in Synthesis - in progress
Alkynes - Cumulative Problems - in progress

Alcohols - Nomenclature - in progress

May 25, 2014
Message from Dr. Gould, click HERE.
May 23, 2014
Today's review session has been posted on the recorded lectures page. The topic was dipole moments, how they connect to basic chemical reactivity, Lewis and Bronsted acid/base reactions, mechanisms, energy diagrams and transition states.  More...
May 22, 2014
As mentioned in class today, we are inviting you to participate in a SECOND chemical education research project as part of this class. The first relates to use of the homework web site that I sent information about yesterday. This second one was described by Ara in class today, it is separate from the homework study. This study WILL ALSO ALLOW YOU TO EARN EXTRA CREDIT, i.e. you will have TWO opportunities to earn extra credit, one via the homework study and one via Ara's survey study.

To earn credit for participating in the homework site study sign your name on the consent form you see when you logon to the site for the first time.

To earn credit for Ara's survey, sign her consent form and compete a short survey, this should take you only ca, 5 minutes. To earn the credit you will need to complete this survey TWICE, once now at the start of the course and once at the end of the course.

To access the consent form and the 'start' survey, click HERE. You MUST complete the survey by midnight, Sunday May 25th to be eligible for the extra credit! THERE IS A SMALL TYPO IN THE SURVEY, THE SURVEY IS SUPPOSED TO ASK ABOUT ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, SO FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY, READ ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.

You will earn 1% of the course total points as extra for each study, so that if you participate in both you will earn 2% total.

If you do not want to participate in these studies you will an alternate method of earning the credit that involves providing written answers to several short questions, contact me for details.


May 22, 2014
There will be a review session Friday, May 23rd at the usual class time of 9:30 - 10:45AM, in PS H-132 (the organic lab recitation room). The topics are chosen based on the questions for which scores were lower on Quiz #1, specifically, dipole moments (briefly), resonance (quite a bit of this!), Z/E nomenclature (briefly), Bronsted acid/base equilibria (moderate amount), more problems of types #8, #9, #17, #19 and #20 on the quiz, and mechanisms and partial bonds (as much time as there is left).

Some Study advice: The quiz was not supposed to be easy, it was supposed to find out about you as a class, and if you are a little disappointed in your performance don't panic or think that you need to review all first semester organic material again, this would NOT be a good use of your time, instead do the following:
1) look at the quiz and see which problems you got wrong that you still don't understand why you got them wrong, don't spend time on them, you don't have that time, come and ask me to explain them, I can explain them much faster than you can work them out yourself.
2) Start the current homework STRAIGHT AWAY, if something comes up in the homework that is from first semester that you are not sure of, then make a note of it in a BOOK (so that you don't forget it or lose it), and then the things in the BOOK become the important topics from first semester that you need to review. This way you will focus only on that material from first semester that is relevant to second semester, then resolve work on these specific issues, or come and ask me about them. Again, I can explain them a lot faster than you can work them out on your own.
Remember, I have office hours after every class Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, on Wednesday afternoons online (I will try to to forget about that in the future!), and we will have regular review sessions on Friday where you can ask me questions 1-on-1.

However, do NOT get obsessed with re-learning first semester material unless there is something that hampers your understanding of second semester material, this class moves very fast and I need to you be practicing only the first semester reactions that are included in the Retrosynthesis problems on the homework site, AND, practicing generating synthons and synthetic equivalents, AND practicing simple multi-step syntheses, AND alkyne nomenclature, you get the idea, i.e. you NEED to be using the homework site, this is the ONLY WAY that you will learn organic chemistry.

If you come and ask me for help I will be delighted to give it, but I will ask about your experiences with the homework problems, not to be mean or to put you on the spot, but so that I can get calibrated on where you stand in your learning and so that I know how to answer your questions.


May 22, 2014
THERE WAS AN ERROR IN GRADING THE QUIZ, please check the Your Points page to see your corrected quiz score.  More...
May 22, 2014
To see the answer for the quiz, click HERE.
May 21, 2014
The homework site is finally open, for instructions, click HERE.
May 21, 2014
Apologies, I COMPLETELY forgot about online office hours today! I am just not used to the new schedule yet. If you tried to contact me this afternoon at office hours please let me know and I will setup an alternate appointment that works for you.
May 21, 2014
There will be a review session this FRIDAY, May 23rd, at the usual class time (in addition to the usual office hours). The review session will be held in PS H-132 (the organic lab recitation room). The subject of the review session will be mainly first semester topics for which scores were low on the quiz, details will be posted later. The review session will be recorded and posted on the recorded lectures page as usual.
May 21, 2014
Your score for Quiz #1 has been posted on the "Your Points" page. Also on this page is the homework problems site that you have been assigned to, Problems A or Problems B (see other announcements for more details).  More...
May 19, 2014
IMPORTANT REMINDER, QUIZ #1 IS DUE IN CLASS TOMORROW, TUESDAY MAY 20TH (I need to know what you know and what you don't know). THIS QUIZ IS FOR POINTS!!!
May 19, 2014
The first lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures page. All lectures will be recorded and ported, usually later the same day.  More...
May 19, 2014
THIS LINKS TO THE HOMEWORK PROBLEM SITES ON THE BAR ABOVE DO NOT YET WORK, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LOGON YET!
May 19, 2014
To get a copy of the syllabus/schedule (pdf file) click HERE.
May 19, 2014
The most important way that you will study for this class is by working organic chemistry problems. The class has a special homework website that will be released very soon. Until that time you should practice solving some problems from first semester organic chemistry. There will be a quiz on these topics that you will need to submit next week, the exact day will be announced in class.

You can start to work on this quiz now, to see the quiz (pdf file) click HERE.

If you feel that you need to refresh your learning of first semester concepts, click HERE.

May 19, 2014
This class uses "gapped" lecture notes that you complete in class. They are available as individual pdf files under the Lecture Material tab. You can print these and bring them to lecture, or you can save money by downloading the entire notes set as a complete pdf file, there is a link under the the Lecture Material tab. Take the downloaded pdf file(s) to any local print shop, Kinkos, Staples etc. I can't tell you where you will get the best printing deal because this seems to change every semester. In the past, students have been able to get the notes printed for as little as $10, but the average price seems to be a bit higher than that.

You can also get the notes for the first lectures by printing the first 8 - 10 pages of the "Retrosynthesis" notes, click HERE.

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

May 19, 2014
This class does NOT use a textbook. In the past when I have required or recommended a textbook most students reported that they never used it. This does not mean that you cannot use a textbook, of course, by all means use a textbook if it helps you to learn. A good textbook is Organic Chemistry 7th Edition, by Paula Bruice, however, just about all organic textbooks are the same, you could use any of them as a reference, and used older editions of textbooks from Amazon are a fantastic deal. For example, I have see a 5th edition of the Bruice textbook on Amazon for just a few dollars. It should be fairly easy for you to find the appropriate reading and problems that relate to the material that we are covering in any textbook, although some textbooks do not cover pericyclic reactions, a second semester topic (the Bruice one does).
br> If you use the textbook it is important that you also get the accompanying Solutions Manual, since the problems are the MOST IMPORTANT part of any textbook.

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

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