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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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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.