While every effort has been made to make sure this electronic syllabus is error-free, it is not official.
The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.


Instructors:            Responsibilities:       Office:   Phone:
Dr. Holly D. Bendorf    Lecture and Laboratory  209 HBC   4365, 327-2888
Dr. Chriss E. McDonald  Laboratory              234 HBC   4186
Course Schedule:
Lecture: MWF 11:30 - 12:35
Labs: T 7:45 - 11:35 am, T 1:00 - 4:50 pm, R 1:00 - 4:50 pm

Office Hours: M 2:00-3:00, W 3:30-4:30, R 10:00-11:00 and by appointment, or walk-in.

Evening Help-Session: TBA.

Course Description: CHEM 221, Organic Chemistry II, is a continuation of CHEM 220. CHEM 221 will focus on the reactions of organic compounds and their mechanisms, the application of these reactions to organic synthesis, and the identification of organic compounds using modern spectrometric techniques.

Text and Materials:

  • "Organic Chemistry" by George Schmid, Mosby Publishers, 1996.
  • "Study Guide for Organic Chemistry" by Skonieczny and Schmid (Optional).
  • Bound laboratory notebook (Freeman).
  • CHEM 220-221 lab manual.
  • Safety glasses or goggles (available at College Store).
  • Calculator with logarithmic and exponential functions.

    Materials in Chemistry Reading Room: Copies of several organic chemistry texts are available in the reading room. If you are not satisfied with Schmid's treatment of a topic in his text, feel free to consult one of the other textbooks--you may just find one you like. Also, these texts are excellent sources of extra practice problems.

    Grading Criteria:

                            Quizzes and Assignments  160 points     20%   
                            Exams                    300 points     37%
                            Laboratory               180 points     23%
                            Final                    160 points     20%  
                                                     800 points    100%

    Final letter grades will be assigned as follows: 720-800 A, 640-719 B, 560-639 C, 480-559 D.

    Exams: There will be three in-class exams on the following dates:
    Friday, January 24; Friday, February 21; Wednesday, April 2
    The final exam will be administered on the day and time announced in the final exam schedule.

    Quizzes: Quizzes are an incentive to stay current with the course. They provide you with a means of evaluating your progress and allow you to identify any potential "trouble spots" before you get into an exam. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

    Assignments: A portion of your grade will be based on in-class and take-home assignments. All take-home assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Late homework will not be accepted.

    Assignments From the Text: This syllabus lists assigned readings and problems from the text and it is your responsibility to stay current with these assignments. Quiz and exam problems may be taken directly from the text so it is to your benefit to work and study these problems. Although they will not be collected, it is strongly suggested that you complete the assignments and have any questions answered before the next class period. Lectures, quizzes, and in-class and take-home assignments are prepared with the assumption that you have read and understand the assigned material and have completed the text problems.

    Help-Session: The evening help session is an informal workshop where you will have the opportunity to ask questions, review lecture material, and work problems either individually or in groups.

    Extra Credit: Extra credit points (3) can be earned by attending departmental colloquia. Extra credit points can also be earned by writing a brief research paper on a mutually agreed upon topic (up to 10 points). Other types of extra credit projects may become available during the semester.
    Extra credit is limited to 30 points. Extra credit points will be used to nullify points lost due to unexcused absences before they will be applied to one's grade.

    General Comments: Attendance: Regular attendance at lecture and laboratory sections is expected, and repeated, unexcused absences will be penalized (3 points per absence). Attendance at quizzes, exams and laboratory meetings is mandatory. Make-ups are not permitted unless the absence has prior approval by me (usually a case of medical or family emergency which can be documented). A single, cumulative make-up exam will be administered at the end of the semester. Quizzes cannot be made-up. In case of an emergency, I can also be reached at my home: 327-2888.

    Participation: Participation is highly encouraged in lecture. Do not hesitate to stop me if I am going too quickly or have not explained something to your satisfaction.

    Study Suggestions: The material covered in CHEM 221 is of a highly cumulative nature and builds heavily upon the material covered in CHEM 220. You are therefore required to know all of the material covered in that class. It is your responsibility to review the topics covered in CHEM 220 as needed. If you have any questions or would like some assistance in reviewing the material, I am more than willing to work with you. Also, as you already know from CHEM 220, organic chemistry does not lend itself to memorization or cramming. This is true to an even greater extent in CHEM 221. The best approach for studying organic is to practice everyday: review your notes, study the text, discuss the material with your friends, quiz yourself, and most importantly, work lots of problems!

    Finally, if you feel that you are having trouble in the course, come see me right away. I am always willing and (almost) always available to help you.

    Course Outline: The outline is tentative and subject to change.

    (Omitted - see paper syllabus)

    Laboratory: It is imperative that you come to the lab fully prepared. Careful planning and preparation before you arrive at the lab will allow you to complete your experiments in an efficient and safe manner. It is your responsibility to read and understand the lab procedure before you arrive at prelab. Missing or arriving late to prelab will result in a reduced lab grade (up to 5 points per violation) and/or dismissal from the lab.

    The laboratory grade is worth a total of 180 points. Late reports will be penalized 3% per school day.

    Lab Safety: Unsafe behavior in the lab will not be tolerated and violations will be penalized. Repeated violations during a class may result in a zero for that lab. Keep in mind that lab safety includes laboratory hygiene. In the event that common areas are left dirty, (rotovaps, balances, melting point apparati, reagent hood) points may be deducted from the entire lab section. If you have any questions regarding lab safety, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Lab Syllabus (Omitted - see paper syllabus)

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