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The definitive source of course information remains the original (paper) syllabus distributed in class.



Instructor:            Responsibilities:        Office:   Phone:
Dr. Holly D. Bendorf   Lecture and Laboratory   209 HBC   4365, 327-2888 
Course Schedule:
Lecture: MWF 10:15 - 11:05
Lab: T 1:00 - 4:50 pm

Office Hours: By appointment or walk-in.

Course Description: CHEM 450, Organometallic Chemistry, explores the chemistry of compounds containing metal-carbon bonds. The course will focus on the chemistry of the transition metals, the common mechanisms of reaction, and the applications of this chemistry in industrial processes and in organic synthesis.

Text and Materials:

  • "Organometallic Chemistry" by Gary Spessard and Gary Miessler, Prentice-Hall, 1997.
  • Bound laboratory notebook (Freeman).
  • Safety glasses or goggles (available at College Store).

    Grading Criteria:

                            Quizzes and Assignments  180 points     24%   
                            Exams                    200 points     26%
                            Laboratory               150 points     20%
                            Research Presentation     75 points     10%
                            Final                    150 points     20%  
                                                     755 points    100%

    Exams: There will be two exams administered during the lab period on the following dates:
    Tuesday, February 11 and Tuesday, March 25.
    The final exam will be administered on the day and time announced in the final exam schedule.

    Assignments: A portion of your grade will be based on in-class and take-home assignments. Unless otherwise instructed, you may discuss these assignments with your classmates. Be aware that in accordance with the College's policy on academic honesty, any work you turn in must be your own. Any instances of plagiarism (including copying answers from a classmate) will be penalized severely. All take-home assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Late homework will not be accepted.

    Assignments From the Text: Readings and exercises will be assigned from the text on a regular basis. Although these problems will not be collected, it is strongly suggested that you complete these assignments and have any questions answered before the next class period.
    Answer keys for these problems will be posted outside the entrance to the lab.

    Research Presentation: A 15-20 minute oral presentation will be given on one of the labs you have completed. The format of the presentation will be that of a research seminar. One lab meeting will be set aside for students to give practice talks with one other student and the instructor present. The assignment will involve a peer review session where each student will be required to attend one practice talk and submit a written evaluation of the practice talk to the presenter and the instructor.

    Extra Credit: Extra credit points (3) can be earned by attending departmental colloquia. Any extra credit points earned will be used to nullify unexcused absences from class (see below) before they will be applied to one's grade. Extra credit is limited to 30 points.

    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 in class discussions is expected. Also, do not hesitate to stop me if I am going too quickly or have not explained something to your satisfaction.

    Course Outline: We will cover the following topics in CHEM 450: Introduction to organometallic chemistry, structure and bonding in organometallic complexes, common organometallic ligands, mechanisms of organometallic reactions, applications to industrial processes and organic synthesis.

    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 the lab.

    The lab portion of the course will consist of one exercise to develop techniques for handling air sensitive chemicals and three experiments. You will be able to choose the three experiments from a list distributed during the first week of classes. Lab reports will follow the format of a JACS or JOC article and will include the following sections: Introduction and background, results, discussion, experimental, conclusion, and references.

    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 class. If you have any questions regarding lab safety, please do not hesitate to ask.

  • 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.

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    Last updated February 2, 1997.
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