Organic Chemistry I -- Lecture

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08/08/2012 10:33:09

Organic Chemistry I -- Lecture


Fall 2012
08/27/2012 - 12/16/2012

Course Information

Section 003
MW 10:30 - 11:50
RGC1 320
Debra Sackett

Section 103
MW 10:30 - 11:50
RGC1 320
Debra Sackett

Office Hours

  • 319.1 RGC
    Mon. & Wed. 12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Tues. & Thurs. 8:25-8:55 a.m. & 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Course Requirements

A cleaner version of this syllabus can be found at


CHEM 2323 - Organic Chemistry I Lecture
CHEM 2123 – Organic Chemistry I Lab
Combined Lecture and Lab Syllabus
Fall 2012



section number


meeting time

CHEM 2323 (lecture)



MW 10:30-11:50 a.m.

CHEM 2323 (lecture)



MW 10:30-11:50 a.m.

CHEM 2123 (lab)



M 7:40-10:20 a.m.

CHEM 2123(lab)



W 7:40-10:20 a.m.

Instructor: Dr. Debbie Sackett
Office Number: RGC 319.1
Phone Number: 223-3314
e-mail address:
web page:
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:00-1:30 p.m.
                       Tuesday and Thursday 8:25 -8:55 a.m., and 1:30-2:45 p.m.


Lecture: An introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds. An integration of aromatic and aliphatic compounds treating the principal classes of each. Emphasis on molecular structure theory, stereochemistry, structure and reactivity, and reaction mechanisms.

Lab: Emphasis is placed on techniques, properties and reactions, and reinforcing principles offered in the lecture portion of the course.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1412 or equivalent.
Corequisistes: CHEM 2323 and CHEM 2123 must be taken simultaneously


  • Lecture: "Organic Chemistry", 10thed., Solomons and Fryhle is the departmental text. You are free to use a current or older version of this text, or another book altogether. Do not attempt this course without a text.
  • Lab: "Operational Organic Chemistry: A Problem-Solving Approach to the Laboratory Course", 4th, Lehman (red cover). This is the book you must use. An older edition is not acceptable.

You will need a scientific calculator for lab activities only.

Molecular models are suggested, but not required for this course. The following sets are recommended for their quality and are available from a variety of online sources:

Framework Molecular Models (student kit from Prentice Hall)
Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry

These can be found at:

Lecture Notes: An outline of the lecture notes for students can be found in Blackboard. The instructor will pass out the first unit of notes. After that, students are expected to print out their own notes.

Homework: Recommended homework will be assigned for each unit, but not graded. Exam questions will come from the homework as well as lecture notes, so it is suggested you work all the assigned problems. Answer keys to the homework are available on the Blackboard website. Ancillary materials are available on my website.

Exams: There will be five regular exams. All exams will be given in the testing center during the tentative dates shown below. Grades may be curved at the discretion of the instructor. Make-up exams may be given with prior notice and/or under special circumstances (e.g., hospitalization or incarceration). There will be a 10-point penalty on exams given, for whatever reason, after the set exam dates. A comprehensive final will be given on the last day of class. The final exam is optional. You can take this exam if you wish to replace a lower grade on a previous exam with the grade from the final exam. If you take the final exam and it is the lowest grade, it will be dropped.

Final Lecture Grade:
Grading for the lecture course follows a standard curve:

A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%

*Test dates are tentative and will be confirmed in class

Unit 1: General Chemistry Review (1.1-1.11, 1.15, 1.16, 2.2, 2.3, 2.13, 2.14, 2.17, 3.2-3.7, 3.14, 3.15)
Unit 2: Introduction to Hydrocarbons (1.12-1.14, 1.17, 1.18, 2.1, 3.8, 4.1-4.4, 4.7, 4.15)
*Exam 1 (Sept. 17-24)

Unit 3: Conformations of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes (4.8-4.13)
Unit 4: Stereochemistry (5.1-5.9, 5.12-5.14)
Unit 5: Alkyl Halides from Free Radical Substitution (2.4-2.12, 3.1A, 3.9, 6.1, 10.1-10.8)
*Exam 2 (Oct. 8-15)

Unit 6: Alcohols and Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitution (6.2-6.14)
Unit 7: Structure and Preparation of Alkenes: Elimination Reactions (4.5, 6.15-6.19, 7.1-7.8)
*Exam 3 (Oct. 29-Nov. 5)

Unit 8: Reactions of Alkenes: Addition Reactions (7.13, 7.14, 8.1-8.3, 8.5, 8.12-8.14, 8.17, 10.9)
Unit 9: Alkynes (4.6, 7.9-7.12, 7.15, 7.16, 8.18-8.21)
*Exam 4 (Nov. 12-19)

Unit 10: Conjugated Systems (13.1-13.8, 13.10, 13.11)
Unit 11: Arenes and Aromaticity (14.1-14.10, 15.12, 15.13, 15.15, 15.16)
Unit 12: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (15.1-15.11, 15.14)
Exam 5 (Dec. 8-13)

Comprehensive Final (Dec. 12th), in class, optional.

Attendance Policy: You are not required to attend lecture; however, your life will be so much easier if you do attend class.

Classroom Behavior: Please turn off cell phone ringers during lecture and lab.

Missed Exams: If you miss an exam, you need to contact me as soon as possible. I always grade exams within two days of the deadline, and return them promptly. Once exams are returned, there will be no chance for a make-up.

Incomplete Grade Policy: Incompletes can be given if you complete 75% of the course work with at least a 70% average. This policy applies to both lecture and lab.

Withdrawal Policy: If you wish to drop the class, please do so yourself, the instructor will not be responsible, unless you make a specific request prior to the drop deadline. The drop deadline is November 26, 2012. Lecture and lab must be dropped simultaneously.

Testing Center Policy
Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a testing center. Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves according to the Student Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire guide before going to take the exam.

To request an exam, one must have:
• ACC Photo ID
• Course Abbreviation (e.g., ENGL)
• Course Number (e.g.,1301)
• Course Synonym (e.g., 10123)
• Course Section (e.g., 005)
• Instructor's Name

Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center. Having your cell phone in the testing room,
regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder of the semester. ACC Testing Center policies can be found at

Exams will only be available in the RGC testing center. RGC testing center (room 127) hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday      8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday                          8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday                      9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Graded Materials
Graded materials consist of a lab quiz (20 points), the lab report (65 points) and technique /yield (15 points). Lab reports will be turned in the week following completion of the experiment, at the beginning of lab. Lab reports more than one week late will not be accepted.

Lab Report Format – General Information: Labs may be written on regular notebook paper, in a lab book with carbon/carbonless copies, or they may be computer-generated. Legibility is important. You do not want to use a notebook (e.g., composition book) that does not have removable pages, as labs are turned in on a weekly basis.

Plagiarism: From the Student Handbook: “Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression.” “When students borrow ideas, wording or organization from another source, they shall reference that information in an appropriate manner.”

Plagiarism in lab reports will result in a zero for the lab that will be automatically factored into the lab grade.

Lab report contents:
Title - Name of experiment, and experiment number from lab book.

Pre-lab - Questions to be answered prior to lab.

Objective - Concise (1-2 sentence) statement of the goal of the experiment.

Discussion - This is about 1-3 paragraphs (2 page, maximum) in length. It may include the theory behind laboratory techniques and the chemistry (reactions, mechanisms, formulas, structures, etc.) written in the student's own words.

Procedure* - A numerical outline of each step you will perform in the lab. Notation of all changes will be made here. Also include calculations of volume/mass of reagents needed and the theoretical yield.

Data and Observations* - All numerical data and other observations such as color, odor, and comparisons to other classmates’ experiments, and deviations from written procedure.

Results and Conclusions - Statement (2 paragraphs) stating the results and discussing your interpretation of the results, sources of error, what was learned, etc.

Follow-up Questions - Questions to be answered upon completion of the lab.

*Note: It is most convenient to combine the procedures, and data/observations onto the same page. Draw a vertical line about two-thirds of the way to the right on the page. Write the procedure on the left side. The right side is available for data/observations associated with each step in the procedure.

Preparation before coming to lab
Prior to attending lab, you must complete the lab report from the Title up through the Procedure. If these materials are incomplete, you may be dismissed from the day's experiment, with no chance of make up. If you miss a lab, you may miss some discussion/handouts about the next period’s experiment. You are responsible for getting this information from the instructor or another student before the next lab.

All students perform their own experiments. There will be no lab partners unless directed otherwise by the instructor.

ACC does not provide safety goggles for the lab. The student must buy goggles prior to performing the first experiment. ANSI-approved goggles are stamped with Z87.

Final Lab Grade: Each lab is worth 100 points. Your final grade will be based on the results of your 10 of 11 best labs. There will be no makeup labs. There is no extra credit.





points needed



















lab date



lab report due

week of:

exp. #

exp. title

week of:

Aug. 27


Lab Orientation, Techniques and Safety


Sept. 3


make up orientation and lab techniques


Sept. 10


Thin-Layer Chromatography of Green Leaves

Sept. 17

Sept. 17

 Experiment 2

Extraction and Evaporation. Separating the Constituents of “Panacetin”

Oct. 1

Sept. 24

Exp. 2, cont’d


Experiment 3

finish exp. 2


Recrystallization and Melting Point. Identifying a Component of “Panacetin”



Oct. 8

Oct. 1

Exp. 3, cont’d

finish exp. 3


Oct. 8

Experiment 8

Simple Distillation. Identification of a Petroleum Hydrocarbon

Oct. 15

Oct. 15

Experiment 6

Fractional Distillation. Separation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Oct. 22

Oct. 22


Gas Chromatography

Oct. 29

Oct. 29

Experiment 9

Column Chromatography. Isolation of Lycopene from Tomato Paste

Nov. 5

Nov. 5

Experiment 10

Steam Distillation, IR Spectroscopy. Isolation and Identification of the Major Constituent of Clove Oil

Nov. 26

Nov. 12

Exp. 10, cont’d

continue exp. 10


Nov. 19

Exp. 10, cont’d


Experiment 23

finish exp. 10


Stereochemistry of the Addition of Bromine to trans-Cinnamic Acid



Dec. 3

Nov. 26

Exp. 23, cont’d.


Mini-lab 16

finish exp. 23


Reactivities of Alkyl Halides in Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions



Dec. 3

Dec. 3

Mini-lab 21

Free-Radical Bromination of Hydrocarbons


organic kit clean-up

Dec. 10


Use of ACC Email
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