Skyline College A.J. Bates Professor of Chemistry

     Chemistry 234 - Organic Chemistry 1 - Spring 2016

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Announcements & Important Course Information

Friday, February 5

  • Please note that Sunday, February 7 is the LAST DAY to DROP
    a semester-length course with NO RECORD appearing on your transcript.
    • This is a correction from the printed Schedule of Classes and from my syllabus.


Wednesday, February 3

  • Please see the LECTURE page for powerpoint slides updates (acids & bases) and extra-practice worksheet answer keys.
  • A new Sapling Learning Problem set is posted, as well as some extra practice problems.


Friday, January 29

  • Please see the LECTURE page for powerpoint slides updates and textbook problem assignments updates.


Wednesday, January 27

  • Free access to Organic Chemistry, 4th ed. by Smith is available online
    for two weeks with the following link:

  • Reminder: A copy of the course text and solutions guide are on reserve in the library.


Monday, January 25

  • Please see the LECTURE page for powerpoint slides.


January 18, 2016

  • Welcome to Organic Chemistry 1 Lecture!
  • Please visit the links to the left for important course information.
  • Skyline College classes start Wednesday, January 20.  Our first CHEM 234 class meeting will be on that day at 11:10 am in 4-273 (please note the room change from the original schedule).
  • The course text, Organic Chemistry, 4th ed. by Janice Gorzynski Smith, is available as a custom edition in the Skyline College Bookstore. It is bundled with the Study Guide and Solutions Manual. I highly recommend buying this set. The solutions manual is a complete solutions guide to all of the questions in the text. The reading and questions assigned from the text will be one of your key means of preparation for the course.
  • Please begin reading and working book problems from Chapters 1-2 (a review of General Chemistry topics with emphasis on their application in Organic Chemistry) and the worksheets under General Chemistry Review. The problem assignments and worksheets are on the LECTURE page. The book problems and extra practice worksheets will not be collected or graded, but are an essential part of your preparation for the course and exams.
  • Please sign up for the Sapling Learning Online Homework System:
    • Follow the above link.
    • If you have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account.
    • Please enter your first and last names in the profile as they appear on your official Skyline record. If you go by a different name or a nickname, please put it in parentheses after your first name.
    • From the expanding menus, select Skyline College, Organic Chemistry, Semester 1.
    • Then select Skyline College - CHEM 234 - Spring 16 - Bates.
    • When you register for the course on the system, you may select to use it for the first two weeks of the semester for free. You must then pay to continue to have access.
    • The first Sapling Learning problem set and an introductory BONUS problem set are already posted.

Academic Integrity

  • Academic integrity is an important issue in all academic settings, and will be taken very seriously by the instructor of this course, and the college generally.

  • I recognize that most students conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. I also recognize that the actions of a few dishonest students and the impact of those actions on the academic process necessitate a frank and ongoing discussion of this issue.

  • Please review the Student Handbook information on Academic Integrity.