Skyline College A.J. Bates Professor of Chemistry

     Chemistry 234 - Organic Chemistry 1 - Spring 2018

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Announcements & Important Course Information

Saturday, April 21

  • The grade listing on CANVAS is up-to-date. Please review your current total percentage which includes all of the adjustments applied and your individual assignment and exam scores. Please email me ASAP if there are any discrepancies. Please also email me if you were an EYH presenter or Go'fer and I do not have those points reflected in the grades.

  • The withdrawal date for this course is Thursday, April 26.

  • We have completed our lectures on Substitutions & Eliminations (Chapters 7&8, with E1 from Chapter 9).

  • We are now moving into applications of these reactions to Alcohols & Ethers (Chapter 9) and Addition Reactions of Alkenes (Chapter 10) in the coming week.

  • A new Sapling Learning Problem Set is posted and will be due Sunday, April 29.

 

Monday, April 16

  • Academic Excellence Workshops / Tutoring for CHEM 234 starts TODAY!
    • Workshop Leader: Valerie Bonito
    • Meeting Place: Small room at the back of the MESA Center (Room 7-309)
    • Meeting Times:
      • Mondays: Noon to 1:00pm
      • Wednesdays: 9:00 - 10:00 am
      • Fridays: Noon to 1:00pm
  • Office Hours Revisions for this week. See the Calendar for the up-to-date schedule.
    • Monday: I will be holding my 10:10-11am office hours; I will not be available from 12:10-1pm today.
    • Tuesday: I am moving my office hours to 12:10-1pm.
    • Friday: I am having an extra office hour from 12:10-1pm.

 

Wednesday, April 11

  • Exam #3 Topics:
    • Reaction Energetics, Bond Dissociation Energies & (delta)H, and Reaction Energy Diagrams
    • Alkyl Halides: Properties & Nomenclature
    • Substitution Reactions (SN2 & SN1)
    • Elimination Reactions (E2 only; E1 will be covered on Exam #4)
    • Chapters covered: 6,7,8

 

Friday, April 6

  • I will be holding my normal office hours today from 10:10-11:00 am
    and extra office hours from 12:10-1:00 pm

 

Wednesday, March 21

 

Monday, March 19

  • Please check back later today for the Exam #2 Answer Keys
  • Please check CANVAS for updated grades including Exam #2
  • Exam Stats:
    • Exam #1
      • Average: 70.4
      • High: 96
      • Standard Deviation: 12.3
    • Exam #2
      • Average: 73.8
      • High: 93.5
      • Standard Deviation: 14.2

 

Friday, March 2

  • Please bring a model of cyclohexane (C6H12) to lecture today.
  • As announced in the last lecture, Exam #2 has been rescheduled to Monday, March 12 in lecture. If you have an unavoidable conflict for that lecture time, please contact me immediately to let me know (if you have not already). If that is the case, you will still be allowed to take Exam #2 at its originally scheduled time on Friday, March 9.
  • Please see the CALENDAR for updates.
  • Please see the LECTURE page for worksheet and powerpoint slides updates.
  • Office Hours TODAY:
    • 10:10-11 am
    • Noon - 1pm (extra time added for this week)
  • Keep up-to-date on your studies and practice problems for the exam. Come to office hours with questions!
  • Make sure you have the tools you need for success in the course! Here are some important study notes to consider:
    • Take Notes
      • Use the powerpoint slides to provide background and a framework for the notes you take in class. Recopy or summarize your notes before the next lecture to make sure that you have an understanding of the material covered and to generate questions to ask in lecture.
    • Use the Textbook
      • Review structures, tables, reactions, and mechanisms. Read sections that cover hte topics you find challenging thorughly, work problems, and return to the reading.
      • Keep up with reviewing lecture material in the assigned sections, work the associated problems at the end of each section, and check answers in the solutions manual.
      • Work problems at the end of chapters to further check your understanding. Try working these initially without outside reference materials (except of course for the exam reference materials).
    • Sapling Problem Sets
    • Extra Practice Worksheets on the Course Website
    • Molecular Models and Molecular Modeling Activities on the Course Website
    • Office Hours
    • Tutoring (Learning Center - Building 5)
  • Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference
    • Volunteers (Go'fers) Needed!
      • Saturday, March 17
      • Time: 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
    • Orientation:
      • Friday, March 16
      • Time: 2-3 pm
      • Room: 7-106
    • Please sign-up if you can help out!

 

Wednesday, February 28

  • Office Hours for the rest of this week:
    • Wednesday:
      • 10:10-11 am
      • Noon - 1pm
    • Thursday:
      • None outside of class; however, I can answer questions during lab time.
    • Friday:
      • 10:10-11 am
      • Noon - 1pm (extra time added for this week)
  • Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference
    • Volunteers (Go'fers) Needed!
      • Saturday, March 17
      • Time: 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
    • Orientation:
      • Friday, March 16
      • Time: 2-3 pm
      • Room: 7-106
    • Please sign-up if you can help out!

 

Sunday, February 25

  • We will begin discussing Topic 4 - Alkanes on Monday. The notes sets are ready for you to download or print. I recommend building a molecular model of BUTANE (C4H10) to bring with you to class tomorrow.
  • Topic 4: Alkanes - Chapter 4 - Powerpoint Slides

 

February 19-20

  • Please see CANVAS for your scores in the class. Please let me know as soon as possible
    if there are any discrepancies.
    • Quiz #1 Grading Note: If your Exam #1 percentage is higher than your Quiz #1 percentage,
      then your Q1 was replaced by your E1 percentage adjusted to 40 points.
      • For example, if you earned 20/37 (54.1%) on the quiz, but then earned 90/100 (90%) on the
        exam, then your adjusted Q1 score will be 33.3/37 (90%).
    • Exam #1 scores are included on CANVAS.
      • Many students did very well. Congratulations!
      • However, many students may not have done as well as hoped for, and some students will need to make significant improvements to be successful in the course.
      • We will discuss Exam #1 and grades in class briefly on Wednesday, including some ideas for changes to your study approaches to help you perform better in the course.
      • I would also like to invite all students to see me in office hours this week to discuss your progress in the course. This is particularly important for students who scored below 70% on the exam.
  • PS #4 is posted on Sapling Learning. It is due Feb. 26 at 9pm.
  • We will be moving into Chapter 3 material on Wednesday and Chapter 4 soon after. Please begin the reading in these two chapters. If you have not already downloaded the Topic 3 notes, please do so for class on Wednesday.
    • Topic 3: Organic Functional Groups & IM Forces - Chapter 3
  • I recommend to most of the students in the class to rework problems from the extra practice worksheets on Acid-Base Chemistry in order to master the concepts related to proton transfer in Bronsted-Lowry acid-base reactions. These concepts will continue to be a critical part of our work in Organic Chemistry through this semeter and next, and will be tested directly on every exam in both courses. It really is the important!
  • Make sure you have the tools you need for success in the course! Here are some important considerations:
    • Take Notes
      • Use the powerpoint slides to provide background and a framework for the notes you take in class. Recopy or summarize your notes before the next lecture to make sure that you have an understanding of the material covered and to generate questions to ask in lecture.
    • Use the Textbook
      • Review structures, tables, reactions, and mechanisms. Read sections that cover hte topics you find challenging thorughly, work problems, and return to the reading.
      • Keep up with reviewing lecture material in the assigned sections, work the associated problems at the end of each section, and check answers in the solutions manual.
      • Work problems at the end of chapters to further check your understanding. Try working these initially without outside reference materials (except of course for the exam reference materials).
    • Sapling Problem Sets
    • Extra Practice Problems on the Course Website
    • Molecular Models
    • Office Hours & Tutoring

 

Sunday, February 11

 

Saturday, February 10

  • Recommended exercise: Download and print the pKa Chart and then write the structure or formula for the conjugate base of each acid on the chart.

 

Wednesday, February 5

  • Problem Set #3 is now posted to Sapling Learning. An undgraded copy of PS#2 is also available.

 

Monday, February 5

  • Quiz #1 Answer Key
  • Please download the Topic 2: Acid-Base notes from the LECTURE page for class on Wednesday.

 

Saturday, February 3

  • I am feeling much better this morning. Thank you so miuch for all of the kind messages that I received in the last couple of days! Have a good weekend, and I plan to see you Monday.

 

Friday, February 2

  • I am not feeling well and have decided to cancel classes for today.

 

Thursday, February 1

  • I am not feeling well this morning and have cancelled my classes and office hours for today. I hope to return tomorrow. However, please check the website/email early tomorrow morning for an announcement either way. I do plan to answer emails today, so you can send questions to me that way.
  • Have a good day!

 

Saturday, January 27

  • As announced in lecture, I will only be holding my 10:10-11am Office Hours on Monday.
    I will not be available in the afternoon.
  • Thank you to everyone who helped out yesterday (and the previous Friday) with the EYH mailing! The process was very efficient, and is now complete for this year!

 

Friday, January 19

  • EYH Mailing #1:
    • TODAY
    • Room 7-341(lab room)
    • 12:30 - 2pm(?)

 

January 2018

  • Welcome to Organic Chemistry 1 Lecture
    I am looking forward to a productive, challenging, and rewarding semester! 
  • Please visit the links to the left for important course information.
  • Our first CHEM 234 class meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17, 11:10 am - Noon in 8-302.
    • It is very important to be at the first class meeting, regardless of whether you are enrolled or on the waitlist. If you will not be there for any reason, please contact me.
    • Parking may be a challenge, so I encourage you to arrive to campus early!
  • CHEM 234 Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
    • This is the official course syllabus. Please print it if you would like a hardcopy. Please take note of the Quiz #1 and Exam dates. Make-ups are not possible, so it is very important that you are in class on those dates. If an exam date changes, you will be given at least one week's notice prior to the new date. Additional quizzes may be given and may or may not be announced.
  • The course text is Organic Chemistry by Janice Gorzynski Smith.
    • You may use the 5th, 4th, or 3rd edition of the text.
    • The reading and problem assignments are a critical part of your studying for the course!
    • The 5th edition is available in the Skyline College Bookstore.
    • You may be able to buy the earlier editions (4th or 3rd) online for much less money. If you choose this option, order it right away so that you will have it very soon.
      • There is a copy of the fourth edition textbook and solutions manual available on 2-hour reserve in the library for you to reference until you receive your own copy.
    • Regardless of the edition of the text that you purchase, I highly recommend buying the same edition of the Study Guide and Solutions Manual. The solutions manual is a complete solutions guide to all of the questions in the text.
    • Free access to Organic Chemistry, 4th ed. by Smith is available online for two weeks
      with the following link:
  • Please sign up for the Sapling Learning Online Homework System:
    https://www.saplinglearning.com/
    • Follow the above link.
    • The course should be available at least a few days prior to the start of classes.
    • 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 18 - 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 will posted at least a few days before the start of classes.
  • Please begin reading and working book problems from Chapters 1-3 (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.

 

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.