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CHM-106-20, Intro to Organic Chemistry (FA13)

 INSTRUCTOR: Gary Strahan  

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: B/SAT/8:30-11:15AM, 09/07/2013-12/14/2013 

CONTENT: 

Introduction to Organic Chemistry presents the basic principles of organic chemistry which include the identification and reactions of functional groups, nomenclature, and stereochemistry.  The properties and reactions of some complex organic compounds, such as carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, will be investigated.  Since Chemistry is an experimental science laboratory work is critical to understanding its foundations, while simultaneously giving the student an interactive learning experience.  The laboratory portion of the class includes techniques and methods used by organic chemists to identify, synthesize, separate, and purify organic compounds.  This is a web-enhanced course—some course materials will be presented in an electronic format.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

a)  Classify organic compounds according to functional group.

b)  Name, describe the structure, and predict properties and reactions of various organic compounds.

c)  Apply the information gained from examples presented in class to new compounds.

d)  Use good lab skills to perform experiments and to collect and analyze data.

METHODS:

a)  Lectures, demonstrations.

b)  Laboratory investigations.

c)  Problem-solving and discussion (including question/answer sessions in electronic format).

d)  Self-study.

e)  Activities involving use of e-mail and the Internet

f)  Computer programs (optional study aid).

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

a)  Two exams plus comprehensive final exam (45% of grade).

b)  Complete all laboratory experiments and reports (20% of grade).  Missed labs can not be made up.

c)  Homework sets and weekly quizes (combined 35% of grade; lowest quiz grade dropped).

d)  Problem assignments from text.

e)  Class attendance and completion of all laboratories and assignments is expected.  Must attend the first class.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:

a)  Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry(McMurry, Castellion, & Ballantine, 7th edition).

b)  Laboratory safety goggles.

c)  Internet and e-mail access via an off-campus computer or on-campus computers in Rice Hall.

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS:

Study guide from text, recommended.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS: 

Read Chapter 5, sections 1-9; Chapter 12, Sections 1-5 (McMurry, Castellion & Ballantine)