Chemistry 272 (crn 31303) organic chemistry I (3 credits) Course Syllabus and Tentative Schedule

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CHEMISTRY 272 (CRN 31303)


Course Syllabus and Tentative Schedule

Fall 2004

Instructor. Dr. Harry Davis. Office is in Kokio 116, the phone is 734-9186 and messages may be left on the answering machine. email is
Kapi’olani Community College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. If you have a disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability and the support you need, you are invited to contact the Special Student Services Office, 734-9552 (V/TTY), Ilima 105, for assistance.
Lecture. MW from 3:15 - 4:30 PM in Kokio 107
Office Hours. Please feel free to get help during office hours, by appointment, or anytime that I am not in lecture. I will leave a note on the door if I must attend a meeting instead.

MWF 8:30 – 8:55 AM

MW 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

You may also see me during the following scheduled lab time if I am not giving a lecture or a review:

F 1:00 - 5:00 PM in Kokio 109
The Purpose of Chemistry 272. Chemistry 272 is the first semester of a two-semester organic chemistry course designed for the science majors which require a lot of chemistry. The second semester is Chemistry 273. These are laboratory courses.
Prerequisites. Completion of Chem 162, or an equivalent two-semester chemistry course.
Course competencies. These are listed in the KCC general catalog.
Course Materials.

1) required text: "Organic Chemistry" by McMurry, 6th ed. The study guide is recommended.

2) a basic scientific calculator, less than $20.

  1. periodic table from the bookstore, $0.25

  2. structural model kit, will be discussed

Course Structure. The course is composed of four units. You are required to master the skills in each unit. Learn how to solve the problems in the book and the problems done in class. The answers to all problems in the text will be made available. The Instructor may suggest appropriate resource materials which will be available in the Natural Science Learning Assistance Center in Kokio 202. You will be given an exam on the material covered in each of the first three units as they are completed. The final exam will cover the entire course with an emphasis on unit four.
Grading. How well one does on an exam is relative and I feel that doing poorly on one exam does not necessarily reflect what you have learned. Therefore, your lowest exam score on the first three units will be counted only half as much as the other exams. The grading scale will be based on the following:

90-100% A 60-69 % D

80-89 % B 0 -60 % F

70-79 % C

November 1 is the last day for withdrawal from the course. After this date a W will be assigned only for a certified medical reason or for a death in the immediate family by the Dean of Students. A form requesting the incomplete grade can only be filed by students who are close to finishing the course with a passing grade. This is Departmental policy.

Missing an exam can have serious consequences. Do not wait until after the exam is given to try to make up an exam. If you know that you have a scheduling conflict you must make arrangements with the Instructor prior to the exam. In the case of an unexpected illness or problem you must still notify the Instructor before the exam is given and be prepared to present a doctors note or similar evidence to provide a valid excuse. You might not receive full credit for a make up exam.
Student Responsibility. The job of the Instructor is to provide the best possible presentation of the material that he can, and to provide the best learning environment that is possible. It is not the Instructor's job to make the student study nor to accommodate the student by making the standards of the course lower so that they can pass. It is the student's responsibility to put forth the effort required to learn the material and to become competent with it. This means doing lots of problems and using good study habits. The Instructor will be happy to help you obtain these goals. Do not waste time trying to lower the standards of the course because these are in congruence with the UH system as well as with the American Chemistry Society and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. The student should not burden the Instructor with scheduling problems and special requirements. This detracts from the experience of all other students as well as the Instructor. The student should:

1. preview the lecture material before coming to class

2. attend every class and take notes for later review

3. bring the text to class to follow the lecture

4. do problems from the text until you are competent - the first step to learning is to find out what you don't know

5. make a list of what you don't understand and bring it to class and/or office hours

6. realize that this is a skills building course and so will require a lot of study outside of class.

Study Groups. Participation in study groups is the best way to learn chemistry - to learn by helping each other. Please get to know each other and form study groups. Students from study groups outperform others.
What is Chemistry ? Chemistry is the study of how matter and energy behave. It is also a scientific method for observing the world and all of life. Knowledge of chemistry is used to make new discoveries about the world (research) and to change some aspects of the world by the invention of new materials and methods (technology). Chemistry is used by most other scientific disciplines making it a basic or universal science. There are hundreds of different fields and subfields of chemistry with very specific journals dedicated to each. Finally, chemistry is a practical science that can be applied in everyday life. For example, you use chemistry when you clean your house and when you read the food labels in the grocery store.
What is Organic Chemistry ? Organic chemistry is the study of the chemical and physical properties of organic compounds. Organic compounds are those which contain carbon and represent over 95% of known compounds. Some organic chemists isolate new compounds from natural sources and determine the structural formulas. These new compounds may have important pharmacological functions such as anti-cancer drugs. Others try to synthesize compounds which have known structures and which are difficult or expensive to obtain from natural sources. Other organic chemists try to determine how organic compounds react so that we can gain a greater ability to synthesize compounds that we may want in the future. Most of the materials that you are touching at the moment are man-made organic compounds.
What is Biochemistry ? Biochemistry is the application of chemical principles to biology. Science has progressed to the point that almost every type of biological research requires some aspect of chemistry and you will find that biochemistry covers a very wide range of subjects. Biochemists are usually involved in what is called basic research, for example in the search for the exact cause of cancer. Fewer biochemists are involved in applied research, for example the testing of a particular drug in cancer patients for the remission of cancer. Biochemists would be involved in the development of the drug rather than its clinical trials.

Biochemistry starts with the study of the chemical and biological properties of the molecules which make up living organisms. It then progresses to how these properties function in the organism. Diseases and malfunctions are then studied on the molecular level, that is, how the diseased molecules are different, why they become different, and what can be done to prevent them from becoming different.


for Chemistry 272
week 1 chapter Topics

M Aug 23 - Introduction, review of skills from general chemistry

W Aug 25 1 Molecular Structure Handout, Structure and Bonding
week 2

M Aug 30 2 Polar Bonds and Their Consequences

W Sept 1 2 Polar Bonds and Their Consequences
week 3

M Sept 6 - Labor Day Holiday

W Sept 8 3 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
week 4

M Sept 13 3 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes

W Sept 15 4 Stereochemistry of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
week 5

M Sept 20 - Exam 1

W Sept 22 5 Overview of Organic Reactions
week 6

M Sept 27 6 Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity

W Sept 29 7 Alkenes: Reactions and Synthesis
week 7

M Oct 4 7 Alkenes: Reactions and Synthesis

W Oct 6 8 Alkynes
week 8

M Oct 11 9 Stereochemistry

W Oct 13 9 Stereochemistry
week 9

M Oct 18 9 Stereochemistry

W Oct 20 - Exam 2
week 10

M Oct 25 10 Alkyl Halides

W Oct 27 10 Alkyl Halides

week 11

November 1 is the last day to withdraw

M Nov 1 11 Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations

W Nov 3 11 Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations

week 12

M Nov 8 11 Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations

W Nov 10 12 Structure Determination: MS and IR
week 13

M Nov 15 12 Structure Determination: MS and IR

W Nov 17 - Exam 3
week 14

M Nov 22 13 Structure Determination: NMR

W Nov 24 13 Structure Determination: NMR
week 15

M Nov 29 14 Conjugated Dienes and UV Spectroscopy

W Dec 1 15 Benzene and Aromaticity
week 16

M Dec 6 16 Benzene: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

W Dec 8 16 Benzene: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
week 17

W Dec 15 - Final Exam 2:30 - 4:30 PM in the classroom

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