Chemistry 356, Organic Chemistry II

Course Syllabus, Fall 2010


Catalog Course Description: Organic Chemistry II. 3 hrs. I, II, S.  Continuation of Chemistry 355. 3 lec. (PR: C or better in CHM 355)

Instructor: Dr. Robert J. Morgan                    Office: 486 Science

Phone: 696-3159                                             email:

Office Hours: M-F 11-12, TR 2-4, other times by appt

Required Text: Sorrell, Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed., University Science Books, 2006

Lecture Notes: Available on Blackboard in Powerpoint format

Recommended:  Molecular models

Optional: Solutions manual Or Sorrell, Organic Chemistry

Optional: Organic Chemistry: The Official Guide.





a. To become familiar with the vocabulary of organic chemistry.

b. To demonstrate mastery of the fundamental skills of organic chemistry, reactions, mechanisms synthesis, and spectroscopy

c.           To be able to use the fundamental concepts to solve problems of a routine nature, and  also those problems requiring creativity, ingenuity and critical thinking.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes. A large part of the learning process in this course is based on the in-class activities. If you are not here you will not have a chance to participate in those activities. There will be no makeup quizzes – if you miss a quiz it will simply be one of the four that is dropped from the calculation. If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get class notes from another student in the class.

Academic Dishonesty

During exams you may not use your own paper or other materials except your pen or pencil and a set of molecular models. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty includes unauthorized use of any materials, notes, sources of information, or study aids or tools during a quiz or exam. It also includes the unauthorized assistance of any person other that the course instructor during a quiz or exam, the unauthorized viewing of another person’s work during a quiz or exam, or the unauthorized securing of all or part of any quiz or exam before submission by the instructor. The minimum penalty for academic dishonesty will be a failing grade for the course.

Electronic Devices

I do not have any objection to students taping my lectures but I doubt that it will help very much because the taped lecture will not be very meaningful without the blackboard materials that go with it. Cell phones, pagers, and the like must be turned off before entering the classroom. Failure to comply with this can result in you being removed from the classroom, even during an exam.


Quizzes: You will receive numerous surprise quizzes at the beginning of class. Quizzes will typically cover what you were supposed to learn during the previous class period. Quizzes the day after an exam will typically be the one or two most frequently missed questions from the


Exams: There will be three hour exams. All exams are comprehensive and cover everything from the first day of the course up to the class period before the exam. Make-up exams will only be given for university excused absences as defined in the catalog.

Final Exam: The final exam will be ACS Standardized examination in organic chemistry. It will be comprehensive over the year of organic chemistry.

Calculation of Overall Average: The lowest quiz scores (one drop for every 5 taken) will be dropped from the calculation. The average of the remaining quizzes will count the same as an hour exam.

The overall average will be calculated by two methods and the higher result will be used in determining the course grade.

Method 1. The quiz average, each hour exam score, and the final exam score will be added together and the total will be divided by 5. Thus, each exam counts 20%, the quizzes count 20%, and the final counts 20%.

Method 2. The lowest exam score is dropped from the calculation. The final exam counts double. The quiz average, the two best exams scores, and double the final exam score will be added together and the total will be divided by 5. Thus, each exam counts 20%, the quizzes count 20% and the final exam counts 40%. Please note the absence of the terms, “scale or “curve” in the above. The following scale is then applied to your final average:

A = 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%, F, below 60%


Working problems is an essential portion of the process of studying organic chemistry. Work all of the problems that are imbedded in the text since these are designed to allow you to test yourself on your understanding of the section(s).  Many of these problems have multiple parts.  It will usually be sufficient to work about one half of these unless you are having trouble with this type of problem in which case you should work more. You should try to work all of the problems at the ends of the chapters.  The links in the optional texts contain many extra problems with answers to test yourself.

Notes on Spectroscopy (Chapters 13-14)

Solving spectroscopy problems is a skill that requires practice. To be successful in this portion of the course it is essential that you practice problem solving. Unfortunately, the textbook contains an inadequate number of problems for you to become proficient in spectral interpretation. One way of obtaining additional problems is to use the Internet. The list of sites below offer you an opportunity to supplement the problems in our text. The list is by no means complete, and you may find other sites by searching "NMR practice" or browsing around chemistry/NMR/IR links.

(A nice site with a number of problems at several levels. As well as some helpful hints for solving NMR and spectral problems with answers)

(A handful of NMR problems with answers)

(A tutorial and solved problems.)



(no problems, but an extensive spectroscopic database of compounds. I often use this to obtain exam problems)

Approximate Exam and Lecture Schedule

Date                   Chapter                          Topic

Aug. 23,25,27,30, Sept. 1    13      Proton and Carbon NMR Spectroscopy

Sept. 3,8,10                        14      Determining the Structure of Organic Molecules     

Sept. 13,15,17,20                 15      Organometallic Reagents and Chemical Syntheses

Sept. 22                    13-15                    Exam 1

Sept. 24,27,29, Oct. 1                   17      The Chemistry of Benzene and its Derivatives

Oct. 4,6,8                           18      Nucleophilic Addition Reactions of Aldehydes and…

Oct. 11,13,15                       19      Addition-Substitution Reactions of Aldehydes and…

Oct. 18,20,22                      20      Addition-Elimination Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones

Oct. 25                     17-20                    Exam 2

Oct. 27,29,Nov. 1                21      Addition-Elimination Reactions of Carboxylic acids and…

Nov. 3,5,8,10                       22      The Acid-Base Chemistry of Carbonyl Compounds

Nov. 12,15,17                       23      The Nucleophilic Addition Reactions of Enolate Ions

Nov. 19                               24      Conjugate Addition Reactions Unsaturated Carbonyl…

Nov. 29                     21-24                    Exam 3

Dec. 1                                 25      The Chemistry of Polycyclic and Heteroarmatic Arenes

Dec. 3,6                              27      Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins

Dec 11                               1-27                     Final Exam