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David Stuart
CH 335: Organic Chemistry II
Winter 2016
Portland State University
Chemistry 335
Organic Chemistry II – Winter 2016
Course overview:
The material we will cover in this course will expand on the concepts from Chemistry 334 and
rely on the fundamental aspects of structure and bonding in organic compounds and their relationship to
reactivity. Throughout the course an effort will be made to emphasize the relevance of physical organic
chemistry (thermodynamics and kinetics) on the (relative) reactivity of the functional groups we will
explore. Synthesis and the ability to combine multiple reactions in a sequence to deliver a target
compound is a practical expression of our knowledge of chemical reactivity, and in many cases a personal
expression of our creativity. This course will not be taught from a view point of synthesis, but rather we
will use synthesis to highlight the utility of the reactions that we have examined. We will cover Chapters
10 – 18 from Janice Smith’s Organic Chemistry 4th ed. and I look forward to exploring organic chemistry
with you over the winter term.
Instructor: Dr. David Stuart (dstuart@pdx.edu)
Head TA: Carolyn Virca (virca@pdx.edu)
Location and time:
Course: Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), room 1A001; MWF 11:15 – 12:20
Office hours:
o Monday 12:30 – 1:30 pm; CLSB breakout room behind the lecture hall with Dr. Stuart
o Tuesday 10:00 – 11:00 am; SB1 304 (PSU main campus) with Carolyn Virca
o Wednesday 12:30 – 1:30 pm; CLSB breakout room behind the lecture hall with Dr.
o Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 pm; SB1 304 (PSU main campus) with Carolyn Virca
Final exam: CLSB, room 1A001; Wednesday, March 16, 2016; 10:15 – 12:05.
Course material:
Textbook: Organic Chemistry 4th ed. by Janice Smith (chapters 10 – 18).
A molecular model kit is recommended and allowed during exams
This is your primary source of information for CH 335. There you will find much useful
information including a calendar of events (i.e., mid-terms), news items (i.e., announcements of handouts,
additional problem sets and additional office hours), contact information and office hours. There is also
plenty of important and content specific information under the “course content” tab. This includes the
syllabus as well as weekly breakdown of course material (including suggested end of chapter problems).
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I will open the discussion board so that you may also engage your peers with questions about the course
content. I encourage you to explore and consult D2L often.
Grades, Evaluation and Strategy:
Grades – the assignment of letter grades for overall percentage grades will be as follows: A
(>89.5%), A- (89.4 – 85.5%), B+ (85.4 – 81.5%), B (81.4 – 77.5%), B- (77.4 – 73.5%), C+ (73.4
– 69.5%), C (69.4 – 65.5%), C- (65.4 – 61.5%), D+ (61.4 – 57.5%), D (57.4 – 53.5%), D- (53.4 –
49.5%), F (<49.4%). The use of curve of the overall grades is at my discretion – do not count on
Evaluation – points toward the overall percentage grade are obtained from pre-class D2l quizzes,
in-class i-clicker questions, two midterm exams and a final exam. The individual contribution of
each to the overall grades is as follows: 32 points (D2l quizzes)a, 18 points (i-clicker questions)b,
50 points (midterm exam 1), 50 points (midterm exam 2), 100 points (final exam) c = 250 points
o aThere will be 9 D2l quizzes (1 for each chapter), with 4 questions, each worth 1 point. I
will drop your lowest quiz and I will count your 8 best quizzes for a maximum of 32
o bEach i-clicker question is worth 1 point and you only get a point if you get the answer
correct. Throughout the term I will ask more than 18 i-clicker questions so you will have
ample opportunity to obtain 18 points.
o cIf your final exam score (percentage) is better than either (or both) of your midterm
exam scores (percentage) it will replace the midterm scores in the calculation of your
overall grade. Because of this policy there is no make-up exam possible for midterm
or final exam.
Strategy – In order for you to have every opportunity for success in this course I strongly suggest
the following strategy.
o Read the suggested section of the text book before we cover the material in class.
o Do the D2l pre-class quizzes before the due date
o Attend all classes and participate in i-clicker questions
o Attempt the end-of-chapter questions in the back of the text book without simply looking
at the answers
o Attend office hours and ask questions if there are concepts that you do not understand.
Exam policy:
There will be two mid-term exams (see dates below) and a final exam during finals week. All
exams will be cumulative, though the mid-terms will place an emphasis on the most recent material.
Etiquette and academic integrity will be strictly enforced. Turn your cell phone off and put it away
before the exam starts. If your cell phone rings or your cell-phone is out your exam will be taken and
you will be graded for what you have completed. If you finish early you may hand in you exam and leave
UNLESS it is the last 10 minutes of the exam, then stay seated and wait for me to call the exam.
*Re-grades: if you feel that a question has been marked incorrectly or the points have been added
incorrectly, please stable a brief note to the front of your exam and hand it back to me at the NEXT
lecture (no re-grade requests will be accepted after this point). If you ask for a re-grade on a specific
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question you are opening up the whole exam for a re-grade and points that were awarded incorrectly will
be deducted. Also, please note that exams are photo-copied before they are handed back.
There are no make-up exams.
Email contact:
You should send all content inquiries to Head TA Carolyn Virca at (virca@pdx.edu). Please use
this subject line for all emails: CH 335 (specific subject here). Due to the large enrollment and large
volume of emails that Carolyn will receive, this formatting will ensure that she will see and reply to your
email. For administrative issues please contact me directly (dstuart@pdx.edu). I will answer emails on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am.
Incomplete policy:
The following is taken from the Portland State University Office of the Registrar
(https://www.pdx.edu/registration/grading-system). “The following criteria must be met for consideration
for assigning an Incomplete grade:
Quality of work in the course up to that point is C- level or above.
Essential work remains to be done. “Essential” means that a grade for the course could not be
assigned without dropping one or more grade points below the level achievable upon completion
of the work.
Reasons for assigning an I must be acceptable to the instructor. The student does not have the
right to demand an I. The circumstances must be unforeseen or be beyond the control of the
student. An instructor is entitled to insist on appropriate medical or other documentation.
Consultation must have occurred and a formal agreement must be reached between instructor and
Students with disabilities:
If you have a disability and require an accommodation to fully participate in this class, contact the
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD). If you have an OSWD Accommodation Plan, you should
make an appointment to meet with me to discuss your accommodations. Also, you should meet with me if
you wish to discuss emergency medical information or special arrangements in case the building must be
All University policies that pertain to course registration (and withdrawal), academic integrity, etc
will be strictly enforced. Please see the University Bulletin if you have additional questions.
Course schedule:
Please note that the course schedule is tentative and subject to change at my discretion to
facilitate the learning process. However, the mid-term dates are firm and will not change.
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Week 1 (Jan. 4 – 8)
Monday, Jan. 4th
Wednesday, Jan. 6th
Friday, Jan. 8th
Lecture (Introduction)
Lecture (Chapter 10; chapter 10 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 10)
Week 2 (Jan. 11 – 15)
Monday, Jan. 11th
Wednesday, Jan. 13th
Friday, Jan. 15th
Lecture (Chapter 10/11; chapter 11 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 11)
Lecture (Chapter 11)
Week 3 (Jan. 18 – 22)
Monday, Jan. 18th
Wednesday, Jan. 20th
Friday, Jan. 22nd
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (no class)
Lecture (Chapter 12; chapter 12 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 12)
Week 4 (Jan. 25 – 29)
Monday, Jan. 25th
Wednesday, Jan. 27th
Friday, Jan. 29th
Lecture (Chapter 12 and review for midterm 1)
Midterm #1
Lecture (Chapter 13; chapter 13 D2l quiz due)
Week 5 (Feb. 1 – 5)
Monday, Feb. 1st
Wednesday, Feb. 3rd
Friday, Feb. 5th
Lecture (Chapter 13/14; chapter 14 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 14)
Lecture (Chapter 14)
Week 6 (Feb. 8 – 12)
Monday, Feb. 8th
Wednesday, Feb. 10th
Friday, Feb. 12th
Lecture (Chapter 14)
Lecture (Chapter 15; chapter 15 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 15)
Week 7 (Feb. 15 – 19)
Monday, Feb. 15th
Wednesday, Feb. 17th
Friday, Feb. 19th
Lecture (Chapter 15 and review for midterm 2)
Midterm #2
Lecture (Chapter 16; chapter 16 D2l quiz due)
Week 8 (Feb. 22 – 26)
Monday, Feb. 22nd
Wednesday, Feb. 24th
Friday, Feb. 26th
Lecture (Chapter 16)
Lecture (Chapter 16/17; chapter 17 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 17)
Week 9 (Feb. 29 – Mar. 4)
Monday, Feb. 29th
Wednesday, Mar. 2nd
Friday, Mar. 4th
Lecture (Chapter 17)
Lecture (Chapter 18; chapter 18 D2l quiz due)
Lecture (Chapter 18)
Week 10 (Mar. 7 – 11)
Monday, Mar. 9th
Wednesday, Mar. 11th
Friday, Mar. 13th
Lecture (Chapter 18)
Lecture (Chapter 18)
Lecture (review; last class)
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