DOC - Ocean County College

CHEM 283 Organic Chemistry Syllabus
Dr. Patricia Demko
Course Number and Title: CHEM 283 Organic Chemistry I
Catalog Description: This is the first course in a two-course sequence exploring the structureactivity relationships of functional groups. Course topics include nature of the covalent bond,
alkenes, alkenes, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and functional group chemistry. The
laboratory work consists of basic separation and purification, and synthetic organic laboratory
Fall 2012
Office - HIER 233
Phone - 255-0400 ext. 2202
e-mail [email protected]
Office Hours: Mon 11-12:40, Tues. 10-10:50, Thurs 8:30 – 9:20, Fri 10-10:50
Other Meeting Times: To arrange a meeting with your instructor in addition to the regularly scheduled
office hours, please contact your instructor directly or contact the Department of Science (Phone: 732255-0378/ Email [email protected]).
Required Text:
Organic Chemistry, 8th ed. by John McMurry
OWL access code
Techniques in the Organic Laboratory by Pavia, Lampman, Kriz & Engel
Laboratory Notebook (with duplicate pages) and Safety Glasses/Goggles
Specific Course Learning Objectives:
1) Draw and interpret Lewis structures, line-bond structures of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes,
alkynes, alkyl halides, ethers, and alcohols using IUPAC system oof nomenclature.
2) Determine hybridization, bonds, bond angles, geometry, polarities, and dipole moments of organic
3) Draw, interpret, and compare relative stabilities of acyclic alkane conformations.
4) Draw, interpret, and compare relative stabilities of cyclic alkane conformations.
5) Describe acids and bases in reactions, identify components in a reaction and compare relative
acidity and basicity of organic compounds.
6) Distinguish conformational isomers, constitutional isomers, geometric isomers, enantiomers,
diastereomers, and meso compounds.
7) Distinguish reaction types, use kinetics to elucidate reaction mechanisms, and use reaction energy
diagrams to illustrate reaction mechanisms.
8) Draw reaction mechanisms.
9) Describe SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reactions, predicting reactivities, and reaction products.
10) Devise syntheses including steps, reagents, and products including regiochemistry and
General Education goal(s) addressed by this course:
X 1. Independent thinking
X 5. Science & Social Science
9. Global Perspective
X 2. Communication
6. Aesthetic Appreciation
10. Health & Well Being
X 3. Problem Solving
7. Historical Consciousness
11. Civic Responsibility
8. Diversity
12. Technology
13. Lifelong Learning
4. Ethical Judgment
LAB - The lab experience is a REQUIRED part of the course. Students are expected to attend all
scheduled lab meetings. After the 3rd lab absence the student will be administratively dropped from the
course. If the 3rd lab absence occurs after Nov. 7 (last day to withdraw with W grade), the student will
receive an F grade for the course.
Grading Scale
(90 - 100)
(80 - 89)
(70 - 79)
(60 - 69)
(< 60)
Tentative Topical Outline
Lecture Topics
Structure & Bonding
Polar covalent bonds; acids & bases
Laboratory Experiment
Orientation & Microscale
Solubility & molecular modeling
Melting point
Organic reactions, mechanisms
Molecular modeling &
TLC & functional groups
Alkenes; structure, nomenclature
Alkene synthesis & reactions
Alkene synthesis & reactions
Alcohol dehydration
Alkene addition
Organic synthesis
Hydroboration of an alkene
Alkyl halides
Alkyl halide reactivity
Solvent effects
Synthesis of n-butyl bromide
Nucleophilic substitution (SN1 & SN2)
Synthesis of t-pentyl chloride
Elimination (E1 & E2)
Williamson ether synthesis
Statement of Plagiarism: Students should refer to the student handbook and review Policy #5180.
Statement about Civility: Respect the rights of other students by observing unnecessary talking, use of
cell phones and beepers. Everyone is expected to be on time for every session. [See]
Evaluation of student:
50 % - Tests (3)
15 % - Final Test
12 % - Lab Mid-term
13% - Lab Final
10 % - OWL Assignments
INFORMATION LITERACY: Library and/or Internet research will be a component of this course.
Campus Resources and Services: Tutoring is available [a] in the Writing Center for writing assignments
in all subject areas, not just English courses, and [b] in the Mathematics Tutoring Center. Tutoring
information for all other subjects can be found on the Tutoring page on the college website. In addition,
Study Strategy Seminars are scheduled each week and are posted on the college website under
“Academics.” More information on college services can be found by using the A-Z index on the college
website (for example, under “T” for Tutoring or under “S” for Study Strategy Seminars).
Statement of Accommodation: If there is any student in this class who has special needs because of
learning disabilities or other kinds of disabilities, please feel free to come and discuss this with me or a
staff member in the Center for Academic Excellence.
Disclaimer: Individual faculty members may make reasonable changes to this course outline exclusive of
course requirements, course calendar, and grading procedures.
All individuals should not assume that anything received, sent, or stored in this course or in any course is
private. Students’ written work, assignments, and test results may be used anonymously for college
assessment purposes. Course content, support materials, and communications (including chats,
discussions, emails, and any other forms of communication) may be used for quality assurance purposes
by authorized college administrators.
Important Notes
Ocean Cruiser is the official email communication for students at OCC
([email protected])
Failure to pay for this course may result in your being dropped for non-payment.