CHEMISTRY 332 - Western Illinois University

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CHEMISTRY 332 Syllabus Spring Semester 2013


Course Description: Further study of organic chemistry with an emphasis on multi-step synthesis. Organic reaction mechanisms and spectroscopic methods for identification of unknown compounds will also be emphasized. Laboratory includes synthetic methods, mechanistic studies, chromatography, and organic qualitative analysis.

Prerequisite (strictly enforced): CHEM 331 or CHEM 330 (C grade or better) 3 hrs. lect.; 3 hrs. lab.

The Course Objectives:

• Develop your understanding of organic reactions and mechanisms that you learned from CHEM 331 to learn many synthetically useful reactions.

• To appreciate the dependence of molecular properties on that bonding and structure

• To know the role of organic chemistry in society and in everyday life.

• To study structure and reactions of naturally occurring compounds

• To understand spectroscopic and related techniques to determine the structure of organic molecules and the ability to logically apply the techniques to solve simple molecular structures

• To develop practical laboratory experience in modern organic chemistry including reaction techniques, synthesis schemes, and spectroscopic measurements

• To coordinate this knowledge and utilize it substantially and effectively in future courses and endeavors


Attendance: My expectation is that you will attend all classes, read the text, do the assigned work, and complete all quizzes and exams. Study of organic chemistry is very “cumulative” in nature; i.e., each topic (in fact, each lecture) builds upon the material discussed and mastered during the previous class. Students who repeatedly miss lectures do it at the risk of failing the course. Attendance for the laboratory sections is required. Please see the “grading scheme” to see the minimum number of points required for the laboratory portion of this course to get a passing grade.  

Required/Recommended Texts & Materials:


Organic Chemistry (10th Edition) by Solomons & Fryhle (Required)

Organic Chemistry: Study Guide & Solutions Manual by Solomons & Fryhle (Recommended)

Introduction to Organic Laboratory Techniques: A Microscale Approach

by Pavia, Lampman, Kriz, and Engel (5th edition, 4th edition will also work)

HGS Molecular Model Set (Recommended)

Laboratory Notebook (Carbonless Copy Sheets, Required)

Students will be required to buy safety glasses to work in the lab. Use of lab apron is also encouraged

Course Instructor: Dr. T. K. Vinod Currens Hall 438-A 298-1379

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Meeting Times: 8.00-8.50 AM; M,W, F in Currens 203. Laboratory meets on Tuesdays/Thursdays in Currens 431

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10.00 AM-11.30 AM, or by appointment



And Grading: The tentative letter grade breakdown for the course is given in the table below. Please note that you will need a minimum grade of C or higher for this course to enroll in other courses that require CHEM 330 as a prerequisite. Please click on the “grading scheme” link in the lecture schedule for January 14

|Letter Grade |%Points (+) | |% Points (-) |

|A | |100-90 |>90 - 85 - 80 - 75 - 70 - 67 - 64 - 60 - 57 - 54 - ................

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