Chemistry Department University of Minnesota




T, W, Th, F 11:15 - 12:05 PM

325 Science Classroom Building

Spring Quarter 1998

Instructor: Prof. Christopher J. Cramer, 215 Smith Hall, 624-0859

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00 AM and Fridays 2:30 - 3:30 PM in Room 215 Smith Hall. Please feel free to make an appointment for a different time if you are unable to attend normal office hours.


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Texts: L. G. Wade, Jr. Organic Chemistry, Third Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc. J. W. Simek, Solutions Manual. Students will benefit from having a molecular models set--The Fleximodel Set is recommended and is available at the bookstore.

Exams: All exams will be conducted in 325 Science Classroom Building.

Exam I Friday, April 24 (week 4)
Exam II Friday, May 15 (week 7)
Exam III Friday, June 5 (week 10)

Final Exam: Tuesday, June 9, 4 PM to 6 PM in 325 Science Classroom Building. I will not give any early final exams under any circumstances. The only grades available to individuals missing the final exam are I or F/N.

Organic Tutorial Schedule: A tutor will be available in 101G Smith Hall, the hours will be announced during the first week of classes.

Grading Policies:

Final Grade: The final grade will be calculated as follows: 50% of the lowest hour exam score + 75% of the middle score + 100% of the highest score for a total possible score of 225 points from the hour exams. This weighting is designed to minimize the impact of poor performance on a single hourly exam while maximizing the impact of a stellar performance. The final will be worth 200 points and 2 group learning projects will be worth 50 points each. The grand total will be 525 points. The distribution of the final grades will be approximately 20% A's, 30% B's, 40% C's, and 10% less desirable grades.

Regrades: Regrades will be considered only up until the day of the next exam and only if the exam was taken in pen.

Exam Absences: No make-up exams will be given. The first missed exam with a valid excuse (i.e. note from a doctor, police officer, or judge) will be replaced by a pro rata share of the final exam. The second absence will be counted as a zero and averaged as such.

Policy for "I" Grades: An "I" grade will be assigned only when a prior arrangement has been made with the instructor. It will only be considered when the final exam cannot be taken and when work to that point has been deemed satisfactory. The "I" can be made up only be taking a regularly scheduled 3302 final exam in the following quarter. If the final is not taken and work in the course completed prior to that date is not satisfactory, an F or N grade will be assigned.

Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty: I rigorously adhere to the IT policy on scholastic conduct (IT Bulletin, p. 20). I sincerely regret that many of you will labor under the unfair suspicion generated by a very small percentage of the student community which regards cheating as an acceptable method for improving one's grade. In an attempt to minimize the effects of such conduct, all exams must be taken in pen, the student will sign the exam, test proctors will be authorized to move people during the exam without explanation, and we will randomly photocopy exams for use in subsequent regrades and to verify signatures.

Exam Files: The Chemistry Department maintains a file of exam copies for many of its undergraduate courses. Copies of exams for previous 3302 courses should be found in this file. This file is located in Smith Hall Room 101D. Old exams and answer keys can also be found on the web site.

Group Learning Projects: The first group learning project will be a practice exam in order to familiarize you with my problem writing style. It will be due on Friday, April 17th. The second group learning project will concentrate on some more difficult problems and will be due on Tuesday, May 26th.

How to Succeed in This Class: 0. Do problems from the book. 1. Briefly (10 minutes, max) scan the material before coming to class. I will assign reading weekly. 2. Do more problems from the book. 3. Participate in class. There will be many opportunities in which to do this; take advantage of them! 4. Reread the chapter carefully concentrating on the material discussed in lecture. 5. Do still more problems from the book. This is the only way to really learn the material and do well on the exams. I suggest problems from the text below and note those that could be skipped. Try to avoid using the answer key until you have tried your best to answer the question. 6. Use your group partners for studying. It frequently helps to have to explain to someone else how you got your answer and vice versa. 7. Do those last few problems from the book. 8. My office hours and the tutor hours are meant for you, use them as much as you need to.

Approximate Course Schedule

Group Learning Project Due (5/26)





Connect with 3301

Ethers and Epoxides



IR and MS, Alkynes



Alkynes, Conjugated Systems

Group Learning Project Due (4/17)



Conjugated Systems


Exam I (4/24)



Reactions of Aromatics



Ketones and Aldehydes



Carboxylic Acids

Exam II (5/15)



Carboxylic Acid Derivatives






Enols and Enolates

Exam III (6/5)


Recommended Problems: I recommend that you do as many problems as you possibly can. It is especially helpful to do the "in-chapter" problems as you are reading in order to reinforce the material. I have assigned "end-of-chapter" problems as it is sometimes difficult to figure out which problems are relevant to the material covered in class.

Chapter 10: 39, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 53

Chapter 13: 29(f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n); 32, 33, 34, 36, 39

Chapter 11: 16, 19, 21, 24, 12-45, 12-46, 12-47, 13-35, 13-42, 14-45

Chapter 14: 32, 34 (c, d, i, j, l, m), 35(a, i, h, j), 37 (a, b, e, f, g), 43, 45

Chapter 15: 26, 29, 30, 31 (a, b), 32 (a, b, c, d, f, i), 35

Chapter 16: 25 (b, c, d, e, g), 28, 29, 33, 34, 36, 39, 43, 44

Chapter 17: 43, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 54, 56, 59, 62, 63

Chapter 18: 36, 37, 40, 41, 42, 45, 46, 48, 51, 55, 58, 61, 63

Chapter 20: 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 42

Chapter 21: 44, 47, 48, 49, 52, 53, 56, 60, 65, 66, 67, 68

Chapter 19: 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60

Chapter 22: To be assigned if/when this chapter is reached.

Published by the Department of Chemistry.
Updated March 13, 1998, cjc
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