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Syllabus for Chemistry 252 - Fall 2015 (PDF version)

Course content:   "Continuation of CEM 251 with emphasis on polyfunctional compounds, particularly those of biological interest."

Lecture Times:     Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00–7:20 pm, room 138 Chemistry Building

Course Website:   http://www2.chemistry.msu.edu/courses/cem252/index.htm  


Instructors:

Professor Robert E. Maleczka, Jr.  
phone: 355-9715 x346
email: maleczka@msu.edu 
office hours:  Thursdays 10 am to 12 pm, room 540 Chemistry

Aaron Baker 
email: bakeraa1@msu.edu 
office hours: Tuesdays 12-2 pm; room 540 Chemistry

TA's:

Jonathan Dannatt  
sections: TBD
email: dannatt@chemistry.msu.edu 
office hours:  TBD

Jia Gao  
sections: TBD
email: gaojia1@chemistry.msu.edu 
office hours:  TBD

Chathurika Jayasundara  
sections: TBD
email: jayasun1@chemistry.msu.edu 
office hours:  TBD

Fangyi Shen  
sections: TBD
email: shenfang@chemistry.msu.edu 
office hours:  TBD

Course Secretary:

Ms. Nancy Lavrik
email: lavrik@chemistry.msu.edu 


Required Textx:  David Klein, Organic Chemistry, second edition, Wiley, 2013.  ISBN-978-1-118-45431-2


Recommended Text: David Klein, Student Study Guide and Solutions Manual to accompany Organic Chemisty, Wiley, 2013.  ISBN-978-1-118-64795-0




Dates
Planned Lecture Schedule*
Klein Reading Assignments
September 2
Course Intro /  Review of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Infrared, and Mass Spectrometry Chapters 15 and 16 (CEM 251)
September 9
Alcohols and Phenols Chapter 13
September 14 Alcohols and Phenols Chapter 13
September 16 Ethers and Epoxides Chapter 14
September 21 Conjugated Pi Systems  and  Pericyclic Reactions Chapter 17
September 23 Aromatic Compounds
Chapter 18
September 28 Aromatic Substitution Reactions
Chapter 19
September 30 Aromatic Substitution Reactions Chapter 19
Monday October 5
Exam 1 (Chapters 13–19)
100 pts
October 12 Aldehydes and Ketones Chapter 20
October 14 Aldehydes and Ketones Chapter 20
October 19 Aldehydes and Ketones Chapter 20
October 21
Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives Chapter 21
October 26 Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives Chapter 21
October 28 Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives Chapter 21
November 2 Alpha Carbon Chemistry: Enols and Enolates Chapter 22
November 4
Alpha Carbon Chemistry: Enols and Enolates Chapter 22
November 9 Alpha Carbon Chemistry: Enols and Enolates Chapter 22
Wednesday November 11
Exam 2 (Chapters 20–22)
100 pts
November 16 Amines Chapter 23
November 18 Amines Chapter 23
November 23 Carbohydrates Chapter 24
November 25 Lipids Chapter 26
November 30 Carbohydrates Chapter 24
December 2
Amino Acids, Peptides & Proteins Chapter 25
December 7 Amino Acids, Peptides & Proteins Chapter 25
December 9 Polymers Chapter 27
Monday December 14
(8:00–10:00 pm)
Final Exam (All inclusive)
200 pts

*The links will take you to the start of the related chapter in Professor William Reusch's Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry


Grading:

There will be two examinations given during the lecture period on the dates indicated.  These will count 100 points each.  Eight quizzes (25 points each) will be given in recitations.  You must take each exam and quiz in the lecture or recitation section in which you are enrolled.  Your total points and their relationship to your final grade will be determined as follows.

Two examinations = 200 points

Six Best Quizzes = 150 points

Final examination = 200 points


 
Points
Percentage
Grade
> 465
> 85 %
4.0
423 - 465
77 - 84 %
3.5
386 - 422
70 - 76 %
3.0
344 - 385
63 - 69 %
2.5
301 - 343
55 - 62 %
2.0
259 - 300
47 - 54 %
1.5
217 - 258
39 - 46 %
1.0
< 217
< 39 %
0.0



Recitations and Quizzes: Recitations and Quizzes begin September 9th. These periods will be devoted to answering questions, assisting students in problem solving, giving quizzes, and returning hourly examinations.  Since your recitation instructor keeps course records, it is critical that you know your recitation instructor's name and your recitation section number by the time of the first recitation/quiz.  For extra help, you may see any CEM 252 TA during scheduled office hours.  Please do not enter graduate labs at other times since dangerous chemicals are always present and potentially dangerous experiments may be in progress.

Quizzes must be taken in the section in which you are enrolled.  Quizzes for sections 1, 4–8, and 10 will cover material through the previous Wednesday’s lecture.  Quizzes for sections 2, 3, 9, 11, and 12 will cover material through the previous Monday’s lecture.  Note: The first quiz will also cover material from CEM 251 that should be considered general knowledge.


Section
Quiz Dates
Room
Section 1 (M 8:00 am)
Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 23, 30, Dec. 7
109
Section 2 (W 8:00 am):
Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 2, 9
111 BMB
Section 3 (W 1:50 pm):
Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 2, 9
183
Section 4 (M 11:30 am):
Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 21, 28
183
Section 5 (F 9:10 am):
Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 20, Dec. 4
110
Section 6 (M 11:30 am):
Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 23, 30, Dec. 7
109
Section 7 (F 3:00 pm):
Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 20, Dec. 4
110
Section 8 (M 9:10 am):
Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 23, 30, Dec. 7
323
Section 9 (Th 4:10 pm):
Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 3, 10
126
Section 10 (F 8:00 pm): Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 20, Dec. 4
110
Section 11 (W 9:10 am): Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 2, 9
323
Section12 (W 1:50 pm): Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 2, 9
085


Problem Assignments: Problem sets will not be graded.  However, exams and quizzes will be based upon the lecture material and upon principles and facts exemplified by the assigned problems.  Working problems is the single most effective effort you can make in learning organic chemistry; in fact, you cannot learn the material without working many such problems.  Furthermore the MSU Dept. of Chemistry web site also has many interactive problems, practice problems, and links to other web-sites that you may find helpful.


Chapter
Reading Assignments
Homework Problems
Chapter 13 Alcohols and Phenols TBD
Chapter 14 Ethers and Epoxides TBD
Chapter 17 Conjugated Pi Systems  and  Pericyclic Reactions TBD
Chapter 18 Aromatic Compounds TBD
Chapter 19 Aromatic Substitution Reactions TBD
Chapter 20 Aldehydes and Ketones
TBD
Chapter 21 Carboxylic Acids and Carboxylic Acid Derivatives  TBD
Chapter 22 Alpha Carbon Chemistry: Enols and Enolates TBD
Chapter 23
Amines TBD
Chapter 24 Carbohydrates TBD
Chapter 25 Amino Acids, Peptides & Proteins TBD
Chapter 26 Lipids TBD
Chapter 27 Polymers TBD


Announcements :

Please check this "announcements" link frequently as important information, course up-dates, and additional materials will be placed there as the course progresses.


Missed Exams :

No makeup exams will be given.*  If you miss an hourly examination due to religious holidays, unavoidable personal commitments, illness, etc., your course grade will be calculated by adding the point value (100 pts) of each missed exam to the Final Exam.  Thus, if you miss one exam, your Final Exam will count for 300 points; and if you miss two exams, your final will count for 400 points

Missed Quizzes:

No makeup quizzes will be given.* So as to accommodate all persons who must miss any exam or scheduled quiz due to religious holidays, unavoidable person commitments, illness, etc., we will allow each student to drop their two lowest quizzes.  (The dropping of these two quizzes is NOT meant to provide a means of excusing or minimizing poor quiz performance.)

*If you know you will have a conflict with the dates indicated above AND you let me know by September 8th, I will arrange for a makeup date.)


Regrading of Exams
and Quizzes:

Exams and quizzes will be returned only during the regularly scheduled recitation meeting following the exam or quiz. Any regrading requests must be made at that time to the recitation instructor by means of a note attached to the exam. No exam or quiz that has left the recitation room in possession of the student will be considered for regrading. The entire exam or quiz will be regraded over when a request for regrading is made.

Study Hints:

           We urge you to read the sections called "For Student: in the preface of the text.  We also want to emphasize a few points:

1. Organic chemistry in many ways resembles a new language. You cannot avoid quite a bit of memorization (both vocabulary and reaction types), and you must use your expanding knowledge to apply analytical thinking to problem solving.  Both mental feats are good practice for any profession to which you aspire.

2. To do well, you have to do a lot of writing - write formulas, write equations, so that you can write complex structure quickly. You cannot learn organic chemistry just by reading about it.

3. The best way to do well is to work problems, as many as you possibly can. We will assign some, and the quizzes will be based on them, but try to do as many others as you possibly can. You may consult other chemistry texts for additional problems. Furthermore the MSU Dept. of Chemistry web site also has many interactive problems, practice problems, and links to other web-sites that you may find helpful.

4. Attendance at lectures is not required, but experience shows that most people who do not attend regularly will not do well.

5. Organic chemistry is a cumulative subject. If you get behind at the beginning, you will get lost, because every new topic depends on what went before it.  So keep up to date; don't get behind.  The first quiz will revisit some CEM 251 material, much of which is essential to understanding and mastering the new information in CEM 252.  In this regard the immediate task at hand is to make sure you can recognize and illustrate the common functional groups shown on the last page of the text (inside the back cover).  You would also benefit from an immediate review of Chapters 15 and 16.

6. Plan on a minimum of 10 hours/week for study outside of class.


Supplemental Material:

Old exams are available. You may also find Professor Reusch's Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry helpfull. 

Class Conduct:

Professional, courteous, and ethical conduct is expected of all students at all times.  Likewise, diversity among students should be respected.  Finally, please turn off your cell phones before entering the class room.

Policy on Cheating:

Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of 0.0 for that test. In addition, a letter describing the incident will be sent to the chairperson of the Chemistry department, as well as that student's Department Chair, College Dean, and MSU's Office of the Ombudsperson.   In order to discourage cheating, we may make copies of some exams or quizzes.  These copies will be destroyed after the end of the semester.  Moreover, even the hint of impropriety will be investigated and at times original copies of test materials may be retained by the instructor and photocopies returned to students.