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Oct 19, 2019
To see a recording of yesterday's review session, Click HERE.
Oct 18, 2019
My completed versions of the notes for Resonance, Alkanes and Spectroscopy have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Oct 18, 2019
To see the new Quiz #8, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #8 is 6PM, Sunday Oct. 20th.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems etc., this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Oct 17, 2019
Practice exams are for practice, they are not for learning! You will not learn to do organic chemistry from the practice exams, the keys have no explanations, you can only learn from the homework site. If you are doing the practice exams instead of doing the homework then I am afraid that you are doing it wrong!
Oct 17, 2019
You are allowed to use a model kit in the test on Monday, HOWEVER, don't bring your full kit. Bring a pre-built cyclohexane with a couple of substituents on it that you can quickly alter, and/or two sp3 hybridized carbons with substituents on them that you can rotate for Newman projections. Don't try to assemble these in the exam, it will take too long and there will be atoms and bonds all over the floor!
Oct 17, 2019
Midterm #2 is this coming Monday, Oct. 21st. All Regular class students take the test in LS A-191, all hybrid students MUST go to PS H-152 to take the test. When you go to the exam room on Monday AM, do NOT SIT ON THE FRONT ROW. This row needs to be kept empty for students who arrive late, or they will be climbing all over everybody trying to find a seat.

There will be a pre-test review session tomorrow, Friday 3 - 5PM, in our regular classroom, LS A-191. Review sessions tend to be spent mostly solving problems rather than re-lecturing. The review session will be recorded and posted on the class website within a couple of hours of it ending.

The test will cover Resonance, Alkanes and IR spectrocopy, there will be NO NMR Spectroscopy on the test.

There are practice exams both on the homework site and on the class website, use those as a guide to how the tests work in this class.

Oct 11, 2019
The projector failed to work today in lecture, therefore, I had to record the lecture in my office. When this happens the recorded lecture is always shorter than the in-class lecture because I don't have to draw everything on the board, and so the recorded lecture today is short.  More...
Oct 11, 2019
The Current Points page has been updated AGAIN with your scores for quizzes 1 - 7, and also for midterm #1 after all regrades, Click HERE. This is an updated version compared to the one posted yesterday that has some more corrected midterm 1 scores. Please makes sure that you are looking at the latest version of this file, the one that indicates that it was updated on Friday October 11th. Note that regraded midterm #1 scores are summarized in this summary ONLY, I have not gone back to the original list on the exam scores pages to update those too, take the Current Points page as the definitive list of points. PLEASE CHECK FOR ANY ERRORS!  More...
Oct 10, 2019
To see the answer key for Quiz #7, Click HERE. There is NO QUIZ this week due to Fall Break!
Oct 10, 2019
The Current Points page has been updated with your scores for quizzes 1 - 7, and also for midterm #1 after all regrades, Click HERE. Note that regraded midterm #1 scores are summarized in this summary ONLY, I have not gone back to the original list on the exam scores pages to update those too, take the Current Points page as the definitive list of points. PLEASE CHECK FOR ANY ERRORS!  More...
Sept 29, 2019
To see the answer key for Quiz #6, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #7, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #7 is 6PM, Sunday Oct. 6th.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems etc., this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Sept 29, 2019
The results for midterm #1 are now posted on the Exam Scores page.  More...
Sept 27, 2019
Today's lecture has been posted in the Recorded Lectures page. For some reason the audio quality is not great for this lecture, turn your volume up loud!  More...
Sept 27, 2019
To see the new Quiz #6, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #6 is 6PM, Sunday Sept 29th.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems, have to work etc., or just forget to submit the quiz, this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Sept 22, 2019
Here is some information about an information sessions on a scholarship opportiunity you migth be interested in.

Summer Research Opportunities for STEM Undergrads – Oct 29 and Oct 30
The Office of National Scholarships Advisement will provide an overview of a range of summer research opportunities for high-achieving STEM majors, including the Amgen Scholars program, DAAD-RISE for research internships in Germany, NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, and the Boren Scholarships for foreign language study. Deadlines vary, but most are in December/January. Tuesday, Oct 29 at 4:30 pm in Honors Hall 242; and Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:30 pm in Honors Hall 242 – visit https://onsa.asu.edu/info-sessions to RSVP.

Sept 22, 2019
To see the answer key for Quiz #5, Click HERE.
Sept 21, 2019
To see a recording of today's review session, Click HERE.
Sept 15, 2019
There was a small error in Question 4 on the latest Quiz 5, this has now been corrected in the latest version of the quiz, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #5 is 6PM, Sunday Sept 22nd.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems, have to work etc., or just forget to submit the quiz, this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Sept 20, 2019
Midterm #1 is this coming Monday, Sept. 23rd. All Regular class students take the test in LS A-191, all hybrid students MUST go to PS H-152 to take the test. When you go to the exam room on Monday AM, do NOT SIT ON THE FRONT ROW. This row needs to be kept empty for students who arrive late, or they will be climbing all over everybody trying to find a seat.

There will be a pre-test review session Saturday 3 - 5PM in S A-191. Review sessions tend to be spent mostly solving problems rather than re-lecturing. The review session will be recorded and posted on the class website within a couple of hours of it ending.

The test will cover the first two sections of the notes Bonding I and Bonding II, there will be NO RESONANCE on the test.

There are practice exams both on the homework site and on the class website, use those as a guide to how the tests work in this class.

Sept 17, 2019
My completed version of the notes for Bonding II has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Sept 17, 2019
Midterm Exam #1 is Monday, Sept. 23rd, 7:30 - 8:30AM. The material for midterm 1 will be the first 2 sections of the notes, so no resonance on the midterm.
Sept 15, 2019
To see the answer key for Quiz #4, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #5, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #5 is 6PM, Sunday Sept 22nd.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems, have to work etc., or just forget to submit the quiz, this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Sept 15, 2019
The Current Points page has been updated with your scores for quizzes 1 - 4, Click HERE. Please check top make sure there are no errors, thanks!  More...
Sept 11, 2019
To see the answer key for Quiz #3, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #4, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #4 is 6PM, Sunday Sept 15th.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems, have to work etc., or just forget to submit the quiz, this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Sept 8, 2019
My completed version of the notes for Bonding I has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Sept 5, 2019
To see the answer key for Quiz #1, Click HERE.
To see the answer key for Quiz #2, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #3, Click HERE. The deadline for submission of Quiz #3 is 6PM, Sunday Sept 8th.

Remember, you are allowed to drop four quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have computer problems etc., this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Sept 5, 2019
The Current Points page has been updated with your scores for quizzes 1 and 2, Click HERE. Please check top make sure there are no errors, thanks!  More...
Sept 4, 2019
Today in class the projector refused to work, and so I had to give today's lecture on the whiteboard. Therefore I had to re-record the lecture in my office. When this happens I always find that the lecture in my office is shorter than 50 minutes, because I don't have to take time to erase the board etc. This lecture is now on the recorded lectures page.

It was a particularly annoying day to lose the projector since some of what we talked about today really need to be seen in 3-dimensions, via projector. I included this in teh lecture that I recorded at my desk, but for those in class, here are some short videos that show what we talked about today:
•  Tetrahedral Geometry
•  Trigonal Planar Geometry
•  Pi-Bonds and Anti-Bonds
•  Visualizing the sigma- and pi-bonds in ethylene using the HGS model kit
More...

Aug 30, 2019
To see Quiz #2, Click HERE.
You will not able to submit Quiz #2 until the deadline for Quiz #1 has passed which will be midnight tonight, Friday Aug 30th. Quiz #2 must be submitted by 6PM, Sunday Sept 1st. The deadlines for all quizzes for the rest of the semester will be Sunday at 6PM.
Remember, you are allowed to drop FOUR quizzes this semester and so if you are going out of town, have compter problems etc., this is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Aug 29, 2019
You can now submit Quiz #1, click the "Submit Quiz" link in the menubar at the top of this page. Quiz #1, a syllabus quiz, must be submitted by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday Aug 30th. After that, ALL quizzes will be due at 6PM each SUNDAY. To see how the quizzes work in this class Click HERE.
(Note, this video was for my spring 2019 class, but the instructions are identical for the fall 2019 class, but the dates you will see in this video are obviously incorrect).

Aug 26, 2019
The third lecture has been posted in the Recorded Lectures page. From now one I will not be announcing the posting of lectures, please just look on the recorded lectures page. Usually I post lectures the same morning that they are recorded,. but if I get busy it can take until the end of the day. If the lecture file is not there after 5PM felel free to send me an email to make sure that I haven't forgotten!  More...
Aug 27, 2019
The Quiz Submit link is now open, to see how the quizzes work in this class Click HERE.
(Note, this video was for my spring 2019 class, but the instructions are identical for the fall 2019 class, but the dates you will see in this video are obviously incorrect).
Quiz #1, a syllabus quiz, must be submitted by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday Aug 30th. After that, ALL quizzes will be due at 6PM each SUNDAY. I will post Quiz #2, which will be a chemistry quiz on soon.

Aug 27, 2019
To see Quiz #1, Click HERE.
Quiz #1 must be submitted by the end of the day FRIDAY Aug 30th (i.e. before 11:59PM). The quiz submission tab at the top of this page will not be functional until the middle of the day Thursday August 29th, i.e. after the drop/add deadline.
Aug 26, 2019
The second lecture has been posted in the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Aug 23, 2019
The first lecture has been posted in the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Aug 23, 2019
To see the introductory video for this course, Click HERE.
To see the video for this course with information specific to the hybrid section students, Click HERE.

Aug 22, 2019
There was a small typo on the syllabus that was posted this afternoon, the deadline for completion of the homework was given as December 4th, but it will actually be December 10th. Thanks to a student for bringing this to my attention.
Aug 22, 2019
The most important part of this course is the homework site, which is designed specifically for this class. To see a short video that shows you how to use the site, Click HERE.
Aug 22, 2019
The syllabus is now available, Click HERE to download a pdf version.
Aug 21, 2019
This class uses "gapped notes". You MUST buy a copy of these from the bookstore, they take the place of a textbook, which is not required for this class. Gapped notes from a previous semester WILL NOT WORK, since I tend to change them at least a little bit every semester.
Aug 21, 2019
The class has a Facebook page, click HERE.
Aug 21, 2019
This class does NOT use a textbook. This does not mean that you cannot use a textbook, by all means get one if you would like a reference book. A good book is Organic Chemistry by Paula Bruice, however, just about all of the organic chemistry textbooks are the same. Used older editions of textbooks are a just as good as the most recent editions and are available for just a few dollars on Amazon. It should be easy for you to find the appropriate reading and problems that relate to the material that we are covering in any textbook, although some textbooks do not cover pericyclic reactions, a second semester topic (the Bruice one does).

Many students will ask me if they should get the textbook. Unfortunately I am not able to give a satisfactory answer, since different students have very different needs. Some students really need to study from a textbook and appreciate learning a topic from a different perspective. Some students want a permanent textbook to study for the MCAT, for example. You have to make your own decision on this I am afraid. However, as mentioned above, I have found that most students in my classes tend not use the textbook.

This course does NOT USE A CLICKER, and you do NOT NEED the any additional books that might be recommended by the bookstore.

Note that the lab is a separate course, check your lab course website for requirements for that course.


Aug 21, 2019
A Molecular Model Kit, IS REQUIRED for CHM 233. The best kits are the HGS 1013Alpha kit and the HGS 1003Alpha kit. The HGS 1013Alpha kit is available at the ASU bookstore. The least expensive place to buy the 1013Alpha kit seems to be direct from the manufacturer.

Do not buy ANY OTHER MODEL KIT, in particular, the Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set For Organic Chemistry (or other kits like it), it makes pretty models but is terrible for CHM 233.

Aug 21, 2019
It is not possible for me to give an override into this class since I am not allowed to override the reserved seat assignments or the room capacity. If you really want to get into this class, come during the first week and be persistent in trying to register online. There will be a lot of drop/add activity during the first week, persistence usually pays off. Remember that the class is offered both in the regular onground lecture format and also as an online/hybrid version. Both classes are basically identical. If you are registered for the online/hybrid class you are welcome to attend lecture with the regular class.