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Aug 29, 2016
So, my web person who can fix the quiz problem seems to be out of town today, and so I can't fix it so that you can submit Quiz #2. Therefore, I will push back the deadline for Quiz #2 until 6PM WEDNESDAY August 31st.

Apologies, it isn't usually like this, we normally have a working quiz system, we have an unfortunate series of events this semester.

Thanks for your patience!

Aug 28, 2016
A little late, and I apologize for this, but you can obtain a pdf version of the class gapped notes for use on an iPad or equivalent instead of buying the hard copy at the bookstore. If you would like to get the pdf version, click HERE.
Aug 28, 2016
Now that we are into the semester properly, it will be useful to revisit the homework site and remind you how it works and what its purpose is. For a short video on this, click HERE.
Aug 28, 2015
The wonderful start to the semester continues with another technical problem. I was unable to record the review session yesterday, the recorder software was changed over the summer, nobody told me, you know....

BUT, the equivalent review session I recorded at this time last year addresses much of the same material, conversions between line-angle and condensed formulas etc., and is basically just as relevant, and so to see that one, click HERE.

Normal service will be resumed next week! By the way, thanks to everyone who came and those who attended "online" yesterday, was a great turnout for a Saturday so early in the semester!

Aug 27, 2016
THE QUIZ SUBMIT PAGE won't be fixed today, the deadline for Quiz #2 is now officially extended until TUESDAY, August 30th, 6:00PM, apologies for the inconvenience.

Also, question 7 on the quiz involves stereoisomers, which I had forgotten that we hadn't covered when I posted it, and so question 7 will be pulled from the quiz, submit any answer, A, B, C or D are it will be graded correct.

AND, question #6 is ambiguous, and so it will ALSO be pulled from the quiz, again, answer A, B, C or D, all will be graded correct.

Quiz #3 will be error and problem free, I promise!

Aug 27, 2015
Unfortunately I was unable to record the review session today, Tomorrow I will record something equivalent and post it here, look for an announcement.
Aug 27, 2016
THE QUIZ SUBMIT PAGE IS BROKEN, WE ARE TRYING TO FIX IT, IF IT IS NOT FIXED BY TOMORROW I WILL PUSH BACK THE SUBMIT DEADLINE FOR QUIZ #2, APOLOGIES FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!
Aug 26, 2015
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Aug 27th, will take the form of a review session, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. It will be held in PS H-132. Sometimes the doors to the PS building are locked on the weekends, but usually one of the doors on Palm Walk are open, and I will try to remember to open the doors at the end of H-wing. The review session will be recorded in the same way as the lectures, and posted online later in the day.

You can also watch the review session "live" over the internet using Adobe Connect, click HERE. Login to the Connect site as a guest.

The subject of the review session will be organic structures.

Aug 26, 2016
Reminder, Quiz #1 is due today, 11:59PM. For additional instructions on how to submit the quiz and how quizzes work in his class, click HERE.
Aug 24, 2016
The Quiz Submit link is now open, all student should be able to submit quizzes. For instructions on how to do this, click HERE.

Quiz #1 is due before 11:59PM, Friday August 26th. Quiz #2 is due 6PM Sunday August 28th. If you are unable to submit a quiz for any reason, please don't ask me to submit it for you, I will not be able to since the quiz system automatically switches over to the new quiz. This is what the dropped quizzes are for.

Aug 24, 2016
To see Quiz #2, click HERE. Quiz #2 is the first chemistry quiz. The deadline for submission of Quiz #2 is 6:00PM, Sunday August 28th. The Quiz Submit page will open TOMORROW, Thursday August 25th, look for an announcement on this page. When the Quiz Submit link opens you will be able to submit Quiz #1 (see below), and after the Quiz #1 deadline (11:59PM, Friday August 26th) you will be able to submit Quiz #2. You will be able to submit the quizzes as many times as you like until the relevant deadline.
Aug 24, 2016
The third lecture has now been posted on the Recorded Lectures page. From now on I will not post an announcement about lecture posting, please just check the recorded lectures page for new lecture postings.  More...
Aug 22, 2016
The second lecture has now been posted on the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Aug 20, 2016
Information on honors contracts for this class have now been posted.  More...
Aug 19, 2016
As mentioned in the syllabus video, I have office hours on Saturday afternoon all semester EXCEPT, tomorrow, Saturday August 20th, since I have another commitment. Normal Saturday service will resume next week.
Aug 19, 2016
The homework site is NOW operational, access the site via the Homework button/link at the top of this page. For information on how to use it, Click HERE. If you tried to register already and got sent to the wrong site, don't worry, when the new site is activated you can register for the new site using the login and password you already created.
Aug 19, 2016
The first lecture has now been posted on the Recorded Lectures page.  More...
Aug 18, 2016
Quiz #1 has been posted, Click HERE. It is a syllabus quiz. The deadline for submission of Quiz #1 is 11:59PM, Friday August 26th, HOWEVER, you will not be able to submit the quiz until after the drop/add deadline, so please don't click the Submit Quiz link above, it will not work until I make an announcement here and/or in class.

Quizzes will be posted here, on the main page, as pdf files as above for Quiz #1. You work on the quiz on your own and submit the answers via the Quiz Submit link above (after it is activated). More details about quiz submission will be provided later.

Aug 18, 2016
To get a copy of the syllabus for this class, click HERE.

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. If you need a "starter" copy of the notes for the first lecture or two, you can click HERE to download them. This short set will only last 1 - 2 lectures, after that you will need your own copy of the complete set.

Aug 18, 2016
For a video introduction to the class, the syllabus and how everything is supposed to work this semester, click HERE. This introduction is relevant to BOTH the regular/onground and also the online/hybrid students.

For a video introduction specifically for online/hybrid class students, click HERE.

Aug 18, 2016
The class has a Facebook page, click HERE.
Aug 16, 2016
This class does NOT use a textbook. In the past when I have required or recommended a textbook most students reported that they never used it. This does not mean that you cannot use a textbook, of course, by all means use a textbook if it helps you to learn. A good textbook is Organic Chemistry 7th Edition, by Paula Bruice, however, just about all organic textbooks are the same, you could use any of them as a reference, and used older editions of textbooks from Amazon are a fantastic deal. For example, I have see a 5th edition of the Bruice textbook on Amazon for just a few dollars. It should be fairly 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.

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


Aug 18, 2016
A Molecular Model Kit, IS REQUIRED for CHM 233. The best kit is the HGS 1013/1013A Organic Chemistry Set for Students (click here). This kit is available from the bookstore. There is a more sophisticated version of the HGS kit, 1003 Organic Chemistry set C, however, the less expensive 1013 version works well enough for CHM 233. An HGS kit is available from Amazon, for ca. $20. Do not buy the Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set For Organic Chemistry (or other kits like it) (click here), it makes pretty models but is terrible for CHM 233.
Aug 18, 2016
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.