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May 6, 2018
The results of the final exam, and your final points total and your grade for the class are now posted in the "Your Points" page. Click HERE. REMEMBER TO HIT REFRESH ON THE POINTS PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION (it is a large file, it may load slowly).

Now that the final points have been posted there is no way for you to change them, there is no extra credit, no way of changing any points for any reason, please do not ask. I have personally regraded all of the final exams for all students who were within 30 points of the grade cutoffs. There will be no further regrades. The only exceptions are if there has been a serious data entry error. If you find one then send me an email asap.

It has not escaped my attention that several of you have points totals that are close to the cutoffs, however, I have already looked at your final exams and I am very sorry, there are just no more points for you to earn. If this is you, I understand your frustration and you have my sympathy, but please remember that the majority of students who earned the higher grade scored more than 100 points more than you did.

If you want to look at your final exam then I will be in my office over the summer, but not all of the time and I can't guarantee when I will be on campus and when I won't be. University rules state that you can look at the test but you cannot take it, I have to keep it for my records for 1 year.
You will also be able to look at your final exam at the beginning of next semester.

Many of you worked extremely hard in this class and I thank you for that. I very much enjoyed teaching this class this semester, it was an honor to work with you all, especially those who started this journey all the way back in August 2017.

I hope that you all have a great summer.

May 5, 2018
The Current Points page been updated with your scores for all of the quizzes, AND, all midterms after all regrades, and your homework points. Click HERE. Please check to make sure there are no errors. Regraded midterm scores are 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.

There was an error in the quiz points in the version of the points summary originally posted at around 8PM, that was fixed at 9:45PM, Saturday, so make sure you refresh the points page so that you are seeing the latest version. Any errors must be brought to my attention by the end of the day Sunday May 6th.
br> Please take a look at the scores and check for errors. Any errors must be brought to my attention by the end of the day Sunday May 6th.
br> The only additions to the points on the current points page will be the final exam

Once the final exams have been graded I will personally regrade the exams of every student who is within 30 points of one of the grades cutoffs, there will be no student requested regrades for the final, and no further regrade requests will be accepted for any earlier exam. I hope to post the final points and grades Sunday May 6th. Once I have posted these final grades they cannot be changed. If you are close to a grade cutoff and didn't make the higher grade it will not have escaped my attention, I will just not have been able to find the points on your final to get you there. Please don't ask me to reconsider your grade, I do not award grades, you earn them based on the points you received, I simply make sure that you haven't missed any points by regrading your final exam. So please don't send me emails asking me to reconsider a final grade assignment.

I am not allowed to give you your final exam, since I have to keep them for record-keeping purposes, but you are allowed to look at it. I will not have regular office hours now that the semester has ended and so I can't guarantee when I will be in my office, but you are welcome to try at any time if you only want to pick up your test. However, I won't have time to discuss your test with you. May will be extremely busy for me since I have a huge project due at the end of the month. Thanks for your consideration of these "rules".

Apr 28, 2018
Homework: All homework problems need to be attempted by the end of the day, 11:59PM, Wednesday May 2nd!
Apr 28, 2018
To see the final Quiz #14, Click HERE.
It is a survey quiz, free points :)
The deadline for submitting Quiz #14 is Sunday, Apr 29th, 6PM.

Apr 26, 2018
Honors contracts are due May 7th!
Apr 26, 2018
I will hold online office hours from 5PM - 6PM on Sunday April 29th. To access online office hours see the instructions at the bottom of the page, Click HERE.
Apr 26, 2018
There will be NO CLASS on Friday April 27th since I will be out of town.
Apr 26, 2018
We have reviewed some material in class this week, here are a couple of recorded review session that will cover the majority of the remaining material.

Review #1: Start at minute 50 or so, since we covered the material at the start of this review in lecture this week, Click HERE.

Review #2: We covered the material at the start of this review in lecture this week. Start at minute 33 is you want to review the Aldol and Claisen mechanisms, or start at 1 hr 22 mins or so if you can skip all of Enols/enolate, Click HERE.

Review #3: For a shorter review specifically on acids and derivatives and synthesis that is mentioned in Review #2, Click HERE.

Apr 26, 2018
My completed versions of the Amines notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Apr 20, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #12, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #13, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #13 is Sunday, Apr 22nd, 6PM.

Apr 15, 2018
The Current Points page has been updated again with your scores for the first 12 quizzes, AND, your points for the first midterm and second midterm exams after all regrades, Click HERE. Please check to make sure there are no errors.

The regraded midterm #1 and midterm #2 scores are 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.

Apr 15, 2018
Your final grade will be determined according to the following points summation:
midterm 1 + midterm 2 + midterm 3 + final exam + quiz points (after dropping the lowest four and normalizing to a maximum of 50) + homework points (normalized to a maximum of 50 for 800 problems attempted)

The final is out of 375 points and it is cumulative, see the previous post for more information on the final exam.

To receive all of the homework points you will to have "attempted" 800 problems. which means attempting to answer or self-reporting an answer, you get equal credit for getting the problem correct or incorrect. You can see how many problems you have attempted so far by selecting the "All" option under the Questions Tab on the homework site. The deadline for completing the homework problems is the end of the day, Tuesday May 1st.

Apr 15, 2018
You will have noticed that there are no practice exams for the final exam on the homework site this semester, I have these practice exams in the form of a pdf file instead, links are given below.

To access the four practice exams in a single pdf file, Click HERE
To access the answer keys in a single pdf file, Click HERE
To access the answer keys in html (web) format, Click HERE

Apr 15, 2018
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FINAL EXAM:
It used to be that my final exam was approx. 1 week after my last lecture, and then the final exam schedule changed a couple of years ago and now the final is the Monday after the last lecture. Curiously, the class didn't really do any worse on the final exam after the switch, which I think just reflects that students just switched around their study schedule. Nevertheless, the final does come up very quickly, and I think that you need to be preparing for it now, especially since we still have material to cover.

And so PLEASE try to find some time to get started on the homework for the final NOW. If you can get started early then you will have a much less stressful weekend before the final.

Material for the FINAL EXAM: The final will be roughly 50% material since the 3rd midterm and roughly 50% "greatest hits" from earlier in the semester, look at the old final exams and practice exams for guidance.

To study for the final I suggest that you focus primarily on the material since the 3rd midterm, since roughly 50% of the points will be on that material. Don't try to go back and study everything from before the 3rd midterm. Instead, Then I suggest going over the old final and practice exams and use those to guide you as to what material from earlier in the semester you need to work further on. You will find that just by using it you will have now learned a lot of what seemed difficult earlier in the semester!

If you have questions I suggest that you try asking them on the class Facebook group page, I like to answer questions there because then many people will see the answer instead of just one.  More...

Apr 15, 2018
My completed versions of the Carboxylic Acid and Acid Derivatives notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Apr 14, 2018
The results for midterm #3 are posted on the Exam Scores page.  More...
Apr 14, 2018
I apologize for the delay in updating the Current Points page, but it has finally been done, with your scores for the first 11 quizzes, AND, your points for the first midterm and second midterm exams after all regrades, Click HERE. Please check to make sure there are no errors.

The regraded midterm #1 and midterm #2 scores are 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.

Apr 12, 2018
My completed versions of the Enols/Enolates notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Apr 12, 2018
To see the new Quiz #12, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #12 is Sunday, Apr 15th, 6PM.

Apr 8, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #11, Click HERE.

Apr 7, 2018
To watch todays (Saturday) review session, click HERE.
Apr 6, 2018
To watch todays (Friday) review session, click HERE.
Apr 6, 2018
Midterm #3 is this coming Monday, Apr 9th. Material will be up to the end of enolizable hydrogen atoms, the first section of the enols/enolates homework. But the test will include organometals, Grignard reactions in particular, and so you might want to go back the the Midterm #1 problems on the homework site for exam-style practice with those problems.

There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first will be today, Friday Apr 6th, in H-152, 4 - 6PM. The second will be Saturday Apr 7th, 3PM - 5PM, also in H-152. Both will cover different material and both will be recorded.

Apr 5, 2018
Your quiz points have been updated to include all quizzes up to and including Quiz #10, the current scores are on the Current Scores page.  More...
Apr 5, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #10, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #11, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #11 is Sunday, Apr 8th, 6PM.

Apr 5, 2018
You will have noticed that there are no practice exams for midterm #3 on the homework site this semester, I have these practice exams in the form of a pdf file instead, links are given below.

To access the four practice exams in a single pdf file, Click HERE
To access the answer keys in a single pdf file, Click HERE
To access the answer keys in html (web) format, Click HERE

Apr 3, 2018
Midterm #3 is April 9th. The material for midterm #3 goes through to the end of the acidity of carbonyls, which is the first main section in the enols/enolates notes,

i.e. up to the end of page 4 in the enols/enolates gapped notes

up until minute 6 of Lecture #30 (Mar 30)

and including the first section of the enols/enolates homework.

Apr 1, 2018
The results for midterm #2 are finally posted on the Exam Scores page. Apologies for the extreme delay in getting these exams graded.  More...
Mar 30, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #9, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #10, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #10 is Sunday, Apr 1st, 6PM.

Mar 28, 2018
My completed versions of the Aldehyde/Ketones notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Mar 27, 2018
My completed versions of the Benzenes notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Mar 23, 2018
One of the TAs who was supposed to grade midterm #2 has fallen ill. For this reason it is very doubtful that we will be able to complete the grading by Sunday, as we usually do. I apologize, but it looks like I will have to return the test in class on Wednesday, or maybe even Friday of next week instead of Monday. Apologies.
Mar 21, 2018
To see the new Quiz #9, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #9 is Sunday, Mar 25th, 6PM.

Mar 19, 2018
In case any student had problems submitting Quiz #8 over the weekend, the quiz submit deadline has been extended to the end of the day, Tuesday March 20th.
Mar 16, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #8, Click HERE.

Mar 16, 2018
To watch todays (Saturday) review session, click HERE.
Mar 16, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #7, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #8, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #8 is Sunday, Mar 18th, 6PM.

Mar 16, 2018
To watch todays (Friday) review session, click HERE.
Mar 14, 2018
Midterm #2 is this coming Monday, Mar 19th. Material will be up to the end of aromaticity. But the test will include organometals, Grignard reactions in particular, and so might want to go back the the Midterm #1 problems on the homework site for exam-style practice with those problems.

There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first will be this Friday, in H-150, 3 - 5PM. The second will be Saturday 3PM - 5PM, also in H-150. Both will cover different material and both will be recorded.

Mar 14, 2018
You will have noticed that there are no practice exams for midterm #2 on the homework site this semester, I have these practice exams in the form of a pdf file instead, links are given below. In these practice exams you can ignore any question that asks you about nomenclature of substituted benzenes.

To access the four practice exams in a single pdf file, Click HERE
To access the answer keys in a single pdf file, Click HERE

Mar 13, 2018
My completed versions of the Conjugated Systems and Aromaticity notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 28, 2017
The School of Molecular Sciences has Scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students. To be eligible you need to be a chemistry or a biochemistry major. Applications are due by the end of the day March 2nd. Apply at the following link:
https://scholarships.asu.edu/scholarship-search

Feb 26, 2017
Today's Lecture is now on the recorded lectures page. In the lecture I talked about using your hands in a way that is not possible to see in the lecture recording. To see how to solve the problems the way that I described in lecture, take a look at the following short videos:
Electrocyclic Reactions: FMO Theory and "Fingers/Thumbs" Method
Electrocyclic Reactions Using Molecular Model
The Stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder Reaction

Feb 24, 2018
The quiz submit page still seems to be having problems fro some students, and so the deadline for quiz #7 will be pushed back until we find out what is happening. The new deadline will be the end of the day Tuesday Feb 27th. After 6PM today the quiz page will automatically set to the new Quiz #8, it will take until tomorrow to fix the deadline and allow Quiz #7 to be submitted until the end of the day Tuesday, and so if you can't submit the quiz try again tomorrow towards the end of the day, don't try this evening because because it will be expecting quiz #8. Don't worry, everyone will have a chance to submit quiz #7
Feb 24, 2018
The quiz submit system seems to be down, apologies. If it doesn't come back by tomorrow I will push bask the submit deadline for quiz #7. Thanks for your patience.
Feb 23, 2018
To see the new Quiz #7, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #7 is Sunday, Jan 25th, 6PM.

Feb 19, 2018
The stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder reaction is difficult to illustrate by drawings in paper, it is much easier done using a model. To see a short video that explains this using a model, Click HERE.

Feb 18, 2018
To see an important announcement, Click HERE.

Feb 18, 2018
The results for midterm #1 are now posted on the Exam Scores page.  More...
Feb 18, 2018
Apologies for the delay in getting to the quiz points this semester. They have now all been loaded onto the Current Points page. Please check to make sure there are no errors. The points for Quiz #6 were originally in error, they have been fixed as of 8:30PM, SUnday Feb 18th. Make sure that you see "This is the corrected version, posted 8:30PM, Sunday Feb. 18th." when you load the points page, if you don't see this hit refresh a couple of times until you do.  More...
Feb 18, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #6, Click HERE.

Feb 16, 2018
To see the new Quiz #6, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #6 is Sunday, Jan 18th, 6PM.

Feb 14, 2018
My completed versions of the Organometals and Ethers/Epoxides notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 14, 2018
Today's lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures page. I made a mistake on the last reaction on page 10, syn-addition to the alkene (hence my other in lecture, I couldn't see the mistake, I actually did anti-addition because I was thinking about something else, oops!). To see the correct product of that reaction, and the other 2 reactions at the end of that page, Click HERE. Please make sure that your notes have these reactions as in the linked picture file, not as in lecture today.  More...
Feb 11, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #5, Click HERE.

Feb 10, 2018
To watch todays (Saturday) review session, click HERE.
Feb 9, 2018
Old exams from Spring 2015 have been added to the Old Exams page for extra practice.  More...
Feb 9, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #4, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #5, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #5 is Sunday, Jan11th, 6PM.

Feb 9, 2018
To watch todays (Friday) review session, click HERE.
Feb 8, 2018
Midterm #1 is this coming Monday, Feb 12th. Material will be up to the end of alcohols, including alcohol dehydration with concentrated sulfuric acid, no organometals. You should ignore (for now) any problems on organometals on the practice or old exams.

There will be TWO pre-test review sessions, the first will be this Friday, 2PM-4PM, in PS H-153. The second will be Saturday 3PM - 5PM, again, also in PS H-153. Both will cover different material and both will be recorded.

Feb 8, 2018
My completed version of the Alcohols notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps. These notes include the extra pages on alcohol dehydration using concentrated sulfuric acid.  More...
Feb 5, 2018
The first part of today's lecture covered alcohol dehydration with concentrated acid. This is the topic that my CHM 233 class skipped last semester. I decided that we really needed to cover this topic and so I generated an extra page of gapped notes for this purpose. This page should be added to your notes at the end of the alcohols section. To access this page as a pdf file, Click HERE.
Today's lecture can be found on the recorded lectures page as usual.

Jan 25, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #3, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #4, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #4 is Sunday, Jan 4th, 6PM.

Jan 26, 2018
My completed versions of the Retrosynthesis and Alkynes notes have been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Jan 25, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #2, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #3, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #3 is Sunday, Jan 28th, 6PM.

Jan 19, 2018
Friday's lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures page. From now on, lecture postign will not be announced here, just look for the lectures on the recordings page  More...
Jan 18, 2018
To see the answer key to Quiz #1, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #2, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #2 is Sunday, Jan 21st, 6PM.

Jan 17, 2018
Today's lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures page. Apologies for the delay.  More...
Jan 16, 2018
You can now submit Quiz #1 using the Submit Quiz Tab above.

To see a short video showing how quizzes work in this class, click HERE. This video is for Fall 2017, but it is still valid. The deadline for submission of quiz #1 was originally the end of the day, Tuesday Jan 16th. But I forgot that Monday was a holiday, and so it will be changed to the end of the day Wednesday January 17th. So, the deadline for Quiz #1 is January 17th, not the 16th as in the syllabus. The deadlines for all other quizzes are the same as in the syllabus and will not change, Sundays at 6PM.

Jan 13, 2018
To see the first quiz, click HERE.

Do NOT ATTEMPT to submit the quiz yet, you will see a "you don't have access" message.

Quiz submission will open after the drop/add deadline, either Monday or Tuesday of this week, look for an announcement here. The deadline for submission of this quiz is TUESDAY, Jan 16th.

The deadlines for the rest of the quizzes this semester will be 6PM on Sundays as usual.
Jan 13, 2018
Well, this semester is starting as a comedy of errors! First we had the notes printing problem, then we were locked out of the classroom on Wednesday, and then today the projector didn't work and I had to use the Whiteboard! So I just found time to re-record todays lecture in my office, and it is now on the recorded lectures page, which is why it is late today. Again, as often happens, when I record a lecture in my office instead of in front of the class it is a bit shorter than the usual 50 minutes!  More...
Jan 12, 2018
You will have noticed that there are some differences between your gapped notes and the ones that I have been using to recored the lectures. I have found out what happened. Every year I tweak the lecture notes a bit, not a lot, but I make a few changes to improve things. One of the changes was to move one of the example synthesis problems, example problem 4 on page 5 of your notes, to a new position after the SN2 reactions. Unfortunately, the printer printed last years version of these notes rather than the new version that I have been using. They only did this for the first section of the notes, Retrosynthesis, the rest of them for the rest of the semester are the new notes. So that is why there was a difference, specifically why that problem was in a different position in the notes. Apologies for the, but we should be OK now for the rest of the semester.  More...
Jan 10, 2018
Well, as many of you know, the LS A0191 classroom was LOCKED this morning, which meant that I had to cancel class. I recorded the lecture in my office, and it is now posted as lecture #2 on the recorded lectures page. As often happens, when I record a lecture in my office instead of in front of the class it is a bit shorter than usual.  More...
Jan 8, 2018
The gapped notes are now available for purchase in the ASU bookstore.
Jan 8, 2018
The first lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 7, 2018
So there was a small typo on the syllabus I posted on here a couple of days ago, in the Schedule part (but not in the man part). The date for the 2nd midterm was given as February 13th, when in fact it will be February 12th. This typo is fixed on the syllabus that is posted on this site now, it will also be fixed on the hard copies of the syllabus I will distribute in class tomorrow.
Jan 6, 2018
If you did not take my first semester CHM 233 class, you may not have covered some of the radical bromination reactions that you need to know for this semester. I have a review lecture that covers these (and also elimination reactions) that you will probably find useful.
This review lecture has gapped notes, click HERE to download the notes. To watch the review lecture, click click HERE.

I also have review lectures on other topics that may not have been emphasized in your first semester class, each one has gapped notes:
Click HERE for basic principles and electron energies. The gapped notes for this review lecture, are HERE.
Click HERE for basic principles and Lewis acid/base Reactions. The gapped notes for this review lecture, are HERE.
Click HERE for Resonance. The gapped notes for this review lecture, are HERE.
Click HERE for reaction Energy/Coordinate Diagrams. The gapped notes for this review lecture, are HERE.

Jan 5, 2018
To see the first quiz, click HERE.

The deadline for submission of this quiz is TUESDAY, Jan 16th, this is AFTER the drop/add deadline. Because this class doesn't use Blackboard, I have to wait until after the drop/add deadline to make sure that the class roster is settled. DO NOT CLICK the SUBMIT QUIZ tab or attempt to submit this quiz UNTIL ANNOUNCED ON HERE THAT QUIZ SUBMISSION IS OPEN, which will probably be on Tuesday Jan 16th.
Jan 5, 2018
The class has a Facebook group page. I understand that not everybody likes to use Facebook, but this group has been quite successful in the past, Facebook allows very easy access, and when I ask the class if we should move away from Facebook the answer is always no. And so I encourage you join and to ask questions there, since everybody gets to see the answers, which therefore makes the questions useful to the entire class. Click HERE to access the group.
Jan 5, 2018
The syllabus is the same for both the regular/onground and the hybrid classes. To get a copy of the syllabus and class schedule, 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. The gapped notes will be delivered to the Bookstore on January 8th, so call ahead to make sure they are there before you go to buy them. If you go on Tuesday January 9th they will definitely be in stock. To get a copy of the first few pages of the gapped notes that should last for the first 1 - 2 lectures, click HERE

Jan 5, 2018
This class does NOT use a textbook. Textbooks are good for reference, but I strongly believe that they are not very good for teaching and learning. Your lecture notes should give you all of the information you need, and you can only learn organic chemistry by doing organic chemistry, not by reading it in a textbook. This class places a lot of emphasis the homework site, this is where you do organic chemistry and this is where you learn organic chemistry.

You do, however, need a copy of the Gapped Notes, see above.

Jan 5, 2018
Welcome to a new semester! The first class is Monday, Jan 8th. I will distribute hard copies of the syllabus and a small version of the gapped notes that should last 1 or 2 lectures. The gapped notes should be available in the ASU bookstore on Monday Jan 8th, but you might want to check before you go. They should definitely be there by Tuesday Jan 9th.

I will not go over the syllabus/policies in class on Monday, most of you will know these from the first semester class.
Instead I made a video introduction to the class, click HERE
To see a video with information specific to the HYBRID class, click HERE
To see a video showing how the gapped notes work, click HERE
To see a video showing how the homework system works, click HERE

Do NOT attempt to submit the first quiz until you see an announcement on this web page.

I look forward to working with you all this semester!