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Mar 24, 2017
To see the new Quiz #9, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Mar 26th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #8, Click HERE.

Mar 18, 2017
Both yesterday's and today's review sessions are on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Mar 16, 2016
The second midterm is this coming Monday, March 20th. Material for this midterm will cover everything up to the end of the Aromaticity section of the notes, no Benzene nomenclature or reactions.

There will be two pre-test review sessions. The first will be Friday, 3PM - 5PM in PS H-150. The second will be Saturday, 3PM - 5PM, also in PS H-150. The topics will be different for the 2 sessions. Both will be recorded but neither will be broadcast live, since I can only do that from PS H-132.

Mar 16, 2017
The recording of yesterday's lecture was lost due to a computer problem. I have now re-recorded this lecture, it is now on the recorded lectures page, thanks for your patience.  More...
Mar 15, 2017
To see the new Quiz #8, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Mar 19th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #7, Click HERE.

Mar 15, 2017
My completed versions of the Conjugated Systems and the Aromticity 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 14, 2017
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
To access the answer keys in html (web) format, Click HERE

Mar 1, 2017
There is NO Quiz this week due to Spring Break!

There will also be no Office Hours/Review session this Saturday since I will be out of town, not will there be one the following Saturday either. Instead, here are a series of Reviw Sessions that cover a lot of the material we talked about the Conjugated Section of the Notes:
Review Video: Conjugated Reactions and Kinetic/Thermodynamic Control
Review Video: A Specific Worked Kinetic/Thermodynamic Control Problem
Review Video: Diels-Alder Reactions
Review Video: FMO Theory and Pericyclic Reactions
ENJOY YOUR BREAK!

Mar 1, 2017
Today's Lecture is now on the recorded lectures page. In the lecture I talked about using your hands and other visual things that are 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 25, 2017
Today's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 25, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Feb 25th, 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 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", click HERE. If you do this you will need to download the "zoom" app, but this is quick and painless. As you can tell we will be using Zoom for live review sessions this semester, this Saturday will be the first attempt, I can't guarantee success first time! WARNING! The first time you launch Zoom it will default to broadcast to the shared meeting whatever your computer webcam is showing, so make sure that you don't mind people seeing what you webcam sees! You can turn your webcam and microphone off after you join if you like, but you can also use your microphone to ask questions.
The subject of the review session will be epoxides and kinetic vs thermodynamic control.

Feb 24, 2017
Apologise, Question #8 in Quiz #7 has an error, therefore, enter any answer for Question #8, all answers will be considered correct.
Feb 23, 2017
To see the new Quiz #7, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Feb 26th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #6, Click HERE.

Feb 21, 2017
Yesterday's Lecture is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 20, 2017
The in-class projector broke today and so I had to use the whiteboard instead of the computer. This means that I will have to re-record today's lecture, I will post it sometime Tuesday Feb. 21st. Apologies for the delay.
Feb 19, 2017
The results for midterm #1 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Feb 19, 2017
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 18, 2017
Today's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 18, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Feb 18th, 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 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", click HERE. If you do this you will need to download the "zoom" app, but this is quick and painless. As you can tell we will be using Zoom for live review sessions this semester, this Saturday will be the first attempt, I can't guarantee success first time! WARNING! The first time you launch Zoom it will default to broadcast to the shared meeting whatever your computer webcam is showing, so make sure that you don't mind people seeing what you webcam sees! You can turn your webcam and microphone off after you join if you like, but you can also use your microphone to ask questions.
The subject of the review session will be practicing C-C bond forming reactions with the emphasis on Grignard reactions.

Feb 17, 2017
Apologies, the quiz is very late this week!
To see the new Quiz #6, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Feb 19th, 6PM.

Feb 12, 2017
Today's Second Review Session for the midterm is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 12, 2017
To see the answer key to Quiz #5, Click HERE.

Feb 11, 2017
Yesterday's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 10, 2017
My completed version of the Alcohols notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 9, 2017
FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO LEARN ALL OF THE REAGENTS?

1. Solve as many homework problems with a list or lists of the reactions spread out in front of you so that you don't continually get stuck, you really need to do as many homework problems as possible, and getting stuck is very bad.

2. Use the reaction lists to help you solve the homework problem, if you still can't do it, don't be afraid to look at the answer, this is part of learning JUST SO LONG AS YOU PROPERLY RECORD THAT YOU NEED TO GO BACK AND TRY THAT PROBLEM AGAIN (i.e. either the system records incorrect for you, or you hit the button that says "I need more practice", or you "star" the problem).

3. When doing the homework you should be writing as much as possible on paper as you work, for example, don't just enter the reagents in the reagents box in the question screen, write them out on paper before you do that, and ESPECIALLY, write them out on paper again if you get the problem wrong.

4. In the process of doing this you will find that you are learning at least the more common and simple ones (think about NBS/light, everybody knows that one!), but some of the more tricky ones with non-obvious reagents you will still struggle with, don't be afraid of that, you should expect that.

5. THEN, go to the lists of reactions and COVER UP the reagents and see how many you get correct, if correct then you are done with that reaction, make it so, if incorrect then you are not done, mark it incorrect, for most people some will be correct and some will be incorrect. Try to go through only the incorrect ones again and try to "get" them, but don't make any reaction correct unless you are SURE about it.

6. Then go back to the problems and repeat the cycle until a few hours before the exam, then power memorize the remaining incorrect ones!

Feb 9, 2017
To see the new Quiz #5, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Feb 12th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #4, Click HERE.

Feb 8, 2016
The first midterm is this coming Monday, February 13th. Material for this midterm will cover everything up to the end of the Alcohols section of the notes, no Organometals.

There will be two pre-test review sessions. The first will be Friday, 3PM - 5PM in our classroom, LS A-191. The second will be Saturday, 3PM - 5PM, also in our classroom, LS A-191. The topics will be different for the 2 sessions. Both will be recorded but neither will be broadcast live, since I can only do that from PS H-132.

Feb 6, 2017
Chemistry and Society
The School of Molecular Sciences with CLAS is sponsoring a public presentation and discussion on water and water quality. Dr. Pierre Herckes of our School will talk about the recent crisis in Flint Michigan and water quality issues in our own State.

What impacts drinking water quality?

Join us as we explore where our water comes from and what journey it takes to get to our tap – from rivers through treatment to the faucet. As we grapple with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, we seek to determine how decisions based on science, not politics, can prevent future water contamination and crises across the country.

What’s the quality of our drinking water? And how can cities and water suppliers keep our water safe?

This lecture will feature a short presentation on what impacts drinking water quality, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with local experts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 7 p.m., ASU Marston Exploration Theater

The event is free but you must register, Click HERE

Feb 5, 2017
I just realized that question #5 on the quiz asks you to distinguish between strong electron donating substituents and weaker electron donating substituents, and I told you that you wouldn't have to do that for the first midterm. And so, Q5 is deleted from the quiz, submit any answer for that question, all will graded correct.
Feb 5, 2017
Yesterday's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Feb 4, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Feb 4th, 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 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", click HERE. If you do this you will need to download the "zoom" app, but this is quick and painless. As you can tell we will be using Zoom for live review sessions this semester, this Saturday will be the first attempt, I can't guarantee success first time! WARNING! The first time you launch Zoom it will default to broadcast to the shared meeting whatever your computer webcam is showing, so make sure that you don't mind people seeing what you webcam sees! You can turn your webcam and microphone off after you join if you like, but you can also use your microphone to ask questions.
The subject of the review session will be practicing recent material, especially new alcohol reactions in the context of synthesis.

Feb 4, 2017
My completed version of the Alkynes notes has been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Feb 2, 2017
To see the new Quiz #4, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Feb 5th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #3, Click HERE.

Jan 30, 2017
If you are interested in doing an honors contract for this class, I have finally decided what these should be.  More...
Jan 28, 2017
Today's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 14, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 14th, 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 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", click HERE. If you do this you will need to download the "zoom" app, but this is quick and painless. As you can tell we will be using Zoom for live review sessions this semester, this Saturday will be the first attempt, I can't guarantee success first time! WARNING! The first time you launch Zoom it will default to broadcast to the shared meeting whatever your computer webcam is showing, so make sure that you don't mind people seeing what you webcam sees! You can turn your webcam off after you join if you like.
The subject of the review session will be practicing synthesis with making C-C bonds.

Jan 23, 2017
To see the new Quiz #3, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Jan 29th, 6PM. The quiz system has been reset properly and so that when you go to the quiz submit page you will enter your answers to Quiz #3 on the Quiz #3 page, i.e. the way it is supposed to work!
To see the answer key to Quiz #2, Click HERE.

Jan 23, 2017
Your quiz score for quiz #2 has been added to The Current Points page, Click HERE.
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Jan 23, 2017
This semester we are inviting all of you to participate in a chemical education project. We want to understand the factors that contribute to success in organic chemistry so that we can learn how to teach the subject better. To participate in the project you must complete TWO surveys, one at the start of the semester (the link is below) and another (much shorter one) at the end of the semester.

If you participate in the project you will receive 1% of the available class points as extra credit towards your grade.

Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous, if you choose to participate you can withdraw at any time. If you do not wish to participate and still want to earn the 1% extra credit you can do so by sending an email to Dr. Gould who will supply you with some questions to answer essay-style instead. To access the start of semester survey, click HERE. To participate you MUST COMPLETE THIS START OF SEMESTER SURVEY by the end of the day Friday Jan. 27th, i.e. 5 days from now. We thank you for helping us to learn how to teach better.

The survey should take you 10 - 15 minutes to complete. After submitting the survey you should see a message thanking you for participating and asking you to logout. ONCE YOU START THE SURVEY PLEASE TRY TO FINISH IT WITHIN 30 MINUTES OR SO, DON'T LEAVE IT FOR A WHILE AND RETURN OR THE SYSTEM WILL TIMEOUT AND YOU WILL GET A DIFFERENT MESSAGE SAYING THAT YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT THE SURVEY! If this happens to you, you can just reopen the survey from the link provided above and do it again, but you will have to submit answers to all of the questions again, sorry, that is just the way our system works!
Jan 21, 2017
Today's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 21, 2017
My completed version of the Retrosynthesis notes ha been loaded on the lecture notes page. You can use these to make sure that your notes have no errors or gaps.  More...
Jan 21, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 21st, 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 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. Unfortunately, live "broadcast" on the web still doesn't work, I hope to get it working by next week.
The subject of the review session will be reactions and more synthesis.

Jan 21, 2017
The Quiz Submit system has become a little confused, when you go to submit your Quiz #2 you will see that it is asking for Quiz #3 (and you will also see the Quiz #3 deadline of 1/29/17). Ignore this and just go ahead and submit you Quiz #2 answers anyway, I will sort it out on Monday. The deadline for submission of Quiz #2 is still 6PM Sunday Jan 22nd.
Jan 19, 2017
Your quiz score for quiz #1 has been added to The Current Points page, Click HERE.
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Jan 19, 2017
To see the new Quiz #2, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Jan 22nd, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #1, Click HERE.

Jan 17, 2017
the Quiz Submit page is now open. To watch a short video on how quizzes work in this class, click HERE.

The deadline for submission of Quiz #1 is 11:59PM, tomorrow, Wednesday Jan 18th. The deadlines for submitting quizzes for the rest of the semester will be 6PM Sunday just about every week (check the schedule in the syllabus).

There are no dropped quizzes, there is no mechanism for submitting any late quizzes, and there are no excuses for missing any quiz. The lowest 4 quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the semester, to allow for legitimate problems with travel, internet access. please do not ask me to accept a late quiz, I have no mechanism for submitting a late quiz for you.

Jan 14, 2017
Today's Review Session is now on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 14, 2016
Office hours today, Saturday Jan 14th, 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 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", click HERE.
The subject of the review session will be practicing synthesis.

Jan 11, 2017
The second lecture is now on the recorded lectures page. From now on I will not make an announcement about this, I will just post the lectures.  More...
Jan 11, 2017
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 9, 2017
The first lecture is now on the recorded lectures page  More...
Jan 1, 2017
Welcome to a new semester! The first class is Monday, Jan 9th. 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 ARE now in the ASU bookstore.

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!

Jan 1, 2017
To see the first quiz, click HERE.

The deadline for submission of this quiz is WEDNESDAY, Jan 18th, 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 ATTEMPT TO SUBMIT THIS QUIZ UNTIL ANNOUNCED ON HERE THAT QUIZ SUBMISSION IS OPEN, which will probably be on TUESDAY Jan 17th.

Jan 1, 2017
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 1, 2017
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. 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.

Jan 1, 2017
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.