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Apr 9, 2020
Lecture #32 has just been posted, apologies for the delay in getting this one posted.  More...
Apr 6, 2020
Reminder, the completed version of the notes are available under the "Lecture Material > Notes" tab.  More...
Apr 6, 2020
Today's lecture (# 31) has just been posted.  More...
Apr 4, 2020
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 5th, 6PM.
Apologies, I found TWO errors in the quiz as originally posted, in question numbers 1 and 3. These have now been fixed as of 7:40PM, Saturday April 4th. The corrected version of the quiz has this blue text: "this is the corrected version of this question" at the start of questions 1 and 3. Please make sure that you are working with the corrected version of the quiz.

Another update: There was STILL an error in Question 1 (aargh!) I have uploaded a second corrected version of the quiz at 9:40PM, Saturday. Make sure your quiz has the final versions of questions 1 and 3. To see the final version of Question 1, Click HERE. To see the final version of Question 3, Click HERE.

Apr 4, 2020
Today's lecture (# 30) has just been posted.  More...
Apr 4, 2020
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 5th, 6PM.

Apr 1, 2020
Today's lecture (# 29) has just been posted.  More...
Mar 30, 2020
Today's lecture (# 28) has just been posted.  More...
Mar 27, 2020
Today's lecture (# 27) has just been posted. Apologies for the background hiss in this lecture, I will try a new microphone system for the next lecture.  More...
Mar 27, 2020
To see the answer key to Quiz #8, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #9, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #9 is Sunday, Mar 29th, 6PM.

Mar 25, 2020
Today's lecture (# 26) has just been posted.  More...
Mar 24, 2020
The Current Points page been updated with all quizzes up to and including Quiz 8, and your midterm #1 scores after all regrades, Click HERE. The regraded exam scores have NOT been updated on This Page, but ONLY on the Current Points page, HERE

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Mar 23, 2020
Because of the way that the online exam has to be setup. it will extend into the time set aside for office hours on Monday morning. For this reason, office hours on Monday March 23rd have to be cancelled.
Mar 21, 2020
The second midterm will not be proctored. If I use a system that requires a microphone or webcam there will be students who insist they don't have a webcam, or don't have the bandwidth to run a remote proctoring system etc. it will be a nightmare, therefore, the test will have to be "open book". Not ideal, and not how the course, homework and practice tests were originally setup, yet here we are!
Mar 20, 2020
Today's lecture (# 25) has just been posted. The end of this lecture (it is a short one) represents the end of the material for the midterm exam.  More...
Mar 19, 2020
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 22nd, 6PM.
Sunday Mar 22nd is also the deadline for submitting the practice exam.

Mar 19, 2020
The material for the midterm #2 exam will be everything up to the end of the Aromaticity section of the notes, and the corresponding homework sections up to the end of aromaticity.

There will obviously be no live review sessions, but I have 2 that are pre-recorded.
To watch a review session on mainly Organometals and Ether reactions, Click HERE.
To watch a review session on mainly Conjugated Reactions and Aromaticity reactions, Click HERE.
If you find any benzene nomenclature on any practice material, you can ignore it, that will not be on the test

Mar 19, 2020
Chad McAllister will continue to hold weekly help sessions using Zoom, on Thursdays at 3:30pm. To join these use the following link: https://asu.zoom.us/j/7284077393.
Mar 18, 2020
To see how the exams will work using the Canvas site, Click HERE.
Mar 18, 2020
Today's lecture (# 24) has just been posted.  More...
Mar 16, 2020
Today's lecture (# 23) has just been posted, apologies it was so very late, today has been drama filled as you might imagine, and as they current Director of the School of Molecular Sciences I have been trying to deal with the chaos all day.

I will try to get the rest of this week’s lectures posted a lot quicker than the one today.  More...

Mar 16, 2020
The School of Molecular Sciences Learning Resource Center (the LRC) in the Physical Science H-Wing is closed for the next 2 weeks at least. You can still get help from the LRC during their normal hours, M-Th 8:00am – 9:00pm and F 8:00am - 4:30pm online via Slack channels. Too see instructions on how to do this, Click HERE (pdf file).
Mar 15, 2020
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
Ignore any benzene nomenclature questions you see in these practice tests, benzene nomenclature will not be on the next test.

Mar 15, 2020
As you all know by now, this class will be going fully online starting Monday Match 16th. I will record lectures in my office and post them online slater in the day as usual. Most of you already do the class this way anyway.

Office hours will be online at the usual times using zoom, the link is: https://asu.zoom.us/j/3171298485

There will still be an exam next week, it will be free response in the same format as all exams in this class. Instructions on how we will do this will be distributed later in the week. We will use the method used in all fo our fully online classes.

Mar 6, 2020
There is no quiz this week, enjoy the break!
Mar 2, 2020
Apologies, there was an error in the quiz 6 score that was posted yesterday, this has now been corrected on the new Current Points page, make sure you are seeing the Version that was updated on March 2nd (blue text at the top), Click HERE.

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Mar 1, 2020
The Current Points page been updated with all quizzes up to and including #7, Click HERE.

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Feb 28, 2020
Lecture #19 has been posted, it was cut a little short because the battery in my iPad died, apologies!  More...
Feb 28, 2020
To see the answer key to Quiz #6, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #7, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #7 is Sunday, Mar 1st, 6PM.

Feb 23, 2020
The results for midterm #1 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Feb 21, 2020
To see the answer key to Quiz #5, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #6, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #6 is Sunday, Feb 23rd, 6PM.

Feb 15, 2020
To see a recording of today's review session, Click HERE.
To download the file, Click HERE.

Feb 14, 2020
To see the answer key to Quiz #4, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #5, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #4 is Sunday, Feb 16th, 6PM.

Feb 14, 2019
Material for the first midterm: The first midterm will cover everything from the Elimination reactions we started the semester with to the end of the Alcohols section of the notes. However, the tosylates section of the Alcohols notes, Section 6.3, is deleted, and, there will be no multistep synthesis problems that involve alcohol reactions that appear ONLY in the Alcohols section of the notes (reactions that include alcohols from previous sections or from first semester organic could be included in multi-step synthesis problems). These problems have been removed (moved to non-credit) on the homework site. There are NO ELIMINATION questions on the practice exams, but MAKE SURE that you know how to solve elimination problems of the kind given on the homework site!

There will a pre-test review session on Saturday Feb 15th, 3PM - 5PM. I was unable to reserve a classroom, so please meet OUTSIDE PS H-150. If H-150 is in use we will use one of the other H-Wing classrooms. The review session will be recorded and posted on the class website.

Feb 14, 2020
The Current Points page been updated with all quizzes up to and including #4, Click HERE.

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Feb 13, 2020
The Current Points page been updated with all quizzes up to and including #4, Click HERE.

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Feb 7, 2020
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, Feb 9th, 6PM.

Feb 7, 2020
The projector was broken in the classroom on Wednesday, Feb 5th and so I was not able to record my lecture. I finally found time to record an alternate lecture late last night, it is now posted. Apologies for the inconvenience.  More...
Jan 31, 2020
To see the answer key to Quiz #2, Click HERE.
To see the new Quiz #3, Click HERE.
The deadline for submitting Quiz #2 is Sunday, Feb 2nd, 6PM.

Jan 24, 2020
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 26th, 6PM.

Jan 24, 2020
We occasionally do education research experiments in these classes, and we will run one this semester. You are all invited to participate.

To participate you will complete TWO surveys, one now and one at the end of the semester.

We are interested in understanding what you feel about the lecture course and organic chemistry learning in general. The surveys are not too long, they should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete it. If you agree to participate in this project by completing BOTH surveys and agreeing to allow us to use your class data for analysis, you will receive 10 points extra credit. If you participate, you will be anonymous in the study. We are not interested in individual students, we are only interested in the overall class trends.

To complete the FIRST survey, CLICK HERE. You MUST complete this survey before the end of the day, Sunday, January 26th in order to each class credit. Once you start the survey, don't stop to take a long break, since you may be timed out and you will not receive the proper credit.

To earn the extra credit points you will also ned to complete a corresponding survey at the end of the semester, I will remind you of that closer to the time.

I thank you for participating in this project, the goal is to learn how to teach organic chemistry better!

To see the video version of this message, Click HERE.

Jan 23, 2020
The video for lecture #4 has finally been posted on the recorded lectures page. Apologies for the delay!  More...
Jan 23, 2020
The projector was broken in the classroom yesterday, Jan 22nd and so I wad not able to record my lecture. I will record a replacement lecture and post it hopefully later today. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Jan 20, 2020
Quiz submission is now open, the Quiz Submit link should now work! To see Quiz #1, Click HERE.

To see a short video showing how quizzes work in this class and how to submit your quiz, Click HERE.

The deadline for submission of Quiz #1 is 11:59PM, Wednesday Jan. 22nd. Note that this is one day later than given in the original syllabus. 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.

Jan 17, 2020
The third video lecture has been posted on the recorded lectures page. From now on I will not be posting an announcement on here when teh video file is posted. The video file is usually posted towards the end of the day the lecture is recorded.  More...
Jan 12, 2019
This class does have quizzes, however, To see Quiz #1, Click HERE.
Quiz #1 must be submitted by the end of the day WEDNESDAY January 22nd (i.e. before 11:59PM). HOWEVER, the quiz submission link at the top of this page will not be functional until Tuesday January 21st, i.e. after the drop/add deadline, and it will not open until around the middle of the day, I will post an announcement here. And so you should do the quiz and then be prepared to submit it next Wednesday but do NOT try to submit it before next Wednesday since the roster will not be loaded and the link will not work.
Jan 16, 2020
The gapped notes for the spring CHM 234 semester will be delivered to the ASU bookstore on Monday Jan 20th, and will be available for you to pick up on Tuesday Jan 21st. You should bring them to class on Wednesday Jan 22nd since we will start to use them on that date.
Jan 16, 2020
The first two video lectures for Lecture 1 on Monday and Lecture 2 today, Wednesday, have been posted on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Jan 12, 2020
Apologies, I found that I had to make some changes to the gapped notes that will be required by those students who did NOT take CHM 233 with me in the fall, to get the latest version of these notes, Click HERE.

Make sure that you have the pdf file "halidesS2020Eliminationsg.pdf", not the pdf file "halidesS2020Eliminationsg.pdf", if you already printed the older file I apologize!

Jan 8, 2020
The class website is now open, please take a look at the following videos for more information on how the course works:

Click HERE to See How the homework site works (from Spring 2019 but still valid for this semester)

Click HERE to see How the gapped lecture notes work

Click HERE for an Introduction and How the class works (from Spring 2019 but still valid for this semester)

Click HERE for Additional information for online/HYBRID class students (from Spring 2019 but still valid for this semester)

Jan 8, 2020
This second semester class will start in an unusual way for me. Last semester we got quite a bit behind and we didn't finish the substitutions/eliminations section of the notes, we covered substitutions but not eliminations. Therefore, before we start the normal material for CHM 234, we need to finish off the eliminations section of the notes from CHM 233. Those students who took my CHM 233 class last semester, you will use the CHM 233 gapped notes you have for this, please BRING THEM TO CLASS on Monday Jan 7th! On the first day of class we will do a very quick review of substitutions and then get into the gapped elimination notes you already have.

The students who were NOT in my fall CHM 233 class will NEED A COPY of the gapped notes for elimination, to get a copy of these, Click HERE.

For the rest of the semester, ALL students will need a copy of the CHM 234 gapped notes, these are now available for purchase at the ASU bookstore.

I will bring hard copies of the Elimination Reaction gapped notes for those students who were not in my Fall CHM 233 class, but it will be more convenient for you if you can bring your own copies.

Jan 8, 2020
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 notes for the first few lectures are NOT part of the gapped notes package, to get a copy of these, Click HERE, or, if you were in my Fall 2019 CHM 233 class, you can use your CHM 233 gapped notes.

Jan 8, 2020
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.