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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!