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May 7, 2017
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 (this is by now a large page, give it TIME to load). REMEMBER TO HIT REFRESH ON THE POINTS PAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SEEING THE LATEST VERSION - Last Updated MAY 7th.

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. The only exceptions are if there has been a serious data entry error, if you find one then send me an email asap. 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.

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.

You will be able to pick up your final exams almost any time, I should be around campus most days during the summer, I just can't promise to be in my office at any particular time, you may want to call ahead to make sure I am there.

Many of you worked extremely hard in this class and I thank you all for that. I very much enjoyed teaching this class and working together with you all since last August, which seems like such a long time ago! I hope that as many of you as possible enjoyed learning organic chemistry. Even though I know that most of you will forget many of the facts pretty quickly (there is nothing wrong with this, this happens naturally when you stop using any information), I think that you will remember the basic ideas and principles for quite some time. I hope that you grew to appreciate that organic chemistry is something that can be understood, not just memorized. I also hope that the learning strategy you needed to succeed, i.e. learning by DOING, is something that you will find useful in other classes.

Please now enjoy your summer and I wish you all the best of luck in your future careers.

May 7, 2017
To see the final exam, Click HERE.
To see the final exam answer key, Click HERE.

May 3, 2017
All points, except those for the final exam and the homework, have now been loaded onto the Current Points page, Click HERE (make sure you are seeing the page that says last Updated May 3rd).

All of your points from quizzes, surveys and midterm exams after all regrades etc are included. Note that the regraded exam scores have NOT been updated on exam results pages, but only on the Current Points page, HERE

The only additions/changes to these points now comes from the final exam and the homework, unless there are data entry errors. PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO ERRORS. Errors must be brought to my attention by the end of the day, Saturday May 6th. Apart from data entry errors, there will be no further regrades of any midterm exams or changes to any other points, please don't ask.

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. I hope to post the final points and grades on Sunday May 7th. 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.

You will be able to pick up your final exam if you like from my office during the summer. I will not have office hours and 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, I have a very busy summer ahead of me. Thanks for your consideration of these "rules".

Apr 29, 2017
Today's Review Session is on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 29, 2017
Yesterday's Review Session is on the recorded lectures page. To see the answer to the mechanism problem I left you with at the end of the review session, Click HERE  More...
Apr 28, 2017
To see the FINAL Quiz #14, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 30th, 6PM. It is a survey quiz, all answers to all questions will be graded as correct (free points!).
To see the answer key to Quiz #13, Click HERE.

Apr 27, 2017
My completed versions of the Acid Derivatives and 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 27, 2017
The deadline for completing the 700 homework problems in order to receive full credit is the end of the day, Friday May 5th, the Friday after the day of the final exam. Remember, to receive credit for a problem you only have to have attempted it, you do not necessarily have to get the answer correct. Of course, we hope that you will be able to find the time time to go back and re-try those that you got incorrect, since you can only prove to yourself that you will get all of the points on a test if you can go BACK and get it correct, understanding why you got it wrong the first time is not enough.
Apr 27, 2017
Well, the site that streams the lecture videos is an external commercial site and it seems to be down, at least temporarily, and so I am loading the lecture videos onto Youtube, there will be new links on the regular Recorded Lectures page. I have Lecture #40 on there right now, and I will work backwards to probably lecture #35 or so, but it will take a while to load them all so thanks for your patience.  More...
Apr 27, 2017
The final exam is this coming Monday, May 1st. Material for this exam will be roughly 50% since the last midterm and roughly 50% from earlier in the semester. The earlier material will be "greatest hits" type, i.e. nothing very picky, for example Grignard reactions, Diels-Alder reactions etc. Look at the 3 previous exams and also the 3 practice tests to see what kind of material from earlier in the semester is likely to be covered rather than trying to go back and re-learn everything.

There will be two pre-test review sessions. The first will be Friday, 3:00 - 5:00PM in PS H-152. The second will be Saturday, 3PM - 5PM, also in PS H-152. 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.

Apr 25, 2017
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 24, 2017
For the Fall 2017 semester the School of Molecular Sciences is almost certainly going to need TAs for organic chemistry. If you are interested I urge you to submit an application at the following link: https://sms.asu.edu/about/employment-opportunities
Apr 24, 2017
Today's lecture could not be recorded due to a projector problem. I have recorded a version of this lecture, it is now on the recorded lectures page, thanks for your patience.  More...
Apr 24, 2017
At the beginning of the semester you were invited to take part in a chemical education project that involved completing TWO surveys. If you participate in the project you will receive 1% of the available class points as extra credit towards your grade. To receive this extra credit you MUST complete both surveys. If you did not complete the first survey you will not earn the extra credit even if you complete the second survey. I do not have easy access to the records from the start of the semester, and so I can't tell you if you completed the first survey or not.

To access the END of semester survey, click HERE. You will need to login using your ASUrite ID as usual. The deadline for completing the survey is 11:59PM, SUNDAY Apr 30th, the day before the final.

Please consider competing the end of semester survey even if you don't think that you need the extra credit, all of the data is very useful to us, Ara and I thank you for participating in this project.

NOTE: This is NOT the usual end of semester class evaluation you received from the School of Molecular Sciences, that is SEPARATE! You ONLY receive the extra credit if you complete THIS SURVEY by clicking the LINK ABOVE, not the class evaluation one! If you did not complete the start of semester survey it is too late, you can not earn the points.

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!
Apr 22, 2017
The Quiz Submit system has become confused, it thinks that you are supposed to be submitting Quiz #14. Go ahead and submit Quiz #13 anyway even though it says Quiz #14, I will sort it all out later.  More...
Apr 22, 2017
Today's Review Session is on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 21, 2017
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Apr 22nd, will take the form of a review session, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, NOTE, ONE HOUR LATER THAN USUAL. 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.
The subject of the review session will be acids, derivatives, chemistry and synthesis.

Apr 21, 2017
To see the new Quiz #13, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 23rd, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #12, Click HERE.

Apr 21, 2017
If you are making videos to complete an honors contract for this class, these must be completed and sent to me by the end of the day, Friday May 5th. If I do not receive your videos by that date I will assume that you have chosen not to complete the contract. I am afraid that I won't have time to check with you all individually because there are too many of you, THANKS!
Apr 20, 2017
My completed versions of the Enols/Enolates and the Carboxylic Acids 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 17, 2017
There is a Section at the end of the homework problems called "Cumulative Problems" that contains extra practice problems on various topics, all of these questions are just for extra practice. In the mechanisms subsection there are 8 simple mechanism problems related to acid and base catalyzed keto/enol tautomerization and hydrate formation that EVERYONE should be able to do easily.

One of the Sub-categories in this Cumulative Problems section is "Simple Synthesis". Multi-step (retro)synthesis is hard because the strategy is difficult and there are also a lot of reactions to know. There will be two kinds of synthesis problems on the final exam. The first includes all of the major reactions we have learned this semester. The second kind will include only a "minimal set" of reactions, that everybody should know. The idea here is these problems test your synthesis problem solving skills rather than your ability to learn a lot of reactions.

There are two parts to this "minimal set: of reactions, the first are a set of basic functional group interconversions, the second includes the most basic carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, i.e. the Grignard and acetylide reactions. To see the list of functional group interconversions, click HERE. To see the list of C-C bond forming reactions, click HERE.

Examples of these "simple" problems can be found on the old exams and practice exams and also in the "Simple Synthesis" problems in the last section on the homework site.

A summary of the rest of the reactions that could be encountered on the final exam, including all of those we have covered since the 3rd midterm, is provided HERE. This third category of reactions could be encountered in any kind of problem on the final. Note that I assume some common sense when using these summaries, these are the reaction TYPES that could be encountered in exam questions, you are supposed to be able to transfer knowledge of these reactions into different contexts.
Apr 17, 2017
The Current Points page been updated with all quizzes up to and including #12, and all midterm #2 scores after all regrades, Click HERE. There was an error on the answer key for Question 3a, and 2 points were removed from many tests in error. Therefore, I have added 2 points back to the midterm #2 scores for EVERYBODY. If you requested a regrade for Question #3a, these are the 2 points you got back for that question. The regraded/updated exam scores for midterm #2 have NOT been updated on This Page, only on the Current Points page, HERE

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Apr 16, 2017
The results for midterm #3 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Apr 16, 2017
Question 1 on Quiz 12 - The structure assignments are supposed to say "Electrophile/Lewis ACID" and NOT "Electrophile/Lewis base".  More...
Apr 15, 2017
Today's Review Session is on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 14, 2017
Office hours tomorrow, Saturday Apr 15th, 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.
The subject of the review session will be enols, enolates, acidity and reactions.

Apr 14, 2017
To see a short video showing how to solve Aldol reaction problems without doing the entire mechanism, Click HERE.
To see a short video showing how to solve Claisen reaction problems without doing the entire mechanism, Click HERE.

Apr 14, 2017
To see the new Quiz #12, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 16th, 6PM.

Apr 10, 2017
Friday's lecture is finally on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 9, 2017
To see the answer key to Quiz #11, Click HERE.

Apr 8, 2017
Today's review sessions is on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 8, 2017
Apologies, Question #8 in Quiz #11 requires information from the lecture on Friday and so is deleted from the quiz, all answers for that question will be taken as correct.
Apr 7, 2017
To see the new Quiz #11, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 9th, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #10, Click HERE.

Apr 7, 2017
Today's review sessions is on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 5, 2017
The third midterm is this coming Monday, April 10th. Material for this midterm will cover everything up to the end of the Aldehydes/Ketones section of the notes, no Enols/Enolates.

There will be two pre-test review sessions. The first will be Friday, 3:00 - 5:00PM in LS A-191. The second will be Saturday, 3PM - 5PM, also in 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.

Apr 4, 2017
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 4, 2017
The Current Points page been updated with your midterm #1 scores after all regrades, Click HERE. The regraded exam scores have NOT been updated on This Page, only on the Current Points page, HERE

Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Apr 4, 2017
My completed versions of the Benzenes and the Aldehydes/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...
Apr 1, 2017
Today's review sessions is on the recorded lectures page.  More...
Apr 1, 2017
Office hours today, Saturday Apr 1st, 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 hydrolysis and related mechanisms.

Mar 24, 2017
To see the new Quiz #10, Click HERE.
This quiz is due Sunday Apr 2nd, 6PM.
To see the answer key to Quiz #9, Click HERE.

Mar 27, 2017
Your scores for all quizzes from #1 - #9 have been added to the Current Points page, Click HERE.
Please check to make sure there are no errors.

Mar 26, 2017
The results for midterm #2 have now been posted on the Your Points > Exam Scores page.  More...
Mar 25, 2017
Today ASU is hosting the Science Olympiad, and I am in charge of one of the events. I originally thought that the event would be over by mid afternoon, but it looks like I will be tied up until 5PM or so. Therefore, I am afraid that I have to cancel office hours/review session this afternoon, apologies!
I was going to review Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution reactions this afternoon, but I have the recording of the same review of this material I gave last year, spring 2016, to watch that, Click HERE.

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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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.