Chemistry C3443x
Fall 2003
Section 1
Lectures in 309 Havemeyer

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Professor Thomas Katz
Office Hours: 259 Chandler, Mondays 2:00–3:00, Thursdays 3:00–4:00, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please send e-mail suggesting a few times you could be available.

Assistants Collin Chan (e-mail:
John Huber (e-mail:
Matt Tremblay (e-mail:

The Assistants will hold office hours in room 343 Havemeyer according to the schedule below and, if necessary, at addition times if appointments are made by e-mail.

Instructor Huber Tremblay Chan Huber Tremblay Chan
Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Time 6:30–7:30 12–1 11–12 3–4 1–2 11–12

Textbook John McMurry, "Organic Chemistry", 5th Edition

Syllabus The course will cover the following chapters of the textbook:

1. Structure and Bonding
2. Polar Bonds and Their Consequences
3. Organic Compounds: Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
4. Stereochemistry of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
5. An Overview of Organic Reactions
6. Alkenes: Structure and Reactivity
7. Alkenes: Reactions and Synthesis
8. Alkynes: An Introduction to Organic Synthesis
9. Stereochemistry
10. Alkyl Halides
11. Reactions of Alkyl Halides: Nucleophilic Substitutions and Eliminations
12. Structure Determination: Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy
13. Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
14. Conjugated Dienes and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy
18. Ethers and Epoxides

Examinations Hour exams are scheduled for
Monday, September 22 (covering Chapters 1–4 and part of 5);
Friday, October 10 (covering Chapters 6–7 and part of 5);
Wednesday, November 12 (covering Chapters 8–11 and 18); and
Friday, December 5 (covering Chapters 12–14).
There will be a three-hour final exam. The two lowest grades during the first five hours of exams will be dropped. Thus if the grade on the final exam is better than the grade on two of the hour exams, the two lowest hour-exam grades will be dropped. If it isn't, the lowest hour-exam grade and one third of the final exam grade will be dropped. There will be no make-up exams. Regrades must be requested within one week after exams are returned. The procedure is to turn the exam in to the secretaries in room 318 Havemeyer along with a form that is available there.
Quizzes in the recitation classes will count for 10% of the grade, and homework assignments will count for 5% of the grade.

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