Skyline College A.J. Bates Professor of Chemistry

     Chemistry 234 - Organic Chemistry 1 - Spring 2013

Chem 210 - General Chemistry 1Chem 235-238 - Organic Chemistry 2
Chem 220 - Lab Manual & Extra Practice ProblemsScience Lecture Series
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Announcements & Important Course Information

May 31

  • Thank you for a rewarding semester. I look forward to seeing many of you in the Fall!
    Have a great summer!
  • Final Grade Posting -
    • The adjusted grade reflects:
      • Adjustment of lowest problem set score to a total of 5 points.
      • Dropping of the lowest exam score and replacement with the average of the other three exams or the final exam percentage - whichever is higher.

May 1

  • Many Reactions worksheet answer keys have been posted. Reactions 2-8 worksheets are most relevent to the Exam #4 material.


April 13

  • Problem Set #7 is posted. It will be due Thursday, April 18 at 5pm.


March 28

  • Problem Set #6 is posted. It will be due Thursday, April 11 at 5pm.


March 26

  • See the lecture page for recently posted answer keys and other updates.
  • Please note that I will not be available this Friday during the Noon-12:30 office hours. However, I will still be available from 10:10-11 am.


March 6

  • The PS #5 due date has been extended to Friday at 5pm.


March 1

  • Lecture is cancelled for today.
  • I have posted some additional worksheet answer keys. More updates will be posted to the website over the weekend.


February 27

  • Problem Set #5 will be posted later today. It will be due Thursday, March 7 at 5 pm.
  • See the LECTURE page for the notes updates to print.


February 22

  • The following reflect EXAM DATE CHANGES for the course.
    Please make note of them. They have been updated on the course calendar:
    • Exam #2 - Friday, March 15
    • Exam #3 - Friday, April 19
    • Exam #4 - Friday, May 10


February 20

    • Exam #2 - Friday, March 15
    • Exam #3 - Friday, April 19
    • Exam #4 - Friday, May 10
  • I want to change the dates to better coincide with natural breaks in the material being studied.
  • If one of these dates poses a problem for you based on your schedule, please let me know ASAP, but before 10 am this Friday, February 22.


February 13

  • Problem Set #4 is posted. It will be due Friday, February 22 at 5 pm.


February 7


February 6

  • Exam #1 is Friday.
    • As always, fundamental chemistry concepts will be part of the exam.
    • The exam will cover lectures and problems on Bonding and Chemical Structure and the Introduction to Organic Functional Groups and Nomenclature (Chapters 1& 2, excluding IR).
  • Science Lectures Reminders:

    • Thank you again to those students who helped out with the Expanding Your Horizons mailings! They went very smoothly!

    • Science Lectures Assignment Handout

    • Two are required. Two may be done for extra credit.

    • Summaries (with attendance confirmations) may be turned in in class, given to me in my office, slid under my door when I am not in, or emailed (with attendance slip turned in separately).

    • There is a lecture today. Please see the SLS website fore details.

    • Additional Alternative: Lectures that are part of the Honors Biology Colloquium with Prof. Shari Bookstaff, meeting on Fridays from 1:10 - 2:00 pm in room 7-104:
      • 2/1 - Promoting Neuroplasticity - Professor Chip Chandler
      • 2/8 - Brain & Breathing - Brian Daniel, Respiratory Therapist
      • 3/1 - Network Disorders of the Brain - Dr. Paul Larson, UCSF Neurosurgery
      • 3/15 - Brain Imaging - Dr. Jarred Younger, Stanford Neurosurgery
      • 3/29 - Stem Cells - Dr. Nick Kapp
      • 4/12 - Speech and the Brain - Michelle Shimamoto, Speech Therapist
      • 4/29 Brain Disorders 2: Diseases - Dr. Melissa Michelitsch
        • Notes:
          • The above lectures are part of a credit course. You may only use these as analternaive to the SLS if you are not taking the course for credit.
          • Because it is a class, please only attend if you can arrive on time and stay for the full session.

February 1

  • Problem Set #3 is posted. It will be due Thursday, February 7 at 5 pm.
    • Though not due until next week, these would be good prepration for our lecture on Monday. A look in chapter 2 will help you answer almost all of them.
  • We will cover the Bonding 2 Notes on Monday in lecture.


January 29

  • Reminder: Quiz tomorrow (1/30) in lecture relating to the review topics covered so far in the course (excluding isomers).
  • Two additional worksheets are posted on the LECTURE page (and here):
    • Bonding 1AAnswer Key
      • Page 1 in particular will be good additional practice for the quiz tomorrow.
    • Bonding 1BAnswer Key
      • Page 2 in particular will be good additional practice for the quiz tomorrow.


January 18

  • There are no classes on Monday. It is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
  • Problem Set #2 is posted. It will be due Friday, January 25 at 5pm.


January 14

  • Expanding Your Horizons: Spring Mailing 1
    • Wednesday, January 16
    • Time: 12:45 - 3:00 pm
    • Meet in room 7-204 (Biology Lab)
  • Expanding Your Horizons: Spring Mailing 2
    • Wednesday, January 23
    • Time: 12:45 - 3:00 pm
    • Meet in room 7-204 (Biology Lab)
  • You may use one of the above two mailings as a replacement for a required Science Lecture Summary.


January 2013

  • Welcome to Organic Chemistry 1 Lecture!
  • Please visit the links to the left for important course information.
  • Skyline College classes start Monday, January 14.  Our first CHEM 234 class meeting will be on that day at 11:10 am in 7-304.
  • The course text is Solomons Organic Chemistry, 10th edition. However, the 9th edition can also be used. Please note that I have posted readings and book problems on the LECTURE page for both editions.
  • Regardless of the edition that you choose, be sure to purchase the Study Guide and Solutions Manual for your edition of the textbook.
  • If you would like to begin preparing for the course, I recommend reading and working book problems from Chapters 1-3 (a review of General Chemistry topics with emphasis on their application in Organic Chemistry) and the worksheets under General Chemistry Review. The problem assignments and worksheets are on the LECTURE page. Book problems and these worksheets will not be collected, but are an essential part of your preparation for exams.
  • Sign up for the Sapling Learning Online Homework System:
    • Follow the above link.
    • If you have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account.
    • Please enter your first and last names in the profile as they appear on your official Skyline record. If you go by a different name or a nickname, please put it in parentheses after your first name.
    • Select Skyline College.
    • Select Organic Chemistry 1 - CHEM 234 - Bates.
    • When you register for the course on the system, you will be able to use it for the first two weeks of the semester for free. You must then pay to continue to have access. This will give those students on the waiting list time to determine if they will be able to enroll in the course before purchasing.
    • Problem Set #1 is posted. It will be due Friday, January 18 at 6pm.


Academic Integrity

  • Academic integrity is an important issue in all academic settings, and will be taken very seriously by the instructor of this course, and the college generally.

  • I recognize that most students conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. I also recognize that the actions of a few dishonest students and the impact of those actions on the academic process necessitate a frank and ongoing discussion of this issue.

  • Please review the Student Handbook information on Academic Integrity.