Elements of Organic Chemistry, CHM 201
Dr. Laurie Starkey, Cal Poly Pomona

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Clicker Questions:

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1 2 3 4 Exam II, 5/11
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Final Review Practice:
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Final Review Practice Answer Key

Metacognitive Resources:

Growth Mindset Survey (Starkey)
Growing Your Mind (Khan Academy)
Neuroplasticity (Sentis)
Grow Your Brain Article (Carnegie)

Studying vs. Learning
survey and handout

Importance of Failure
handout (exam histogram)
Exam "wrapper" survey
YouTube videos:
Famous Failures
John Mayer (Fail...Fail...Succeed)
OLC: Sivers TED talk

Effective use of your time
How to Earn an A (...or B)
in Organic Chemistry handout

       

Handouts/Answer Keys (for current quarter)

  • Chapter 1 handout (Bonding & Molecular Shapes)
  • Line drawing examples website
  • OLC week 1 - get to know each other! Introduce yourselves, exchange contact information, and compare schedules to find good meeting times. Share with the group: do you have a favorite memory/experience from a science class?
  • 3-D sketch homework (due Thursday, 4/6) , answer key and video of solution: sketch 1 | sketch 2 | sketch 3 | sketch 4 (includes an advanced bonus structure!). Notes about how homework credit works.
  • OLC week 2 suggested assignment: Work on the following textbook problems 1.11 add curved arrows and rank/explain (rank the given resonance forms by considering: which forms contribute more to the hybrid? which contribute less? explain), 1.47 T/F compare answers and discuss, 1.50b, 1.50d, 1.50f - draw resonance forms and rank/explain, 1.70b - draw resonance forms and rank/explain
  • Chapter 2 handout (Acid-Base)
  • Acid Strength homework (due Tuesday, 4/11) and answer key
  • Chapter 3 handout (Alkanes & Cycloalkanes)
  • Nomenclature practice websites for alkanes & cycloalkanes: Boise State | Chemware | Doc Brown | Michigan State U (1st two sections only) | Univ. of Guelph (Quiz 1 only)
  • Conformation videos: cyclohexane part 1 (3D structure), part 2 (drawing a chair), part 3 (doing a chair "flip") || ethane models & energies || butane models
  • OLC week 3 suggested assignment: "Putting it Together" Chapters 1-3 - great Exam I review and worth +1 extra credit point on Exam I (do problems 1-19, but skip 11e, 14e, 15 and 16, and then trade papers with your group members and grade with red ink using this answer key. Turn in graded review on day of exam for extra credit.). If you are not in an OLC, you can self-grade this assignment and still earn extra credit!
  • Exam I: Blank Exam and Answer Key (histogram and Extra Credit Reflection/Survey)
  • If you are wondering "I studied SO much for this exam...why did I bomb it?!" then click here for some advice on studying!
  • OLC week 4 suggested assignment: Watch the Derek Sivers TED talk together and discuss.  Think about a “fantastic struggle” you’ve had in your own life that resulted in a successful accomplishment (e.g., learning an instrument, playing a sport, learning a new routine/skill, succeeding in a difficult course, etc.).  Share your story with your group.  Why was this goal important to you?  Were you ever close to giving up?  What motivated you to persist?  Where did you go for guidance when you needed help?  Why do you think you ultimately succeeded?

  • Chapter 4/5 handout
  • Reaction Mechanism (arrow-pushing) homework (due Thursday, 4/27) and answer key
  • Chapter 6 handout
  • Stereochemistry practice (R/S, E/Z): Virtual Textbook (Reusch)
  • OLC week 5/6 suggested assignment: B&P textbook problems 4.18 (compare/discuss IUPAC names | key) and 5.57 (provide mechanism, explain, discuss)
  • Real-world implications of stereochemistry (one enantiomer of racemic mixture caused the devastating problems) and the importance of government regulations: the story of Thalidomide (video 12.5 minutes long)

  • Chapter 7 handout
  • OLC week 6/7 suggested assignment: try to prepare your own chapter summaries (outline of Ch. 4/5/6/7) by writing down everything you know about each topic. Compare with group members, go through lecture notes and add details.
  • Clicker credit: +1 point will be given on Exam II for anyone who is using a clicker in CHM 201 this quarter. Please click on this survey link to "register" your clicker for this class (you will need to enter your Bronco name/password to access the form). Have your clicker handy when you do the survey because I will ask for your clicker number. If you can't read your barcode number, enter "none" for the code and please show me your clicker next week.

    Reaction Mechanism Animations
  • Chapter 7 Predict the Product answer key
  • Exam II, Blank Exam and Answer Key (histogram)

  • Chapter 8 handout
  • Dehydration Mechanism homework (due Thursday, 5/19) and answer key
  • Cool demo: potassium + water = BOOM! (e.g., an explosive way to make hydroxide from water, or an alkoxide from an alcohol)
  • Chapter 12 handout
  • OLC week 8/9 suggested assignment: work on Grignard/Hydride homework
  • Grignard and Hydride homework (due Thursday, 5/26) and answer key
  • Chapters 13/14 handout
  • Carboxylic Acids, Esters, Ketones & Aldehydes Nomenclature practice problems and answer key
  • Carboxylic Acid Derivatives Predict the Product practice problems and answer key (see narrated version on YouTube!)
  • OLC week 10 suggested assignment: work on "Final Review Practice" thirty bonus clicker questions listed above. Try each on your own and then compare answers and discuss. Answer Key is also provided above.


  • Suggested Textbook Problems (Brown & Poon 5th or 6th edition)

    Chapter 1 Bonding and Molecular Shapes (lecture handout): 112, Quick Quiz (skip Functional Group questions), 1751 (odd only), 63, 65, 67.

    Chapter 2 Acids and Bases (lecture handout): 16, Quick Quiz, 733 (odd only, skip 23) (NOTE: you should be able to do the following Ch. 2 problems WITHOUT using a pKa table: 3b, 4, 15, 19d, 25d, 33a, 33c)

    Chapter 3 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes (lecture handout): 1-5, 7-12, Quick Quiz, 1353 (odd only, skip 23, 29, 45). "Putting it Together" Chapters 1-3 - great Exam I review and worth +1 extra credit point on Exam I (do problems 1-19, but skip 11e, 14e, 15 and 16, and then trade papers with your group members and grade with red ink using this answer key. Turn in graded review on day of exam for extra credit.).

    ========================== Exam I, Tuesday April 18 ================================

    Chapter 4 Alkene and Alkyne Nomenclature & Structure, Study of Chemical Reaction (Ch 4/5 lecture handout): ALL in-chapter problems 1-6, Quick Quiz and odd end-of-chapter problems 7-45 (SKIP section 4.4 and SKIP problems 35 and 43, and 6th edition SKIP problem 4.4d)

    Chapter 5 Reactions of Alkenes and Alkynes: in-chapter problems 1-6 and 8, Quick Quiz (SKIP 2, 3, 7, 8, 13, 16, 17, 26) and odd end-of-chapter problems 11-49 (SKIP sections 5.3C, 5.5 and 5.7 and SKIP problems 21, 23, 31, 33, 39, 41, 43, 45d, 47a, 49d and 6th edition SKIP problem 5.45f)

    Chapter 6 Stereochemistry (lecture handout): ALL in-chapter problems 1-6, Quick Quiz and odd end-of-chapter problems 7-45 (SKIP problems 23b, 25bd, 41 and 6th edition SKIP problem 6.2b). "Putting it Together" Chapters 4-6 (good practice, not extra credit this time...check your work with this answer key: page 1 and page 2): do problems 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 18, 21bcdef, 22 (like hydration of an alkene - start by protonating the pi bond, rearranging the carbocation, and then do an intramolecular attack of a nucleophile...).

    Chapter 7 Substitution Reactions of Alkyl Halides (RX) (sections 7.1 - 7.6 only, lecture handout):
    in-chapter problems 1-5, Quick Quiz (SKIP 4, 5, 7, 16, 19, 20) and odd end-of-chapter problems 9-35, 41ac, 43abef

    ========================== Exam II, Thursday May 11================================

    Chapter 8 Alcohols (ROH) (8.1, 8.2 and 8.3A-C only lecture handout): in-chapter problems 1-8, Quick Quiz (SKIP 2, 3, 10, 11) and odd end-of-chapter problems 13-45 (SKIP sections 8.3-8.6 and SKIP problems 27, 33, 41c, 43h, 45def)

    Chapter 12 Aldehydes & Ketones (lecture handout):
    in-chapter problems 1-6, 10, 12, Quick Quiz (skip 15, 20), and end of chapter problems 13-27 (odd), 35, 39a-g, 43ac, 45bcd, 53 (SKIP problem 13d, 17e and sections 12.7 and 12.9).

    Chapter 13 Carboxylic Acids (Ch 13/14 lecture handout):
    in-chapter problems 1-6, Quick Quiz (skip 2, 15), and end of chapter problems 9-39 (odd, skip 9ad) and 47abcefil (SKIP sections 13.7 and 13.8).

    Chapter 14 Carboxylic Acid Derivatives:
    in-chapter problems 1-8, Quick Quiz, and end of chapter problems 9-35 (odd) and 39ab.

    =====================Final Exam, Thursday, 6/8 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)=======================

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