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

Virtual Workshop links - Saplinglearning.com | Instructions

Online lectures at Educator.com

Suggested Textbook Problems (Brown & Poon)

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

Chapter 2 (Acids and Bases): 16, Quick Quiz, 733 (odd only, skip 23)

Chapter 3 (Alkanes and Cycloalkanes): 1-5, 7-12, Quick Quiz, 1353 (odd only, skip 23, 29, 45). "Putting it Together" Chapters 1-3 - great Exam I review! (not an extra credit assignment, but good practice)

======================== Exam I, January 27 ==============================

Chapter 4 Alkene and Alkyne Nomenclature & Structure, Study of Chemical Reactions: 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)

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, 43, 45d, 47a, 49d)

Chapter 6 Stereochemistry: ALL in-chapter problems 1-6, Quick Quiz and odd end-of-chapter problems 7-45 (SKIP problems 23b, 25bd, 41)

Chapter 7 Substitution Reactions of Alkyl Halides (RX) (7.1 - 7.6 only):
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, February 19 ==============================

Chapter 8 Alcohols (ROH) 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
in-chapter problems 1-7, 10, 12, Quick Quiz (skip 15, 20), and end of chapter problems 13-27 (odd), 35, 39a-g, 43ac, 45bcd, 53 (SKIP problem 13d and sections 12.7 and 12.9).

Chapter 13 Carboxylic Acids
in-chapter problems 1-6, Quick Quiz (skip 2, 15), and end of chapter problems 9-39 (odd) and47abcefil (SKIP section 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, March 19 (cumulative, multiple-choice, Chapters 1-8, 12-14) ==========

Clicker Questions:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
1-2 3 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4 5
Exam I 1 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4 Exam II
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Handouts/Answer Keys (for current quarter)

  • Chapter 1 handout
  • 3-D Sketch homework, 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.
  • Chapter 2 handout
  • Acid Strength homework (due Tuesday, 1/20) and answer key
  • Chapter 3 handout
  • Nomenclature practice website (select the question types, mark the boxes for Alkanes and Haloalkanes, and click "Start Quiz" at bottom right)
  • Conformation videos: ethane models & energies || butane models || cyclohexane part 1 (3D structure), part 2 (drawing a chair), part 3 (doing a chair "flip")
  • Exam I: Blank Exam and Answer Key (histogram)
  • Psychology study looking for Latina participants: flyer with links (pdf)
  • Chapter 4/5 handout
  • Reaction Mechanism (arrow-pushing) homework (due Tuesday, 2/3) and answer key
  • Chapter 6 handout
  • Chapter 7 handout

    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, 2/26) 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
  • Chapters 13/14 handout
  • Carboxylic Acids, Esters, Ketones & Aldehydes Nomenclature practice problems and answer key
  • Chapter 13/14 Predict the Product answer key

  • Sample Syllabus

    Sample Exams

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    Last updated March 16, 2015.