Dr. Starkey's CHM 315 Organic Chemistry

Chemistry is an extreme sport!

Most recent Syllabus and Dr. Starkey's current schedule (finals week schedule) and O-Chem Survival handouts:

What to Expect (& student testimonials) | How to Earn an A | OLC rosters | Blackboard journals (instructions) | Facebook group

Suggested Textbook problems (Wade): 7th edition | 8th edition | 9th edition

Lecture Notes handouts (in order of coverage): Ch. 6 Part 1 | Ch. 6 Part 2 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8/9 part 1 | part 2 (alkene rxn summary) | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 | Ch. 14 | Ch. 18

Supplemental Resources/Materials

Clicker Questions (and pages of lecture notes packet covered Tu/Th):

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Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
(pg.6-1 to 6-2)
(pg.6-2 to 6-4)
1 2 3 4 5 (4/5 5:30 handout)
(pg.6-5 to 6-9)
(pg.7-1,7-2, start 7-1a)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
(pg.7-1a,8-1,8-2)
(pg.8-3 to 8-5)
1 2 3 4
(pg.8-6 to 8-10)
(pg.8-10 to top 8-13)
1 2 3
(pg.8-13 to 8-16,10-1,10-1a)
Exam I
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
1 2 3 4 5
(pg.10-2 to top of 10-5)
(pg.10-5,11-1,11-2)
1 2 3 4 5
(pg.11-3,1-4,14-1)
(pg.14-1 to 14-3)
1 2 Exam II, 5/17
(pg.14-4,10-6,18-1)
1 2 3 4 5
(pg.18-2 to 18-4)
(pg.18-6, acetals)
1 2 3 4 5 6
(pg.18-4,18-5)
(pg.18-7,18-8 &
applications of acetals )

1st Day Materials & Info (FYI, CHM 318L lab resources are available too)

Homework & Answer Keys for current quarter

  • Chapter 6 handout
  • Extra practice: SN2/SN1 sorting terms (Venn diagram): worksheet and answer key
  • Extra practice: SN2/SN1: which reaction is faster? final exam page and answer key
  • Extra practice: SN2 vs. E2: worksheet and answer key
  • Substitution vs. Elimination competition worksheet and predict the product and answer keys: worksheet | predict the product
  • Chapter 7 handout
  • Alkene/Alkyne Nomenclature practice worksheet [note: we will cover stereochemistry (cis/trans and E/Z) on Tuesday, 4/10] and answer key
  • Alcohol Dehydration homework (due Tuesday, 4/10) and answer key
  • Extra practice: Elimination reaction practice problems (Flash player needed)
  • Extra practice: Carbocation Rearrangements practice problems (Flash player needed)
  • Chapter 8/9 handout: part 1 | part 2
  • Alkene Predict the Product I homework (skip part H, due Thursday, 4/19), answer key and narrated answer key
  • Alkene Predict the Product II homework (due Tuesday, 4/24), answer key and narrated answer key
  • Exam I practice problems: Alkene/Alkyne Sample Transforms and answer key
  • Exam I - blank exam and answer key (Histogram). See also: Extra Credit Reflection/Survey (due Thursday, 5/3) and "How to Earn an A (...or B) in Organic Chemistry" handout

  • Chapter 10 handout
  • Alcohol/Ether Nomenclature practice worksheet and answer key
  • Cool demo: potassium + water = BOOM! (e.g., an explosive way to make hydroxide from water, or an alkoxide from an alcohol)
  • Grignard/Hydride Homework (due Tuesday, 5/8) and answer key (Note: see Appendix 2 in the Wade Solutions Manual for a good review of acid-base chemistry!)
  • Chapter 11 handout
  • Chapter 14 handout (+ page 10-6 Thiols and Sulfides - will not be on Exam II)
  • Epoxide Ring Opening Homework (due Tuesday, 5/15) and answer key
  • SN2 backside attack handout key
  • Exam II practice problems: Alcohol/Ether Sample Transforms and answer key
  • Exam II - answer key, histogram and blank exam (note: typos have been corrected - last problem on p4 was missing a carbon in A and B - Sorry to those who noticed and were confused by it...please speak up during the exam if something doesn't look right!)

  • Chapter 18 handout
  • Aldehyde/Ketone Nomenclature practice worksheet and answer key
  • Alcohol Synthesis homework (due Thursday, 5/24) and answer key
  • Acetal formation/hydrolysis mechanism homework (due Tuesday, 5/29) answer key and common mistakes
  • Protective group transform example answer key
  • Acetal/carbohydrate mechanisms: practice problems: page 1 and page 2, and answer key (page 1 | page 2 | page 3)
  • Final Exam review: Synthetic Target Molecules (TMs) and Answer Key
  • Final Exam - Review problems and Answer Key
  • Online Practice Problem sets (by Tutor Bill Weigel)

    Would you like to review Chapter 7 and 8 material? Check out the following practice exercises/tutorials!


    Sample Exams

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    Last updated June 6, 2018.