Dr. Starkey's CHM 3150 Organic Chemistry

Chemistry is an extreme sport!

Course Syllabus and Dr. Starkey's current schedule (finals week schedule)

Lab resources | OLC rosters | Facebook group | Blackboard journals (instructions)
and O-Chem Survival handouts:

What to Expect (& student testimonials) | How to Earn an A | Study Hints | Study Cycle

Suggested Textbook problems (Klein 3rd edition)

Lecture Notes handouts coming soon (in order of coverage, Klein Chapters):

Ch. 12 (Alcohols) | Ch. 13 (Ethers) - Exam I
Ch. 19 (Aldehydes/Ketones) | Ch. 20 (Carboxylic Acids/CA Derivs.) - Exam II
Ch. 21 (Enolates) | Ch. 17 (Aromaticity) | Ch. 18 (Aromatic Rxns) - Exam III
Ch. 16 (Conjugated Dienes) | Ch. 22 (Amines) - ACS Final Exam Ch. 1-22

Resources/Materials

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

+1 point will be given on the Final Exam for anyone who is using a clicker in CHM 3150 this semester. Please click on the i-clicker link in Blackboard to "register" your clicker for this class (I do not require online registration for the iClicker because they charge students for access). Have your clicker handy when you do the survey because the survey asks for your clicker number.
Week 0/1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
1 2 3 4 5 (Ch.12 IUPAC)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 (pg.12-1)
1 2 (pg.12-1 to 12-5a)
1 2 3 (pg.12-6 to 12-9)
1 2 3 (pg.13-1 to 13-2)
1 2 3 (pg.13-3 to 13-4)
1 2 (pg.13-5,top13-6)
1 2 3 (pg.13-6,13-7,
19-1,19-2)

Exam I, 9/19
1 2 (pg.19-2 to 19-4)
1 2 3 (pg.19-4 to 19-7)
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
1 2 (pg.19-8 to 19-11)
No class, Th.10/3 (Educator)
1 2 (pg.19-10,19-12,
Ch.20 pgs1,2,13,14)

1 (pg.20-5 to 20-9, outline:IIC, IIIA, IIIB)
1 2 (Ch.20 p4,5,10-12)
Exam II, 10/17
1 (pg.21-1 to 21-4)
1 2 (pg.21-5 to 21-7)
1 2 3 (pg.21-7 to 21-10)
1 2 (Michael Rxn, Robinson, pg.21-11)
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
1 2 3 (pgs.21-12/13,17-1/2)
1 (pgs.17-2 to 17-5)
1 2 3 (pgs.18-1 to 18-4)
1 2 (pgs.18-5 to 18-7)
1 2 (pgs.18-8 to 18-11)
1 (p18-12, &
Ch.16 pgs.1-3)
Exam III, 11/26
Thanksgiving, 11/28
1 2 (Ch.16-3 to 16-6)
1 (Ch.16-7, 16-8,
Ch.22-2, 22-3)

Homework & Answer Keys for current semester

  • Chapter 12 - Alcohols handout (Ch. 12 summary)
  • Alcohol/Ether Nomenclature practice worksheet and answer key
  • Interesting phenols, including CBD and THC
  • 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, 9/3) and answer key

  • Chapter 13 - Ethers & Epoxides handout
  • Nitrophenol Acid-Base homework (due Tuesday, 9/10) and answer key
  • Epoxide Ring Opening homework (due Thursday, 9/12) and answer key
  • SN2 backside attack practice and answer key
  • Exam I - answer key and blank exam (Histogram)
    See also: Extra Credit Reflection/Survey (due Tuesday, 10/1) and "How to Earn an A (...or B) in Organic Chemistry" handout

  • Chapter 19 - Aldehydes & Ketones handout part 1 | part 2 | part 3
  • Aldehyde/Ketone Nomenclature practice worksheet and answer key
  • Alcohol Synthesis homework (due Thursday, 9/26) and answer key
  • Acetal formation/hydrolysis mechanism homework (due Tuesday, 10/1) answer key and common mistakes
  • Acetal/carbohydrate mechanism practice problems and answer key
  • Ch. 19 review clicker questions and answer key

  • Chapter 20 - Carboxylic Acids & Their Derivatives handout
  • Carboxylic Acids/Derivatives Nomenclature practice problems and answer key
  • Hydrolysis homework (due Tuesday, 10/15) and answer key
  • Ch. 20 review clicker questions and answer key
  • Exam II - answer key (Histogram) +10 points extra credit assignment and answer key

  • Chapter 21 - Enols & Enolates handout
  • Messy Aldol Homework (due Tuesday, 10/29) and answer key Page 1 | Page 2
  • Ch. 21 synthesis practice problems and answer key

  • Chapter 17 - Aromaticity handout (includes Ch. 17/18 Outline)
  • Chapter 18 - Aromatic Reactions handout (includes Ch. 17/18 Summary)
  • EAS Homework I (Biphenyl and Naphthalene) homework (due Thu. 11/14) and answer key
  • EAS Homework II (F.C. Alkylation of Toluene) homework (due Tue. 11/19) and answer key

  • Exam III review materials:
  • Exam III - answer key (histogram)

  • Chapter 16 - Conjugated Dienes handout
  • Diels-Alder practice problems and answer key
  • Chapter 22 - Amines handout (amine IUPAC Ch 22 handout key)
  • Amine/Alcohol/Ether additional IUPAC practice problems and answer key

  • ACS Final Exam: Instructions (students must bring Scantron form). Here is a list of Final Exam topics from CHM 3140-3150.
  • Stereochemistry practice problems and answer key (also try Blackboard quizzes for practice with R/S nomenclature and comparing compounds!)
  • See also review sheet (skip O) and answer key that covers last 2/3 of CHM 3150 (Chapters 16-18 and 20-22).


    1st Day Materials & Info (FYI, CHM 3150L lab resources are available too)


    Sample Exams

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    Last updated December 11, 2019.