Organic Chemistry I, CHM 3140
Dr. Laurie Starkey, Cal Poly Pomona

Syllabus (Course Points) | Semester Schedule
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CHM 3140
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O-Chem Survival
Handouts/Resources

Resources/Materials

  • Molecular model kits are highly recommended, especially to tackle Chapter 5 (Stereochemistry)! I recommend Kit #1A at Darling Models https://www.darlingmodels.com.
  • Need extra help? Reach out to your OLC study group, or come to Dr. Starkey's office hours, or
    ** join the SEES workshop M/W 3-5 pm (intro video for workshop facilitator, Dioner Membrila, and Zoom link), come to Dioner's office hours (Tuesdays 1:50-3:50 pm), or
    ** contact the Learning Resource Center LRC for tutoring (email lrcscheduling@cpp.edu to make an appointment). This semester, the LRC has "Happy Hour" drop-in chemistry tutoring Fridays, from 3 to 3:50 pm at the LRC, 15-2921 (second floor of the library) (2/4 & 2/11 via zoom: https://cpp.zoom.us/j/86246116893

Lecture Notes (skeleton notes for Educator lectures/Klein text, 4th edition):

Worksheets, Announcements & Clicker Questions (Semester Schedule):

Week 1 Zoom

Week 2 Zoom

Week 3 Zoom

Week 4

Week 5

Tu: Worksheet Ch1-1| 411
1 2 4 5 6 7 8 | Zoom 1/25

Th: Worksheet Ch1-2 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 | Zoom 1/27

Tu: Worksheet Ch1-3 | 411
1 2 3 5 8 9 | Zoom 2/1

Th: Worksheet Ch2-2 | 411
3 4 5 | Zoom 2/3
(WileyPLUS sketch demo)

Tu: Worksheet Ch3-1 | 411
3 4 5 6 7 | Zoom 2/8
Review: resonance pattern videos

Th: Worksheet Ch3-2 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 | Zoom 2/10
(Zoomcat lawyer!)

Tu (LIVE!): Worksheet Exam1Review | 411
Extra OH/Review Zoom 2/16

Th
: Exam I (2/17)
Results

Tu: Worksheet Ch4-1 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 | Zoom_2/22

Th: Worksheet Ch4-2 | 411
1 2 4 5 6 | Zoom 2/24

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Tu: Worksheet Ch5-1 | 411
1 3 4 6 9 | Zoom 3/1

Th: Worksheet Ch5-2 | 411
7 8 / 1 2 3 6 | Zoom 3/3

Tu: Worksheet Ch5-3 | 411
4 5 8 / 2 3 4 8a 8b 8c | Zoom_3/8

Th: Worksheet Ch15-1| 411
Zoom_3/10

Tu: Worksheet Exam2review | 411
1 3 6 7 8a 8b| Zoom 3/15

Wed: Review Session 3/16 Recording

Th: Exam II (3/17)

Tu: Worksheet Ch15-2 | 411
Zoom 3/22

Th: Worksheet Ch6 | 411
Zoom 3/24

Tu: Worksheet Ch7-1| 411
3 4 5 6 | Zoom 4/5

Th: Worksheet Ch7-2 | 411
faster? | Zoom 4/7
Venn Diagram Answer Key

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

Week 15

Tu: Worksheet Ch7-3 key | 411
2 4 5 6 7 8 | Zoom 4/12

Th: Worksheet Ch7-4 key | 411
2 | Zoom 4/14

Tu: Worksheet Exam3Review | 411
1 | Zoom_4/19

W: Review Session Zoom 4/20

Th: Exam III, 4/21

Tu: Worksheet Ch8-1 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 | Zoom 4/26

Th: Worksheet Ch8-2 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 | Zoom 4/28

Tu: Worksheet Ch9-1 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | Zoom 5/3

Th: Worksheet Ch9-2 | 411
1 2 3 4 | Zoom 5/5: Part 1 | Part 2

Tu: Worksheet Ch10 | 411
1a 1b 2 3 4 5a 5b 6 | Zoom 5/10

Th: Worksheet Ch11 | 411
1 2 3 4 5 6 | Zoom 5/12

Final Exam Review 9 pm Sunday, 5/15 Worksheet
1a 1b 3 5 6 8 10 11 12 13 14a 14b | Zoom 5/16
Cumulative Final Exam: Chapters 1-11 & 15
Tuesday, 5/17
9:0010:50 am (Section 01)
3:004:50 pm (Section 02)

5:006:50 pm (Section 03) 
Final Exam Histogram | Total Points/Course Grades Histogram

Note: must take exam with registered section

Handouts and Materials:

  • Chapter 1 (Bonding, Lewis Structures and Hybridization): skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Ch. 1 Lecture Recordings (and skeleton notes pages) YouTube playlist
  • Hybridization resources: summary pdf and a creative poem (recall the science of Color Chemistry)!
  • 3-D Sketch homework ("free red ink" homework due Sunday, 1/30, in Gradescope - but can be submitted late with no penalty, up until date of Exam 1) You can mark up the PDF, or if you print it out to work on paper, please use Genius Scan (and apply B&W Filter) to convert your written homework into a pdf that is clear and legible for Gradescope submission. (Here is an entertaining Genius Scan video tutorial) Thank you!
  • Allene (H2C=C=CH2) twisted geometry animation

  • Chapter 2 (Drawing structures & Resonance): skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Ch. 2 Lecture Recordings (and skeleton notes pages) YouTube playlist
  • Resonance homework ("free red ink" due Tuesday 2/8, in Gradescope - but can be submitted late with no penalty, up until date of Exam 1) notes
  • NEW: resonance pattern animation videos (part 4)

  • Chapter 3 (acid-base chemistry) skeleton notes (chapter summary on last page) and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Compare Acid Strength homework (due Sunday, 2/14, in Gradescope - but can be submitted late with no penalty, up until date of Exam 1)

  • Exam I Review Problems (will work on these in class Tuesday, 2/15 and Wednesday, 2/16 9 pm study session - Zoom recording links in Week 4)
  • Exam I: blank copy and histogram (answer key in Canvas) Exam Wrapper Reflection/Survey (due Sunday, 2/27)

  • Chapter 4 (Alkanes & Cycloalkanes): skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • lecture notes alkane nomenclature key: page 4-1 page 4-2
  • Nomenclature summary sheet pdf from Master Organic Chemistry
  • Nomenclature practice (find the errors - good OLC activity!) worksheet and answer key
  • Nomenclature practice websites for alkanes & cycloalkanes: Chemware | Doc Brown | Michigan State U (1st two sections only)
  • Conformer homework (due Tuesday, 3/1)
  • Cyclohexane tutorial YouTube videos (this playlist contains three videos: introduction, drawing cyclohexane, doing ring "flips")
  • Line Drawing examples, including chair and boat conformations

  • Chapter 5 (Stereochemistry): skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Work on the two Canvas quizzes for stereochemistry practice (R/S and Compare - each attempt brings up new problems!). Scoring at least 50% on a given quiz will earn 3 points for that quiz, for a total of 6 possible points (this will count as the Chapter 5 "free red ink" homework - Canvas is giving you the feedback in this case). Multiple attempts are allowed, and Canvas records only your highest grade for each quiz. The quizzes must be completed before Exam II to earn course credit, but these quizzes will continue to be available for the remainder of the semester!
  • Nomenclature practice worksheet and answer key: page 1, page 2

  • Chapter 15 (NMR Spectroscopy, Part 1) skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Exam II - answer key in Canvas (histogram) and Exam Wrapper Reflection/Survey (due Sunday, 3/27)

  • Chapter 15 (NMR, Part 2) skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Spectroscopy resources: handouts (NMR, IR) and websites for NMR tutorials and practice
  • Dr. Beauchamp provides 63 NMR practice problems and 63 solutions!
  • NMR homework (due Sunday, 3/27)

  • Chapter 6 (Chemical Reactions) skeleton notes, Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems

  • Chapter 7, Part 1 (Alkyl Halides: Substitution Reactions) skeleton notes, Chapter Summary (Part 1) and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Sn1 vs. Sn2 Mechanisms Homework (due Sunday 4/10 Note: see Klein section 7.10 for structure of the tosylate leaving group, -OTs) answer key provided through Gradescope
  • Practice: Sn2 vs. Sn1- categorizing terms Venn diagram worksheet and answer key
  • Practice: mechanism arrow-pushing and drawing transition states worksheet and answer key (good activity for your OLC!)
  • Practice: Sn1/Carbocation practice mechanisms and answer key
  • Practice: Carbocation Rearrangements: Khan Academy lecture and animations

  • Chapter 7, Part 2 (Alkyl Halides: Elimination Reactions) skeleton notes, Chapter Summary (Part 2) and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Lecture Videos (and associated skeleton notes pages) YouTube Playlist
  • Sn2 vs. E2 predict-the-product practice problems (page 7-17), answer key and video solution
  • Alcohol Dehydration Homework (due Tuesday 4/19) answer key provided through Gradescope

  • Exam III - answer key in Canvas (histogram) and Exam Wrapper Reflection/Survey (only if you did NOT complete exam wrappers for both Exam I and Exam II)

  • Chapter 8 (Reactions of Alkenes) skeleton notes | Chapter 8 Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Alkene/Alkyne Nomenclature practice worksheet and answer key
  • Interesting Alkenes
  • Alkene Predict the Product I homework (due Tuesday, 5/3) answer key provided through Gradescope

  • Chapter 9 (Alkynes) skeleton notes, Chapter 9 Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Alkene/Alkyne Predict the Product II homework (due Tuesday, 5/10) answer key provided through Gradescope


  • Chapter 10 (Radical Reactions) skeleton notes and Chapter Summary and Suggested EOC Problems
  • Real-world radical reactions: last page of handout and video lecture (or watch Zoom session from 5/5)
  • Video lectures (YouTube playlist):
  • Chapter 11 (Synthesis Strategies) Suggested EOC Problems Chapter 11 has GREAT synthesis problems! Be sure to work on them by hand!
  • Extra practice: synthesis problems and answer key
  • Also, see "Review of Reactions" sections in Klein Chapters 8 and 9 - WileyPLUS (or VitalSource Bookshelf eText) has cool interactive graphics (missing reagents or missing products)


    Sample Exams

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    Exam I samples | Exam II samples | Exam III samples | Final Exam samples

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    Last updated May 25, 2022