CH 610B,Spring,2002


COURSE SYLLABUS for Chemistry 610B


  1. Course information
  2. Meeting time and location
  3. Instructor
  4. Assistants
  5. Course Topics
  6. Required textbook
  7. Course Philosophy
  8. Exams
  9. Grading system
  10. Scholastic dishonesty policy
  11. Additional information and Emphasis Topics
  12. Class Notes

CH 610B

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Description: Introductory Organic Chemistry, Second Semester
Prerequisite: CH 618A with a grade of at least "C" and credit or registration for CH 188K

Meeting time and location

Place:Welch Hall


Name: Professor Nathan L. Bauld
Office: Welch Hall 5.232
Office Hours: Tu,Wed 2:00-3:00 P.M.
Phone: (512)471-3017

Teaching Assistant

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Course Topics

  1. Unit 1: Chapter 14: Aromaticity
  2. Unit 2: Chapter 14: Reactions of Benzene
  3. Unit 3: Chapter 15: Reactions of Substituted Benzenes
  4. Unit 4: Chapter 16. Functional Derivatives of Carboxylic Acids (Esters, Amides,etc.)
  5. Unit 5: Chapter 17. Aldehydes and Ketones: Addition to the Carbonyl Group
  6. Unit 6: Chapter 19.Enols and Enolates; Alkylation; Halogenation;Aldol Reaction
  7. Unit 7: Chapter 19. Claisen Ester Condensation; Acetoacetic and Malonic Ester Syntheses
  8. Unit 8: No Chapter (See these notes): Amines
  9. Unit 9: Amines (continued).
  10. Unit 10: Chapter 26: Synthetic Polymers: Addition Polymerization
  11. Unit 11: Chapter 26: Condensation Polymerization
  12. Unit 12: Chapter 20: Carbohydrates
  13. Unit 13: Chapter 20: Carbohydrates (Continued)
  14. Unit 14: Chapter 21: Amino Acids
  15. Unit 15: Chapter 21: Amino Acids and Proteins
  16. Unit 16: Chapter 21: Proteins
  17. Unit 17: Chapter 24: Lipids

Required text

Course Philosophy

This course strongly accentuates reaction mechanisms and theoretical understanding of organic chemical reactions. On exams, mechanisms must be written out exactly (for full credit), with rate-determining steps specified as "rds" or slow steps as "slow" over the reaction arrows. The student should be able to rationalize why the appropriate step is rate determining or slow, also. All steps known to be equilibria ( as mentioned in class) must be so indicated by the use of equilibrium arrows. Theoretical explanations of structure, rate, specificity, etc. must be logical and complete to the level expounded by the instructor in class. Great emphasis is placed upon the specific material discussed in the lecture, understood at the level at which it is presented and demonstrated appropriately on the exams..

Transition state models are often required and must be derived from resonance theory, not simply written down as dotted line/partial charge structures. Transition states are characterized by various characteristics such as carbocation or radical or alkene character and often this must be refined to a more specific sub-character, such as primary or secondary or tertiary carbocation character or arenium ion character or monosubstituted or disubstituted alkene character. The characterization is then extended by the use of the Hammond postulate, whenever it is applicable, to indicate whether the transition state has much or a little of the specified character. It will usually be necessary to explain the specific application of the Hammond postulate and how it is being applied.

The Method of Competing Transition States must be used in many cases to explain the results of competing reactions such as orientation in electrophilic aromatic substitution, or relative rates, or reaction specificity.


Grading system

Scholastic dishonesty policy

Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of General Information Catalog, published by the Registrar's Office, for information about procedures and about what constitutes scholastic dishonesty].

Additional Information

  1. Emphasis Topics for the 1st Exam
  2. Emphasis Topics for the 2nd Exam
  3. Emphasis Topics for the 3rd Exam
  4. Emphasis Topics for the Final Exam


Spring Semester, 2001

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