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CHEM 237 A: Organic Chemistry

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:00am - 12:20pm
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Samantha Robinson
Samantha Robinson

Syllabus Description:


TTh 11:00am - 12:20pm PDT

Direct Link to Meeting

Meeting ID: 944 6663 5796

Passcode: CHEM237A

Synchronous sessions will be recorded and (barring technical glitches) available via Canvas site.

Registration Questions

Chemistry Department Undergraduate Services |

Course Instructor

Dr. Samantha Robinson |



Student participation in Zoom in synchronous discussion section (50-minute time on Wednesdays) is expected. Zoom links in Canvas.

If you need to miss discussion section or an exam, please submit this form.

Section (Link to Zoom) TA Time Meeting ID Passcode
AA Zoe 8:30am - 9:20am 935 2298 9310 237aa
AB Zoe 9:30am - 10:20am 992 1575 6392 237ab
AC Zoe 10:30am - 11:20am 985 9921 2477 237ac
AD Ricardo 1:30pm - 2:20pm 957 3798 8029 CHEM237AD
AE Ricardo 2:30pm - 3:20pm 946 9868 6895 CHEM237AE
AF Zoe 3:30pm - 4:20pm 971 1785 9228 237af


        • Textbook: Loudon & Parise, Organic Chemistry, 6th Edition
        • Solutions Manual for Organic Chemistry
        • Molecular Model Kit

(More Information available on the Textbook Information Page)

Internet and Instructional Technology

    • Access to a computer or tablet

Need a device? Try Student Technology Loan Program funded by Student Technology Fees

    • Daily online access
    • Internet access
      • Students in WA State w/o broadband internet service: visit WA State Drive-in wifi hotpsots
      • Students outside of WA State: search for local options for free wi-fi access provided in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (libraries, drive-in locations, etc.)
    • For Zoom Discussion Sections you must be able to participate by voice.

If your computer/tablet does not have a working microphone, you may need to log in with your phone as well as your computer/tablet.

    • Ability to convert a sheet of paper and/or file into a pdf.
      • You do NOT need a printer or separate scanner for this course, but submissions cannot be a group of individual image files.
      • Free scanning apps are available for smartphones (such as Genius Scan and Scannable) – the Gradescope Rehearsal Assignment has more details for using these apps.
    • UW Academic Support Programs Technology Access webpage

Information and resources for technology access during remote learning.


Students who successfully complete CHEM 237 will be able to

  • Describe the core physical and chemical principles that explain bonding in organic molecules

  •  Convert between names, two-dimensional representations, and three-dimensional structures of organic compounds

  •  Identify acids and bases using both the Lewis and Bronsted frameworks

  •  Use the Lewis acid-base framework to describe organic reactions using curved-arrow mechanisms and use those mechanisms to predict the specific results of those reactions

  •  Describe how the three-dimensional shape of organic molecules can lead to handedness and different conformations

  •  Predict the major product of organic reactions based on reactant structure and reaction conditions


The course consists of:

    • 2 synchronous sessions per week – Recordings will be posted in Canvas

Note – recordings are generally not available for several hours after class. We will do our best to provide complete recordings, but occasional technical glitches may result in incomplete recordings.

    • 1 synchronous discussion section per week – with TA via Zoom. Participation credit is awarded for group work during the call. Sessions will NOT be recorded.
    • Daily work in the Sapling Online Homework platform
    • Online exams administered through Gradescope

The point distribution for the evaluative components of the course is as follows:




4 midterm exams (15% each, drop lowest)



1 final exam





10 discussion sections (1% each, drop 2 lowest)



Auxiliary Assignments


Sapling Online Homework (~1% per chapter, drop 2 assignments)




Some additional notes on grading:

  • The final median GPA in Chemistry 237 generally falls between 2.6-2.9.
  • It is the Chemistry Department’s policy not to make grade changes of 0.1 after final class grades are submitted to the UW Registrar.
  • Your scores for the various assignments and exams will be recorded using the online Gradebooks in Canvas.


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Catalog Description: 
First course for students planning to take three quarters of organic chemistry. Structure, nomenclature, reactions, and synthesis of the main types of organic compounds. No organic laboratory accompanies this course. No more than 5 credits can be counted toward graduation from the following course group: CHEM 220, CHEM 223, CHEM 237, CHEM 335. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 1.7 in either CHEM 153, CHEM 155, or CHEM 162. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
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Last updated: 
June 15, 2021 - 10:54pm