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CHEM 237 A: Organic Chemistry

Summer Term: 
Full-term
Meeting Time: 
MWF 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 
* *
SLN: 
10708
Instructor:
Samantha Robinson
Samantha Robinson

Syllabus Description:

SYNCHRONOUS LECTURES

MWF 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT

Direct Link to Meeting

Meeting ID: 966 3269 7129
Passcode: CHEM237

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

Registration Questions

Chemistry Department Undergraduate Services | chemugs@uw.edu

Course Instructor

Dr. Samantha Robinson | sjconnel@uw.edu

Mark Bertolami (Teaching Assistant) | mberto@uw.edu

 

COURSE SECTIONS

Student participation in Zoom in synchronous discussion section (60-minute time on Tuesdays) 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 Mark 9:40am - 10:40am 926 3695 5210 SUDSAA
AB Mark 10:50 - 11:50am 956 9968 8093 SUDSAB
AC Mark 12:00 - 1:00pm 924 6851 9536 SUDSAC
AD Mark 4:40 - 5:40pm 953 9374 2758 SUDSAD

COURSE MATERIALS & CONNECTIVITY

        • 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

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.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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


See a more specific breakdown of objectives & skills per chapter in the Canvas site.


COURSE COMPONENTS & GRADING

The course consists of:

    • 3 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 Achieve online homework platform
    • Online exams administered through Gradescope

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

Exams

79%

 

4 midterm exams (15% each, drop lowest)

45%

 

1 cumulative final exam

34%

Participation

13%

 

9 discussion sections (1% each, drop 1 lowest)

8%

 

Auxiliary Assignments

5%

Achieve Online Homework (~1% per chapter, drop 1 assignment)

8%

TOTAL

100%

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON CANVAS

Academic Ethics

Classroom Climate

Access & Accommodations

Keys to Success & Help Resources

Course Communication

Course Schedules: Assignment Due Dates + Reading Schedule

Zoom Links & Meeting Information

Office Hours & Help Sessions Schedule

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 World (NW)
Credits: 
4.0
Status: 
Active
Section Type: 
Lecture
Last updated: 
August 25, 2021 - 7:53am
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