CH318L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

for UU 2007

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CH 318 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II


UU 2007 HOZ


Chernovitz, Patricia

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summer 2007    8 weeks

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Course Description:
Application of techniques learned in 317L to carry out synthesis. Modifications of introduction of functional groups of a given substrate. CO-REQUISITE: CH 318. 0:4:1

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Use and interpret spectroscopic analysis methods (NMR, UV-Vis, IR, GC-MS etc.) of organic compounds using the instruments available in the laboratory.
  2. Demonstrate competency in the techniques involved in synthetic process of organic chemistry.
  3. Synthesize and manipulate molecules from one functional group to another using the synthesis and reactions learned in CH318.
  4. Write a professional report.
  5. Perform qualitative analysis of organic compounds.
  6. Integrate and apply information and techniques learned (chromatography, distillation, crystallizations etc) in CH317L to CH318L.

Core Assessment:

This will be a final exam worth 20-25% of the final grade.  It will have the following:

  • contain questions on 70-90% of the core learning objectives,
  • have some short answer questions,
  • assess terminology taught in the course as per learning objectives,
  • some element of compare and contrast of concepts covered in the learning objectives,
  • 30-50% of the exam will assess the synthetic processes as covered in the learning objectives,
  • 15-20% of the exam will assess the nomenclature covered in the learning objectives, and
  • 10-20% of the exam will be on spectroscopic analysis.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:


COURSE ASSESSMENT: COURSE ASSESSMENT: Lab technique, notebook, and results


Lab technique: You are required to have presence of mind while working in the lab. You will be graded on how well you receive instructions, cleanliness of bench space, presence of mind, common sense etc. This semester you will be graded on lab technique.

Lab notebook: This should be a hard cover notebook (or the continuation of the book you have from CH317). Try obtaining one that has page numbers in it so you don't have to number each page. Lab notebook is an integral part of any laboratory. It should be kept neat and updated.

Few guidelines

1) number all pages
2) leave a few pages in the front for table of contents
3) write only on the right hand side of the notebook
4) always write in third person past tense (e.g. The melting point was found to be.... rather than " I took the melting point and .....)

5) if you make a mistake just draw a line through it rather than painting it black.

6) lab notebooks should be brought to each lab and written as the lab proceeds rather than writing the procedure at home.

Your lab notebook will be graded on the following points:

1) completion of lab experiment data ie the title, materials, procedure, calculations, conclusion etc.

2) mention of all the points during the lab procedure (including any changes you might have made)

3) after the third experiment points will be taken off for grammar.

4) make sure the spelling of technical words and compounds is correct

Product: In cases where you will submit the product the grading will be done on the basis of the following points:

1) dryness of the product
2) color of the product
3) cleanliness of the product
4) how clean the sample container is
5) data on the product (melting/boiling point, percent yield, spectrum, interpretation of results, etc.)


CAUTION: We will be dealing with chemical compounds during the course hence the following are mandatory for the whole semester



You must always wear goggles in the lab. (Glasses are insufficient for organic labs).


Absolutely no eating, drinking or smoking in the lab.


You should consider taking the lab another time if you are pregnant.


No shorts or short skirts in the lab.


Always wear shoes in the lab.


PUNCTUALITY IS A MUST. All lab instructions are given during the first few minutes of class, hence if you miss those you will either not know what to do or you will disturb your colleagues.

You will not be allowed to do the lab if any of the above are not followed.

Working in the lab:

*       Everyone is expected to be cautious and take their work seriously in the lab.

*       There should be no pranks or running around in the lab.

*       It is always better to look around and move, you may be safe yourself but you might hurt your neighbor.

*       Always call the instructor to your bench, do not carry around samples around unless instructed.

*       Punctuality in the lab : Most instructions and safety precautions for the lab are given in the beginning of the lab session hence it is mandatory that everyone be punctual to the lab. Anyone late by 5 mins might consider not coming to the lab at all that day. The door of the laboratory will be closed after the first five minutes of the lab session.

Additional Cautions:

*       You are encouraged to attend all labs - simply because no credit will be given for the lab that is missed or report not turned in - i.e. no makeup labs will be given.

*       Each lab is linked with the other in terms of techniques in an organic lab. You might lag behind in techniques if you miss any lab.

*       One experiment may require two lab days ie a total of 4 hours. Hence if you miss the first part of the experiment consider the whole lab as missed.




GRADING PLAN: This section is where you list your course grading plan(s) for assessment measures. Your earned final grade is bases on you performance on three examinations, a comprehensive final examination, homework, and your performance in the laboratory no more stringent than according to the following:


Technique                             100 points              A       1021 -1200 points

Notebook                              200                          B       888 -1020

Reports (14x50)                    700                          C       744 - 887

Results (MP, spect.)            200                          D       650 - 886

TOTAL                                 1200 points           F        <650



Week one      Safety                           Caffeine extraction

Week two   Purification/thinlayer analysis of caffeine   Fermentation of Sucrose

Week three   essential oils/green chemistry   Computational chemistry

Week four   Polarimetry and optical activity

Week five   Interconverstion of 4-tert-butylcyclohenanol and 4-tert-butylcyclohexanone project

Week six   Na borohydirde reduction of 4-tert-butylcyclohexanone and computational chemistry

Week seven   Synthesis of a-D-Glucose pentaacetate and b-D-Glucose pentaacetate, Kinetics

Week eight   Analysis using polarimetry, HPLC, GC



Everyone working in the laboratory is responsible for laboratory safety. Common sense will take care of most situations but if you have any questions or concerns, please ask the instructor. Anyone who seriously endangers the safety of themselves or others in the laboratory will be given only one warning. In the event that a second warning is to be issued, the student will be removed from the laboratory and a grade of zero for the laboratory experiment.

Each student must wear approved safety glasses/goggles in the laboratory. Only one warning will be given: each additional warning will result in a five-point fine.

1.       All students are required to wear goggles or other approved eye protection in the lab at all times. 

2.       An instructor must be present for you to be in the laboratory

3.       All students must come to the laboratory prepared to perform the experiment. This means that you have read and understand what you are going to do before coming to lab. Your notebook is up-to-date with your procedure written out. 

4.       The proper attire is worn, (NO shorts, short skirts, sleeveless shirts or blouses, tank tops, sandals or open-toed or open-back shoes will be allowed in the laboratory.). Your body must be covered.

5.       No FOOD or DRINK will be permitted in the laboratory at any time. (No gum, no bottled beverage, even if it is closed in your backpack. Leave it outside the room.)

6.       You should keep your bags and coats on the side benches. Under no circumstances will they be allowed to be in your work area.

7.       Chemicals are not to be removed from the laboratory.

8.       You must beware of the required safety precaution by reviewing the MSDS provided for you in the lab. 

9.       Pant cuffs must not drag on the floor.


These rules are for your protection and no exceptions will be permitted.


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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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