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Chemistry I

CHM 2210, section 2

Fall 2007
Course Syllabus
Professor Arthur W. Herriott
Textbook: Organic Chemistry by T.W.Graham Solomons and Craig B. Fryhle, Wiley, 2006.
The text comes bundled with WileyPlus, a software and on-line support system which will be
used as an integral part of the course. WileyPlus includes on-line access to the textbook in
electronic form so some students may elect to purchase only WileyPlus without the hardback

Website: is the website for this class. You

will need a registration number, which comes packaged with your text book, or if you elect not to
buy the text, you will need to purchase a registration. This site will be used for course
assignments and materials.

Clickers: An iclicker will be used in the class to obtain feedback on current topics and to
record attendance. Only the iclicker brand will work. Frequency is AC and will need to be
reentered each class.

Optional materials: Sets of molecular models are available in the bookstore and many
students find these helpful in visualizing the 3-dimensional components of organic molecules.
Also a paperback Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language, by David Klein, is published by
Wiley as an added support for the course; most of it is also in the Wileyplus materials.

Regular Class Meetings: Tuesday, Thursday - 6:25-8:05. CP 145. As a courtesy to all,

please be prompt and turn off cell phones.

Review sessions: Saturday morning, 10 am, the week before the first two exams. These are
optional and will focus on problem solving and practice.

Prerequisite and Co-requisite: General Chemistry II is a prerequisite. The Organic

Chemistry I laboratory is a co-requisite, or pre-requisite.

Office hours: CP 312 Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 to 6:00. Other times may be scheduled by
Website: see Wiley site above or or via FIU chemistry department page
Telephone: 305-348-2037

Determination of grades: There will be five grades for the semester, with three regular exams
counting 20% each, a comprehensive final counting 40%, and a grade for homework and class
partication counting 20%. This adds up to 120%, so the lowest 20% of your grades will be
dropped. There will be no makeup exams for any circumstances; if you miss an exam, that is the
score that will be dropped. If you elect not to submit homework and participate in the class, you
may still conceivably excel, but lose the flexibility of dropping a low exam grade. If the final
exam is your lowest score, then the final will count only 20% instead of 40%. Approximate
overall final grading scale will be: 90% for an A, 78% for a B, 65% for a C, and 55% for a D
grade, note that the final averages will be higher than the average of all the individual tests since
the lowest grades for each student are ultimately dropped.

Working problems: Organic Chemistry is a contact sport, in which you learn by doing, not
just observing. Regular practice at solving problems is essential to mastering organic chemistry.
Homework assignments will assigned regularly and counted as part of a grade, as noted above.
Any written work collected will not be graded or returned to you, but the assignments will
checked and credited for completion.

Academic Honesty: Study groups are highly recommended for working on problems, but
collaboration on exams is not acceptable. Examinations will be proctored carefully and no
notes, books, cell phones, laptops, etc. are permitted. Any academic dishonesty will vigorously
pursued, to protect the rights of all students. Each exam will require your signature stating that
you have neither given nor received any assistance during the exam.

Exam Schedule (tentative)

First Exam

Thursday, Sept. 27

Chapters 1-4

Second Exam

Thursday, Oct. 25

Chapters 5-7

Third Exam

Thursday, Nov. 29

Chapters 8, 10-11

Final Exam

Tuesday, Dec. 11 (8 pm)

Comprehensive + Chapter 12