Home ] Moodle ]

The content of this site may change at any time!

Refresh your browser to make sure you have the most current version of this page.  For some browsers (Chrome) you may even have to restart your browser to see new content.



Organic Chemistry I Laboratory for Non-Chemistry Majors

Summer I 2018

Text: Experimental Organic Chemistry A Small-Scale Approach, 2nd Edition, Wilcox & Wilcox.

Please note that the scale of each experiment may be changed.


Carl Dirk, 10:30 am to 1:25 pm, MTW, cdirk at utep dot edu, ext. 7560, Office PSCI 309C.

Hemant Sharma, 1:30 to 4:20 pm, MTW, hsharma at utep dot edu, ext. 7565, Office 411D.

Assistant Instructors: 

10:30 am to 1:25 pm, MTW

1:30 to 4:20 pm, MTW

Week Tuesday
Pre-labs in CCSB 1.0506
Pre-labs in CCSB 1.0506
Pre-labs in CCSB 1.0506
Lab reports due by 9 am, no excuses!

All Sections!

1 June 12-Laboratory Safety, and IR (Read Chapter 13) and NMR (Read Chapter 15) 13-Melting Points (8.4 A) 14-Crystallization (8.4 B) 16
  • Melting Points
  • Crystallization
2 19-Simple vs. Fractional Distillation (5.4 B) 20-Extraction (9.7 D) and Sublimation (8.3) 21-Chromatography (10.7 C) 23
  • Simple vs. Fractional Distillation
  • Extraction and Sublimation
  • Chromatography
3 26-SN1 Reaction (18.3 C) 27-Chemical Kinetics (20.4) 28-Synthesis of Aspirin (49.2 A) 30
  • SN1 Reaction
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Synthesis of Aspirin
4 July 3-E1 Reaction (21.5 A) and Steam Distillation (7) 4-Holiday-No Lab! 5-Isopentyl Acetate (Modified 30.2.a) 7
  • E1 Reaction and Steam Distillation
  • Isopentyl Acetate
  • IR
  • NMR

Required materials (You will be turned away and earn a zero in attendance for missing safety attire!):

  1. The book
  2. Goggles (not safety glasses) A seal should form around your eyes.
  3. Pants (not shorts) Your legs must be covered.
  4. Shoes (not sandals) Your feet must be completely covered.
  5. A lab coat

What you should be learning:

  1. Know the dangers of each laboratory including how to mitigate your risk.
  2. Read and understand all the chapter and not just the experimental procedure. 
  3. Make sure that you can draw all structures and mechanisms for each lab. 
  4. Be able to apply a given mechanism to other reagents because we are not just cooks!
  5. Understand which fundamental mechanism you are applying (Addition, Elimination or Substitution) including the stereochemical consequences.
  6. Understand whether a reaction is an oxidation, reduction or not a net redox reaction.
  7. Be able to calculate the yield of a reaction. 
    1. structure to formula conversion,
    2. formula to molecular weight conversion,
    3. ml to grams via density and vice-versa,
    4. grams to moles,
    5. what is the limiting reagents,
    6. what is the stoichiometry of the reaction.
  8. Understand why a particular procedure was followed.
  9. Remember that this semester, this lab is your job.

Your grade will consist of:

  1. 1/3 attendance. You must participate fully in the lab, and not come and go as you please!
  2. 1/3 laboratory Quizzes. Quizzes will open by 5 pm the day before each lab and close by 8 am on the corresponding lab day.
  3. 1/3 laboratory Reports.  Reports will open by 5 pm Thursday and close by 9 am Saturday mornings.

A > 89.5 %, B > 79.5 %, C > 69.5 %, D > 59.5 %



jsal at utep dot edu

PSCI 203C, 308

Telephone: (915) 747-5704

Office Hours: MF 10:30 am to noon or by appointment in PSCI 203C or 308