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Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Spring 2019

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

Instructors:  Mortazavi, Ornelas

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


Week Date (Note that our week begins on Tuesdays up until April 1!) Activity
1 January 22-28 Laboratory Safety
2 January 29-February 4 Melting Points (8.4 A)
3 February 5-11 Crystallization (8.4 B)
4 February 12-18 Simple vs. Fractional Distillation (5.4 B)
5 February 19-25 Extraction (9.7 D) and Sublimation (8.3)
6 February 26-March 4 Chromatography (10.7 C)
7 March 5-11 SN1 Reaction (18.3 C)
8 March 12-25 (The Monday labs are meeting March 25!) Chemical Kinetics (20.4)
9 March  18-23 Your lab reports are due but no labs during Spring Break!
10 March 26-30 No labs because of the Friday holiday!
11 April 1-6 Synthesis of Aspirin (49.2 A)
12 April 8-13  E1 Reaction (21.5 A) and Steam Distillation (7)
13 April 15-20 Your lab reports are due but no labs because of the Friday holiday!
14 April 22-27 Isopentyl Acetate (Modified 30.2.a)
15 April 29-May 4 IR (Read Chapter 13)-NMR (Read Chapter 15)
16 May 6-11 Two lab reports are due but no labs because of Dead Day!


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 the day before your lab day (one day).
  3. 1/3 laboratory Reports.  Reports will open the day after your lab day and will close the day before your next lab day (six days).

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



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Telephone: (915) 747-5704

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