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Organic Chemistry II Laboratory for Non-Chemistry Majors

Summer II 2018

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



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 July 10-Safety lecture
11-Stilbene page 369
12-Stilbene continued 14
  • Stilbene Report
2 17-Stilbene Dibromide page 370
18-Diphenylacetylene page 370 19-Benzoin page 481
  • Stilbene Dibromide
  • Diphenylacetylene
3 24-Benzoin continued
25-Benzil page 482 26-Dibenzyl Ketone-Davis, R; Schultz, H.P.
Journal Organic Chemistry
1962, volume 27, page 854
  • Benzoin
  • Benzil
  • Dibenzyl Ketone
4 31-Tetraphenylcyclopentadienone page 400 August 1-Hexaphenylbenzene page 438 2-Spectroscopy


  • Tetraphenylcyclopentadienone
  • Hexaphenylbenzene

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