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Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Spring 2018

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

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

Instructors:  Castro, Michael, Pardo, Sharma, Zhu

Week Date (Note that our week begins on Tuesdays except for the last week!) Activity
1 January 15-19 No TAs-No Labs
2 January 22-26 Laboratory Safety
3 January 29-February 2 Benzaldehyde page 75
4 February 5-9 Stilbene page 369
5 February 12-16 Stilbene continued
6 February 19-23 Stilbene Dibromide page 370
7 February 26-March 2 Diphenylacetylene page 370
8 March 5-9 Benzoin page 481-IR Review
9 March 12-16 Your lab reports are due but no labs during Spring Break!
10 March 19-23 Benzoin continued-NMR Review
11 March 26-30 Your lab reports are due but no labs because of the Friday holidays!
12 April 2-6 Benzil page 482
13 April 9-13 Dibenzyl Ketone-Davis, R; Schultz, H.P.
Journal Organic Chemistry
1962, volume 27, page 854
14 April 16-20 Tetraphenylcyclopentadienone page 400
15 April 23-27 Hexaphenylbenzene page 438
16 April 30-May 4 Your 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.

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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PSCI 203C, 308

Telephone: (915) 747-5704

Office Hours: TR 9 to 10:30 or by appointment in PSCI 203C or 308