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June 23, 2015 Syllabus for Chemistry 118A : Organic Chemistry for Health and Life Sciences

June 23, 2015

Syllabus for Chemistry 118A : Organic Chemistry for Health and Life Sciences The University of California, Davis Campus

Instructor: Daniel J. Nurco, M.Sc. (Animal Biology), Ph.D. (Ag. and Environmental Chemistry) Instructor’s Office: Chemistry Building, room 175 Instructor’s Email: Email policy: Please include “Chem118A” in the subject line of your emails to Dr. Nurco and the Chemistry 118A TAs. For questions requiring lengthy responses please see Dr. Nurco or a TA in person during scheduled office hours. Generally, course administrative questions are addressed via email while questions about course material are not answered via email. Lecture Meeting Location: Kleiber 3 Lecture Meeting Time: 2:10 3:50 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during UCD’s Summer Session I, 2015.

Instructor’s Office Hours: Wednesdays from 5:30 6:30 PM in Chemistry 175 and for 20 minutes at the end of each Lecture in Kleiber 3. Additional Office Hours are to be announced.


Email addresses

Discussion Sections, Times, and Locations

TA Office Hours Times and Location


Shuo Wang

A01, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 10:15 AM in Storer 1342 A03, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:10 5:25 PM in Storer 1342

Post Discussion Office Hours will take place for 30 minutes at the end of each Discussion Section at the Discussion location. Final Exam week office hours will take place during scheduled Discussion meeting times and during post Discussion Office hour times and they will be located in Chemistry Annex 1480A. Additional TA Office

Hours are to



A02, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 10:15 AM in Wellman 207 A07, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:10 5:25 PM in Wickson 1038



A06, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 9:05 AM in Wellman 105 A04, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:05 10:15 AM in Wellman 105


announced. There will be no office hours after the final exam or on exam days after the exam.

Student Academic Success Center Office Hours and Workshops: Please visit their website ( to find up-to-date availability and times of their resources. They will have drop-in tutoring available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10-12 AM in Dutton Hall, room 2258. Regarding Office Hours: All Chemistry 118A students are welcomed and encouraged to attend the office hours of any 118A Teaching Assistant and Dr. Nurco’s.

Chemistry 118A Syllabus, Summer Session I 2012, UC Davis Combined Lecture, Discussion, and Office Hour Schedule:


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday 8:00 - 8:15 AM 8:15 - 8:30 8-9:15 AM 8-9:05
8:00 - 8:15 AM
8:15 - 8:30
8-9:15 AM
8-9:05 AM
8:30 - 8:45
A06 Discussion
A06 Discussion
8:45 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:15
9-10:15 AM
9-10:15 AM
9:15- 9:30
A01 Discussion
9:15 - 9:45 AM
A01 Discussion
9:05-10:15 AM
9:30 - 9:45
A02 Discussion
post-Disc OHs
A02 Discussion
A04 Discussion
9:45 -10:00
A04 Discussion
10:00 - 10:15
10:15- 10:30
10:15 - 10:45 AM
10:15 - 10:45 AM
10:30 -10:45
post-Disc OHs
post-Disc OHs
10:15 - 11 AM
10:45 - 11:00
post-Disc OHs
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:30
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:15 PM
12:15 - 12:30
12:30- 12:45
12:10 - 1:25 PM
12:10 - 1:25 PM
12:45- 1:00
1:00 - 1:15
A08 Discussion
A08 Discussion
1:15 - 1:30
1:30 - 1:45
1:25 - 1:55 PM
1:25 - 1:55 PM
1:45 - 2:00
post-Disc OHs
post-Disc OHs
2:00 - 2:15
2:15 - 2:30
2:30 - 2:45
2:45 - 3:00
2:10 - 3:50 PM
3:00 - 3:15
Lecture in Kleiber 3
3:15 - 3:30
3:30 - 3:45
3:45 - 4:00
4:00 - 4:15
3:50-4:10 PM, Dr. Nurco OHs in Kleiber 3
4:15 - 4:30
4:30 - 4:45
4:10 - 5:25 PM
4:10 - 5:25 PM
4:45- 5:00
A03 Discussion
A03 Discussion
5:00 - 5:15
A07 Discussion
A07 Discussion
5:15 -5:30
5:30 - 5:45
5:25 - 5:55 PM
5:30 - 6:30 PM
5:25 - 5:55 PM
5:45 - 6:00
post-Disc OHs
Dr. Nurco OHs
post-Disc OHs
6:00 - 6:15
Kleiber 3
6:15 - 6:30

Required Course Materials: Lecture text: Peter Vollhardt & Neil Schore, "Organic Chemistry, Structure and Function, 7th Edition" and N. Schore, "Study Guide/Solutions Manual, 7th Edition", a Chemistry 118A Discussion Booklet (available at the UCD Bookstore for about $4.00), and Molecular Model set for Organic Chemistry. The prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry is quite good and is available online. The Maruzen HGS Set for Organic Chemistry is also good and is available in the UCD Bookstore and numerous model sets are available online.

Note 1: an electronic version of the textbook—an “eBook”—is available directly from the publisher for about 1/2 the price of a new hardcopy text; go to for details. Note 2: deeply discounted “bundles” containing the textbook, study guide, and model set should be in stock at the bookstore. Everything should be available individually as well.

Supplementary Materials (these are not to give you more work to do; they are to help you): Web supplements

Chemistry 118A Syllabus, Summer Session I 2012, UC Davis 3 to the textbook have animations and supplementary problems. Find these at Course Website: Please access the course website through the UCD SmartSite system at for important materials, including grades and announcements. Regularly accessing this website and checking your email is a required component of this course. For computing technical issues please contact UCD IT Express at telephone number 530-754-4357.

The SmartSite Gradebook: All grades for quizzes and exams will be available for students to see on the SmartSite Gradebook. It is the responsibility of students to verify that grades written on returned exams and quizzes are the same as grades shown in the SmartSite Gradebook. If students encounter errors where the gradebook numerical grade does not match the numerical grade written on an exam or quiz they need to send an email to Dr. Nurco describing the problem. The email must have Chem 118A written in the subject line. For all quizzes and exams except for the final exam, the deadline for reporting such transcription errors is July 26, 2015 or 24 hours after the item is returned to the student, whichever is later.

Discussion Section Quizzes: There will be quizzes during the first Discussion section meetings of the second and fourth weeks of the session. The material that could appear on quizzes includes the cumulative Lecture, Discussion, and Homework material covered through the previous Thursday. Each quiz will have one or more questions directly from the homework questions listed in this syllabus.


Quiz 1 Midterm Exam 1 Quiz 2 Midterm Exam 2 Final Exam (cumulative)

All quizzes and exams are based upon the cumulative material covered through the previous Thursday’s lecture and Discussion. The final exam will be weighted towards material covered subsequent to the second midterm exam.

5% (Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1) 25% (Tuesday, July 7) 10% (Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15) 25% (Tuesday, July 21) 35% (Thursday, July 30)

Early/Late Exam Policy: There will be no early or late quizzes or examinations given.

Missed Quiz/Exam Policy: The only excuse that will be accepted is a documented medical reason accompanied by a note from an M.D. explaining that your condition physically precluded you from coming to class and taking the exam. Any student missing a quiz or exam for any other reason will get a zero for the quiz or exam. The course grade for a student with a valid medical reason for missing a quiz or midterm exam will be determined by the average of their other course work. Students who miss the final exam will be given a grade of “Incomplete” only if they have a valid reason for their absence (as above) and a passing grade on the average of their completed course work. In any other cases students who miss the final exam will obtain a zero for the exam and their course grade will be averaged appropriately.

Re-evaluation of Graded Exams: Only after you have looked at the released exam key and compared it with your exam, if you think you deserve more points on an exam question than you were given please do the following: Write a short note indicating the issue, staple it to a photocopy of the page in question, and give it to Dr. Nurco by the announced deadline. You will be informed of the re-evaluation decision via email. Do not make any marks or changes on the test that is returned to you. You may make marks in a colored pen on the photocopy that you give to Dr. Nurco.

Chemistry 118A Syllabus, Summer Session I 2012, UC Davis


Attendance Policy: You are expected to attend all lectures and discussions and very strongly encouraged to use office hours and review sessions.

Suggested End-of-Chapter Problems and Material Coverage Schedule*: For practice and study from the textbook, you do not need to hand in the answers


1. Most (if not all) mid-Chapter Exercises should be attempted for drill purposes.

2. You are strongly advised to get a study group together and meet regularly. There is one Team Problem at the

end of every Chapter designed to help you work with Chapter concepts as a group.

3. Use the Chapter Integration Problem in each Chapter to help you prepare to do the Problems.

If a topic is not discussed in lecture or in the Discussion sessions, and no end of chapter Problems are

assigned concerning it, you can assume it will NOT appear on the exams.

Chapter in Textbook


Chapter Title

Assigned Homework Problems

Chapter 1

Structure and Bonding


2533, 3547, 50-57

Chapter 2

Structure and Reactivity


26-48, 54-58

Chapter 3

The Reactions of Alkanes


15, 16, 19-32, 38, 46-48

Chapter 4



2127, 29-32, 36, 41, 43, 45, 50,



Chapter 5




Chapter 11






and Alkene NMR: Section 11-4


Chapter 10







Chapter 6








Nucleophilic Substitution


Chapter 7












Chapter 8






Chapter 9

Further Reactions of Alcohols and the Chemistry of Ethers


* - the class and homework schedule may be subject modification. ** - TBA = to be announced