The University of Missouri at Columbia
Chemistry 2050 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry - Fall Semester 2005

Professor Dr. Rainer Glaser
Office 321 Chemistry Building
Telephone (573) 882-0331
Course Web Site
Lab. Lecture
MTW 11:00 - 11:50, 103 Schlundt Hall
F 11:00 - 11:50, 103 Schlundt Hall
First Lecture Monday, August 22, 2005
Office Hours W 10:00-10:50am, F 2:00-2:50pm

Course Goals

Organic chemistry is pervasive in every aspect of modern life. Chemistry is the central science and every science major needs to master chemistry. Many consumer choices, economic choices and political choices require the understanding and competent application of chemical concepts. Chemistry knowledge thus informs both the professional life of a science major as well as his/her life as good citizen in a democratic society. It is the goal of this course to teach students the abilities to ...

[1] Learn the (symbolic) language of organic chemistry.
[2] Develop clear conceptual ideas and quantitative knowledge about the sources, properties, reactions and uses of organic chemical materials.
[3] Access online journals and databases and extract information form these sources.

Aristotle's World

Aristotle (384-322 BC) was very wrong ... we are getting better but beware!

The Modern World

Organic Chemistry
A Brief Introduction By Example

A very simple piece of DNA is shown. Understanding DNA is of interest to many areas including Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Medicine, ... and of course Philosophy. To begin to understand anything about this very special molecule we need to analyze the molecule and then test hypotheses we have come up with.

recognize building blocks and functional groups
recognize properties of fragments
connections between building blocks
polymerization of monomer
3d-stereochemistry of monomers & polymers
structure determination

Course Materials

Course Materials I. Books and Model Sets.
(1) Required: R. C. Atkins and F. A. Carey, Organic Chemistry: A Brief Course, 3rd edition, 2002, McGraw-Hill, Dubuque, IA. ISBN 0-07-231944-5.
(2) Recommended: Student Solutions Manual to accompany item (1). ISBN 0-07-231945-3.
(3) Required: HGS Molecular Model Set, C Set for Organic Chemistry, W. H. Freeman and Company. ISBN 0716748223.

Course Materials II. Laboratory Teaching Materials.
The majority of the educational materials used in the laboratory were developed by faculty of the Department of Chemistry while some materials are adopted from other sources. All of these materials are available online. Hardcopies will be provided in the Friday lectures.


I. Lectures
Try to read the material before it is covered in class. We want to "talk about chemistry" in class. After the lecture, read the material again and test yourself, possibly in small groups. If uncertainties remain, review the material again, talk to one of the teaching assitants, or come to see me during office hours.

II. Laboratory
The 3-hour laboratory sessions constitute an essential part of Chemistry 2050 and six sections are offered. Experiments will be discussed in the Friday lecture of the week preceeding the performance of the experiment. For details about the laboratory component of Chemistry 2050, see In The Laboratory.

III. Exercises
Work as many problems in the book as you like. You are not required to return the answers. You should work these problems on your own, discuss difficult issues and check answers with the members of your collaborative group.

Examinations and Grading

      Examinations / Activities      Points
      Exam 1                           100
      Exam 2                           100
      Exam 3                           100
      Final                            200
      LECTURE TOTAL .................. 500
      In the Laboratory                240 (12 * 20) by TA  
      Lab Performance                   10 by TA 
      Lab Test                         150 by Lab Coordinator
      LAB TOTAL ...................... 400

      Course Total ................... 900

      Grade A+ above 95%, grade A above 90%, grade A- above 85%, 
      Grade B+ above 80%, grade B above 75%, grade B- above 70%,
      Grade C+ above 65%, grade C above 60%, grade C- above 55%,
      Grade D+ above 50%, grade D above 45%, grade D- above 40%;  
      Grade F  less than 40%.  
In concert with the policy of the Department of Chemistry, there will be no make-up exams. If you know in advance, that you will not be able to take an exam for a certain reason, talk to the instructor before the date of that test. If you miss a test without a legitimate reason, you will receive a score of zero points for that test.

Relevant University Regulations

Final Examination. Time and date of the final examination are determined by Article V of the Academic Regulations which are designed to protect students from irregularities in the administration of final examinations. The following two excerpts from Article V are relevant to this graduate class. (1) No teacher will hold an examination during any time other than the regular meeting time of the class or the time as approved by the Registrar for both final and multi-section examinations. The only exception is that examinations in courses numbered 400 and above may be conducted at any time agreeable to both the teacher and the students. (2) No examination may be held during Stop Day.

Academic Honesty. Academic honesty is fundamental to activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter. Sanctions for such a breach may include academic sanctions from the instructor, including failing the course for any violation, to disciplinary sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor. (09/27/05, see Office of the Provost recommendation on syllabus information.)

Instructional Communication Policy. MU is determined to promote effective communication between students and academic personnel involved in instruction. To report communication problems with the instructor or the teaching assistants, please contact Dr. John Adams, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Chemistry; e-mail:

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform me immediately. Please see me privately after class, or at my office. To request academic accommodations (for example, a note taker), students must also register with Disability Services, AO38 Brady Commons, 882-4696. It is the campus office responsible for reviewing documentation provided by students requesting academic accommodations, and for accommodations planning in cooperation with students and instructors, as needed and consistent with course requirements. For other MU resources for students with disabilities, click on "Disability Resources" on the MU Home Page (upper right) or visit the Disability Services web site. (1/20/03)

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