University of Missouri-Columbia
Chemistry 2100 - Organic Chemistry I - WS 2007

Professor Dr. Rainer Glaser
Office 321 Chemistry Building
Course Web Site
Lectures MWF 9 - 9:50am, Waters Auditorium
First Lecture Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Office Hours TR 10 - 10:30am

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.

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

For the purpose of testing and performance assessment, the course content is defined by the activities during regularly scheduled meeting times.

Wade, ORG CHEM & COMP WEBSITE & GR TRACKR & S/M & MOLEC 6/e, ISBN 0136134254, retail price: $221. Price if components were purchased separately: Book $168, Model kit $20 ($10 in package), Study Guide/Solution Manual $88 ($44 in package), Companion Website Access code $24 (free in package).


Evaluated Activities           Points
Quiz #1                           50
Quiz #2                           50
Exam #1                          100
Exam #2                          100
Exam #3                          100
Final                            200      
Course Total                     600
Quizzes (50 points each) are in class and can happen at any time. Exams (100 points each) are announced, one-hour, in-class examinations (see Schedule).

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. An effort will be made to arrange for a pre-test. If you miss a test without a legitimate reason, you will receive a score of zero points for that test.

Tutoring Support

The Learning Center offers a Science Help Session for "2100 Organic Chem 1" on Monday and Wednesday, 5-6pm, A&S 233, starting January 22, and Stephen Eikermann is the LC-funded tutor.

The Department of Chemistry support one GTA to assist with the teaching of Chem 2100. This GTA is Ms. Papiya Majumdar and she will join the tutoring sessions organized by the Learning Center. In addition, feel free to contact Papiya to set up additional meetings with her. (We might adjust the TA support as the semester progresses and announcements will be made in class and on the discussion board as needed.)

Relevant University Regulations

Final Examination. The final examination is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2007, 10:30am - 12:30pm (added 03/01/07). 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 8000 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, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor. Proven academic dishonesty will be reported to the Provost for Academic Affairs and the student's Dean.

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.

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