The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 

Department of Chemistry and Physics


Course: CHM 2500-001, "Organic Chemistry I"                                                                               

Lab:  CHM 2500-700, 701, 702 "Organic Chemistry I Lab"

Term: Fall 2012

Meetings for the course: MWF 8:00 am – 8:50 am, SCI 3231                                   

Meetings for the lab: M 12:30 pm-3:20 pm, W 10:10 am-1:00 pm and F 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm,  SCI 3115

Office Hours: 9.00 am-10.00 am MTWRF, or by appointment

Professor:  Cornelia Tirla                  


Literature Resources:

Class text –F. A. Carey; R. M. Giuliano  "Organic Chemistry" eight edition, Mc Graw Hill

Lab text   K. Williamsom, R.D. Minard, K.M. Masters “Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments”, fifth edition.                                      

web literature - some useful resources are


Objectives: The activities associated with this course are designed to provide students an understanding of the fundamental principles of organic chemistry and to foster the ability to solve problems, to write and speak clearly, and to think critically and creatively.


Description: This course will be concerned with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental theories and practices of organic chemistry sufficient for subsequent entry into programs/courses requiring an organic chemistry competency, the workforce, or graduate professional programs of study. Emphasis will be placed on classification of compounds, names and structures, reactions, synthesis and mechanism; introductory spectroscopy and bio-organic topics.


Lab safety: Students must follow all written and verbal instructions regarding safe lab procedures. A written copy of lab safety policies will be provided. Failure to comply with these rules may result in dismissal from the lab. Eye protection must be worn at all times in the lab. Personal electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers should not be brought to the lab with you.


Format: The conventional lecture format will be the primary teaching method employed in this course. Because of the importance of the literature data in chemistry, students should bring the class text book to each class meeting to allow for participation in group problem-solving sessions.


Lab will begin with a briefing in a classroom to be designated by the instructor. Please read your lab and be prepared with any questions you have regarding the procedure or the written report. During the lab period please concentrate first on completing the required experimental procedures, measurements, and observations. Calculations and questions are a secondary priority if they can be done outside the lab period. These priorities are essential if labs are to be completed. Information for each experiment must be recorded in the lab notebook and initialed by the instructor prior to leaving lab. Reports to turn in will be written from the information recorded in the lab notebook. The format for notebooks and written reports will be provided for each experiment. Because of the importance of the safety in chemistry, students should bring  lab coat and appropriate safety eyewear. All the experiments will be described in a quad ruler bound notebook (available from the instructor).


Any student with a documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or hearing disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first week) as possible.  All discussions will remain confidential.  Please contact Disability Support Services,  DF Lowry Building, Room 103 or call 910-521-6695.


Evaluation/Grading: Graded assignments will be scored on a 100-point scale. Letter grades for the course will be assigned according to the following scale:
100-95=A, 94-90=A-, 89-87=B+, 86-83=B, 82-80=B-, 79-77=C+, 76-73=C, 72-70=C-, 69-67=D+, 66-63=D, 62-60=D-, 59 and below=F.
These letter grades will then be converted to the 4-point QPA scale by the University Registrar's Office prior to being recorded on student transcripts (see p. 42 of the UNCP catalog). 

 Class(75%): Graded assignments for this course will include four preterm tests (60%) and a comprehensive final exam (15%).  Pertinent questions and problems will frequently be suggested for work outside of class, though submission of these assignments is not required.

Lab (25%) : Graded assignments for this course will include the lab reports (60%), notebook (10%) a midterm test (15%) and a final exam (15%).  All lab reports are due the next week following the experiment. For each day of delay you lose 10% of the grade. Now lab report will be do after 10 days. No lab report can be accepted after the final test in lab.

Attendance:   Poor attendance typically results in poor performance on graded assignments and, consequently, low course grades.  Though attendance per se is not factored into this course's grading scheme, students will be required to sign an attendance roster at each class meeting for purely bookkeeping purposes.    Attendance at all scheduled lab sessions is required. There will be no make up labs. If absence is unavoidable excuses must be written and submitted one week prior to or following the absence. Additional documentation may be required. Unavoidable absences are considered for personal or immediate family illness, death in the immediate family, or business commitments that are verified by your employer in writing. Missed labs that do not meet the above criteria will result in a grade of “0”. No student will receive credit for the lab if he or she misses in excess of two lab periods.  For religious holiday policy please refer to the following website for details:                                                                                                                      

Honor Code:  Students are expected to follow the UNCP Honor Code (see pp. 51-53 of the UNCP catalog); settled cases involving first-offense violation of the Honor Code will result in a minimum penalty of course failure. Notes or book are not allowed during the test. Only material provided by the instructor can be used during the test.





August 15-20

Ch 1

Structure Determines Properties.

August 22-27

Ch 2

Alkanes and Cycloalkanes: Introduction to Hydrocarbons

August 29


Ch 1-2

August 31

Test 1

Ch 1-2, Discussion

September 5-10

Ch 3

Alkanes and Cycloalkanes: Conformations and cis-trnas Stereoisomers

September 12-17

Ch 7


September 19


Ch 3 and 7

September 21

Test 2

Ch 3 and 7, Discussion

September 24-28

Ch 4

Alcohols and Alkyl halides

 October 1-8

Ch 5

Structure and Preparation of Alkenes : Elimination Reactions

October 10-15

Ch 8

Nucleophilic Substitutions

October 17


Ch. 4, 5, 8

October 19

Test 3

Ch 4, 5, 8 Discussion

October 22-26

Ch 6

Addition Reactions of Alkenes

October 29-November 2

Ch 9


November 5


Ch 6 and 9

November 7

Test 4

Ch 6 and 9, Discussion

November 9-14

Ch 10

Conjugation in Alkadienes and Allylic Systems

November 16-26

Ch 14

Organometallic Compounds

November 28-30


All Ch.

December 3-7

Final Test

All the Ch.



Dates for the lab


August 15

August 17

August 20

Lab1. Introduction, Safety, Policies

August 22

August 24

August 27

Lab 2. Melting Point

August 29

August 31

September 10

Lab 3. Crystallization

September 5

September 7

September 17

Lab 4. Extraction

September 12

September 14

September 24

Lab 5. Discussion, Models use experiments

September 19

September 21

October 1

Lab 6. Midterm test

September 26

September 28

October 8

Lab 7. Distillation

October 10

October 12

October 15

Lab 7. Distillation

October 17

October 19

October 22

Lab 8. Polarimetry

October 24

October 26

October 29

Lab 9. Synthesis of 1-bromobutane

October 31

November 2

November 5

Lab 10. Synthesis of cyclohexene from cyclohexanol

November 7

November 9

November 12

Lab 11. Epoxidation of an alkene

November 14

November 16

November 19

Lab 12. Bromination of an alkene

November 28

November 30

November 26

Lab 13 Final test.