CHEM 204: Organic Chemistry II


Syllabus------Spring 2007


Lecture :Capwell 114  Tues., Thurs., 11:00a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Lab: Capwell 318 Wed., 2:00p.m. to 4:50p.m.

Credits: 4/0 credits Lecture/Lab 3 hour lab contact.
Professor: Dr. Joseph Falcone Ph.D
Office: 305 Capwell Hall
Phone: 570-945-8413

Web :
Office Hours: M-F9:00am


The text for this course is Organic Chemistry 6th  ed. , Francis A. Carey, McGraw Hill Publishing. It is available at the bookstore. There will be homework problems in this class which will be at times collected.  The student is expected to read the textbook, then solve as many problems as possible and raise questions. There will be no written make-up exams except under extreme circumstances. Do not miss an exam. The student must provide a verifiable, legitimate excuse for missing an exam to the Dean’s office. There will be four comprehensive exams (15% ea.) and one comprehensive final exam. The final is heavily weighted (25%) to favor those students who take the time to master the material and learn from their mistakes. (Study and correct your past exams!) Extra credit may be available through supplemental instruction (SI). The Labs and homework in total are worth the same as an exam, 15% of your total grade. Labs are to be done as scheduled, and write-ups handed in prior to the next lab period. Please note that all exams and lab reports count toward your final grade. The professor reserves the right to make syllabus changes as needed and will notify students of any changes. If you are absent when a syllabus correction is announced the onus is on you to find out how this will affect you. Absence from lecture or laboratory is not a good idea.  It is up to the student to stay abreast with the lecture material.  There will be no make-up labs; a lab absence is a simple zero for the day. Failure to complete a lab report will result in a zero.  It is possible to fail the class if you fail the lab.   

LAB REPORTS: You may design your reports in any way you wish, as long as reports and graphs are not hand written, and contains the following information:

1.      your name, title of each exercise, date, and a statement of objective and/or hypothesis to be tested;

2.      all generated data, spectra, and graphs;

3.      a discussion of the data generated from lab exercises;

4.      a discussion of and conclusion to your unknowns' identity in a neat and orderly fashion; and

5.      a brief discussion and conclusion for the project.


Course Outline

Topic                                                                           Chapter

Alkynes                                                                        9

Nucleophilic substitution                                                8

Conjugation in allylic systems                                        10

Arenes                                                                         11&12

Organometallic compounds                                           14

Alcohols and Thiols                                                      15

Ethers, Sufides and Epoxides                                        16

Aldehydes and Ketones                                                17

Carboxylic Acids and Deriviatives                                 19&20

Enolate Anions                                                             18

Reactions of Benzene and Derivatives                           23

Carbohydrates                                                              25

Lipids                                                                           26

Nucleic Acids   and Amino Acids                                  27&28


Calculation of Grades

Final numerical grade = (0.14 x Exam1 + 0.14 x Exam 2 + 0.14 x Exam 3 + 0.14 x Exam 4 + 0.19x homework and lab work) + 0.25 x Final Exam
Letter grades translate as follows:
A 95-100%, A- 89-94.9% B+ 86-88.9%, B 80-85.9%
B- 77-79.9% C+ 75-76.9% C 70-74.9% C- 65-69.9%
D 60-64.9% F <60% , lab failure or academic dishonesty


Keystone College does not discriminate in any of its programs on the basis of disability.  While there is not a deadline for the disclosure of a disability by a student, in order to facilitate the documentation and accommodation processes, students are encouraged to voluntarily and confidentially disclose any disability requiring an accommodation prior to the beginning of class.  This disclosure should be made to Robert Iannuzzo, Vice President of Enrollment, Keystone’s Section 504/ADA