Organic Chemistry (CHE 302)

MTWTh 10:00-12:15 PM





Instructor: Dr. Noel Sturm, SI 311.


Office Hours: by appointment.





Course Organization and Policies:


1. Prerequisites: General Chemistry (1 year)


2. Required Text: Organic Chemistry ; Morrison & Boyd (6th Edition) ; Prentice-Hall ;

ISBN-13: 978-0136436690

ISBN-10: 0136436692



Required: Study Guide to Organic Chemistry (has answers to the assigned problems); Morrison & Boyd (6th Edition) ; Prentice-Hall ;

ISBN-13: 978-0136436775
ISBN-10: 0136436773


Required: Molecular Model Kit


3. Lecture Notes: The lecture notes are available on-line, arranged via lecture topic, at: Examination questions will be derived from lecture material, work sheets and homework, i.e. class attendance, on-line, is essential to do well in this course.


4. On-Line Sessions: We will meet on-line from 10:00 AM until 12 noon Monday through Thursday using Canvas Zoom. We will discuss lecture material, do quick thinks and answer questions. It is very important that you attend all of the on-line sessions in order to succeed in this course. You must have a working computer, reliable internet connectivity and browser is an important requirement, please use Firefox 2.0.x or higher.


5. Examinations: There will be three multiple choice examinations (see syllabus for specific dates) each worth 99 points. Absolutely NO make-up exams will be given. All examinations will be on-line through Canvas using the Respondus Lockdown Browser.


6. Final Exam: The final exam (100 pts), which will be multiple choice and comprehensive, is on Friday, July 28th 2023.


7. Homework / Work Sheets: Daily homework will be assigned. Given the array of unfamiliar material and the speed with which we cover the material doing the assigned homework problems is required to succeed in the course. Answers to the homework problems are in the Morrison & Boyd Study Guide. You will find work sheets for each chapter as .doc links on the web site, some chapters have multiple work sheets. You must complete the work sheets to succeed in this course. Answers to the work sheets are posted on-line.


8. The Goal of this course is to understand the chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic systems.


9. Grading Criteria: Letter grades are based on the following point distribution. Grades are criterion-referenced not norm-referenced; each student has an equal opportunity meet the criteria charted below:


3 Exams @ 99 pts each 297
Respondus Lockdown Browser Test 3
Final Exam 100
Homework Required Not Graded
Total 400


Letter Grade


Letter Grade



91 – 100


89 - 90


87 – 88


81 - 86


79 – 80


77 - 78


71 – 76


69 - 70


67 – 68


60 - 66


10. Course Description: A detailed study of organic molecular structure, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and synthesis with emphasis on aliphatic and aromatic systems.


11. Academic Integrity Statement:

The university is a community of learners bonded together by the search for knowledge; the pursuit of personal, social, cultural, physical, and intellectual development; and the desire for the liberating effects of an advanced education. California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has a culture--an academic culture--shared with other universities and colleges across the nation. Integral to that culture is a set of values such as academic freedom, dedication to teaching and learning, diversity, civility toward others, and academic integrity. Academic integrity is of central importance in the university community and involves committed allegiance to the values, the principles, and the code of behavior held to be central in that community. Integrity concerns honesty and implies being truthful, fair, and free from lies, fraud and deceit. Cheating or plagiarism is cause for formal university discipline and is justification for an instructor to assign a lower grade or a failing grade.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism are described and discussed in the University Catalog. This course will be taught in a manner which upholds and enforces those statements. Academic Dishonesty of any sort will not be tolerated and will result in a grade of F for the assignment, quiz, or test, and referral to the Vice President of Student Affairs and to your Dean or Program Director. Dishonesty in this course includes, but is not limited to:


12. Disabled Student Services:CSUDH adheres to the American with Disabilities Act with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. To receive accommodations, students with disabilities must register with Disabled Student Services. For more information, please contact their office in Welch Hall B250 at (310) 243-3660 or (310) 243-2028.


13. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion:

It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by this course, that students' learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that the students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength, and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally, or for other students or student groups. Lastly, it is my intention to uphold our class norms. Students who act as a disruption to me or my students will be asked to leave the class.

14. COVID information for students:
Stay up to date with and comply with campus COVID polices:

If you get COVID-19:
If you have a positive COVID-19 test and are asymptomatic, or if you get sick and have a positive COVID-19 test, your priority is to get well. Don’t try to tough it out. Get medical attention, quarantine, take care of yourself, recover. Please inform the instructor immediately if you are ill or have an asymptomatic positive COVID-19 test so we can arrange alternate assignments, deferment of deadlines or late penalties, or an incomplete. DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS or A POSITIVE TEST RESULT.

Also, report your illness directly to the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (310) 243-2076, which will be answered by a representative from Human Resources to collect the appropriate information from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls received after hours will be returned the following business day. All information will be kept confidential. The one-stop-shop for COVID resources,  procedures, FAQ’s etc., can be found here:



The following are clickable links to Power Point slide presentations for lectures in Organic Chemistry.  Feel free to print and use them.  If you are using a modem to connect to the internet, it may take several minutes to download each file.  You may want to print the slides as “handouts” (6 to a page) to save paper.  These are works in progress and any feedback or errors should be emailed to Dr. Sturm.


The "Chapters" below refer to: Organic Chemistry ; Morrison & Boyd (6th Edition) ; Prentice-Hall ;

ISBN-13: 978-0136436690

ISBN-10: 0136436692



This is an on-line course and we will meet using Canvas Zoom from 10:00 AM until 12 noon.

Tentative Syllabus


Day Date Chapter Topic Work Sheets
M 6/26 15

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution *

EAS: Electrophiles

T 6/27 16


Quick Think Solution

Arenes I

Arenes II

Arenes III

Arenes IV

W 6/28




Infrared Spectroscopy **

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

IR Work Sheet

Additional Hand-Out

NMR Work Sheet

Additional Hand-Out


QT Solution

IR Chart Given on Exam

NMR Chart Given on Exam

EAS Chart Given on Exam

Th 6/29 18

Aldehydes & Ketones I

Aldehydes and Ketones I

QT Aldehydes/Ketones Nomenclature

QT Aldehydes/Ketones Nomenclature_Answers

Aldehydes and Ketones II


M 7/3 18 Aldehydes & Ketones II


QT II Aldehydes and Ketones

QT II Aldehydes and Ketones Answers

T 7/4   HOLIDAY  
W 7/5   Prepare for Exam 1  
Th 7/6   Exam 1 (Available 8:00AM-11:59PM)


M 7/10 19 Carboxylic Acids Review

Carboxylic Acids

T 7/11 20 Functional Derivatives of Carboxylic Acids

Derivatives of Carboxylic Acids

QT Functional Der of Carboxylic Acids

QT Functional Der of Carboxylic Acids Answers

W 7/12 21 & 25 Carbanions I Carbanions I
Th 7/13   Prepare for Exam 2


M 7/17   Exam 2 (Available 8:00AM-11:59PM)  
T 7/18 21 & 25

Carbanions II

Carbanions II

Problem 25.10 (c)

QT Alpha, Beta

QT Alpha, Beta Answer

W 7/19 22 Amines, Syntheses

Amine Synthesis

Th 7/20 23 Amines, Reactions

Amine Reactions

Amine Reactions QT

Amine Reactions QT Solution

M 7/24 23 & 24

Diazonium Salts


Diazonium Salts



T 7/25  

Prepare for Exam 3


W 7/26  

Exam 3 (Available 8:00AM-11:59PM)


Th 7/27   Prepare for Final Exam  
Fri 7/28  

Final Exam (Available 8:00AM-11:59PM)


*Problem sets on the web involving electrophilic substitution reactions


**Spectrocopy Tables (IR & nmr)









1; 2; 3; 5; 15




16.1; 16.2 ;1(a-c); 2(a-f); 3; 4; 5(b,m); 18(a-e,g)




17.3; 17.8(a-f); 17.11; 17.12; 17.13; 17.15; 17.29; 1(a-g)




18.6; 2(a-h); 3; 4; 5; 6; 10(a-i); 30

M 7/3 18       




1; 2; 3; 4; 6; 7; 13; 15(a-c); 27




2(a-h,m,n); 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 20; 21




21.11; 21.18; 1; 2; 3; 6(a,d);




25.1(a); 25.8; 25.10(a-c)




22.5; 22.6; 1; 2; 3; 4(a-d)




23.12; 1; 2(a,c); 4; 5; 7; 9(l-r); 11; 12; 29; 30; 32




1; 2(a,b); 5; 8(a,d)



Do The Homework Again!!

Study Guide for Exam 1

Study Guide for Exam 2


Study Guide for Exam 3

Work Sheet Answers



© Dr. Noel Sturm 2023