Organic Chemistry II  | Lecture | Laboratory 

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Laboratory Course Description

Laboratory Sessions will meet the first week of classes (January 17-20, 2017).
Students enrolled in the Monday session should contact the instructor to reschedule

Students must pass both the laboratory and the lecture (>60) to pass the course.

Course Prerequisites
Organic Chemistry I laboratory is a prerequisite for Organic Chemistry II laboratory.  Students enrolled in the laboratory component of Organic Chemistry II  must have independent proficiency in the laboratory techniques listed in the table below.   Students enrolled in this course must also be familiar with all common laboratory equipment and glassware used in the Organic Chemistry I Lab.

Vacuum and Gravity Filtration
Boiling Point and Melting Point
Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) Acid/Base Extraction with a Separatory Funnel Simple and Fractional Distillation
IR Spectroscopy
NMR Spectroscopy
UV Spectroscopy
Mass Spectroscopy
Recrystallization & Using Drying Agents Using Pipets

Course Description
Students enrolled in Organic Chemistry II are required to attend one, 3-hour laboratory session each week.  Laboratory sessions will meet  the first week of classes (January 17-20, 2017). Students scheduled for the Monday lab section will be  rescheduled for a lab session later in the week.  During check-in, you will be assigned to a work area (bench and hood space), and a laboratory drawer with glassware and equipment.   Weekly attendance at your scheduled lab session is mandatory.

The laboratory component of Organic Chemistry II  focuses on the hands-on application and further development of experimental methods introduced in the Organic Chemistry I laboratory.   The experiments in Organic Chemistry II laboratory are designed to promote understanding and appreciation of the methods involved in the synthesis, identification and purification of organic compounds and drugs. Some of the experiments in the organic lab help to reinforce concepts, ideas and reactions that are discussed in the lecture portion of the course, and some of the lab exercises are lessons in techniques or protocols that are not discussed in lecture.  Students are responsible for understanding all aspects of the lab and will be assessed on their understanding through questions on hourly lecture exams. 

Each week, students will be required to complete three distinct parts of a laboratory experiment:  1) the pre-lab quiz, 2) the experimental procedure, and 3) the post-lab assignment.  Laboratory quizzes are designed to help students come to the lab prepared to conduct experiments.  Material that will be covered on the weekly pre-lab quiz can be found for each experiment through the syllabus page of the website.  Conducting experiments with good technique is important and will be counted as part of your laboratory grade.  See  Laboratory Safety and Techniques for more information.  Students are also required to record experimental results in a notebook.  See the notebook page of the website for proper notebook format.  Post-laboratory assignments are used to evaluate student understanding of their experimental work, including writing reports in the notebook, writing abstracts, and completing worksheets or datasheets and/or formal laboratory reports.  Each student will work independently or in pairs/groups to conduct experiments.  See the Assignments/Grading  page of the website for details about grading laboratory assignments