Chemistry 30C: Organic Chemistry: Reactivity and Synthesis Part II

Winter 2003

On this page you'll find information about:
03/24: Plagiarism of Extra Credit Assignment
03/24: Exams Ready for Pick-up
Tentative Lecture and Exam Schedule
03/07: Final Exam Q&A Session Info Posted
03/06: Revised Topic Schedule
03/05: Final Exam Info Posted
Course Philosophy
01/09: Dr H's Office Hours Posted
Concept Focus Questions & Practice Problems
Grading Instruments and Policies
Teaching Assistants
01/15: Discussion Section Location Change
Organic Chemistry Tutorials
Virtual Office Hours
01/08: Read the Announcement concerning VOH Log-in Problems
Required Texts & Ancillary Materials
If Grades Were Assigned Today...
03/24: Final Course Grades Posted
Electronic Device Policies
Known Textbook Errors
Chemistry Study Hints
Academic Dishonesty
Current and Past Exams and Keys
02/28: Exam 3/Final and Key Posted
Discussion Section Activities: OWLS Problem Sets
03/06: One Topic Deleted
Tutor List
 Dr H, I'm Confused!
Hardinger Web Site Search Engine
Exam Regrade Policy Statement
Organic Chemistry Web Site Link List
Categorized by Brown and Foote chapter


March 24

Exams Ready for Pick-up: Grading of the final exam is now complete.  If you submitted an envelope with you exam, it has been mailed.  If you did not submit an envelope, then you may pick up your exam on Tuesday (03/25) , Wednesday (03/26) or any day after the first day of the spring quarter.  The final course grade curve has been posted.

Please do not ask for exam score or grade information by phone or e-mail.  I cannot protect the privacy of this information if I cannot completely verify your identity.  In this day of lost ID cards, computer hackers and identity theft, I cannot verify your identity by voice or ID number.  To find out your exams scores, pick up your exams in person.  To find out your course grade, wait until it is posted on URSA, usually two weeks or less after the final exam.


Plagiarism of Extra Credit Assignment:  Of the 69 Synthesis Extra Credit assignment submissions, 25 were found to be plagiarized.  Students whose submissions were plagiarized will receive no credit for this assignment.  Further action with the Dean of Students is being considered.  Such action could include permanent dismissal from UCLA.

While the instructions for the assignment encourage you to discuss your answers with other students, plagiarism is NEVER acceptable, even if the instructions do not mention it.  Please review my Academic Dishonest Policy Statement, and the associated UCLA documents that can be accessed from the site.

I am very disappointed that this many students would jeopardize their careers to save themselves a few hours of work (and the associated learning), in order to have a small chance to receive AT MOST a small increase grade.

Because of the nature of this incident, none of the extra credit assignments can be returned.  If you have earned extra credit, a notation will be made on the front of your final exam.

If you are one of the 25 plagiarists, please do not bother to ask me for a letter of recommendation in the future.

March 6

Revised Course Topic Schedule: After consideration of the fact that we are about one lecture hour behind schedule, it has been decided that the lecture topic Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins will be cut.  This means there will be no OWLS problem set or exam coverage of this topic.

February 27

Extra Credit Opportunity: Some extra credit synthesis problems are available.  Read more here.

February 3

Links to Color Orbital Pictures: Color versions of the orbitals discussed in lecture may be found at these links: Ethylene1,3-Butadiene

January 17

Supplementary NMR Material: Some optional reading on NMR spin-spin coupling is available for your learning enrichment. This is a large (6 MB) pdf file.

January 14

Learning Service Opportunity: The Academic Mentor Program is a state funded partnership between Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) schools and communities that provides one-to-one mentoring for students in grades Kindergarten-12 both during and after school.

Empirical evidence demonstrates that students' test scores increase by 10% within six months of receiving the special assistance our program provides.  After a year, Stanford 9 (SAT9) scores increase by 10%-35%.  Students that are mentored also increase their attendance rates and receive fewer disciplinary referrals.  Our program targets schools with a large number of low-performing students.  Students often come from lower socio-economic backgrounds; many are English Language Learners or have parents that are not able to assist them academically.  Volunteers from the Academic Mentor Program are able to help reinforce the value of education.

At each school that has implemented our program, our goal is to match at least 200 at-risk students with mentors.  Currently, we have a shortage of mentors at many of the 20 LAUSD schools that are participating.  It is our duty to make sure that the children of our future have the adequate resources to build successful futures.  Therefore, we are leading an active recruitment campaign to encourage the community to devote one hour a week to make a difference in a child's life.

As a recent UCLA graduate (June '02), I know that UCLA students are a valuable resource to our community.  We are particularly seeking to recruit university students from the math and sciences because these opportunities are presented to them less frequently than to the students in the social sciences.  I am confident that we will be able to recruit capable and qualified mentors to aid these children.

For information, contact: Michelle Y. Oh, Academic Mentor Program, 333 South Beaudry Avenue, Suite B2-216, Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 241-6900  E-mail:  Web site:

January 10

Dr H's Office Hours: Thanks for your votes!  Based on your requests, my office hours are 9 - 10 AM Monday and Wednesday.  Also remember that you can drop by most anytime to ask a question.

January 8

VOH Log-in Problems: If your SID is rejected by VOH even though your are enrolled in the class, use 123456789 as your log-in SID.

January 6

VOH Submissions: When making VOH submissions, please limit yourself to one clearly phrased question per submission but make as many submissions as you like.  This makes it easier to read the answers.  If asking a question from a text or the course workbook, please specify the source, page number and problem number (if applicable).  I can't ease your confusion if I don't know the source of said confusion!


Organic Chemistry Web Site Link List.  Use this list of web sites to aid your understanding of organic chemistry.  Organized by Brown and Foote chapter.


Chem TV: The Chem TV software contains a variety of tutorial, review and self-test materials to help you master the complexities of organic chemistry.  It can be accessed at the Science Learning Center (SLC) computer labs on the 4th floor of Young Hall.


Lecture Notes: The Chem 30A ASUCLA Lecture Notes packet (notes from spring 2002 quarter) will be available for purchase on the first day of class at the Textbook Information counter the Ackerman Bookstore.


VOH Submissions: When making VOH submissions, please limit yourself to one clearly phrased question per submission but make as many submissions as you like. (In VOH submissions containing more than one question, only the first question will be answered.)  This makes it easier to read the answers.  If asking a question from a text or the course workbook, please specify the source, page number and problem number, if applicable.  I can't ease your confusion if I don't know the source of said confusion!  Also remember to read all the new VOH questions and answers every few days.  Someone may have asked something you were wondering about.  I have also been known to base exam questions on VOH submissions!


Looking for a tutor?  Try the tutor list compiled by the Undergraduate Chemistry Office.


Some thoughts to consider:

I am a teacher ... The life I lead is the most agreeable I can imagine.  [In the] classroom ... here await me a group of intelligent and curious young ... [people] who read the books assigned them with a sense of adventure and discovery, discuss them with zest, and listen appreciatively to explications I may offer. What makes the process most satisfying is the conviction that ... education is mankind's most important enterprise
       --- an American college teacher, 1962

We lead students to the fountain of knowledge. Some will drink deeply, some will take a few swallows, and some will just sip. An increasing number will, as at the dentist, merely rinse before spitting out
       --- an American college teacher, 1995

Are you a 1962 student or a 1995 student?  Read more about studying and student performance from this essay.


A list of known textbook and web site errors and information of an extra credit point bounty for finding such errors is available.


Online Tutorials: Some organic chemistry tutorials written by Dr. Hardinger and past students are available.

Current and Past Exams and Keys

For the current quarter, links activated when exam key is posted

Course numbers, topics and sequence have changed over time.  Old exams may not be indicative of current course content or conceptual expectations.

Spring 2002 Exam 1 and Key Exam 2 and Key Exam 3 and Key Final Exam and Key
Winter 2003 Exam 1 and Key Exam 2 and Key Exam 3 and Key Final Exam and Key

To see your current class standing, consult If Grades Were Assigned Today

Want to do better next time?


Chem 30C Teaching Assistants...Your Guides to Knowledge!
Knowledge Guru
Click on e-mail address to send e-mail
Informal Rap Sessions
(Office Hours)
Formal Knowledge Construction
(Discussion Sections: OWLS)
Martha Ellison
Tuesday 3 - 5 PM
Young Hall 3077F
G: Wednesday 9 AM Boelter 5420
H: Wednesday 10 AM, Bunche 3175
I: Wednesday 11 AM, Rolfe 3134
Chris Rabbat
Wednesday 11 AM - 1 PM
Young Hall 1337
A: Monday noon, Royce 164
F: Tuesday 10 AM, Young 4216
L: Friday 9 AM, Boelter 5264

To avoid overcrowding, please attend the Discussion Section in which you are enrolled.  If you need to change sections, please ask first.

Discussion Section Activities: OWLS Sessions

Weekly Chem 30C discussion sessions will center around OWLS (Organic Workshop for Learning Success) problem sets, written by the instructor.  These are intended to develop your mastery of organic chemistry concepts by emphasizing problem solving skills.

New for winter 2003!  Problem sets will be covered in discussion approximately one week after the topic is introduced in lecture.  During this week delay, you should download the problem set from this web site and work the answers for yourself.  In discussion, you will be given the opportunity to present your answer to the class.  Correct answers may earn Exam Score Recovery Points (ESRP).  The ESRP value of a given problem will be announced in discussion.  The teaching assistants will assign ESRPs and make weekly reports to Dr H.  You may earn up to ten ESRP for each exam.  (Exam 3 and the Final count as one exam.)  Your accumulated ESRP will be added to the corresponding exam score, to a maximum score of 100 points.  ESRP will be credited only if you have signed the attendance sheet distributed at discussion.  ESRP can only be earned during your assigned discussion section, unless otherwise allowed by Dr H.

A new problem set will be introduced for each lecture topic.  Each problem set may be used in discussion more than once.

The problem sets are available at discussion or on-line.  To encourage correct use of OWLS problems sets, answer keys will be distributed only at discussion or from a TA or Dr H once you have proven you have made a significant effort on working the problems.

"Why should I bother with OWLS?"  A fair question!  You may be tempted to skip discussion, especially at 8 AM, but note that the OWLS problems sets are written by the same person who also writes the CFQ & PP and exams, suggesting OWLS problems should be excellent exam practice.  In addition, course grade statistics suggest that persistent use of OWLS problems leads to grade success.  In one recent quarter, only 20% of the students with the 50 lowest course grades used OWLS, whereas over 80% of the 50 highest grades used OWLS consistently.

OWLS attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly suggested.

OWLS Schedule
Click on title to view problem set or solutions
Discussion Section Dates
OWLS Problem Sets
Some are not yet available
OWLS Solutions
January 13 - 17
Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy
January 20 - 24
Proton NMR
January 27 - 31
Solving Spectroscopy Problems I
February 3 - 7
Solving Spectroscopy Problems II
February 10 - 14
Conjugated Molecules
February 17 - 21
Introduction to Aromaticity
Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
Int Aroma
February 24 - 28
Aryl Halides and Phenols
February 26
March 3 - 7
March 7
March 10 - 14
Pericyclic Reactions
Nucleic Acids
Pericyclic Reactions
Nucleic Acids

Required Texts and Materials


Course - Related Web and Computer Materials

If Grades Were Assigned Today...  Will be updated after each exam.

Course grades are not open for discussion or negotiation.
FiCourse Grade Curve
Includes OWLS points but not extra credit
400 - 380
340 - 328
301 - 281
229 - 200 
379 - 354
327 - 315 280 - 252 D 199 - 190
353 - 341
B- 314 - 302 C- 251 - 230 D- 189 - 180

These scores represent your current class standing only.  Letter grades for each exam are not assigned, as your course grade is determined by your total point count, not by letter grades for individual exams.

Exams 1 and 2 will generally be returned in lecture.  Should you miss lecture, they may be collected from my office (Young 3077C). You will be required to present a picture ID to collect your exams in my office.  Exam 3 and the Final will be available in my office when the final course grade cutoffs are posted, usually no earlier than one week after the exams are taken.

Are you an Einstein or an amoeba?  When an exam is returned to you, consider the following thought (attributed to Karl Popper, an educational philosopher): "The difference between the amoeba and Einstein is that, although both make use of the methods of trial and error or elimination, the amoeba dislikes erring while Einstein is intrigued by it.  He consciously searched for his errors in the hope of learning their discovery and elimination."

Grading Instruments and Policies

Tentative Lecture and Exam Schedule

Each CFQ & PP set is in PDF format, and requires the Adobe Acrobat browser plug-in.  You may also purchase a complete set of printed CFQ & PP, along with some practice exams, in the Ackerman bookstore.
Date Lecture Topic

Click on the topic title to access corresponding the Concept Focus Questions and Practice Problems (CFQ & PP), including suggested reading and text exercises.

OWLS Problem sets are available here.

January 6 Course Introduction
January 8 - 10 Mass Spectrometry
January 10 - 13 Infrared Spectroscopy
January 15 - 22 Proton NMR Spectroscopy
January 17 Last Day to Drop Impacted Class (Chem 30C is impacted.)
January 20 Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday  Pursue your dream.
January 24 Other NMR Topics
January 27 - 29 Solving Spectroscopy Problems
January 31 X-ray Crystallography
February 3 - 5 Conjugated Molecules
February 6 Exam 1 Question and Answer Session
7:00 - 9:00 PM, CS 24
February 7 Exam 1
Topics: Mass Spectrometry through Solving Spectroscopy Problems
February 10 Introduction to Aromaticity
February 12 - 14 Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
February 17 Closed: President's Day Holiday     Eat a cherry pie that costs one silver dollar.
February 19 - 21 Aryl Halides and Phenols
February 24 - 26 Heterocycles
February 27 Exam 2 Question and Answer Session
7:00 - 9:00 PM, CS 24
February 28 Exam 2
Topics: X-ray Crystallography through Aryl Halides and Phenols
March 3 - 5 Pericyclic Reactions
March 7 Carbohydrates
March 10 Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins  Topic Deleted
March 12 Nucleic Acids
March 14 Student Evaluation of Instruction
March 20 Exam 3/Final Exam Question and Answer Session
7 - 9 PM, CS - 50
March 21 Exam 3/Final
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, CS - 50
Exam 3 Topics: Heterocycles, Pericyclic Reactions, Carbohydrates and Nucleic Acids
Final Exam Topics: Cumulative

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