Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Syllabus – Summer Session I, 2015

Prof. Thomas Lectka

TAs: Ryan Woltornist (lead TA), Levi Knippel

Laboratory: UTL organic, Prelab Lecture: Mudd 26, 12:30 – 4:00 PM, 4:00 – 7:30 PM

Optional Textbook: Zubrick, James W. The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual. 7th Edition. Wiley, 2008. (You may use the 8th edition that the bookstore also sells)

Materials: Lab notebook, safety goggles, combination lock

Exams: There will be one midterm exam exam that will cover safety and techniques. Prelab questions will also be collected right before lab on unannounced occasions. Absences (for valid reasons) on exam days must be brought to my attention before the date of the exam. All missed exams count for zero unless prior arrangement has been made. Fnal exam will cover chemistry, mechanisms of the reactions we’ve studied, safety, and techniques.

Laboratory Attendance: Attendance is mandatory for the lab and prelab lecture as well. Prelab lectures are held on certain days only (see experiments). Any missed class time for any reason (religious, weddings, etc.) needs to be made up IN THE CLASS TIME PROVIDED. There will be no makeup time extended beyond the allotted class time. You have enough time to complete each experiment (or make up a lab) in the allotted time.

Prelab Lecture: Attendance is mandatory. During lecture, talking is prohibited unless to ask TL a question. Use of cell phones is prohibited. Use of any and all recording devices is prohibited unless express permission from TL is obtained. Otherwise you may be asked to leave the lecture.


Lab Notebook100 pts

Lab Reports400 pts

Exam 1 100 pts

Exam 2200 pts

Prelab questions50 pts

Technique and Safety150 pts



You will be allowed to view your graded Exam #2 on a specific date after the term is over, TBA.

Prelab questions will be collected unannounced on 1 or 2 instances. TAs and TL will monitor students for lab safety and technique competence. Points may be subtracted from your grade for safety violations and unpreparedness.

Office Hours: TA will walk through the lab regularly to address any issues or problems that require my attention. All other times, I am available by appointment.

Lab Experiments:

Lab handouts will be provided in advance

A: Prelab Lecture: Organization and Safety

B: Prelab Lecture: Hydrolysis, Recrystallization

Synthesis of salicylic acid, recrystallization

C: Esterification, Recrystallization, Melting Point

Synthesis of aspirin

D: Prelab Lecture: Distillation

Synthesis of isopentyl acetate (banana oil)

E: Aldol Condensation, Dehydration

Synthesis of 2,3,4,5-tetraphenyl-cyclopentadienone

F: Prelab Lecture: Diels-Alder Reaction

G: Prelab Lecture: Green Chemistry

Oxidation using Cu(/TEMPO

H: Prelab Lecture: Synthesis of acetyl ferrocene

I: Prelab Lecture: Column Chromatography

Acetyl ferrocene

J: Prelab Lecture: Grignard Reaction

K: Check Out; Make Up Experiment

Academic Honesty: The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse

of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the associate dean of students and/or the chairman of the Ethics Board beforehand. See the guide on "Academic Ethics for Undergraduates" and the Ethics Board web site ( for more information.

Tardiness: You must arrive to your designated lab section on time. Furthermore, the TAs will not stay late because of tardiness. If you arrive late, you must leave the lab (having cleaned up your workspace) at the same time (or before) the last person who arrived on time finishes. If you are not able to complete the experiment in this limited time, it will be reflected in your grade for the experiment. Come prepared EACH day to do the required experiment.

Safety Issues: Anyone caught ignoring safety regulations will be sent to my office (this is especially true for anyone not wearing goggles in the lab!). Please refer to the safety memo for more information. Penalties will be strictly enforced and if necessary the student will be removed from the class permanently for safety violations.