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    Honors Organic Chemistry I (CHM2210)  
    Chapter references are for "Organic Chemistry" by Carey and Guiliano
    Dr. Lei Zhu

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    Class: Honors Organic Chemistry I
    Room HTL 520
    MWF 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    Instructor: Lei Zhu, Associate Professor
    Office Hours: Mon. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Tue. 5:00 – 6:00 PM, and Thu. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM at DLC 712.
    Teaching Assistants (TAs): None assigned.

    Course Materials

    “Organic Chemistry” by F. A. Carey and R. M. Giuliano, 8th Edition (the accompanying Student Solution Manual is NOT needed); a molecular model kit. Class etiquette: Turn off all cell phones, pagers, etc. during class. Section changes, adds, and drops: All registration matters are handled by the Student Affairs Office (HTL 208), not by me.

    The Level of Difficulty of the Class

    This course is known to be hard. The pace is very fast, and it is imperative that you remain current with the material. Do not get behind, this is fatal! The biggest problem is absorbing all the material. Please feel free to ask questions in class, to correct the instructor in class, and to visit the Professor at office hours. Lei Zhu sits in his office during his office hours to help, please take advantage of this offer.

    Course Philosophy

    Organic Chemistry is truly the chemistry of life. It is also the most common chemistry discipline involved in the manufacturing of drugs, clothing, plastics, explosives, fuels, and almost all chemical items routinely used in modern life. The goal of this course is to give the students a firm foundation from which to understand chemical transformations, such that specialized courses in polymers and biochemistry can be easily approached. Furthermore, the common chemical problems confronting society can be understood from a rational and educated basis.


    Homework problems are assigned for each Chapter. These assignments will be passed in after the last lecture dealing with the Chapter. For example, when we are done with Chapter 3, the homework for Chapter 3 will be passed in on the following lecture. You must keep track of when the homework is due. NO LATE HOMEWORK IS EVER ACCEPTED. This assures that you are keeping up in the class. We assume that you look over or do all the problems placed in the bulk of the chapters. The list given below is for homework to be turned in. If you plan to study from the homework, please photocopy it before passing it in. The homework will be given a grade of “+”, “‐”, or “0”. “+” means all is OK, “‐” means the performance is a bit weak, and “0” means you did not turn in the homework. To not get a “0”, the homework must be turned in on time, and in class. The tally of these +, ‐, and 0 will be used to help or hinder your grade if you grade is borderline. If you are one percent point (out of 100) from a grade cut off (high or low), then the homework tally will be examined. Mostly “+”s will boost the grade, mostly “‐”s will not affect the grade, whereas mostly “0”s will drop the grade. Indeed, your grade will drop based upon homework!

    You will note when taking the exams that about 1/3 of the test is directly out of homework problems, 1/3 is similar to the notes, and 1/3 makes you think. Therefore it is highly recommended that you do the homework and study your notes. Do as much homework as possible Working these problems (not copying the answers) will prepare you for the exams. Homework assignments: I highly recommend that you attempt all of the problems offered at the end of each chapter as well as seek other problems from other textbooks. For the assigned problems (see below), you need to turn in at least 15 of them per chapter in order to receive a “+”. Remember, the homework is meant to prepare you for an exam. Therefore, if a problem is fair for an exam I have assigned it even if that leads to a large number of problems.

    Chapter 1: 42‐45, 47, 48, 51‐60, 63, 64, 66, 67, 69‐73.
    Chapter 2: 23, 24, 29‐31, 33‐35, 37, 40, 42‐47, 50.
    Chapter 3: 19‐21, 25‐29, 32, 33, 36, 39‐42.
    Chapter 4: 23, 24, 27, 28, 33‐35, 39‐43, 47‐49, 53.
    Chapter 5: 28‐30, 32, 34, 36‐40, 42, 44‐47, 50.
    Chapter 6: 26, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 45, 47‐49, 51‐53, 57‐59, 64.
    Chapter 7: 31‐33, 35, 36, 39, 42, 44, 45, 47, 49, 50, 52, 54, 56.
    Chapter 8: 20, 22‐25, 27, 29‐33, 35‐38, 41‐43, 45.
    Chapter 9: 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25‐27, 29‐32, 34‐36.
    Chapter 10: 23, 24, 26, 28‐30, 32‐34, 36‐38, 40‐42, 44, 46.

    Bonus Quizzes

    Bonus quizzes will be unannounced and given periodically at the end of lectures (approximately 1 for each chapter and 5‐10 points each). Above everything else, your ability to draw organic structures will be tested in quizzes. They will be fairly short (10‐15 min), they will be graded, and they will focus on the subject matter of the last few lectures. They will also provide the means to evaluate our progress. The points owned at quizzes will be used as bonus when calculating your final grades.


    The final grade will be based upon the grades from two midterms (150 points each) and one final exam (250 points). Two midterms out of the three are mandatory. The lowest midterm (or one missed midterm for any reason) will be dropped from your grand total. The final cannot be dropped. Failure to complete at least two midterms will result in a grade of F, as will missing the final exam. Make‐up exam is reserved only for cases in compliance with the University Attendance Policy (on the next page). Please arrange your schedule accordingly. Due to the nature of the course, the final exam is inherently comprehensive and no area is intentionally stressed. A valid FSU ID must be brought to each examination. Questions are to be answered on the exam pages only. The only items allowed at your seat are pencils, pens, and model sets; no calculators are allowed.

    The three midterms will be on the following dates: 10/14 (Fri.), 11/4 (Fri.), and 12/2 (Fri.). The final exam is on 12/16 (Fri.). Please mark your calendar.

    Point Distribution

    Quizzes Bonus
    Midterm 1 x out of 150 pts
    Midterm 2 y out of 150 pts
    Lowest midterm dropped
    Final Exam z out of 250 points
    Total “bonus +x + y + z”
    Letter Grade “total” divided by 5.5

    A 90‐100
    A‐ 87‐89.9
    B+ 83‐86.9
    B 80‐82.9
    B‐ 77‐79.9
    C+ 73‐76.9
    C 70‐72.9
    C‐ 65‐69.9
    D+ 62‐64.9
    D 60‐61.9
    D‐ 57‐59.9
    F 0‐56.9

    University’s Guidelines with regard to Incompletes. “Incomplete” (“I”) grades should be recorded only in exceptional cases when a student, who has completed a substantial portion of the course and who is otherwise passing, is unable to complete a well‐defined portion of a course for reasons beyond the student’s control. ( University Attendance Policy: Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness. Additional Attendance Issues: Attendance in class is highly recommended but not mandatory.

    No attendance will be taken. However, please do not make travel plans that coincide with lectures. If you do so, you may risk missing an exam because I reserve the right to adjust exam dates if needed. Students with good attendance record performed significantly better in general than those who had poor attendance record.

    Academic Honor Policy

    The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “. . . be honest and truthful and . . . [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.” (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at

    Americans With Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class. This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request. For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the: Student Disability Resource Center 874 Traditions Way 108 Student Services Building Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306‐4167 (850) 644‐9566 (voice) (850) 644‐8504 (TDD) Free Tutoring from FSU For tutoring and writing help in any course at Florida State University, visit the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Tutoring Services’ comprehensive list of tutoring options ‐ see or contact for more information. Highquality tutoring is available by appointment and on a walk‐in basis. These services are offered by tutors trained to encourage the highest level of individual academic success while upholding personal academic integrity.

    Syllabus Change Policy

    Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.