Preparing for the First Day

Please read below and refer to the syllabus if you have any questions before emailing instructors. All enrollment questions should be directed to advising (chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu). I do not handle enrollment or have permission codes.

CHEM 8L (Fall ’17)

Staying ahead and taking full advantage of in-class time is pivotal for your success.You will find course materials for CHEM 8L on the course website (tab above). Please read the syllabus, textbook reading assignment, and first experiment before the first lecture. Attend all lab lectures starting Friday, September 29th and every lab section starting Tuesday, October 3rd (no labs 9/28).

The first week of lab (10/3 – 10/5) is an introduction to safety, writing, and error analysis. Attendance the first day of lab is mandatory. If you are more than 15 minutes to lab or are not properly dressed, you will be dropped from the course (the syllabus contains a section on what’s OK and NOT OK to wear). There is nothing to turn in on the first day, but you can get a head start by reading the Intro Packet posted on the 8L site. Copies are provided on the first day of lab for you to complete. You’ll also be given time during the first lab to prepare for Experiment 1 so bring your notebook with you. Experiment 1 will be completed the second week of class (see schedule in the syllabus).

All other course policies are laid out in the syllabus, including the schedule, description of assignments, and what to do if you have to absolutely have to miss lab.

The reading schedule in the syllabus uses chapter numbers from the 4th edition of the Mohrig  textbook. If you choose to use an older edition, that is fine, but you will need to pay attention to chapter titles as the numbers are different. For example, gas chromatography is covered in Chapter 20 of the 4th edition but is Chapter 19th in the 3rd edition. Really, any experimental organic chemistry text that includes chromatography, IR, and NMR spectroscopy will be useful to you.

Section Switching – I do not facilitate section switching outside of the online registration system in place. All but 2 sections are full as of 9/29 at 3pm so instant section switching is very limited, if not impossible. If you would like to switch into a section that’s currently full, get on the “swap” list for that section in the myucsc portal. If a spot opens up (student drops or doesn’t show up the first day), then you will automatically be switched into that section if you are next on the list. Students cannot switch sections after checking into their locker next week, aside from auto-adds from the swap list. If you do end up being automatically swapped into another section after checking into a locker, send me an email with the new section info (same as late adds, see below).

Wait-list / Late Adds for Labs – DO come to the first lab lectures but DO NOT go to the secondary lab unless you are enrolled. If you add the class after the first lab meeting (from the wait-list or otherwise), please contact me (cambinde@ucsc.edu) with the following: Your full name, registered section letter (ex. 01A) & room number, and all labs you can attend for a make-up (use the class search to find a section time in the same room with less than 16 students if possible). Students cannot add the lab after the 2nd lab meeting, as it becomes impossible to make up the work.

CHEM 8B (Summer 17)

Summer CHEM 8B is just around the corner! The first class is Monday, August 31st, 10am in Baskin 152. Discussions begin the same day.
I’m reaching out to help set yourself up for success in my class. You must have a mastery of 8A material, particularly reactions, to succeed in 8BDO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE CLASS STARTS TO REVIEW THIS MATERIAL, EVEN IF YOU EXCELLED IN CHEM 8A!!
 
Go to the CHEM 8B page. Read the syllabus and the first page of “CHEM 8B Reading Questions & 8A Review Tips.” This document begins with advice on how to review 8A material, including references to worksheets and practice exams on the 8A page. Use the reading questions to make the best use of your time while completing the first 8B reading assignment in Chapter 16 no later than the weekend before the first lecture. Get in the habit of referring to these questions while completing the reading assignment before each lecture.
If it’s been since winter quarter or longer since you’ve taken 8A – Use the 8A worksheets and practice exams to get solid on 8A material again. Students have found the Chapter 8 & 9 worksheets particularly useful. It’s not a bad idea to re-work HW problems too if you give yourself enough time. Start simple and start from the beginning.
Those of you that just finished CHEM 8A – While it’s important to get some rest to reset over this weekend, it’s just as important to keep this knowledge fresh. The blank final and key will be posted by Friday. Review this exam with an honest self-assessment of what you need work on, doing your best to leave emotions out of it. It’s all about forward progress!
I highly recommend a separate, bound notebook for HW and reading questions. Do your future-self a favor by writing out the question and correcting your answers from the solutions only after you’ve referenced the text and lecture notes. You should start the first HW set before class starts. Do not get too hung up on the nuances in the solutions manual. I put together PDFs with clarifications and alternate solutions to some HW problems and these are available on the 8B website.

In the winter offering of CHEM 8B, I asked the students who earned perfect scores on the first 2 exams what their advice would be to you. Their unedited responses are below.

 If you had to give one study tip to a future student in my class, what would it be?
-Always do the homework and practice exams, always attend lecture, and never enter an exam with an outstanding question or without feeling you understand all the material you’ve studied
-Go to lecture. That’s how you learn the “feeling” of the mechanisms.
-Review frequently and make sure to re-do homework.
-Self-study should be the CORE of your studying, group studying is also very beneficial, but should be supplemental.
-Always do homework multiple times, and writing flashcards is really helpful for getting mechanisms and reactions down.
-Do not memorize everything, rather understand how things interact with one another and understand patterns of functional groups.
-Stay on top of it, even if you miss some things, make sure you do it (i.e lectures/homework) and do not be lazy. Don’t take it too seriously because you will hate it. -Find your study habit and work around it.
-Go to office hours, its a way to force yourself to be exposed to the material covered in class on a regular basis.
-Do a bunch of practice problems! Repetition is key in ochem.
do the homework and practice mechanisms
-This class is very doable. My advice would be to just stay on top of it because the work does pile up.
-Only memorize what you absolutely have to. There is a logic to organic chemistry, and it’s well worth your time to go try to find it. Your life will be so much easier if the only thing you need to memorize are a few reagents here and there. It’s also way harder to blank out on logical reasoning than on memorized facts during an exam.
-attend lecture even if you can’t pay attention the whole time. It helps later no matter what.
CHEM 8M (Summer ’17)

You will find materials to get you started for the first week of CHEM 8M on the course website. Please read the syllabus, textbook reading assignment, and first experiment this weekend. Policies and requirements will be quickly reviewed in the first lecture Monday, July 31st. I highly recommend having your Exp 1 notebook pages and pre-lab questions prepared or at least attempted before lecture, however, this is not “due” until the following Thursday. Given the accelerated nature of this class, I generally recommend preparing for labs the weekends prior, especially those of you concurrently enrolled in 8B.

The first lab meeting is the following day, August 1st. Come on time and dress appropriately for lab even though no experiment is performed (syllabus contains a section on what’s OK and NOT OK to wear). Attendance the first day of lab is mandatory. If you are more than 15 minutes to lab, you will be dropped from the course. Bring your completed intro packet (safety, error, & writing) from 8L or print out a blank one to re-do these activities before or during lab. You will be given an addition to the writing packet (experimental methods) in lab, and you are encouraged to read this ahead of time (also on website).

You should already have Mohrig’s “Techniques in Organic Chemistry” text. The reading schedule in the syllabus uses chapter numbers from the 4th edition of the textbook. If you choose to use an older edition, that is fine, but you will need to pay attention to chapter titles as the numbers are different. For example, gas chromatography is covered in Chapter 20 of the 4th edition but is Chapter 19th in the 3rd edition. Any other experimental organic chemistry text that includes chromatography, IR, and NMR spectroscopy will be useful to you.

CHEM 8A (Summer Session)

The first day of summer session is rapidly approaching! We’ll be keeping a rigorous schedule but staying ahead will make this summer much more enjoyable. Summer organic chemistry is no joke and there is no room for falling behind.

Course materials are posted on the CHEM 8A website (tab above), including the syllabus and reading questions. Read the syllabus carefully before the first day of class (M 6/26), as this should answer most of your questions about course structure. I highly recommend having your textbook in hand by the Friday before class (6/23), as the first reading assignment from the McMurry should be completed before the first lecture on the following Monday. Use the Reading Questions to make efficient use of the text. Older versions of the text are useful only for reading. You will need access to the 8th edition of the text for HW assignments (limited copies available on reserve in the science library).

CHEM 8L (Summer Session)

You will find course materials on the CHEM 8L website. Please read the syllabus, textbook reading assignment, and first experiment carefully before the first lecture (M 6/26). Office hour times and locations may change. I will provide updated copies of the syllabus in lecture Monday. Labs meet the following day (Tu 6/27) for orientation and introductory activities. You can get a head start on these activities by reading the “Intro Lab Packet” on the 8L website, particularly the sections on error and technical writing. Copies will be provided in lab. Attendance the first day of lab (6/27) is mandatory. If you are more than 15 minutes to lab, you will be dropped from the course. 

You will be given time to prepare your notebook for Experiment 1 during the first lab meeting (6/27) but are encouraged to do so before the class starts (this weekend). That is the first assignment in the lab notebook and it is due at the beginning of the second lab period (6/29). There is a sample notebook page online. More details on assignments and due dates are in the syllabus.

The Mohrig “Techniques in Organic Chemistry” text should be available in the bookstore now or you can order online (see syllabus). Please get your textbook ASAP as you are required to read several sections before the start of summer session (see reading assignments in the syllabus). The reading schedule in the syllabus uses chapter numbers from the 4th edition of the textbook. If you choose to use an older edition, that is fine, but you will need to pay attention to chapter titles as the numbers are different. For example, gas chromatography is covered in Chapter 20 of the 4th edition but is Chapter 19th in the 3rd edition.

 

Regular Academic Year (not summer)… 

Please refer to the syllabus first on the corresponding course website if you have any questions before emailing me. Direct all enrollment questions to chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu. I do not handle enrollment or have permission codes. Please check the chemistry enrollment page frequently as updates are added daily: http://undergrad.pbsci.ucsc.edu/enrollment/chem/index.html. Wait List FAQs for Students:  http://registrar.ucsc.edu/faqs/students/wait-list/

 

CHEM 8M (Spring ’17)

You will find course materials for CHEM 8M on the course website (tab above). Please read the syllabus, textbook reading assignment, and first experiment carefully before the first lab meeting. Attend all lab lectures starting Friday, April 7th and every lab section starting April 4th (yes, lab meets before the first lecture!).

The first week of lab is an introduction to safety, writing, and error analysis, which should be familiar from 8L. Follow instructions on the 8M website on which worksheets you can re-use from 8L vs. which are new. Printed copies of these worksheets are in short supply so do bring your own. Come on time and dress appropriately for lab even when no experiment is performed (syllabus contains a section on what’s OK and NOT OK to wear). You’ll also be given time during the first lab to prepare for Experiment 1 so bring your notebook with you. Attendance the first day of lab is mandatory. If you are more than 15 minutes to lab, you will be dropped from the course. Experiment 1 will be completed the second week of class.

You should already have Mohrig’s “Techniques in Organic Chemistry” text. The reading schedule in the syllabus uses chapter numbers from the 4th edition of the textbook. If you choose to use an older edition, that is fine, but you will need to pay attention to chapter titles as the numbers are different. For example, gas chromatography is covered in Chapter 20 of the 4th edition but is Chapter 19th in the 3rd edition. Really, any experimental organic chemistry text that includes chromatography, IR, and NMR spectroscopy will be useful to you.

CHEM 109 (Spring ’17)

Before 4/4: Read the syllabus and lecture 1 reading assignment from the textbook chapter posted online. Continue to peruse the CHEM 109 tab above and find the HW assignments, lecture blanks, supplemental reading, practice exams, etc. I will provide copies of the syllabus and Lecture 1 blanks on the first day of class. It would be wise to print out the blanks for Lecture 2-6 now! Future lecture blanks will be posted in the weeks to come. Wait-listed students should come to lecture the first week of class. Discussion sections begin the second week of class (4/10).

CHEM 109 focuses on the chemistry of biological pathways. You do not need to have full knowledge of every single reaction covered in CHEM 8A/B. I will review the reaction mechanisms you should be familiar with during the first few lectures in the context of biological processes. There are underlying concepts you should be bringing with you from your first two quarters in organic chemistry. I’ll expect students to be proficient in using the following general terms/concepts…

– Acid-base chemistry

– Nucleophiles and electrophiles – would be wise to make a list of both

– Resonance

– Arrow-pushing – will be a huge focus in this course!

 

 

 

Wait-list / Late Adds for Lecture (8B) – You may come to lectures and discussion sections the first and second week of class if you are not enrolled.

CHEM 8B (W17)

This class is a continuation of CHEM 8A. You must be solid on 8A material to succeed in CHEM 8B. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE CLASS STARTS TO REVIEW THIS MATERIAL, EVEN IF YOU EXCELLED IN CHEM 8A!! Go to the CHEM 8B page, read the syllabus, and the first page of the “Reading Questions” document. This document begins with advice on how to review 8A material, including references to worksheets and practice exams on the 8A page. Before the first lecture, use the reading questions to make the best use of your time while completing the first 8B reading assignment in Chapter 16. Get in the habit of referring to these questions while completing the reading assignment before each lecture.

You will also need a separate, bound notebook for HW and reading questions. You can use this notebook during quizzes, but only if it’s designated for CHEM 8B HW (no lecture notes or other classes). The recommendation in the bookstore is inexpensive but there’s also the option to team-up with classmates and buy in bulk on Amazon! Do your future self a favor by writing out the question and correcting your answers from the solutions. You can start the first HW set before classes starts.