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CHEM 321 -Organic Chemistry I


Dr. Elizabeth J. O. Atkinson

Office: Murdock Hall, room 115

Office Hours: TTH 10:30-11:30 or by appt.


Office Phone: 503.883.2621

Laboratory Instructors 

Dr. Elizabeth J. O. Atkinson x2621

Ms. Katie Sours x2739

Murdock Hall, room 112

Office Hours:
open door policy (or by appt.)


Course Materials and Lecture Handouts  

Lecture Syllabus

Summary of Resonance Rules

About Molecular Orbitals

IR Peak Assignments

Reaction Sheet

Another Retrosynthesis Method

SN vs E
(who wins??)

Summary of SN and E Reactions

NMR Assignments

Old Exams  

Exam 1

Exam 2

Exam 3

Laboratory Handouts  

Laboratory Syllabus (contains sample pre-lab and sample major lab report)

Sample Minor Lab Report

Extra Credit Assignment (DUE WEEK 15)

Laboratory Safety

Experiment #1 (Choice): Synthesis of Two Polymers: Plexiglass and Nylon-6,6

Nylon-6,6 Report Template

Experiment #1 (Choice): Synthesis of Indigo Dye

Indigo Report Template

Experiment #2: Isolation of Caffeine from Tea Leaves

Caffeine Report Template

Rf Values Helpful Handout

Workshop #1 Part 1. Organic Chemistry Nomenclature

Workshop #1 Part 2. Organic Chemistry Conformation and Chair Modeling 

Functional Groups

Experiment #3: Resolution of Enantiomers from a Racemic Mixture

Enantiomers Report Template

Experiment #4: SN2: Williamson Synthesis of 2-ethoxynaphthalene from 2-naphthol

SN2 Report Template

Experiment #5: E2: Dehydrohalogenation of Cyclohexyl Bromide to form Cyclohexene

E2 Report Template

Experiment #6: E1: Dehydration of Cyclohexanol to form Cyclohexene (MAJOR)

Experiment #7: Oxidation of Cyclohexene to form Adipic Acid

Oxidation Report Template

Experiment #8: Testing an SN1 Mechanism: 60:40 Protocol Handout

Experiment #8: Testing an SN1 Mechanism: 50:50 Protocol Handout

Experiment #8: Laboratory Assignment Handout

Workshop #2 on NMR and IR Spectroscopy

Experiment #9: Reduction of Benzophenone to Benzhydrol (MAJOR)

Report Focus Sections  


Experimental Methods

Results, Discussion, & Appendix

Figure and Table Guidlines



Useful Laboratory Handouts  

Common Lab Techniques in Organic Chemistry

Common Lab Equipment in Organic Chemistry

Common Terms in Organic Chemistry Lab

ACS Reference Style

Laboratory Notebook Definitions

IR Supplemental Information

Laboratory Report Experimental Section: Bad vs. Good

Recrystallization and Hot Filtration

Useful Links  

SDBS Spectroscopy Data (for SpectraComparision)

NIST Chemistry WebBook(for IR SpectraComparision)

MSDS (for chemicalhazards)

Sigma-Aldrich (for a chemical's MW, boiling range or melting range,density, etc.)

ChemDraw download page

RefME (online bibliographic reference generator)

Getting started on ChemDraw and RefME