CHEMISTRY 2262 – Section 1 Spring Semester 2008 10:40-11:30 A.M., MWF, 202 Williams Instructor: Professor Evgueni E. NesterovOffice: 731 Choppin Hall Office Phone: 578-3236 E-mail: [email protected]Office Hours: MWF 12:30-1:30 PM and by appointment. I will be highly accessible to all students in this class. The fastest and easiest way to contact me is by e-mail.Required Materials: Organic Chemistry, 5th edition, P. Y. Bruice, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007 (bookstore) TurningPoint®RF Response Card (“Clicker”) (bookstore) Supplementary Materials:Organic Chemistry – Study Guide and Solutions Manual, 5th edition, P. Y. Bruice, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007 (bookstore). Organic Chemistry as a Second Language II – Second Semester Topics, D. R. Klein, Wiley, 2006 (bookstore). Organic Nomenclature, A Programmed Introduction, 5thEdition, J. G. Traynham, Pearson Prentice Hall, 1996 (bookstore)Organic Chemistry-Study Cards, Van De Graaff, K. M. Morton. 2002 (bookstore)Model Kits and Lecture Notes (Chemistry Graduate Student Council) The secret to excelling in organic chemistry --WORK ON IT EVERYDAY! Organic Chemistry cannot be learned in a few cram sessions before each exam. The most efficient method for learning Organic Chemistry is a daily study programthat includes working lots of problems.You must keep up with the pace of the course and study regularly to do well. If you discover weaknesses or don't understand the concepts from Chem 2261, go back and rework some problems from the appropriate chapter. Please don't assume that just sitting in class will be sufficient to pass the exams. You have to master your skills by working problems on a daily basis. Some suggested problems are in the Schedule. Group study is encouraged if it is done on a regular basis. Do not hesitate to use the chemistry tutor room. If you are having problems, please come and see me. The more problem solving you do, the better your chance of success in the course.Looking at a problem in the book and then looking up the answer in the study guide before really attempting the problem is not an efficient way to learn organic chemistry (or most any other field). If you don’t know how to do a problem, go to the book and your notes to learn the information necessary to solve the problem, and write down your solution before looking up the answer. Some say that Organic Chemistry is just memorization. On some level this is true, but like finding your way to the mall and back, learning a foreign language, or swinging a tennis racket, it takes attention to detail and practice to "remember" organic chemistry. Study Groups: One great way to help yourself learn organic chemistry is through peer instruction, that is working with each other, asking each other questions, and explaining the material to each other. Many of you naturally work this way and seek out study groups. You are encouraged to work on the assigned book problems and problem sets together in these groups. You may choose to seat
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