Chemistry 344

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Course Description

CHEM 344 introduces the student to the basic synthesis, purification, and characterization techniques of organic chemistry, along with critical interpretation of experimental data.  CHEM 344 covers material from both CHEM 343 and CHEM 345 lecture courses.  All of the critical course information can be found in the CHEM 344 laboratory manual and on the course website.  Learn@UW will be used as a gradebook for each individual section maintained by your laboratory TA.

CHEM 344 Course Announcements

Individual scores for the spectroscopy/WebMO exam are posted on Canvas.  Course-wide scores are posted on Piazza.

Goggles, a lab coat, and long pants are required for the Extraction lab and all other lab experiments.

CHEM 344 Spring 2018 Lecture/Experiment Schedule* 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
22-Jan
No Class
23-Jan
No Class
24-Jan
Spectroscopy I
25-Jan
Spectroscopy I
29-Jan
Spectroscopy II
30-Jan
Spectroscopy II
31-Jan
Spectroscopy III
1-Feb
Spectroscopy III
5-Feb
WebMO I
6-Feb
WebMO I
7-Feb
WebMO II
8-Feb
WebMO II
12-Feb
Spec/WebMO Exam
13-Feb
Spec/WebMO Exam
14-Feb
Extraction I
15-Feb
Extraction I
19-Feb
Extraction II
20-Feb
Extraction II
21-Feb
Oxidation/TLC
22-Feb
Oxidation/TLC
26-Feb
Aerobic Oxidation
27-Feb
Aerobic Oxidation
28-Feb
QUIZ 1
1-Mar
QUIZ 1
5-Mar
SN1
6-Mar
SN1
7-Mar
E1
8-Mar
E1
12-Mar
E2
13-Mar
E2
14-Mar
Review
15-Mar
Review
19-Mar
Midterm Exam
20-Mar
Midterm Exam
21-Mar
SNAr
22-Mar
SNAr
26-Mar
No Class
27-Mar
No Class
28-Mar
No Class
29-Mar
No Class
02-Apr
EAS nitration
03-Apr
EAS nitration
04-Apr
Benzoin Reduction
05-Apr
Benzoin Reduction
09-Apr
QUIZ 2
10-Apr
QUIZ 2
11-Apr
Benzoin Acetal
12-Apr
Benzoin Acetal
16-Apr
Wittig
17-Apr
Wittig
18-Apr
Review
19-Apr
Review
23-Apr
Grignard
24-Apr
Grignard
25-Apr
Review
26-Apr
Review
30-Apr
QUIZ 3
01-May
QUIZ 3
02-May
Review
03-May
Review
07-May
No Class
08-May
No Class
09-May
Final Exam
10:05 AM
10-May
No Class

 

Course Grade Information

The grades in CHEM 344 are assigned based upon achievement demonstrated in lab reports, TA-written discussion quizzes, and course-wide exams.  Due to the variablity in grading, with up to 33 different TAs per semester, your scores will only be judged directly in comparison to those students in your laboratory section.  Your final letter grade will be assigned by Dr. Hill and Dr. Esselman based upon your achievement relative to the other students and in consultation with your TA.  Historically, the average letter grade in CHEM 344 has been a B.  Shown below is the final grade distribution in Spring 2015, which was a typical semester.  All student scores are displayed with their grades adjusted to the mean and standard deviation of their section. The percentage of students who earned a particular letter grade is shown next to each letter.

Chem 344 Fall 2015 Grade Histogram

Course Instructor Contact Information

Laboratory Director Assistant Laboratory Director
Dr. Nicholas J. Hill Dr. Brian J. Esselman
hill@chem.wisc.edu besselman@chem.wisc.edu
B330A Chemistry B324A Chemistry
608-262-2306 608-262-1479