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

The final exam will be held on Tuesday May 9th 12:25-2:25 pm.  Room assignments will be posted soon.

CHEM 344 Spring 2017 Lecture/Experiment Schedule* 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
16-Jan
No Class
17-Jan
No Class
18-Jan
Spectroscopy I
19-Jan
Spectroscopy I
23-Jan
Spectroscopy II
24-Jan
Spectroscopy II
25-Jan
Spectroscopy III
26-Jan
Spectroscopy III
30-Jan
Spectroscopy IV
31-Jan
Spectroscopy IV
1-Feb
Spectroscopy Exam
2-Feb
Spectroscopy Exam
6-Feb
Extraction I
WebMO I
7-Feb
Extraction I
WebMO I
8-Feb
Extraction II
WebMO II
9-Feb
Extraction II
WebMO II
13-Feb
WebMO I
Extraction I
14-Feb
WebMO I
Extraction I
15-Feb
WebMO II
Extraction II
16-Feb
WebMO II
Extraction II
20-Feb
Oxidation/TLC
21-Feb
Oxidation/TLC
22-Feb
SN1
23-Feb
SN1
27-Feb
SN2
28-Feb
SN2
1-Mar
Review
QUIZ 1
2-Mar
Review
QUIZ 1
6-Mar
E1
7-Mar
E1
8-Mar
E2
9-Mar
E2
13-Mar
Review
14-Mar
Review
15-Mar
Midterm Exam
16-Mar
Midterm Exam
20-Mar
Break
21-Mar
Break
22-Mar
Break
23-Mar
Break
27-Mar
EAS nitration
28-Mar
EAS nitration
29-Mar
EAS acylation
30-Mar
EAS acylation
3-Apr
Transesterification I
4-Apr
Transesterification I
5-Apr
Review
QUIZ 2
6-Apr
Review
QUIZ 2
10-Apr
Transesterification II
11-Apr
Transesterification II
12-Apr
Transesterification III
13-Apr
Transesterification III
17-Apr
Wittig
18-Apr
Wittig
19-Apr
Review
QUIZ 3
20-Apr
Review
QUIZ 3
24-Apr
Grignard
25-Apr
Grignard
26-Apr
Suzuki
27-Apr
Suzuki
1-May
Review
2-May
Review
3-May
Review
4-May
Review
8-May
No Class
9-May
Final Exam
12:25 AM – 2:25 PM
   

*Schedule A in blue/upper, Schedule B in green/lower, Schedule A/B in red when identical.  In order to find out what schedule you are on, check the TA Assignments.

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