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

Goggles and long pants are required for the first day of class.

CHEM 344 Fall 2017 Lecture/Experiment Schedule* 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
04-Sept
No Class
05-Sept
No Class
06-Sept
Spectroscopy I
07-Sept
Spectroscopy I
11-Sept
Spectroscopy II
12-Sept
Spectroscopy II
13-Sept
Spectroscopy III
14-Sept
Spectroscopy III
18-Sept
Spectroscopy Exam
19-Sept
Spectroscopy Exam
20-Sept
Extraction I
WebMO I
21-Sept
Extraction I
WebMO I
25-Sept
Extraction II
WebMO II
26-Sept
Extraction II
WebMO II
27-Sept
WebMO I
Extraction I
28-Sept
WebMO I
Extraction I
02-Oct
WebMO II
Extraction II
03-Oct
WebMO II
Extraction II
04-Oct
Oxidation/TLC
05-Oct
Oxidation/TLC
09-Oct
SN1
10-Oct
SN1
11-Oct
SN2
12-Oct
SN2
16-Oct
QUIZ 1
17-Oct
QUIZ 1
18-Oct
E1
19-Oct
E1
23-Oct
E2
24-Oct
E2
25-Oct
Review
26-Oct
Review
30-Oct
Midterm Exam
31-Oct
Midterm Exam
01-Nov
EAS Acylation
02-Nov
EAS Acylation
06-Nov
EAS nitration
07-Nov
EAS nitration
08-Nov
Transesterification I
09-Nov
Transesterification I
13-Nov
Wittig
14-Nov
Wittig
15-Nov
Transesterification II
16-Nov
Transesterification II
20-Nov
QUIZ 2
21-Nov
QUIZ 2
22-Nov
No Class
23-Nov
No Class
27-Nov
Transesterification III
28-Nov
Transesterification III
29-Nov
Review
30-Nov
Review
04-Dec
Grignard
05-Dec
Grignard
06-Dec
QUIZ 3
07-Dec
QUIZ 3
11-Dec
Review
12-Dec
Review
13-Dec
No Class
14-Dec
No Class
18-Dec
Final Exam
10:05 AM
     

*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 (coming soon).

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