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Organic Chemistry I and II

Prof. Luke A. Burke

The accompanying text to my course is:
"Organic Chemistry"
by L.G.Wade, Jr.,
6th, 7th (not shown), or 8th (not shown) Edition
and your edition's Solutions Manual
They are available from on-line book sellers. (The earlier editions can be good bargains.)

There is an excellent study guide
available through on-line book sellers,
"Organic Chemistry Demystified"

by Daniel R. Bloch

The class notes, prior exams, molecular drawing and modeling programs, etc. will be available to registered students
by going to the Rutgers sakai web site starting the week of May 12th.

Organic Chemistry is a science of Design
We use the principles of chemistry and physics to synthesize then we analysize our results. It is the spirit of synthesis that makes us fundamentally different from other sciences, those based on analysis.
You will not only learn to design more complicated molecules by using simpler "building blocks" and a set of directions found in a General Chemistry textbook; but you will also begin to see how the building blocks can compete for different pathways to a product and by-products.
I hope you will begin to feel the difference between "complicated" and "complex", a complicated molecule and its complex formation.
If you become a healthcare provider, this spirit can help you when "complications arise".


This is a university level course, with university expectations.
Please note well. The course content and exams are at the same level as during the Academic Year.
We do NOT "leave anything out for the summer".

Each day is divided into two parts, Recitation and Lecture.
Recitation is held during the first half hour and is devoted to problem solving techniques and answering your questions.
A "lecture" will cover a chapter in the text.
There are 13 "lectures" in both semesters. They correspond approximately to each of the 13 days of class.
(There are actually 14 days of class per semester but since you will have 3 hourly mid-terms, they add up to one day of class. The final exams are on 20 June and 18 July, 2013.) Class size is small enough that there will be
In the Rutgers University Camden College of A&S catalog it is written that students are expected to study 2 to 3 hours for every hour of lecture.
A university level Organic Chemistry course demands at least three hours of study time per hour of lecture.
These three hours include preparation for the next day's lecture as well as reading and problem solving time after lecture.
Since there are 4x3=12 hours of lecture per week,
you must schedule a minimum of 12x3=36 hours of study time per (7 day) week.

This is an extremely fast paced course. If you need to work at a job or if you cannot devote this amount of time,
then I highly suggest that you do not take this course during the summer.

Please also note that the 1-credit laboratory course is a separate course
that meets two afternoons per week and
includes its own recitation section and final examination.