Chemistry 140B

Professor J.K. Whitesell

Winter 2015

MWF 9:00


Lecturer: Prof. James K. Whitesell Email:

Office: Pacific Hall 6223A Phone: (858) 534-5870

Office hours: see the schedule at:

                       Other times by arrangement.


Required Text:

Organic Chemistry, 6th Edition
by Peter Vollhardt & Neil Schore
ISBN: 9781464177927
Hardcover, 1270 pages


Course Content and Coverage:







Adds, Drops, and Waitlists:

All registration matters are taken care of electronically at:


Web Site:

During this course, you will have access to a variety of materials (including this syllabus) on the course website.


The course is active on TED. There you will find a forum which you are encouraged to use.

Please do no email me chemistry questions the answers to which other students might find helpful. Post this type of question on the forum at TED.

You will also be able to see you exam grades and final course grade when assigned.


Study Teams:

It is strongly recommended that you form small study groups and that you meet often to work thru exercises in the textbook and to discuss the more difficult topics covered in lecture. Those of you seeking careers in the medical fields should be aware that doctors, to a one, say:

see one, do one, teach one. That is the redundant education that they have found to be most effective. There is absolutely no better way to learn a subject than by teaching it. Trust me, that is how I learned the details of organic chemistry that were never "taught" to me.



There will be weekly homework assignments taken from problems in the textbook as well as some that arise during lecture. They will not be turned in or graded.



There will be weekly quizzes that will be posted on the calendar but answered on TED. You can see when there will be a quiz by visiting the calendar page.

The will be straightforward and easy to answer IF you keep up with the material. Each of the eight quizzes will count as 10 pts of the total of 480 for the course.



Two examinations will be given in class during the course of the quarter. You can find the schedule of the exams on the calendar.

The midterms will test all material presented in the class up to and including the Wednesday of the week prior to the exam. Each exam will constitute 100 points of the total course grade.

Video recording during proctored midterms and the final exam may be used to obtain evidence of scholastic dishonesty.


Final Exam:

The final exam will be comprehensive in its coverage of the material presented in Chemistry 140B with minor emphasis on material presented after the second midterm. The final will constitute 200 points of the total of 480 for the course.


Course Grade:

Each exam and the final are curved to achieve a class average of mid B.

However, this will depend on the class performance and this target may change. A poor performance by the class will result in a lowering of the target letter grade for the median. As an example, the class from this past Winter quarter had a final exam median very close to 50%. That I consider the break point below which a student receives an F. My exams are not complicated, tricky, or cover material not explicity covered in class. The class does well, I will reward the class, the class lags behind and does not keep up, well that is up to you.


At the conclusion of the course, each student's total points is compare with the total point for each grade derived by adding the cutoff points for each exam and the final. The quiz cutoffs are entered as the standard 90, 80, 70, 65 cutoffs for A, B, C, and D.


There is no procedure for dropping a low exam. Missed exams that are not excused for good reason are counted as zero.

A missed final exam will result in a course grade of F.