Organic Chemistry I

Chem 243

Fall 2014


Instructor: William J. Skawinski

Office: Tiernan 323A

Phone: 973-642-7938


Web Page:

Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:15pm, Friday 12:00-12:45pm or by arrangement.




Textbook:  Organic Chemistry, 11th edition by Graham-Solomons (Wiley Publishing

Hard cover, Binder version or Electronic book


Solomons Organic Chemistry, 11E

Binder Ready edition bundled with WileyPLUS     9781118566893                  

(Wiley Plus will not be used)


Organic Chemistry 11e SSM/SG                        9781118147900           Electronic text


All Access Pack                                                 9781118675052             


Hard Cover edition

Organic Chemistry, 11th Edition by T. W. Graham Solomons, Craig B. Fryhle, Scott A. Snyder

ISBN 978-1-118-13357-6


Molecular Model Kit 7E (Optional)



The Study Guide for the textbook may be useful and is recommended


An inexpensive set of molecular models is highly recommended and models can be used during exams.


Material to be covered and tentative exam dates:


Chapter 1: Carbon Compounds and Chemical Bonds 

Notes for Chapter 1

Chapter 2: Representative Compounds, and Functional Groups, Intermolecular Forces and Infrared Spectroscopy 

Notes for Chapter 2

Chapter 3: Organic Reactions, Acids and Bases 

Notes for Chapter 3

Exam 1, 9/26/2014

Course Objectives for Exam 1


Chapter 4: Alkanes, Nomenclature, Conformational Analysis and Synthesis 

Notes for Chapter 4


Chapter 5: Stereochemistry 

Notes for Chapter 5


Chapter 6: Ionic Reactions 

Notes for Chapter 6


Exam 2, 10/24/2014  (rescheduled)

Course Objectives for Exam 2


Chapter 7: Alkenes and Alkynes 1, Properties and Synthesis 

Notes for Chapter 7


Chapter 8: Alkenes and Alkynes 2, Addition Reactions 

Notes for Chapter 8


Chapter 9: NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry 

Notes for Chapter 9


Exam 3, 11/14/2014 (Rescheduled)


Course Objectives for Exam 3


Chapter 10: Radical Reactions 

Notes for Chapter 10


Chapter 11: Alcohols and Ethers 

Notes for Chapter 11


Chapter 12: Alcohols from Carbonyl Compounds 

Notes for Chapter 12


Final Exam

Course Objectives for Final Exam


The lowest grade of the first three exams will be dropped. Homework and molecular modeling projects will be graded and added to the total of the exams in calculating the final grade. Attendance is required and will effect the final grade.

The course web page ( will contain additional information and suggested problems from each chapter. Links to other sites of interest are also included.

            Molecular modeling projects will be done using the Spartan software which will be available in PC Lab 37.  Before the projects are assigned, a demonstration of the use of the software will be given in the lecture.  Be sure you have an NJIT AFS computer account which will be required.


There are more extensive notes on some of the subjects we will be covering that were used in a previous course.  You can find those notes at:

Notes from previous course


The NJIT Honor Code will be upheld, and any violations will be brought to the immediate attention of the Dean of Students.