ESSP 311
Dr.R. Rinehart

 

EXAM 1  Description

READ THIS GENERAL STATEMENT CAREFULLY:

            Your mission in this course is to obtain for yourself a useful working knowledge and understanding, at an appropriate level, of organic chemistry, as outlined in the handouts and subsequently elaborated in class. The resources available to you include: the text, lectures and class handouts posted on this site, laboratory exercises, references in print and on the internet, consultation with the instructor outside of class, tutors, study groups, and whatever other legitimate means are necessary. There is no easy path to success. Put the work in. It is particularly important to pay attention to the following:   chapter  summary,  key terms and concepts, and the assigned problems.  You will not be able to demonstrate adequate mastery of the material unless you understand the principles involved! Similarly, you will find it pointless to memorize key terms without knowing what they mean and how they can be applied.

 “Right, sure, yeah, yeah, yeah – just tell us what’s going to be on the test, doc.”

What?  Questions designed to show if you have learned to use these principles and their associated language.

How? Generally by means of objective questions in a variety of formats: fill-ins, short answers, matching, multiple choice, true-false, listing, categorizing, prioritizing, and problem-solving are all possibilities. Naming compounds, drawing structures and/or diagrams, writing (and sometimes balancing) equations, and making rational deductions are all highly probable possibilities.

With that in mind, a brief description of what you can expect follows:

 

Q #

Points

Subjects from Ch 1-3 covered [in my own inimitable range of styles]

1

15

resonance, formal charge, hybridization, molecular geometry

2

36

nomenclature  I draw, you name!

3

25

drawing isomers, SODAR, stability, nomenclature, balancing equations

4

4

stability

5

10

intermolecular forces

6

15

intermolecular forces, physical properties

7

12

conformational analysis, stability

8

10

conformational analysis, stability

9

6

stability

10

12

conformational analysis

11

26

vocabulary  I define, you give the term 
-- sort of like Jeopardy!, but you don't have to put it in the form of a question!

12

15

functional groups

13

15

oxidation/reduction

all

201

pretty much everything major will be hit!

 

although it was written for a different course and doesn't cover exactly the same range of material, you can get an idea of some relevant learning objectives for Ch 2 at http://www.mpcfaculty.net/ron_rinehart/30B/objctv11.htm