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

The spectroscopy exam is scheduled for Monday June 26.  See lab manual for details.

CHEM 344 Summer 2017 Lecture/Experiment Schedule* 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
19-June
Spectroscopy I
20-June
Spectroscopy II
21-June
Spectroscopy III
22-June
Spectroscopy IV
Lab Check-in
26-June
Spectroscopy Exam
27-June
Extraction I
WebMO I
28-June
Extraction II
WebMO II
29-June
WebMO I
Extraction I
3-July
WebMO II
Extraction II
4-July
No Class
5-July
Oxidation/TLC
6-July
SN1
10-July
SN2
11-July
QUIZ 1
12-July
E1
13-July
E2
17-July
Midterm Review
18-July
Midterm Exam
19-July
EAS nitration
20-July
Transesterification I
24-July
Transesterification II
25-July
Transesterification III
26-July
Benzoin Reduction
27-July
Benzoin Acetal
31-July
Review
1-Aug
QUIZ 2
2-Aug
Grignard
3-Aug
Suzuki
7-Aug
Review
8-Aug
Review
9-Aug
Review
10-Aug
Final Exam

*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.

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