Chemistry 310: Essentials of Organic Chemistry

Dr. T. Christian Grattan (Office Sims 301B)

Fall 2018 Winthrop University

MW 9:30 to 10:45 PM (Sims 215)


Textbooks: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, 6th ed., McMurry REQUIRED

Molecular Model Kit, ask Dr. Grattan, RECOMMENDED


Course objectives: My goal for this course is to clearly explain the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry and how they are incorporated into chemical reactions and mechanisms. Specifically, the students should:

  • Understand the basic principles underlying organic chemistry
  • Be conversant in organic chemistry nomenclature
  • Understand isomerism and chirality in organic compounds
  • Know the major organic functional groups and their chemistry
  • Understand the influence of the structure of several classes of organic compounds on the physical properties and reactions of those compounds
  • Be able to describe elementary organic reactions in terms of their mechanisms
  • Be able to design synthetic approaches to simple organic molecules
  • Recognize that the structure and properties of biologically important compounds such as carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins are similar to those of typical organic compounds.

Office Hours: T 10:30 AM to 11:30, MW 11:00 to 12:00 or by appt (x4927,


I will also be accessible to answer questions on email. You will find that this course is different than any other courses you have taken in college. It is therefore important to stay on top of the material and get your questions answered as soon as possible. Please take advantage of my office hours or email to resolve these problems.


Attendance: Due to the unique nature of this course, each and every class meeting is important to better understand the material in the text. The students are responsible for all assignments for the course regardless of absence.


Homework and Assignments: Problems will be assigned for each chapter in the text. These problems will not be collected or graded, but it is very important to understand the problems that are assigned, as they will be similar to those on the homework sets and exams. You are strongly encouraged to work and study in groups!!

Grading System:

4 In-class Exams (100 points each)

400 points

Homework Sets

100 points

Final Exam

200 points


700 points

Grading Scale: The grading scale for this course will be based upon a typical 93-100% (A), 90-92% (A-), 87-89% (B+), 83-86% (B), 80-82 (B-), 77-79% (C+), 70-76% (C), 60-69% (D) < 60%(F) distribution using the total points in the course.


Exams: This course will consist of four one hour in-class exams and one cumulative final exam given on the dates provided. Exam problems will be similar to the assigned problems. Each exam is limited to the allotted class time and the final exam will be limited to two and one-half hours. Make up exams will be given only with a valid excuse such as a severe personal or family crisis.


Exam 1

Monday September 17

9:30-10:45 AM

Exam 2

Monday, October 8

9:30-10:45 AM

Exam 3

Wednesday October 31

9:30-10:45 AM

Exam 4

Wednesday November 28

9:30-10:45 AM

Final Exam

Monday December 10

11:30-2:00 PM


Cheating: Infractions of academic discipline are dealt with in accordance with the student Academic Misconduct Policy which is in the Student Conduct Code in the Student Handbook. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the professor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects, and examinations; presenting, as ones own, the ideas or words of another for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgment; doing unauthorized academic work for which another person will receive credit or be evaluated; and presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the professors involved. In addition, academic misconduct involves attempting to influence ones academic evaluation by means other than academic achievement or merit.


Withdrawal Policy: According to University policy Friday, October 19, 2018 is the last day to drop a fall semester course with an automatic grade of N. The last date to choose an S/U option for this course is Friday September 7th.

Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access: Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility (OA) at 803-323-3290, or, Please inform me as early as possible, once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Accessibility.

Additional Help: You may access additional tutorials and internet web resources at the following web sites: - (IUPAC rules for nomenclature) - (practice writing mechanisms) - (org. rxn quizzes/summaries)

CHEM 310 Class Lecture/Exam Schedule*



Aug. 22

Intro., Ch.1

Aug. 27

Ch. 1

Aug. 29

Ch. 1, Ch. 2

Sept. 3

Labor Day OFF

Sept. 5

Ch. 2

Sept. 10

Ch. 2

Sept. 12

Ch. 2

Sept. 17

Exam 1

Sept. 19

Ch. 3

Sept. 24

Ch. 3

Sept. 26

Ch. 3, Ch. 6

Oct. 1

Ch. 6

Oct. 3

Ch. 6

Oct. 8

Exam 2

Oct. 10

Ch. 14

Oct. 15

Fall Break

Oct. 17

Ch. 14

Oct. 22

Ch. 14, Ch. 15

Oct. 24

Ch. 15

Oct. 29

Ch. 15

Oct. 31

Exam 3

Nov. 5

Ch. 16

Nov. 7

Ch. 16

Nov. 12

Ch. 16, Ch. 17

Nov. 14

Ch. 17

Nov. 19

Ch. 17

Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 26

Ch. 17, Review

Nov. 28

Exam 4

Dec. 3

Ch. 10

Dec. 10

Final exam (11:30AM)


*This is a tentative class schedule for lectures, quizzes and exams (other than the final). Any changes to the schedule will be announced in class and through email.