CRN               Days                Times

20559              M, W, F           10:00 – 10:50 am




Dr. Barry Miburo

Office: Conger Hall 202

Office Phone: 391-5117

Office e-mail: bmiburo@.abac.edu





Office: 8 am - 8:30 am

AAC: 3-5 PM



            Office: 8 am – 9:30 am

AAC: 10 am – 12 pm



Office: 8 am – 3:30 am



Office: 8 am – 8: 30 am


More details of my work schedule may be found here: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/ScheduleFall13n2.htm



You are required to attend all lectures. By school regulation, instructors will keep accurate attendance records and must report the number of absences for each student when midterm and final grades are turned in. Two tardiness instances will be equated to one absence. 2% of the class grade will be attributed to attendance. Points will be deducted from the attendance grade proportionally to the number of documented unjustified days of absence. Unjustified absence for a time equivalent to two or more weeks of class will result in forfeiture of the attendance grade. To avoid penalty, any absence will have to be justified beforehand or immediately after it has happened.


A student who serves as an official representative of the college will not be penalized with unexcused absences when the absences result from regularly scheduled activities in which he/she represents the college.


Regardless of the cause of the absence, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor prior to the absence and to make arrangements to make up any work that will be missed, in a manner acceptable to the instructor.


More information on this and other issues may be found at the following link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalog-attempt-1b-july2-index-adding-degrees.pdf



Prerequisite: Mastery of a certain body of knowledge is necessary if students are to be successful in the target course. Most commonly, such knowledge is measured by successful completion (C or better) of the prerequisite course listed in the class schedule.

Co-requisite: Concurrent (simultaneous) enrollment in or prior successful completion of a companion course is required. The information presented or the practice gained in the co-requisite course is considered necessary for success in the target course.

Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements for any course in which they intend to enroll.


Chemistry 2040 is the second of a two-semester sequence. Any student taking CHEM 2040 must also be registered in the corresponding lab: CHEM 2040L. Departure from this rule must be allowed by the appropriate authority of the school.


The pre-requisite for CHEM 2040 is passing CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L with a C or a higher grade. You must show proof that you fulfill the condition to be in this class. In order to do that, turn in a printout of your transcript highlighting the part that shows that you have passed CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L. This must be done by the next time the class meets. Those who do not fulfill the condition will not be allowed to stay in the class.


Chemistry 2040 (3 credit hours) has three 50 minute lectures per week. It is used to meet the area F graduation requirements for Chemistry and Biology majors, and for students in professional careers such as Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry.


After learning the contents of CHEM 2040, you (student) are expected to know how to identify the structure from the name and the name from the structure of organic aliphatic and cyclic compounds. You will also acquire knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of those compounds, including the chemical reactions they are produced from, as well as the reactions they undergo to form other substances.


An additional goal is for the students to realize the importance of organic chemistry and organic chemical process inside and around them.




Textbook: Organic Chemistry, 8th edition. Author: L. G. Wade, Jr. Publisher: Pearson.

We will make ample use of chemical equations, diagrams, charts, figures, data tables, and problems contained in the textbook on a regular basis during lectures. You will have regular reading and problem assignments from the book. The textbook provides an excellent source of example problems, complete with detailed solutions. Practice answering those questions and solving those problems. This will increases your chances of success on the actual quizzes and tests. We will discuss other aspects of the text, including various internet resources.


iClicker. It is a device used to achieve two objectives:

  • Sign in for attendance in class;
  • Participate more actively in the classroom activities. Students use the devices to enter answers multiple choice questions asked by the instructor during lectures.

iClickers are to be purchased at the bookstore. Each student is responsible for having and registering his/ her personal iclicker. No student is allowed to use any other student’s iclicker. As you register your iclicker, make sure you use the same name as  the one recorded in Banner web. Otherwise your iclicker grade will be zero. At the end of the semester, the iclicker grade will be incorporated into the quiz grade.


Sapling Learning : it is an online computer program carrying problems to solve interactively by students. Homework will be assigned using Sapling Learning . Every student is required to buy his/her own Sapling Learning online access code from the bookstore. As soon as you purchase your Sapling Learning , you need to register it. Make sure you use the correct course and section numbers.  Homework assignments will start promptly after lectures start.


Additional material:

* Solutions Manual for “Organic Chemistry” by L. G. Wade, Jr. Author: J. W. Simek. Publisher: Pearson.

* Molecular Model kit.

* Scientific Calculator




Quizzes & Homework will be regularly given on topics covered in class.

Quizzes are designed to assess the extent to which students understand and apply the concepts covered in class. Furthermore, this is true especially for online quizzes, they impel each student to get fully engaged in the calculations conducted in class, which is a crucial step in the acquisition of problem-solving skills.  


In-class quizzes will be given throughout the lectures, notably using i-clickers. Those quizzes will include review quizzes on the material covered in the previous class session and comprehension quizzes designed to empower students to understand the material as we cover it in class.


Besides in-class quizzes, a number of quizzes will be given online on Desire2learn (D2L). Those quizzes will be chapter portion review quizzes. Each one will cover the part of a chapter covered in a given class and will have to be completed by the end of the next class day. Those completing the quizzes by the next class time will receive extra credit. Chapter portion review quizzes are designed to help students cover small amounts of material at a time and keep up with the material as it is covered in class.  


Questions on those online quizzes will include mostly fill-in-the-blank and calculation types. In the first type, you will need to fill blanks with words from lecture notes. Online calculation questions will use randomized numbers, so that no student will work with the same numbers as another. 


In order to empower students to review and practice more often the concepts and processes covered in class, the online quizzes will be open on a continuous basis up to the deadlines of the quizzes. You are encouraged to take the quizzes as many times as possible to get as high a grade as you want. Resist the temptation to put off the work until you are close to the deadlines of the quizzes. That will bring you only low grades, not just on the quizzes, but also on tests. Take a minimum 3 attempts on each assignment. The first attempt produces acquaintance with the material. The second attempt produces familiarity, and the third attempt produces proficiency, which leads to mastery of the material, which in turn leads to success on tests. At the end, only the highest grade is recorded. The number of times you take the quiz with improving grade may be used to give you extra credit applicable to test grades.


Homework will be given to enable students to solve problems in relation with concepts covered throughout each chapter. It will be done on a computer software called Sapling Learning which is accessible online using an access code available for the students to buy at the bookstore. Homework using Sapling Learning is done at your own pace and in an interactive environment that allows you do the assignments as many times as you wish to as high a grade as you want. Sapling Learning is much more advantageous than the traditional homework assignments out of the textbook. 


You are responsible for registering correctly on Sapling Learning website, using this course and this section numbers. Any other course or section number is incorrect. The instructor will not do any extra work to transfer grades from an incorrect section to the correct one, or to process separately cases of students who failed to register correctly. 


Due dates for the assignments will be set to allow for optimal completion time.


In order to insure that the learning objectives are individually reached in each chapter and to allow students to connect what they study in class to various aspects of their daily lives, personalized chapter assignments will be given at the beginning of each chapter and will be turned in at the end of the chapter. The chapter assignments are designed to incite students to get personally involved in the learning process while solving problems. Grades of chapter assignments will be incorporated into test grades.


Group homework may also be assigned in the form of projects. The projects will deal with selected topics covered in class. The goal of the projects is to give the students the opportunity to solve problems in teams and apply the concepts covered in class to outside-class situations. Grades of projects will be incorporated into test grades

No make-ups will be allowed after a corrected quiz/homework has been returned to the students.


TESTS (You buy your own scrantrons)

Lecture tests will include four unit tests and one final test.  The material for each unit test will be announced in due time. Test questions will be a combination of concept understanding and problem-solving questions. They will seek to assess student knowledge, understanding, application, analysis, and synthesis skills. Computational and drawing or diagramming skills will also be assessed. Rather than rote memorization, the correct answers to the questions will combine knowledge and explanation of concepts, and /or ability to rationalize phenomena and procedures, which are better tools to assess mastery of concepts, critical thinking and problem solving skills. 


In-class test questions will be a combination of multiple choice and essay types, as well as completion, true false and matching. Questions in the online components of tests will be mostly calculations. Multiple choice questions will typically include statements of facts and their justifications.


Even though they take a considerable amount of time to grade, essay questions provide better insight into student knowledge and thinking process, which allows for better intervention to improve student knowledge quality and level when such intervention is warranted. Typical essay questions will seek to evaluate the ability of the student to explain, interpret, and/or apply concepts.


Each unit test (except for the first one) will carry a number of questions from previous test(s), to insure permanent contact with the most important aspects of the material covered previously and to provide better preparation for the final test.


A compelling and verifiable reason will be required for make-up tests and only one make-up test will be allowed per student. The make-up test will be done at the time of the final examination, only if it was pre-approved at the time the corresponding regular test was missed.


The final test will cover all the material of the semester. No make-ups will be allowed for the final test.



The course grade will be based upon student performance detailed as follows:

1. Four unit tests

2. One final test = one unit test

3. Quizzes and homework = one unit test

Overall: 6 performance items, each carrying 16% of the total class grade.

4. Attendance and Conduct: 4% of total class grade

Total %: 100%


Percentage / grade conversion

Percentage       Grade

90-100 %         A

80-89               B

70-79               C

60-69               D

0-59                 F



In order to insure better grade and competency correlation, the lowest test grade may be dropped at the discretion of the instructor, if the conduct of the students warrants it and if that would result in a better letter grade. The test to be dropped must have been actually taken. Skipped tests do not apply.




·        Attend all classes

·       Pay attention in class

·       Participate in classroom activities

·       Ask questions when you don’t understand or to clarify unclear points.

·       Review the material covered in class:

·       The very day it is covered

·       Two or more times before the quizzes and tests.

·       Work out the examples

·       given in class

·       additional similar examples

·         Use Molecular Models to visualize the structures and reactions of organic compounds

·         Work on the practice quizzes and test on the companion site.

·         Do and turn in all assignments

·       Take all quizzes and tests

·       Display appropriate behavior in class.

·       Follow the rules on work ethics.


It may be possible to memorize material by cramming a day or two before an exam, but working gradually on the material as it is covered, understanding and being able to use it are far superior and productive goals. Working in small groups has been proven an excellent way to study. If you can explain some concept or problem to another student, you are certainly well on your way to understanding it yourself. It also helps to see questions other students have, as you may at some point have those same questions yourself.

Some additional tips to help you succeed include:

·       study 2 to 3 hours outside of class for each hour in class

·       pay close attention to diagrams, models, analogies, and charts -try to understand the physical basis of mathematical formulae-

·       work problems in a test-like mode (this means with no notes, no text, and in a limited amount of time)

·       develop confidence in your abilities

·       use all the help resources available to you, including instructor office hours, other students, and the academic assistance center

·       get a good night's sleep before exams

·       make up at least one question for every question covered in lecture and as homework



Special accommodations will be provided for students with learning disabilities on a case-by-case basis. The learning disability must be properly documented through Student Services. Any student who fulfills learning disabilities conditions must get in touch with the teacher in order to insure his/her case will be dealt with properly and in a timely manner.



Academic dishonesty, as defined in the Abraham Baldwin Catalog will not be tolerated. Cheating, plagiarism or any other form of dishonesty is strictly prohibited.  Sanctions will be imposed on anybody caught in the act. The source and the beneficiary will be punished equally. Depending on the gravity and / or frequency of misconduct, the punishment could amount to failure in and dismissal from the class.  All infractions will be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in the Catalog. Sanctions may include a zero on the assignment or even failure in the class. Students are recommended to read and review this material.


More information on this and other issues may be found at the following link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalog-attempt-1b-july2-index-adding-degrees.pdf



The use of any device which can deliver and/or receive electronic messages will be strictly prohibited. The source and the destination of the messages will be sanctioned equally.



October 03, 2013 is the last day to withdraw from the class without penalty. A  student who withdraws from the class by that deadline will receive a “W” grade.  After the deadline, withdrawing from the class will result in a “WF” grade. Departure from this policy will have to be justified before and approved by the Dean of the School of Science & Math.


More information on this and other issues may be found at the following link: http://www.abac.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/catalog-attempt-1b-july2-index-adding-degrees.pdf


Even though receiving a W has no negative effect on your grade, be aware that withdrawing from a class may impact negatively such processes as your eligibility for Hope scholarship (which considers attempted instead of completed hours) or insurance (some companies require full time status for coverage). 




  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to molecular structure and properties.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to nomenclature, structure, properties, formation and reaction of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, alkenes, alkynes, and aromatic compounds.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to stereochemistry of organic compounds.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to chemical equations and mechanisms of organic chemical reactions in general.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to mechanism, kinetics and stereochemistry of nucleophilic substitution reactions.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to mechanism, kinetics and stereochemistry of elimination reactions.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply and interpret the concepts related to mechanism, kinetics and stereochemistry of aromatic electrophilic substituttion reactions.






Textbook: Organic Chemistry, 8th edition. Author: L. G. Wade, Jr. Publisher: Pearson.


Week               Objective                    Material covered                                Book page



I                       1                                  Structure and Properties                     1-86


II, III                2                                 Alkanes                                               87-131

                                                            Alkyl Halides                                      218-284

 Test I


IV-VII              2                                Alkenes                                               285-327

            Alkynes                                               392-424

            Aromatic Compounds                         713-755

                                                            Test II


VIII-X                        2, 3                              Alcohols and Thiols,                           425-466   

Ethers and Sulfides                             625-666

Stereochemistry                                  174-217


XI-XIII           4, 5                              Chemical Reaction

            Fundamentals                                      132-173

                                                            Nucleophilic Substitution

            Reactions                                             231-257

            Test III


XIV-XVI        6,7                               Elimination Reactions                         258-284   

                                                            Electrophilic Aromatic

                                                            Substitution                                         756-784

            Test IV


XV                                                      Semester Review

                                                            Final Test

                                                            Mon Dec 9, 2013 @ 10:15am   12:15 pm