ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2542, Summer 2014
July 7 - August 22


CLASS TIME:  M, W, F     08:00 to 10:10 am, LifeScience 175


Dr. Peter Grundt

Office: Chem. 319, Phone: 726-6939


Office hours:  M, W, F    10:10 to 11:10 am (after lecture)

Dr. Viktor V. Zhdankin, Office: Chem. 341, Phone: 726-6902

Office hours: M, W, F    10:10 to 11:10 am (after lecture

PREREQUISITES: CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: CHEM 2542 is the second semester of organic chemistry at the sophomore-junior level. The lectures will cover organic spectroscopy, chemistry of aromatic compounds, structure and chemical transformations of functional groups, and introductory aspects of bioorganic chemistry.

“Organic Chemistry”, 4th, 5th or 6th edition by Brown, Foote, Iverson, & Anslyn (hard copy, required)
Brown Organic Chemistry student solutions manual/study guide (hard copy, strongly recommended)


COURSE WEB PAGE:  All class materials, including this syllabus, exam and quiz schedules, sample exams, list of recommended problems, laboratory schedule and handouts, as well as useful links to other websites will be posted and periodically updated on the following web page:


Four Quizzes (20 min)

100 points (4x25 pts)

Three Midterm Exams (1 hour) 

300 points (3x100 pts)

Final Exam (2 hours) 

200 points


600 points


First Midterm Exam                         July 18 (Friday), 9:10 to 10:10 am
Second Midterm Exam                   July 30 (Wednesday), 9:10 to 10:10 am
Third Midterm Exam                        August 13 (Wednesday), 9:10 to 10:10 am
Final Exam (cumulative)                August 22 (Friday), 8:00 to 10:10 am

July 14 (Monday), July 25 (Friday), August 6 (Wednesday), August 18 (Monday); 9:50 to 10:10 am

The University of Minnesota Duluth policies related to teaching and learning apply for this course. For details see:

Access for Students with Disabilities: It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.