CHE 532
Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds
Fall 2016

Vital Information

Instructor: Robert Grossman
Office: CP-339
Telephone: (859) 257-1285
E-mail: robert.grossman at (a good way to contact me)
Office Hours: by appointment (just ask before or after class or by email).
Course web site:
Class hours: TTh 9:30-10:20 am, CP-220 (attendance is mandatory)



Your problem sets will be delivered through ACE Organic, a Web-based organic chemistry homework program. Please go ahead and register with ACE if you have not already done so. Be sure you type your UK ID correctly (eight digits beginning with 0 or 1, not 9). Also, please run the browser checkup when you are using a computer with ACE for the first time: the link is directly under where you enter your password on the login page. After you log in, you will see two courses: the Tutorials course, and the CHE 532 course. If you don't see the CHE 532 course, you probably entered your student ID number incorrectly; press the My Profile button at the top of the page and check that you have entered an eight-digit number beginning with 0 or 1, not a nine-digit number beginning with 9. You should do tutorials 3 and 4 before you start working on problem sets.

You will have 13 assignments of various sizes, worth in combination a total of 30% of your grade. When you enter a response, ACE will grade your homework automatically and immediately. If your response is incorrect, you will almost always have unlimited opportunities to correct it and try again.

You will be able to give yourself extensions on assignments. You have a total of 15 days of extensions for your use across the semester. Generally, you can give yourself an extension of up to three days on any particular assignment, but I may reduce that amount on a particular assignment if it is due right before an exam that covers the same material. If you wish to give yourself an extension, you must do so before the original due date on the assignment. You can reduce or increase an extension that you have already given yourself, but only before the original due date on the assignment. I have the ability to override the limits on the extensions, so if you have a reasonable argument as to why you should be granted a waiver of any of these rules, just email me. I am generally lenient about extensions; I want you to do the homework to the best of your ability.


There will be a midterm exam, worth 30% of your grade, and a final, worth 40%. Exams will be given online via ACE Organic (see below) in Nursing 625, which has UK computers available, although I encourage you to use your own laptop for the exam. The exams are open book, open notes, and open Web.

The midterm exam is scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 PM on Monday, October 16, 2017 in CN-625.

The final exam is scheduled for 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017 in CN-625.

The University Senate rules about excused absences apply. In addition, recognizing that the midterm exam is scheduled outside of regular class hours, I will accommodate students who have a good reason (not necessarily University-approved) that they cannot attend at the scheduled day or time. If you miss the midterm exam for any reason, even if you're not sure whether it's a University-approved reason, please talk to me.

If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please see me as soon as possible. In order to receive accommodations in this course, you must provide me with a letter of accommodation from the Disability Resource Center for coordination of campus disability services available to students with disabilities.

Academic integrity

Per university policy, students shall not plagiarize or cheat. Students are expected to adhere to University policy on cheating and plagiarism in all courses. In this course, you may discuss assignments among yourselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual work is done, you, and you alone, must do it. In the case of the online homework, that means that you must enter your responses in your own account yourself. Do not share your account username or password with another student.

Communicating with another person during an exam constitutes cheating.

The minimum penalty for cheating is a zero on the exam or assignment. Depending on the circumstances, the penalty may be more severe. University Senate rules about academic dishonesty apply.

Plagiarism and cheating are serious breaches of academic conduct. Each student is advised to become familiar with the various forms of academic dishonesty as explained in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. A plea of ignorance is not acceptable as a defense against the charge of academic dishonesty.


Attendance policy

I expect you to attend class, but it will not count toward your grade.

Other online resources.

Tentative Class Syllabus.

  1. Overview
  2. General principles
  3. Destructive methods
  4. Methods involving electromagnetic energy

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