REActivities: Organic Chemistry Lab Workbook

Authors: Goudreau Collison, Cody, Anderson, Edelbach

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN: 978-1-50669-854-0

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About the Book

REActivate independence in lab learning! Organic chemistry REActivities is a lab workbook designed to be student-guided and not instructor taught. Students are encouraged to self-guide, and interact with the instructor to answer questions and request help where needed. Independent inquiry is encouraged as students must read the worksheets and follow the instructions step-by-step as they go along.

During the labs, students will have time to:


When learning techniques for the first time, students will get time to practice before running the experiment, and recording in their lab notebook. It’s not fair to ask that students’ first-ever attempt is recorded, so the workbook encourages students to have the room and comfort to make mistakes and know that learning techniques takes time and practice.

Work with Peers:

In science, it’s important to talk about and compare your results with a lab partner. Students are often asked during a REActivity to stop and work with partners on concept questions, or to report and compare results with lab mates. It’s difficult to gauge your success for a given task if you have nothing with which to compare.

Ask Questions:

The flow of these REActivities allows for the instructor to more freely wander around the lab and help students. There will be certain instances where students will need the instructor’s approval before moving forward.


Table of Contents

• About REActivities
• Waste Management
• Featured Compounds: Communal Pool of Compounds

• First Day of Lab
• Melting Point/Recrystallization (single solvent)
• Solvent Pair Recrystallization
• Thin Layer Chromatography
• Column Chromatography
• Stereochemistry
• Liquid – Liquid Extraction
• NMR and IR
• Distillation
• Predicting Organic Reactions: SN1 SN2

• Troubleshooting an Organic Reaction
• Bromination of an Alkene
• Elimination to an Alkyne
• TEMPO Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol
• Wittig Reaction of Benzaldehyde
• Saponification Reaction
• Perkin Reaction (Aldol Condensation)

Fractional Distillation


About the Authors

Christina Goudreau Collison, Jeremy Cody, Jason Anderson, and Brian Edelbach teach at the Department of Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. The authors would like to thank the National Science Foundation for its generous support with our design and development of these materials.