I uploaded the word file for my project as well. I havent been able to see sources 1 and 2 in the reference section on a mac, but can see it on my windows computer and made sure because I had to fix it earlier. If you want me to send you the sources please let me know.

I changed my final project topic last week and have been doing an Overview of Olefin Metathesis. In the past 30 years this process has been a breakthrough in organic chemistry and the paper will be on the reaction, its chemistry, and some large scale applications.

Assignment 2:

I would like to do my final project on: DMT Effects on the Brain and Human Body
Therefore, I will do my assignment 2 summary on: DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research Into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

By Rick Strassman, M.D. Rochester, Vt., Park Street Press, 2001, 358 pp.

[Full Marks JCB]

  • Rick Strassman wrote a book on the his research of clinical experimentation with psychedelics, specifically DMT, and how he managed to become approved for testing by the DEA
  • Strassman asks "What is DMT doing in our bodies" and depicts how the psychedelic is naturally found in the human brain. DMT can have positive effects and is viewed as a spiritual hub to some
  • Strassman performed studies on all effects physically and psychologically on volunteers at the hospital at the University of New Mexico between 1990-1995
  • Strassman had a roadblock in his research because of lack of support from colleagues as well as spiritual members of his community. By trying to combine both his spiritual beliefs and the biological science aspect of psychedelics he lost followers
  • Strassman's experimental subject found both positive and negative results from the psychedelics. The aftermath did not lead to any great change in their daily lives though, which was what Strassman had hypothesized
  • Strassman continues to believe that DMT can help the user reach another universe or dimension and plans to investigate more about the pineal gland where DMT is produced and how it can be related to dreams and meditation
  • Sums up how Strassman's book will help insight into psychedelics and he has shown both positive and negative sides to the drugs, NOT promoting unsupervised usage

Assignment 1:

September 30th 2010
I have decided to use the molecule C17H21NO4, more commonly known as Cocaine. This compound was originally used as a topical anesthetic, but quickly became abused by many users and an illegal drug. I have found that there are two major types, cocaine freebase and cocaine hydrochloride. For reasearch purposes i have decided to go with cocaine hydrochloride.
IUPAC Name: Methyl(3S,4R)-3-benzoyloxy-8-methyl-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane-4-carboxylate

HF Properties

Boiling Point:
395.189 °C at 760 mmHg ChemSpider
395.189 °C at 760 mmHg LookChem

Melting Point:
195 C (383F) Environmental Health and Safety MSDS
195 °C (383 °F) LookChem
197 C InChem
195 C SciFinder
>197 C SciFinder

250g in 100g of water Environmental Health and Safety MSDS
1800 mg/L (22 deg C) [Exper. Ref: YALKOWSKY,SH & DANNENFELSER,RM (1992)]ChemSpider
1800 mg/mL (20 °C) in water LookChem
200 grams per 100 mLs of water InChem

Vapor Pressure:
0 mmHg at 25°C ChemSpider

0 mmHg at 25 °C LookChem

Molar Volume:
248.072 cm3 ChemSpider
248.072 cm3 LookChem

Flash Point:
192.804 °C ChemSpider
192.804 °C LookChem

1.223 g/cm3 ChemSpider
1.223 g/cm3 LookChem