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Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Course Numbers:

Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 2400

Organic Chemistry II: CHEM 2410

Organic Chemistry I:

This course and the related lab is the first part of a two-semester sequence that studies the chemistry of carbon compounds, including their structure, nomenclature, preparation, reactions, analysis, spectroscopy, and properties. Reaction mechanisms are stressed within a functional group framework. The laboratory session introduces basic laboratory techniques frequently utilized in organic syntheses.

Organic Chemistry II:  

This course and the related lab is the second part of a two-semester sequence that studies the chemistry of heteroatom-containing carbon compounds, including their structure, nomenclature, preparation, reactions, analysis, and properties. Reaction mechanisms within a functional group framework are stressed. Stability, nucleophilicity and electrophilicity, and structurereactivity relationships will also be examined. The laboratory session practices basic organic syntheses. 

Organic Chemistry

Course Numbers:

Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 2400

Organic Chemistry II: CHEM 2410

Organic Chemistry I & II Textbook Information:

Organic Chemistry

Course Numbers:

Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 2400

Organic Chemistry II: CHEM 2410

Organic Chemistry I:

  • Apply the rules of organic nomenclature, including the ability to name organic compounds and draw correct structures from names
  • Describe chemical structures and relate them to physical properties of organic compounds
  • Correlate molecular structure and spectroscopic behavior
  • Describe and apply fundamental reactivity concepts such as acidity, basicity, electrophilicity, nucleophilicity, electron delocalization and rules of resonance
  • Describe the mechanisms and outcomes of addition, substitution and elimination reactions of simple organic compounds
  • Describe and perform basic organic laboratory techniques

Organic Chemistry II:

  • Recognize major functional groups and name organic compounds containing these functional groups
  • Understand and apply the basic rules of reactivity, nucleophilicity and electrophilicity to organic compounds
  • Describe simple resonance schemes and their importance to stability and reactivity of organic molecules
  • Demonstrate mastery of simple organic reaction mechanisms
  • Recognize functional groups in biochemical compounds and their chemistry
  • Apply basic organic laboratory techniques to synthesize, purify and broadly characterize simple organic compounds
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