20456 Organic Chemistry 1
Credits: 6 intermediate credits in Chemistry
The course is based on Organic Chemistry (6th ed.), by P.Y. Bruice (Pearson Education, 2011). Materials include an appendix on chemical data, a kit of molecular samples, computer software for the study of nuclear magnetic resonance, and the ChemTV: Core Organic Chemistry CD-Rom consisting of animations. The course includes two mandatory laboratory sessions.
Objectives: Acquaintance with organic nomenclature; Understanding the relationship between the physical properties and molecular structure and constituents; Acquaintance and understanding of reaction mechanisms from reactivity and stereochemical perspectives; Exposing students to the basic principles of spectroscopy and spectrometry for characterization of organic molecules; Practice on structure elucidation by spectral data.
Topics: Introduction to organic chemistry; Hydrocarbons: alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes and alkynes; Stereochemistry: the arrangement of atoms in space; Nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions; Aromatic compounds and reactions of substituted benzenes; Various functional groups: alcohols, ethers, epoxides, thiols, aldehydes and ketones, amines, and carboxylic acids and derivatives; Compressibility of various carbonyl compounds; Electrophilic substitution reactions; Spectroscopic methods: MS, UV-vis, IR, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR; Oxidation-reduction reactions; Organometallic compounds.
1There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.
2or General Chemistry (20477 or 20487), which is no longer offered.