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CHEM12A:  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY


Course Description

This is the first semester of a year-long organic chemistry course designed for chemistry majors, pre-professional medical, biology, and science majors. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, reactions and spectroscopic studies of organic compounds. Lecture and laboratory methods will focus on synthesis, isolation, purification, elucidation, and identification of organic structures, as well as instrumental methods and data interpretation. (C-ID: CHEM 150, CHEM 160S) PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 1B


Learning Outcomes

  • Use and discuss the concepts and theories on the structure and bonding in organic molecules, as well as the naming, interpretation and drawing of chemical structures.
  • Be able to recognize and evaluate polar bonds and their consequence in organic molecules, as well as the theories behind acid-base reactions.
  • Compare and contrast the structures, physical/chemical properties, preparation, and nomenclature of alkanes and cycloalkanes including isomers, stability and conformers.
  • Be able to interpret how organic reactions occur through mechanistic diagrams, as well as describing an organic reaction via rates, equilibrium, energy, transition states and intermediates.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of Mass Spectrometry (MS),Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), and Ultrviolet Spectroscopy (UV), as well as Carbon-13 and Hydrogen-1 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) by the interpretation of spectra with respect to organic molecules and structure elucidation.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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