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CHEM12B:  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY


Course Description

This is the second semester of a year-long organic chemistry course designed as a continuation of Chemistry 12A. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanism, reactions, and spectroscopic studies of the various organic functional groups. 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 160S) PREREQUISITE: Chemistry 12A


Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the structures, physical/chemical properties, preparation, and nomenclature of alcohols and phenols, as well as their chemical reactions and spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structures, physical/chemical properties, preparation, and nomenclature of aldehydes and ketones, as well as their chemical reactions and spectroscopy.
  • Show comprehension of the structures, physical/chemical properties, preparation, and nomenclature of acid halides, anhydrides, esters and amides, as well as their chemical reactions and spectroscopy.
  • Be able to interpret and evaluate the classification of carbohydrates, D/L configurations and Fischer projections, as well as the stereochemistry of carbohydrates and their chemical reactions.
  • Demonstrate an ability to compose schemes for the synthesis and retrosynthesis of an array of simple organic compounds.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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