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CHM 201 - Organic Chemistry 1

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 4 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: CHM 152  or permission of instructor

The course covers the chemistry of the organic compounds of carbon. This includes the bonding, structure (including stereochemistry), nomenclature, physical properties, reactions and reaction mechanisms. The alkane, alkene, alkyne, alkyl, halide, alcohol, ethers and epoxides functional groups are studied in detail. Laboratory is an introduction to basic organic lab operations, such as separation, extraction and determination of physical properties.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Given a structure, give the name; or given the name, draw the structure for a given compound.
  2. Classify organic compounds by functional group and structure. (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers and epoxides).
  3. Illustrate and/or discuss the relationship of physical properties of a compound to its structure.
  4. Illustrate and apply the concept of resonance structures and molecular conformations to determine the reactivity and stability of organic compounds.
  5. List and recognize the common reaction intermediates involve in the mechanisms of organic chemistry (nucleophilic elimination).
  6. Write, complete and use the common reactions for the aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers and epoxides.
  7. Determine the physical properties of organic compounds (melting point, boiling point, refractive index, density) and use these properties to identify a compound.
  8. Separate a mixture of organic compounds (extraction, distillation, fractional distillation, steam distillation).
  9. Synthesize organic compounds by applying your knowledge of common organic reactions (on paper or in laboratory).
Listed Topics
  1. Structure and bonding
  2. Lewis and resonance structures
  3. Molecular shapes
  4. Identity of functional groups
  5. Stereochemistry
  6. R & S nomenclature
  7. Thermodynamics and organic reactions
  8. Mechanisms and reactive intermediates
  9. Nomenclature of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers and epoxides
  10. Nucleolphlilic reaction mechanisms
  11. Electrophlic reaction mechanisms
  12. Organic oxidation-reduction reactions
Reference Materials
Standard chemistry textbook.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 07/13/2006

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