Chem 221 Organic Chemistry I
This is the first half of the two-semester Organic Chemistry series. This course aims to build a solid foundation of basic concepts related to the chemistry of carbon-based molecules. It is designed to facilitate a progression to more complex topics in the second half of the course. In particular, the intricacies of the structure and bonding of carbon and other second-row elements will be explored in relation to the physical and chemical properties of organic chemistry functional groups. These concepts will be presented in the context of modern applications and issues in the areas of medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, nutrition, technology, and the environment in order to highlight the relevance of the material to each of these areas.
Hybrid lecture course with a mix of on-campus and virtual labs.
This course will cover Chapters 1-9 of the textbook. Organic Chemistry functional groups will be introduced, with an emphasis on the bonding, molecular structure, and nomenclature of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and oxygen-containing functional groups. The details of nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions will be covered, including discussions of nucleophiles, leaving groups, reaction mechanisms, and stereochemistry. The laboratory portion of the course reinforces the information presented in lecture by applying basic principles to relevant experimental situations and providing experience with hands-on laboratory work, good record-keeping practices, report-writing, and critical and analytical thinking.
Exam are a mix of multiple choice and short answer.
Electronic lab notebooks.
Two formal lab reports.
Infrared Spectroscopy (Tutorial)
Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques (Open (Access) Textbook)
Distillation Tutorial (Tutorial)
Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) Simulator (Simulation)
Detective O-Chem (External link)End of semester virtual exercise that brings results of different techniques together to identify a compound
Organic chemistry lab techniques textbook (Open (Access) Textbook)