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Chemistry 420 - Organic Chemistry Part 1

Course Topics

The topics for this course are typically allocated as follows (approximate number of lecture and lab hours spent on each topic are shown in the left columns):

Lec
Lab
Topic
3
6
Structure and bonding in organic molecules
Electronegativity, bond polarity, resonance structures, structural formulas (including Lewis structures, condensed structures, and line-angle structures), acids and bases, molecular orbitals, hybridization and geometry, isomerism, intermolecular forces, and thin layer chromatography.
6
6
Alkanes and cycloalkanes: Structure, nomenclature, physical properties, and conformational analysis.
0
3
Literature search.
0
6
Measurement of physical properties of organic molecules (melting point, boiling point, refractive index, density)

7
18
Spectroscopy: Theory and application of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and elements of unsaturation.

0
6
Gas Chromatography
2
0
Chemical Reactivity: equilibrium, enthalpy, entropy, kinetics, and mechanism.
0
18
Distillation: Macro- and micro-scale, simple, fractional, and steam.
2.5
0
Free-radical halogenation of alkanes.
5.5
7
Stereoisomers: Chirality, optical activity, absolute configuration and stereochemistry in chemical reactions
7
0
Alkyl halides: Structure, nomenclature, physical properties, reactions, and SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 mechanisms.
0
9
Extraction of natural products.
6
8
Alkenes: structure, nomenclature, physical properties, isomerism, synthesis, and reactions.
0
3
Sublimation.
4
0
Alkynes: structure, nomenclature, physical properties, acidity, synthesis, and reactions.
7
0
Alcohols: structure, nomenclature, physical properties, acidity, synthesis, and reactions.
2
12
Multi-step synthesis and recrystallization
0
6
Laboratory Practical and laboratory final exam

2
0
Final exam

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: