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COURSE TITLE: Organic Chemistry I
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Course Instructor: Dr. Leah Martin-Visscher
Laboratory Instructor: Dr Heather Starke
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The chemistry of carbon compounds. Structure-reactivity relationships, mechanism, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy are emphasized in the study of the main classes of organic compounds. Particular attention is paid to compounds of importance to biology and the chemical industry.

Prerequisites: CHEM 201
  • John McMurry, Organic Chemistry (9th ed), Boston: Brooks Cole, 2016
  • Organic Chemistry Flashware
  • C. Slupsky, H. Starke and L. Martin-Visscher, The King's University: Chemistry 350 Laboratory Experiments (2017 ed)
  • Safety glasses, 2 hardcover notebooks, set of molecular models
Laboratory 25%
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 17%
Final Exam 25%
Quizzes, homework, participation 18%
  • To develop understanding and appreciation for the importance of organic chemistry and the ubiquitous nature of carbon compounds in everyday life.
  • To understand the fundamental relationship between molecular structure and chemical reactivity.
  • To find patterns in the many reactions of carbon compounds by thoroughly understanding a set of reaction mechanisms and the patterns of reactivity of functional groups, and employing basic synthetic strategies.  
  • To become familiar with the use of physical and computer models of molecular structure and understand the strengths and limitations of various types of models.
  • To develop basic competence and confidence in the use of organic laboratory techniques of synthesis, separation and characterization.
  • To gain expertise in the hands-on use of modern spectroscopic tools for determination of molecular structure, including NMR, IR, and GC-MS.
  • To be aware of the historical contexts, developments, and philosophical presuppositions that have given rise to modern organic chemistry.
  • To be aware of the professional responsibility of chemists for the materials they make, and to make conscious ethical choices about their potential uses and abuses.
  • To encourage positive, constructive interaction and collaboration amongst students and between students and instructors.
  • Introduction and review
  • Structure, Bonding, and Polar Covalent Bonds
  • Resonance & Functional Groups
  • Acids and Bases
  • Structure Determination – IR Spectroscopy
  • Structure Determination – C-13 NMR Spectroscopy
  • Alkanes, Conformational Analysis & Cycloalkanes
  • Overview of Organic Reactions
  • Alkenes: Structure, Reactivity, Reactions, Synthesis
  • Alkynes, Introduction to Synthesis
  • Stereochemistry
  • Organohalides
  • Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination Reactions
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to the Laboratory
  • Extraction of Caffeine from Cola Syrup
  • Infrared and NMR Spectoscopy for Structural Interpretation
  • Thin Layer Chomatography of Drug Components
  • Simple Fractional Distillation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • Isolation of an Essential Oil from Cloves – Week 1
  • Isolation of and Characterization of Clove Oil Components – Week 2
  • Characterization of Clove Oil Components – Week 3
  • Rough Draft Meetings
  • The Mutarotation Constant of Glucose
  • Reactivity of Alkyl Halides in Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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