Organic Chemistry I
This course, the first of a two-semester sequence, provides a rigorous introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of organic chemistry. Several topics will be explored in depth, including molecular structure and hybridization, applications of acid/base theory to organic compounds, stereochemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, dienes, substitution and elimination reactions, and spectroscopic methods of analysis (e.g. IR, UV/VIS, NMR). Particular emphasis will be placed on thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of reactions and detailed examination of reaction mechanisms. Laboratory exercises are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the essential techniques of organic chemistry, including the determination of melting points, thin-layer and column chromatography, extraction, distillation, and spectroscopic analysis of products. This course is appropriate for students majoring in chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical engineering, and satisfies the admissions requirements for medical, dental, veterinary, and other health-related graduate programs. Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L with a grade of “C” or better.