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CHEM& 261 - Organic Chemistry with Lab I

Credits: 6
For science and other related majors that require a full year of organic chemistry. Covers structure, nomenclature, reactions (including mechanisms) and synthesis of organic compounds, as well as spectroscopic analysis.

Enrollment Requirement: CHEM& 163  with a grade of 1.5 or higher and eligible for ENGL& 101 .

Satisfies Requirement: Natural Science or Lab Science

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Predict the acidity or basicity of an organic compound, based on electronegativity, resonance, inductive electron withdrawal, and orbital hybridization.
  2. Predict the stabilities of organic compounds, based on electron configuration and delocalization, orbital hybridization, hyperconjugation, angle strain, and steric strain.
  3. Draw structures of major organic functional groups and isomers, and name representative molecules using IUPAC nomenclature rules.
  4. Determine a curved arrow mechanism and reaction intermediates involving electrophilic addition, carbocation rearrangement, and resonance.
  5. Plan a synthesis involving electrophilic addition and catalytic hydrogenation reactions of alkenes and alkynes to produce a targeted organic molecule in good yield.
  6. Identify and correct errors, problems, and safety hazards associated with the handling of organic chemicals, lab equipment setup, and usage.
  7. Plan a purification of an organic compound involving extraction, filtration, centrifugation, recrystallization, distillation, and chromatography.
  8. Assess the purity and determine the identity of an organic sample using melting point determination, polarimetry, refractive index, and chromatography.
  9. Evaluate the impact of an organic laboratory experiment on human health and the environment, and suggest improvements.

Program Outcomes
  1. Use appropriate symbolic reasoning or quantitative methods to evaluate problems, make decisions and formulate solutions.
  2. Effectively use laboratory tools and/or equipment to collect data, analyze it and draw reasonable scientific conclusions.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.

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