Dec 09, 2023
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
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Predict the acidity or basicity of an organic compound, based on electronegativity, resonance, inductive electron withdrawal, and orbital hybridization.
- Predict the stabilities of organic compounds, based on electron configuration and delocalization, orbital hybridization, hyperconjugation, angle strain, and steric strain.
- Draw structures of major organic functional groups and isomers, and name representative molecules using IUPAC nomenclature rules.
- Determine a curved arrow mechanism and reaction intermediates involving electrophilic addition, carbocation rearrangement, and resonance.
- Plan a synthesis involving electrophilic addition and catalytic hydrogenation reactions of alkenes and alkynes to produce a targeted organic molecule in good yield.
- Identify and correct errors, problems, and safety hazards associated with the handling of organic chemicals, lab equipment setup, and usage.
- Plan a purification of an organic compound involving extraction, filtration, centrifugation, recrystallization, distillation, and chromatography.
- Assess the purity and determine the identity of an organic sample using melting point determination, polarimetry, refractive index, and chromatography.
- Evaluate the impact of an organic laboratory experiment on human health and the environment, and suggest improvements.
- Use appropriate symbolic reasoning or quantitative methods to evaluate problems, make decisions and formulate solutions.
- Effectively use laboratory tools and/or equipment to collect data, analyze it and draw reasonable scientific conclusions.
- 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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