Course Descriptions

CHE 251 - Organic Chemistry I

5 Credits

A modern treatment of organic chemistry which integrates fact and theory. The study of structure and its relation to properties, reactions, and reaction mechanisms is emphasized. Both aliphatic and aromatic compounds are studied in the first semester along with an introduction to stereochemistry and conformational analysis. The laboratory experiences include syntheses of a variety of organic compounds with an emphasis on basic laboratory techniques. The fundamental techniques of infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography are also introduced. Three class hours, four laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: CHE 152 with a grade of C- or higher.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Assign IUPAC names to simple alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. Draw the structure of an alkane, alkene, alkyne, or alkyl halide from an IUPAC name.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles of atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.
3. Predict reaction products of an organic reaction from given starting materials and reagents.
4. Provide the necessary starting material and/or reagents required to produce a given organic product.
5. Design multistep (3 or 4 steps) synthesis for organic compounds using retrosynthetic analysis.
6. Propose reasonable reaction mechanisms for a given reaction using curved arrow notation.
7. Generate the complete structure of simple unknown organic compounds using UV/Vis, IR and proton NMR spectroscopy.
8. Perform microscale organic reactions and determine product identity, purity and percent yield.
9. Write formal lab reports to convey results of experiments in a clear, logical manner.
10. Write formal lab reports to convey results of experiments in a clear, logical manner.

Course Offered Fall only

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Fall Semester 2017
Intersession 2018
Spring Semester 2018