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. Utilize International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) nomenclature rules to name simple alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, or alcohols based on structure or determine their structure from an IUPAC name.
2.Interpret the structure of a molecule to identify key principles, including atomic/molecular properties, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, conformational analysis, or stereochemistry.
3.Predict reaction products of an organic reaction from given starting materials and reagents.
4.Provide the necessary starting material 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 ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis), infrared (IR) or proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
8.Perform microscale organic reactions and determine product identity, purity or percent yield.
9.Purify products from a chemical reaction using extraction, re-crystallization, or chromatography.
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 2018
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