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Organic Chemistry 1 (CHEM 2204)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence which covers the synthesis, reactions, nomenclature and structure of organic compounds. Topics include chemical structure, kinetics and enthalpy of reactions, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry; the syntheses and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, conjugated systems, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, and ketones; as well as NMR, IR, UV, and mass spectroscopy. Molecular modeling software is used during instruction to assist in visualizing reactions and is available for student use outside of class. This course has an optional lab (CHEM 2224). Completion of both CHEM 2204 and CHEM 2224 are required to count toward MnTC Goal Area 3.

Topical Outline:
1. Structure and Bonding
2. Acidity
3. Stereochemistry
4. Nomenclature of Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes and Alkyl Halides
5. Reactions of Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes and Alkyl Halides
6. Structural Determination Using Spectroscopy (Mass, Infrared and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance)

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand, interpret and interconvert between various representations of organic molecules
2. Evaluate the acidity of given molecule(s) based on key structural and electronic factors
3. Understand/identify chirality and relationships among stereoisomers
4. Explain/apply aspects of various reaction mechanisms in the context of given sets of reagents
5. Determine appropriate reagents, product(s) and/or combinations of reactions for a given chemical transformation
6. Utilize spectroscopic information to ascertain structural information about unknown compound(s)

Prerequisites:  CHEM 1152. ("C" (2.0) Grade or Above). It is strongly recommended to have either completed CHEM 2224 or to take it concurrently with CHEM 2204.

MnTC: Goal 3