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CHEM 310. Organic Chemistry 1

Credits: 5
Department: Chemistry
Description: Structure, nomenclature, preparation, stereochemistry and reactions of organic compounds; spectroscopy. The first semester of a full-year course with a mechanistic emphasis, especially for chemistry, biomedical science, biotechnology, cell biology and prepharmacy majors.
Prerequisites: CHEM 211 (C- or better)
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Use chemical structure and bonding to identify and illustrate bonding types; to calculate formal charges and oxidation numbers; to identify potential nucleophiles and electrophiles; to recognize and name functional groups; and to determine relative acid strengths.
2. Use curved arrows, potential energy diagrams, and structures of transition states to describe and analyze reactions involving alcohols, alkenes, halides, and alkynes.
3. Draw and interpret 3-D structures of organic molecules using wedge-and-dash diagrams, chair conformations, Newman projections, and Fischer projections. Students will differentiate enantiomers and diastereomers and identify R/S stereochemistry.
4. Apply their understanding of organic reactions to design multi-step syntheses of small organic molecules.
5. Perform laboratory experiments that demonstrate the basic techniques used to purify and characterize organic products.

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