Course description: This course involves the study of the compounds of carbon, emphasizing the relationship between structure and reactivity. The course provides an introduction to reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.
This course provides an introduction to organic chemistry, which is the chemistry of hydrocarbon compounds. Understanding organic chemistry is essential to understanding biochemistry, making it an important foundation of biological knowledge.
Required texts and materials:
1. Course text: Vollhardt, K.P.C., N.E. Schore. 1999. Organic Chemistry. Third edition. W.H. Freeman and Co., New York, N.Y.
2. Study Guide/Solutions Manual: Schore, N.E. 1999. Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Organic Chemistry. Third Edition. W.H. Freeman and Co., New York, N.Y.
3. Laboratory Text: Williamson, K.L. 1999. Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments. Third edition. D.C. Heath and Co., Lexington, MA.
4. Scientific calculator: A scientific calculator capable of performing both natural (ln) and base 10 (log) functions, among other scientific and mathematical functions.
1. To gain familiarity and competence with I.U.P.A.C. nomenclature.
2. To learn the basic reaction mechanisms involved in organic chemistry.
3. To understand how structure influences reactivity.
4. To understand and interpret spectroscopy.
5. To develop the skills to work competently and safely in the laboratory.
6. To develop the background knowledge necessary for further study in subjects such as biochemistry, medicine, and
Attendance and completion of all exams is mandatory. Students are accountable for all class assignments, class announcements, handouts, and information provided in lecture. After three lecture or lab absences, a student’s course grade will be reduced by 5% for each additional absence. If more than six lectures or labs are missed, the student will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade. Failure to clean up a work station following lab will result in a loss of 5 points for every student working at that station.
Please arrive on time to lab! Students will not be allowed to stay late to work because they have arrived late and need extra time.
Make-up labs WILL NOT be offered since laboratory experiments will be an ongoing process from one lab to the next. Therefore, you must work at a safe and efficient pace to counter any absences incurred.
If you must miss an exam, then you must contact me as quickly as possible. It is always better to contact me before rather than after an absence if you know in advance that you must miss class (if you notify me in advance, it will be easier to receive approval for a makeup). Please provide a substantive reason (e.g., a doctor’s note).
Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses. Students should be familiar with the College's policies concerning academic integrity Catalog, page 52; Student Handbook, page 32, section VII). Students requiring any clarification of these policies should consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs.