This course surveys structural chemistry of organic compounds with an emphasis on electronic structure, conformation and stereochemistry. Concepts and models are developed to build intuition about the stability and reactivity of organic compounds. These concepts will prepare students for a mechanistic-based approach to learning organic reactivity. Emphasis will also be placed on developing problem-solving skills unique to organic chemistry. This course (Introductory Organic Chemistry Part I) together with Introductory Organic Chemistry Part II are equivalent to a first-semester organic chemistry course; these courses and the subsequent courses (Intermediate Organic Chemistry Parts I and II) are especially suited for students in agricultural, nutritional and biological sciences, as well as pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary programs.
Week 1: The Building Blocks of Organic Chemistry
Period 2 Elements
Week 2: The Language of Organic Chemistry
Basic Organic Nomenclature
Representations of 3-Dimensional Structures
Week 3: Electrons in Molecules
Wave Properties of Electrons
Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals
Week 4: Molecular Orbital Theory
Constructing Simple MO Diagrams
Inferring Reactivity From MO Diagrams
The Hybrid Orbital Approximation
Frontier Orbital Theory
Week 5: Molecules in Motion
Conformations of Linear Molecules
Stability of Cyclic Molecules
Conformations of Cyclohexanes
Week 6: Understanding Reactivity
Bond Energy Changes
Nucleophiles and Electrophiles
Week 7: Organic Reactions, Part I
Discriminating Related Reaction Mechanisms
Week 8: Organic Reactions, Part II
Stereospecificity of Substitution and Elimination Reaction Mechanisms
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