CHEM 351

Organic Chemistry 1

Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Course Description

Fundamentals of bonding, structure, and reactions of organic compounds, including molecular geometry, polarity, conformation, isomerism, functional groups, stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy.

When Taught

Fall, Winter, Spring

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

1

Note

Primarily for majors in chemical engineering and the biological sciences. Registering for a given section will automatically register you for both the lecture and the recitation.

Title

Recognizing and Naming Classes

Learning Outcome

Recognize functional group classes commonly encountered in organic chemistry and name representative molecules from each class using IUPAC rules for organic nomenclature.

Title

Structure and Reactivity Prediction

Learning Outcome

Predict structure and reactivity of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, epoxides, and alkylhalides based on such factors as carbon atom hybridization, bond length, bond strength, and bond polarity.

Title

Curved Arrow Mechanisms

Learning Outcome

Recognize and provide curved arrow mechanisms for the following types of organic reactions: additions, substitutions, and eliminations.

Title

Energetically-Preferred Conformations

Learning Outcome

Predict the energetically preferred conformation for straight-chain and branched alkanes, and for substituted cycloalkanes.

Title

R and S Configurations/Distinguishers

Learning Outcome

Determine R and S configurations for chiral molecules and distinguish between enantiomers, diastereomers, meso compounds, and conformational isomers.

Title

Mass Spectra Determining Molecule Structure

Learning Outcome

Interpret 1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR, UV, and mass spectra and use these data to determine the structure of organic molecules.

Title

Relative Energy Prediction

Learning Outcome

Predict the relative energies of reactive intermediates such as radicals, carbocations, and carbanions, based on structural considerations such as orbital hybridization, hyperconjugation, and resonance stabilization.