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Organic Chemistry I

Course Topics

  1. Introduction to Organic Chemistry
    • Atomic structure and bonding
    • Molecular structure and shapes
    • Isomerism and stereochemistry
  2. Structure and Properties of Organic Compounds
    • Functional groups and their properties
    • Introduction to spectroscopy
  3. Acids and Bases in Organic Chemistry
    • Acid-base concepts and theories
    • Organic acid-base reactions
  4. Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
    • Nomenclature and physical properties
    • Conformational analysis and Newman projections
    • Reactions of alkanes
  5. Stereochemistry
    • Chirality and enantiomers
    • Configurational and conformational isomerism
    • Stereoselectivity and stereospecificity in reactions
  6. Alkenes and Alkynes
    • Nomenclature and physical properties
    • Preparation and reactions of alkenes and alkynes
    • Electrophilic and nucleophilic additions
  7. Reactions of Alkenes and Alkynes
    • Reactions of alkenes: electrophilic and radical additions
    • Reactions of alkynes: acid-base reactions, reductions, and oxidative cleavage
  8. Alcohols, Ethers, and Epoxides
    • Nomenclature and physical properties
    • Preparation and reactions of alcohols, ethers, and epoxides
    • Oxidation and reduction reactions
  9. Spectroscopy and Structure Determination
    • Infrared spectroscopy (IR)
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR)
    • Mass spectrometry (MS)
  10. Review and Integration of Organic Chemistry Concepts


The course syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any modifications or updates will be communicated in advance.