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CHEM& 261 Organic Chemistry I • 6 Cr.




The first of a three-course series in organic chemistry. The 261/262/263 series covers structure, nomenclature, reactions, and synthesis of organic compounds. Format includes laboratory work. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 and CHEM& 162 and CHEM& 163.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Introduction to carbon compounds and review of bonding theories
    • Construct Lewis structures for organic molecules and ions, including applicable resonance structure and formal charge.
    • Describe atomic molecular, and hybrid orbitals and how these relate to molecular shape.
    • Use VESPR theory to predict bond angles, bond lengths, and polarity.
  • Representative Organic Compounds and Functional Groups
    • Describe the properties of carbon-carbon single, double, and triple bonds, including aromatic systems.
    • Identify functional groups.
  • Acid base theory
    • Relate structure and acid base strength.
    • Predict acid base behavior based on pKa, protoc/aprotic solvents, etc.
  • Chemistry and properties of alkanes
    • Apply the IUPAC rules for naming alanes, alkyl halides, and alcohols.
    • Generate isomers and recognize different types of isomerism.
    • Explain properties of cyclic alkanes and use cyclic terminologyI
  • Introduction to IR spectroscopy
    • Use and describe the EM spectrum and how it relates to energy.
    • Describe the basic concepts associated with IR spectroscopy.
    • Identify major functional groups on the basis of IR spectra.Explain the proper sample prep needed for IR analysis.
  • Stereochemistry
    • Identify, name, separate, and determine total number of isomers for chiral compounds (including meso).
  • Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination
    • Describe the chemical and physical properties of alkyl halides
    • Classify and rate reactions as Sn1, Sn2, E1, and E2 on the basis of substrate, solvent, nucleophile, and leaving group
    • Give detailed mechanisms for Sn1, Sn2, E1, and E2 mechanism and understand their applications in terms of chirality and yield.
  • Radical Reactions
    • Write general radical mechanisms.
    • Describe differences between the halogens for radical reactions.
    • Describe differences between the halogens for radical reactions.
    • Use radical terminology and explain thermodynamics of radicals.



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