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Instructor Info:Rayane Moreira
Office Extension x5615
TA Info:Thao Le
Raffi Sherak
Benjamin Liebman
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 121
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 121
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 121
Wednesday
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Cole Science Center 2-CHEM
Description: This course is an introduction to the structure, properties, reactivity, and spectroscopy of organic molecules, as well as their significance in our daily lives. We will first lay down the groundwork for the course, covering bonding, physical properties of organic compounds, stereochemistry, and kinetics and thermodynamics of organic reactions. We will then move on to the reactions of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols and ethers, alkenes, and alkynes, emphasizing the molecular mechanisms that allow us to predict and understand chemical behavior. Lastly, we will discuss the identification of compounds by mass spectrometry, NMR and infrared spectroscopy. Student-led discussions will address the role organic molecules play in biology, industry, society, and the environment. Additionally, weekly problem-solving sessions will be held to foster skill in mechanistic and synthetic thinking. The laboratory will provide an introduction to the preparation, purification, and identification of organic molecules. Prerequisite: High school chemistry