Jun 20, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

CHE 251 - Organic Chemistry I and Lab


Course Description: This course studies the chemistry of hydrocarbons and their derivatives.  Topics include: nomenclature, conformations, reactions, mechanisms, and physical properties.  Other topics investigated are stereochemistry, substitution and elimination reactions and mechanisms.  Spectroscopy including infrared, mass spec, nmr and UV-vis will be studied.  Laboratory includes classical techniques of separation and identification of organic compounds as well as modern techniques of analysis.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of CHE 152 with a C or better
General Education Elective(s): Science
Note(s): N/A

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Name organic molecules using IUPAC convention
  • Interpret and apply standard conventions for drawing organic molecules.
  • Apply principles of conformational analysis to acyclic and cyclic organic molecules
  • Determine configuration of stereocenters and relationships of chiral structures
  • Draw resonance structures and apply them to conjugation, aromaticity, and molecular stability
  • Draw reasonable arrow-pushing mechanisms to show movement of electrons for organic reactions.
  • Evaluate reactions feasibility using kinetic and thermodynamic data and predict products of organic reactions
  • Interpret spectra from infrared spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and Mass Spectrometry to determine structural features and/or molecular structure

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