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
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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