Organic Chemistry I/II (CEM241/242)

Sarin is an organic molecule, it is also the most potent nerve agent ever generated. It was used by terrorist in an attack on the Tokyo subway system.
Sarin is an organic molecule, it is also one of the most potent nerve agent ever generated. It was used by terrorists in an attack on the Tokyo subway system.

Organic Chemistry is the chemistry of carbon molecules.  Carbon has the unique ability to readily bond with not just itself, but up to four other elements (the most of the normal Main Group elements).  Organic chemistry is the basis of much of our world, including our own biology.  In Organic Chemistry I we will learn about the basics of bonding in organic molecules, the relationship of structure and function, and the chemistry of the simpler organic groups.  This is a prerequisite for Organic Chemistry II which will be taught winter term.

Course Logistics

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Grades

  • Post Exam 1 (PDF) – FS17
  • Post Exam 2 (PDF) – FS17
  • Post Exam 3 (PDF) – FS17
  • Post Exam 4 (PDF) – FS17

Lecture Materials

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7 – Alkyl Halides: Substitutions and Eliminations
  • Chapter 8 – Addition Reactions of Alkenes
  • Chapter 9 – Alkynes
  • Chapter 10 – Radical Reactions
  • Chapter 11 – Synthesis
  • Chapter 12 – Alcohols and Phenols
  • Chapter 13 – Ethers and Epoxides
  • Chapter 14 – Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass Spectroscopy
  • Chapter 15 – Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Chapter 16 – Conjugated Pi Systems and Pericyclic Reactions
  • Chapter 17 – Aromatic Compounds
  • Chapter 18 – Aromatic Substitution Reactions
  • Chapter 19 – Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Chapter 20 – Carboxylic Acids and Their Derivatives
  • Chapter 21 – Enols and Enolates
  • Chapter 22 – Amines

Quiz/Exam Answers

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
    • Assignment 1 (Answers)
    • Assignment 2 (Answers)
    • Assignment 3 (Answers)
    • Assignment 4 (Answers)
    • Assignment 5 (Answers)
    • Assignment 6 (Answers)
    • Assignment 7 (Answers)
    • Assignment 8 (Answers)
    • Assignment 9 (Answers)
    • Assignment 10 (Answers)
    • Assignment 11 (Answers)
    • Assignment 12 (Answers)
    • Assignment 13 (Answers)
    • Exam 1 Solutions
    • Exam 2 Solutions
    • Exam 3 Solutions
    • Exam 4 Solutions

Lab Materials

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