Chemistry 2: Organic Structure and Bonding (with Lab) (CHE4212.01)

John Bullock

Building on structural and reactivity insights developed in Chemistry 1, this course delves into molecular structure and modern theories of bonding, especially as they relate to the reaction patterns of functional groups. We will focus on the mechanisms of reaction pathways and develop an understanding for how those mechanisms are experimentally explored. There will be numerous readings from the primary literature, including some classic papers that describe seminal experiments. Particular attention will be paid to the development of thermodynamic principles and their relevance to understanding reactivity patterns. (Note that this is an exceptional Fall term offering for this course; it is usually offered in the Spring and another section will be offered in Spring 2024).

Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
- develop an understanding of modern bonding theories for atomic and molecular structures
- learn how to predict the three-dimensional structure of a molecule based on its bonding
- recognize instances of isomerism and the various types of isomerism that occur in molecules
- begin to examine reaction mechanisms and how they determine the products of reactions
- develop experimental skills and data analysis techniques.
- have the opportunity to perform an independent laboratory project

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Email
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM-5:30PM, W 2:10PM-5:50PM (Lab) (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Chemistry , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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