Chemistry 3 builds on the principles covered in the prior courses of the chemistry sequence and takes a detailed look at reaction mechanisms and how they are studied. Beginning with chemical kinetics, we will spend time examining how mechanisms of several classes of organic reactions are thought to proceed, what evidence supports those theories, and how alternative hypotheses might be tested. Examples include substitution and elimination reactions, as well as addition reactions; time allowing, we will also examine reactions that can only be understood using the conceptual framework of molecular orbital theory. Finally, we will also cover the thermodynamic principles and theoretical underpinnings of electrochemistry. Examples of all of the above reaction types will be examined in lab; the lab will also be used to expose students to a variety of instrumental techniques. There will also be an independent lab project to be performed near the end of term.Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Prerequisites: Chemistry 1 & Chemistry 2.
Corequisites: Chem 3 Lab - to be held Thursday 8:30-12:10
Course Level: 4000-level
M/Th 3:40PM-5:20PM, Th 8:30AM-12:10PM (Lab) (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: All courses , Chemistry , Hybrid In-Person and Remote