Introductory Organic Chemistry - Part 1

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Introductory Organic Chemistry - Part 1

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This is a organic chemistry course surveying introductory topics in structure and reactivity with an emphasis on structural fundamentals including electronic structure, conformation and stereochemistry.

About the Course

This course surveys structural chemistry of organic compounds with an emphasis on electronic structure, conformation and stereochemistry. Concepts and models are developed to build intuition about the stability and reactivity of organic compounds. These concepts will prepare students for a mechanistic-based approach to learning organic reactivity. Emphasis will also be placed on developing problem-solving skills unique to organic chemistry. This course (Introductory Organic …

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This is a organic chemistry course surveying introductory topics in structure and reactivity with an emphasis on structural fundamentals including electronic structure, conformation and stereochemistry.

About the Course

This course surveys structural chemistry of organic compounds with an emphasis on electronic structure, conformation and stereochemistry. Concepts and models are developed to build intuition about the stability and reactivity of organic compounds. These concepts will prepare students for a mechanistic-based approach to learning organic reactivity. Emphasis will also be placed on developing problem-solving skills unique to organic chemistry. This course (Introductory Organic Chemistry Part I) together with Introductory Organic Chemistry Part II are equivalent to a first-semester organic chemistry course; these courses and the subsequent courses (Intermediate Organic Chemistry Parts I and II) are especially suited for students in agricultural, nutritional and biological sciences, as well as pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary programs.

About the Instructor(s)

Professor Moore received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1989 from the University of Illinois. Thereafter, he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty in 1993. Professor Moore is the author of over 300 publications, a fellow of the American Chemical Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Llewellyn received his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry in 2004 at Emory University. He then studied as a Marshall Scholar and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he earned his PhD in 2008. Dr. Llewellyn worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate before accepting his current position as lecturer of organic chemistry in 2009. Dr. Llewellyn is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity.

Course Syllabus

Module Key Concepts Week 1: The Building Blocks of Organic Chemistry
  • Period 2 Elements
  • Formal Charge
  • Stability Trends
  • Bonding Patterns
  • Functional Groups
Week 2: The Language of Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Organic Nomenclature
  • Molecular Symmetry
  • Chirality
  • Stereochemical Descriptors
  • Representations of 3-Dimensional Structures
Week 3: Electrons in Molecules
  • Resonance
  • Wave Properties of Electrons
  • Atomic Orbitals
  • Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals
Week 4: Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Constructing Simple MO Diagrams
  • Inferring Reactivity From MO Diagrams
  • The Hybrid Orbital Approximation
  • Frontier Orbital Theory
Week 5: Molecules in Motion
  • Conformations of Linear Molecules
  • Stability of Cyclic Molecules
  • Conformations of Cyclohexanes
  • Coordinate Diagrams
Week 6: Understanding Reactivity
  • Bond Energy Changes
  • Transition States
  • Nucleophiles and Electrophiles
  • Acid-Base Equilibria
Week 7: Organic Reactions, Part I
  • Substitution Reactions
  • Elimination Reactions
  • Discriminating Related Reaction Mechanisms
Week 8: Organic Reactions, Part II
  • Stereospecificity of Substitution and Elimination Reaction Mechanisms
  • Carbocation Rearrangements
  • Activated C-O Electrophiles
  • Carbon-Based Nucleophiles

Recommended Background

One year of general chemistry.

Course Format

Content is delivered via short videos we call webcasts. Webcasts of a related theme, along with a set of PDF lecture notes, constitute a module. There are 8 modules in the course. Students are expected to watch and study these materials independently, much as they would study a traditional textbook. We encourage students to comment with feedback or questions via the forums.
Each module will include quizzes designed to evaluate students' understanding of the module's material. Quizzes will include problems that require students to draw chemical structures using a custom chemistry evaluation tool developed for this course in collaboration with Pearson. Access to this tool within the course is free-of-charge to students, and no textbook or other materials purchase is required.

FAQ

  • Will I get a certificate for this course?

    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

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University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Instructor(s): Jeffrey S. Moore, Nicholas M. Llewellyn

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