CHM 235 - General Organic Chemistry I
Description: Chemistry of organic compounds with emphasis on reaction mechanisms, stereo-chemistry, and structure. Chemical principles are presented at a level appropriate for science majors, and pre-professional students. Concurrent registration in CHM 235L recommended.
Prerequisites: CHM 151 . Reading Proficiency
General Education Competency: Scientific Literacy
- Bonding, and Molecular Structure
- Functional Groups and Infrared Spectroscopy
- Hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes) structure, properties, reactivity and nomenclature
- Stereochemistry-Chiral Molecules
- Organic Reactions and Mechanisms - substitutions, eliminations, additions, oxidations/reductions, and radical reactions.
- Preparation and reactions of alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides
- Preparation and reactions of alcohols and ethers
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy
- Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (1-8)
a. Solve chemical problems associated with synthetic pathways and mechanisms of reaction.
b. Draw conclusions regarding physical and chemical phenomenon through evaluation of data and observations.
- Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (1-8)
a. Use appropriate scientific vocabulary to describe or identify chemical phenomenon associated with alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, and ethers.
b. Write mechanistic diagrams that represent the step-by-step progress of organic reactions using accepted nomenclature and symbols.
c. Describe the major themes associated with concepts presented during the term of study.
- Interpret the numerical and graphical presentation of scientific data. (1-8)
a. Use data to support a conclusion or interpretation.
b. Draw conclusions from chemical information presented on graphs.
- Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (1-8)
a. Use spectroscopic analysis to identify specific organic structures.
- Record the results of investigation through writing. (1-8)
a. Write papers and/or short essays on research oriented topics associated the major themes and concepts presented during the term of study.
- Students will complete a common comprehensive written final exam. Assessment will also include departmental pre-semester and post-semester evaluations. Instructors may utilize a variety of additional assessment measures including, but not limited to, quizzes, mid-term exams, written assignments, and homework. In all cases the required assessment measures will be outlined on the course syllabus.