2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

CHM 235 - General Organic Chemistry I

CHM 2235.
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

Credits: 4
Lecture: 4
Course Content:

  1. Bonding, and Molecular Structure
  2. Functional Groups and Infrared Spectroscopy
  3. Hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes) structure, properties, reactivity and nomenclature
  4. Stereochemistry-Chiral Molecules
  5. Organic Reactions and Mechanisms - substitutions, eliminations, additions, oxidations/reductions, and radical reactions.
  6. Preparation and reactions of alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides
  7. Preparation and reactions of alcohols and ethers
  8. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy

Learning Outcomes:
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (1-8) 

a. Use spectroscopic analysis to identify specific organic structures.

  1. 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.

Required Assessment:

  1. 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.