This course provides a firm grounding in basic principles and commences with a review of fundamental theories of covalent bonding to understand the structure and shape of organic molecules. By studying of the characteristic reactions of the common functional groups, the fundamental conceptual framework of this branch of science is presented. Examination of the chemistry of the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes is continued from first year chemistry. Alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, ethers and FT-IR Spectroscopy are now discussed. The importance of stereochemistry is revisited throughout the course. The concepts of molecular conformation as well as handedness of shapes are reinforced. Emphasis is placed on the study of reaction mechanisms and the understanding of reaction pathways as presented in energy diagrams. The relationship between the structure of organic molecules and their reactivity is presented. The role of acid/base chemistry in these reactions is presented throughout. The laboratory component of the course complements the lecture material and gives students experience in using some basic techniques that are employed in modern chemistry laboratories.
Course code: CHEM 2130
Length: 120 hours
PrerequisitesCHEM 1223 with a C-
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