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Course Description

Organic chemistry is a branch of general chemistry that focuses on carbon-based compounds. Starting with the simplest molecules, alkanes (carbon chains bound to hydrogen atoms), the course expands to examine more complex molecules, including their basic properties, how they can be synthesized, and how they interact with other molecules.

 

This highly qualitative course begins by laying a foundation in quantum theory, which describes how atoms interact to form bonds and, thus, molecules. In addition to considering at chemical interactions, the course also takes a brief look at stereochemistry (the arrangement of molecules in three dimensions) and spectroscopy (using light to determine the composition of materials). The course culminates with a brief look at some elements of biochemistry, which examines the behavior of chemicals in biological systems (organisms). Emphases throughout the course include IUPAC nomenclature for organic molecules, the behavior and properties of chemicals with a variety of functional groups, and conceptual methods of synthesizing different organic compounds.

 

 Although the course is not nearly an exhaustive examination of this highly complex subject, it provides a solid foundation for students who simply want to learn more about the subject or who want to review the material in preparation for an introductory or more advanced course in high school or college. Because the course is qualitative rather than quantitative, students do not require extensive math skills to complete the course successfully. Nevertheless, the course provides a solid conceptual understanding for those who wish to study elsewhere the quantitative aspects of the topic.


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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1 - Bonding and Molecular Structure I: Chemical Bonding

    In this lesson, we begin our study of organic chemistry by introducing some fundamental concepts of chemical bonding between atoms.
  • Lesson 2 - Bonding and Molecular Structure II: The Structure and Representation of Organic Molecules

    Having studied the basics of molecular bonding, we now turn to how to represent molecules (including simple drawings) and how to understand and predict their structure in three dimensions.
  • Lesson 3 - Acids and Bases

    In this lesson, we will briefly consider several models of acids and bases and use these models to evaluate interactions of these substances.
  • Lesson 4 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes I: Nomenclature

    The lesson focuses on a systematic approach to nomenclature for the most basic organic molecules--alkanes and cycloalkanes.
  • Lesson 5 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes II: Bonding, Intermolecular Forces, and Functional Groups

    This lesson looks more closely at bonding in alkanes (and, by extension, cycloalkanes), as well as some of the basic characteristics of these molecules.
  • Lesson 6 - Nomenclature for Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Alkenes, and Alkynes

    Alkyl halides and alcohols are often involved in synthesis of alkenes and alkynes, for instance, so this lesson focuses on extending IUPAC rules to these molecules.
  • Lesson 7 - Alkenes/Alkynes I: Properties and Synthesis

    In this lesson, we consider the behavior of orbitals in forming double and triple bonds in alkenes and alkynes, respectively.
  • Lesson 8 - Alkenes and Alkynes II: Addition Reactions

    In this lesson, we will largely be considering the reactions that perform the opposite of those we discussed in the previous lesson.
  • Lesson 9 - Nucleophilic Substitution of Alkyl Halides

    In this lesson, we consider reactions that involve replacement of one functional group by another.
  • Lesson 10 - Stereochemistry

    In this lesson, we will focus more on stereochemistry, including chirality.
  • Lesson 11 - Free Radical Reactions

    In this lesson, we consider reactions--and the chemical intermediates that cause them--that proceed by a fundamentally different mechanism than we have seen thus for.
  • Lesson 12 - Aromatic Compounds (Arenes)

    This lesson focuses on the characteristics and nomenclature of these compounds.
  • Lesson 13 - Reactions of Aromatic Compounds

    Of course, we cannot cover all of the possible reactions, but the ones we will study here are some representative examples that further elucidate the behavior of arenes.
  • Lesson 14 - NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy

    In this lesson, we take a break from our discussions of chemical reactions and turn to the problem of how to identify chemicals in a particular compound.
  • Lesson 15 - Synthesis and Reactions of Alcohols

    This lesson focuses on how to synthesize alcohols and some other reactions that the molecules undergo.
  • Lesson 16 - Ethers and Epoxides

    In addition to looking briefly at some other synthesis reactions, we will examine several other reactions that ethers and epoxides undergo.
  • Lesson 17 - Aldehydes and Ketones 1: Introduction and Nucleophilic Addition to Carbonyl Group

    The lesson focuses on nomenclature and properties of these molecules, as well as on the process of nucleophilic addition to the carbonyl group.
  • Lesson 18 - Aldehydes and Ketones 2: Enols and Enolates

    Specifically, this lesson considers enols and enolates--two forms that are closely related to aldehydes and ketones and that are key to the behavior of these molecules.
  • Lesson 19 - Conjugated Unsaturated Systems

    In this lesson, we will consider the peculiar characteristics of conjugated dienes and their behavior in two particular reactions.
  • Lesson 20 - Synthesis and Reactions of β-Bicarbonyl Compounds

    In this lesson, we consider the special case of molecules that have two carbonyl groups separated by a single carbon atom.
  • Lesson 21 - Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives

    In this lesson, we focus on carboxylic acids, which includes the commonly occurring acetic acid (a component of vinegar), and we also briefly introduce related compounds
  • Lesson 22 - Amines

    In this lesson, we look more carefully at compounds containing nitrogen: specifically, amines.
  • Lesson 23 - Phenols and Aryl Halides

    Returning once more to aromatic compounds, this lesson looks more closely at the characteristics and behavior of aryl halides (halogen-substituted benzene rings) and phenols.
  • Lesson 24 - Carbohydrates

    In this lesson, we lightly introduce carbohydrates, which are a critical class of molecules for organisms.
  • Lesson 25 - Lipids

    This course closes with a look at another type of organic compound that is critical to biological systems (organisms): lipids.
Course Title: Organic Chemistry 101
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
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Course Number: 7550556
Course Type: General Education
Course URL: http://organicchemistry.onlineclasses.com
Instructor: April Graves
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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CEU Value: 2.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
Standard: Course Adheres to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 Assignment Assignment10
Lesson 1 Bonding and Molecular Structure I: Chemical BondingExam10
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 2 Bonding and Molecular Structure II: The Structure and Representation of Organic MoleculesExam9
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 3 Acids and BasesExam8
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 4 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes I: NomenclatureExam10
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 5 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes II: Bonding, Intermolecular Forces, and Functional GroupsExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 6 Nomenclature for Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Alkenes, and AlkynesExam9
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 7 Alkenes/Alkynes I: Properties and SynthesisExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 8 Alkenes and Alkynes II: Addition ReactionsExam10
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 9 Nucleophilic Substitution of Alkyl HalidesExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 10 StereochemistryExam11
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 11 Free Radical ReactionsExam10
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 12 Aromatic Compounds (Arenes)Exam10
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 13 Reactions of Aromatic CompoundsExam10
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 14 NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and Infrared (IR) SpectroscopyExam10
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 15 Synthesis and Reactions of AlcoholsExam10
Lesson 16 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 16 Ethers and EpoxidesExam10
Lesson 17 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 17 - Aldehydes and Ketones 1: Introduction and Nucleophilic Addition to Carbonyl GroupExam10
Lesson 18 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 18 - Aldehydes and Ketones 2: Enols and EnolatesExam10
Lesson 19 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 19 - Conjugated Unsaturated SystemsExam10
Lesson 20 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 20 - Synthesis and Reactions of β-Bicarbonyl CompoundsExam10
Lesson 21 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 21 - Carboxylic Acids and DerivativesExam10
Lesson 22 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 22 - AminesExam10
Lesson 23 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 23 - Phenols and Aryl HalidesExam9
Lesson 24 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 24 - CarbohydratesExam10
Lesson 25 - LipidsExam9
The Final ExamExam99
Total Points:584

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