Organic Chemistry 101


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  • 25
    Lessons
  • 48
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  • 25
    Hours
    average time
  • 2.5
    CEUs
 
 
 

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. 20 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: Chemical Bonding; Quantum Mechanics
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 Bonding and Molecular Structure I: Chemical Bonding

    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. 19 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 Bonding and Molecular Structure II: The Structure and Representation of Organic Molecules

    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. 18 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 Acids and Bases

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Review Article: How to name organic compounds using the IUPAC rules
    • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes I: Nomenclature

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 Alkanes and Cycloalkanes II: Bonding, Intermolecular Forces, and Functional Groups

    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. 19 Total Points
    • Review Article: Practice Problems
    • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 Nomenclature for Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Alkenes, and Alkynes

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 Alkenes/Alkynes I: Properties and Synthesis

    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. 19 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 Alkenes and Alkynes II: Addition Reactions

    Lesson 9 - Nucleophilic Substitution of Alkyl Halides

    In this lesson, we consider reactions that involve replacement of one functional group by another. 20 Total Points
    • Review Article: Alkyl Halide Occurrence
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 Nucleophilic Substitution of Alkyl Halides

    Lesson 10 - Stereochemistry

    In this lesson, we will focus more on stereochemistry, including chirality. 21 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 Stereochemistry

    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. 10 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment

    Lesson 12 - Aromatic Compounds (Arenes)

    This lesson focuses on the characteristics and nomenclature of these compounds. 10 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 Reactions of Aromatic Compounds

    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. 19 Total Points
    • Review Article: Mass Spectrometer
    • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 14 NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy

    Lesson 15 - Synthesis and Reactions of Alcohols

    This lesson focuses on how to synthesize alcohols and some other reactions that the molecules undergo. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 15 Synthesis and Reactions of Alcohols

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: Quiz - Ethers and Epoxides; Ethers and Epoxides
    • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 16 Ethers and Epoxides

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 17 - Aldehydes and Ketones 1: Introduction and Nucleophilic Addition to 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. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 18 - Aldehydes and Ketones 2: Enols and Enolates

    Lesson 19 - Conjugated Unsaturated Systems

    In this lesson, we will consider the peculiar characteristics of conjugated dienes and their behavior in two particular reactions. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 19 - Conjugated Unsaturated Systems

    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. 20 Total Points
    • Review 2 Articles: Ester; Acylation Derivatization Reagent
    • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 20 - Synthesis and Reactions of β-Bicarbonyl Compounds

    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 19 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 21 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 21 - Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives

    Lesson 22 - Amines

    In this lesson, we look more carefully at compounds containing nitrogen: specifically, amines. 20 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 22 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 22 - 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. 19 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 23 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 23 - Phenols and Aryl Halides

    Lesson 24 - Carbohydrates

    In this lesson, we lightly introduce carbohydrates, which are a critical class of molecules for organisms. 19 Total Points
    • Complete: Lesson 24 Assignment
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 24 - Carbohydrates

    Lesson 25 - Lipids

    This course closes with a look at another type of organic compound that is critical to biological systems (organisms): lipids. 94 Total Points
    • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete Exam: Lesson 25 - Lipids
    • Complete: The Final Exam
    546
    Total Course Points
     

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Define chemical bonding.
    • Describe the structure and representation of organic molecules.
    • Describe acids and bases.
    • Describe nomenclature.
    • Demonstrate bonding, intermolecular forces, and functional groups.
    • Describe nomenclature for alkyl halides, alcohols, alkenes, and alkynes.
    • Summarize properties and synthesis.
    • Identify addition reactions.
    • Recognize nucleophilic substitution of alkyl halides.
    • Demonstrate stereochemistry .
    • Summarize free radical reactions.
    • Define aromatic compounds (arenes).
    • Define reactions of aromatic compounds.
    • Summarize nmr, mass spectrometry, and infrared (ir) spectroscopy.
    • Describe synthesis and reactions of alcohols.
    • Summarize ethers and epoxides.
    • Summarize nucleophilic addition to carbonyl group.
    • Describe enols and enolates.
    • Describe conjugated unsaturated systems.
    • Recognize synthesis and reactions of β-bicarbonyl compounds.
    • Describe carboxylic acids and derivatives.
    • Summarize amines.
    • Describe phenols and aryl halides.
    • Identify carbohydrates.
    • Describe lipids, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
     

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    Course Title: Organic Chemistry 101
    Course Number: 7550556
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    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    CEU Value: 2.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
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