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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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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.
  • Know properties and synthesis.
  • Identify addition reactions.
  • Recognize nucleophilic substitution of alkyl halides.
  • Demonstrate stereochemistry .
  • Know free radical reactions.
  • Define aromatic compounds (arenes).
  • Define reactions of aromatic compounds.
  • Know nmr, mass spectrometry, and infrared (ir) spectroscopy.
  • Describe synthesis and reactions of alcohols.
  • Know ethers and epoxides.
  • Know 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.
  • Know 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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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. 20Total Points
  • Review Article: Chemical Bonding
  • Review Article: Quantum Mechanics
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 19Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 18Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 19Total Points
  • Review Article: Practice Problems
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Review Article: Alkyl Halide Occurrence
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 15Total Points
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  • 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. 10Total Points
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Lesson 12 - Aromatic Compounds (Arenes)

This lesson focuses on the characteristics and nomenclature of these compounds. 10Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
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  • 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. 20Total Points
  • Review Article: Mass Spectrometer
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Review Article: Quiz - Ethers and Epoxides
  • Review Article: Ethers & Epoxides
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Review Article: Ester
  • Review Article: Acylation Derivatization Reagent
  • Complete Assignment: 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 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 19Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 20Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: 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. 104Total Points
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  • Complete Exam: Lesson 25 - Lipids
  • Complete Exam: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Organic Chemistry 101
Course Number: 7550556
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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CEU Value: 2.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
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Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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