Online Class: Organic Chemistry 101
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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.
- Completely Online
- 6 Months to Complete
- 24/7 Availability
- Start Anytime
- PC & Mac Compatible
- Android & iOS Friendly
- Accredited CEUs
Lesson 1 - Bonding and Molecular Structure I: Chemical Bonding
Lesson 2 - Bonding and Molecular Structure II: The Structure and Representation of Organic Molecules
Lesson 3 - Acids and Bases
Lesson 4 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes I: Nomenclature
Lesson 5 - Alkanes and Cycloalkanes II: Bonding, Intermolecular Forces, and Functional Groups
Lesson 6 - Nomenclature for Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Alkenes, and Alkynes
Lesson 7 - Alkenes/Alkynes I: Properties and Synthesis
Lesson 8 - Alkenes and Alkynes II: Addition Reactions
Lesson 9 - Nucleophilic Substitution of Alkyl Halides
Lesson 10 - Stereochemistry
Lesson 11 - Free Radical Reactions
Lesson 12 - Aromatic Compounds (Arenes)
Lesson 13 - Reactions of Aromatic Compounds
Lesson 14 - NMR, Mass Spectrometry, and Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy
Lesson 15 - Synthesis and Reactions of Alcohols
Lesson 16 - Ethers and Epoxides
Lesson 17 - Aldehydes and Ketones 1: Introduction and Nucleophilic Addition to Carbonyl Group
Lesson 18 - Aldehydes and Ketones 2: Enols and Enolates
Lesson 19 - Conjugated Unsaturated Systems
Lesson 20 - Synthesis and Reactions of β-Bicarbonyl Compounds
Lesson 21 - Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives
Lesson 22 - Amines
Lesson 23 - Phenols and Aryl Halides
Lesson 24 - Carbohydrates
Lesson 25 - Lipids
- 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.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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