CHEM 212: Organic Chemistry I, explores the relationship between the structures of carbon-containing molecules and their physical and chemical properties. Some topics from first-year general chemistry are reviewed briefly: alkanes, stereochemistry, alkenes, and nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions of alkyl halides. The correlation between structure and acidity is investigated, and the chemistry of alkynes and alcohols is examined. Structure-determination techniques, including IR and NMR, are explored. The laboratory work for this course provides practical experiences with separation/purification techniques, molecular synthesis, and qualitative analytical methods applied to organic compounds.
Prerequisites: CHEM 125 with a grade of "C" or better, or written permission of the Instructor and School Chair.