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    Jan 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog
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CHEM& 261 Organic Chem w/Lab I (6 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences with Lab; General Transfer Elective
Formerly CHEM 220 - CCN

Prerequisite CHEM& 163  with a grade of at least 1.5, or instructor’s permission.

Course Description
The first quarter of a three quarter sequence in organic chemistry for university transfer, designed for science majors, pre-medical, pre-dental and other pre-professional curricula. Structure, nomenclature, physical properties, reactions, and synthesis of the main types of organic compounds. Lab included.

Student Outcomes
1.Discuss covalent bonding from the perspectives of Lewis theory, valence bond theory, and molecular orbital theory.
2.List the properties of carbon that enable it to be the fundamental atom in organic chemistry.
3.Identify constitutional isomers.
4.Describe the different types of intermolecular interactions and recognize when they are occurring.
5.Identify the common organic functional groups.
6.Explain the theoretical basis of infrared spectroscopy.
7.Identify molecules based on their infrared spectra.
8.Analyze acid/base reactions from the perspectives of Brønsted-Lowry theory and Lewis theory.
9.Discuss the dependence of acid/base strength on molecular structure.
10.Apply fundamental thermodynamic principles to organic chemical reactions.
11.Apply fundamental kinetics principles to organic chemical reactions.
12.Name alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols according to International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) rules.
13.Explain the physical properties of the hydrocarbons.
14.Discuss the different conformational possibilities for the alkanes and cycloalkanes.
15.Identify cis/trans isomers.
16.Write equations for the fundamental reactions of alkanes.
17.Write equations for the synthesis of alkanes.
18.Discuss the difference between stereoisomerism and constitutional isomerism.
19.Discuss the difference between diastereoisomerism and enantiomerism.
20.Discuss the origin of molecular chirality.
21.Name chiral molecules according to IUPAC rules.
22.Explain the ability of some molecules to rotate the plane of plane-polarized light.
23.Draw three-dimensional representations of organic molecules.
24.Explain how molecular configurations are determined and how racemic mixtures are resolved.
25.Write detailed reaction mechanisms for SN2 and SN1 reactions.
26.Analyze the kinetics and stereochemistry of both bimolecular and unimolecular nucleophilic substitution reactions.
27.Explain the relative stabilities of carbocations.
28.Discuss the use of nucleophilic substitution reactions in synthesis.
29.Write detailed reaction mechanisms for E2 and E1 reactions.
30.Analyze the kinetics and stereochemistry of both bimolecular and unimolecular elimination reactions.
31.Predict when a reaction is likely to proceed via the SN2, SN1, E2, or E1 mechanism.
32.Explain the relative stabilities of alkenes.
33.Propose syntheses of alkenes and alkynes using elimination reactions.
34.Predict carbocation rearrangements.
35.Explain the acidity of terminal alkynes.
36.Write detailed reaction mechanisms for addition reactions to alkenes.
37.Explain Markovnikov’s rule.
38.Propose syntheses using addition reactions.
39.Predict the products formed upon oxidation of alkenes and alkynes.
40.Explain the origin of the signal in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
41.Interpret a proton NMR spectrum in terms of equivalence of protons, shielding of protons, chemical shift, and signal splitting.
42.Identify compounds based on their proton NMR spectrum.
43.Practice standard laboratory safety precautions.
44.Communicate the results of laboratory work.
45.Use common organic laboratory techniques, including melting point determination, recrystallization, extraction, distillation, and chromatography.
46.Given a simple outline, develop the procedural detail for accomplishing a laboratory objective.
47.Purify compounds, separate mixtures, and identify unknown components using standard organic laboratory techniques.
48.Use chemical reference material appropriately.
49.Work effectively in groups.

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