Courses and Descriptions

CBST-1035Organic Chemistry

This course introduces basic concepts of modern organic chemistry. Included is a review of the structures and properties of atomic and molecular orbitals and their applications in the formation of bonds in organic molecules. The formal nomenclature of organic compounds is covered, using the IUPAC system. Concepts of isomerism and stereochemistry are explained. Basic substitution, elimination and free radical reaction pathways and mechanisms are discussed. In addition, the synthesis and reactions of a number of common organic functional groups will be discussed, including alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aromatics and ketones/aldehydes. The laboratory portion of the course will reinforce the lectures by allowing students to utilize synthetic procedures based on the reactions discussed during lectures. As well, common laboratory techniques of organic chemistry such as recrystallization and distillation will be learned.


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