Organic Chemistry

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Organic Chemistry

Course Credit: One high school honor level science credit. Excellent preparation for science-related career. College credit can be earned by taking a proctored final exam.

Chemistry 303 covers essential organic chemistry concepts through a series of bite-sized video lessons. Work through the course to learn the foundations of alkanes, double bonds, aromatic compounds, spectroscopy, conjugated systems, organic chemistry reactions and more.

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Course Topics

Category Objectives
Organic Chemistry Overview & Basics Define key terms in organic chemistry; draw Lewis diagrams; predict bond polarity; determine bond order and ionic character; identify functional groups in organic molecules.
Introduction to Reactions in Organic Chemistry Identify types of reactions, reaction influences and several reaction mechanisms.
Alkane Properties Recognize the properties of alkanes; name alkanes using IUPAC nomenclature; utilize arrow formalism free radical halogenation to produce haloalkanes; examine the differences between various isomers; apply orbital diagrams and overlap theory of reactive intermediates to explain stability; define stereocenters; describe the concept of chirality.
Alkenes & Double Bonds Define alkenes; name compounds that contain double bonds using IUPAC rules; describe mechanisms for E1 and E2 reactions that produce alkenes; identify products formed from the basic mechanism for electrophilic addition across a double bond; describe stereochemical aspects.
Conjugated Systems Explain molecular orbital theory; utilize orbital diagrams for multiple purposes; identify major types of cycloaddition reactions; apply Bredt’s rule to name bicyclic compounds resulting from cycloaddition reactions.
Aromatic Compounds Describe the structure of benzene and aromatic rings; identify the aromaticity of compounds; name aromatic molecules using common names and IUPAC rules; identify key aromatic reactions and factors that influence product outcome; describe nitration, alkylation and acylation mechanisms.
Spectroscopy Overview Define basic terms associated with spectroscopy; analyze spectra for each instrumental method to identify functional groups, hydrogen positions, carbon positions and fragmentation patterns; evaluate combinations of spectra and other data to determine molecular formula for unknown compounds.