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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 310
Course Title: Organic Chemistry I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The first semester of a two semester course that surveys theory, preparations, reactions and properties of the compounds of carbon, both aliphatic and aromatic. Topics include alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, substitution and elimination reactions, aromaticity and spectroscopic techniques. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in CHEM 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in CHEM 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Organic Chemistry
By McMurry (Brooks Cole)
Organic Chemistry
By Wade (Pearson Prentice Hall )
Organic Chemistry
By Bruice (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To learn the special nature of carbon chemistry.
  • To describe characteristics of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes and alkyl halides.
  • To learn and apply naming rules for organic compounds.
  • To write and utilize reactions for preparation of organic compounds.
  • To learn different types of chemical reactions of organic compounds.
  • To identify and characterize different types of isomers.
  • To apply mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic spectroscopy and ultraviolet spectroscopy to determining chemical structures.
    Measurable Learning
  • Use reaction mechanisms to describe the process of individual chemical reactions.
  • Present an appropriate series of reactions that can be used to synthesize a complicated target structure from simple starting compounds.
  • Relate differences in covalent bonding to the polarity and solubility of a molecule.
  • Describe the forces that govern interaction between molecules.
  • Draw Lewis structures of atoms and molecules.
  • Apply molecular orbital description of bonding and hybridization.
  • Provide conformational analysis, structural isomerism and nomenclature, and identification of alkyl groups in alkanes.
  • Explain the structure, bonding, and nomenclature of alkenes and alkynes; relate presence of double and triple bonds to relative stabilities, cyclization.
  • Analyze aspects of molecular steriochistry; determine the chirality of a molecule.
  • Recognize/draw different types of isomers, including structural isomers, geometric isomers, enantiomers, and diastereomers; use R-S notation to describe steriosomers.
  • Explain the concept of strain in ring systems; perform conformational analysis of cyclohexane, its substituted derivatives, bicyclic and polycyclic compounds.
  • Explain the concepts behind nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and ultraviolet spectroscopy.
  • Analyze experimental spectra to determine molecular structure.
    Topical Outline:

    • Structural bonding • IUPAC nomenclature • Alkanes and cycloalkanes • Stereochemistry of alkanes • Alkenes and alkynes • Alkyl halides • Mass spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, nulear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, ultraviolet spectroscopy • Conjugated dienes


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Alan James Date: October 10, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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