Fall 2024

Organic Chemistry I

Listed in: Chemistry, as CHEM-221


David E. Hansen (Sections 01, 01F, 02F, 03F and 04F)


A study of the structure of organic compounds and of the influence of structure upon the chemical and physical properties of these substances. The following topics are emphasized: hybridization, resonance theory, stereochemistry, acid-base properties, nucleophilic substitution reactions, and spectroscopy. Periodically, examples will be chosen from recent articles in the chemical, biochemical, and biomedical literature. Laboratory work introduces the student to basic laboratory techniques and methods of instrumental analysis. Each laboratory section is limited to 20 students. In the fall, sufficient sections will be added to meet total enrollment. The spring semester is limited to two laboratory sections.  Three hours of lecture, one hour of discussion section, and three and one-half hours of laboratory per week.

Requisite: CHEM 161 or CHEM 165. Fall and Spring Semesters: Professor Hansen, The Department.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students will learn the fundamentals of organic chemistry and will rely heavily on concepts drawn from the prerequisite introductory chemistry courses. The instructional time in this course comprises three components: lecture (three times a week for 50 minutes each), discussion section (once a week for 50 minutes), and laboratory (once a week for up to 3 1/2 hours). Regular office hours will be offered throughout each week by all course instructors. Grades will be determined by performance on exams, homework assignments, and laboratory reports.

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Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2025