Organic Chemistry I
Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon and its compounds. Organic molecules are building blocks of life. Proteins, fats, sugars, nucleic acids are some examples of important organic molecules. However, organic chemistry also includes synthetic compounds, such as polyesters, plastics, and countless other materials used in every day life. Through lecture and laboratory, students successfully completing the course will demonstrate an understanding of organic reactions, syntheses, mechanistic, and structural studies of organic compounds. Students will also learn classical organic laboratory skills and instrumentation, such as nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectroscopy. Prerequisite: Chemistry 126. Offered fall term.