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General Organic Chemistry I
An introduction to the basic principles of organic chemistry with emphasis on bonding, stereochemistry, reaction intermediates and reaction mechanisms, and structure-reactivity correlations. Intended for students in biological and life sciences. Students in chemistry or biochemistry programs should not enrol in this course. See also General Organic Chemistry II.
CHEM 281/3.0 introduces students to the basic principles of organic chemistry with emphasis on bonding, stereochemistry, reaction intermediates and reaction mechanisms, and structure-reactivity correlations. The virtual laboratory introduces basic experimental techniques and illustrates properties of organic compounds in a virtual laboratory setting.
CHEM 281/3.0 has a significant level of interaction with the instructor and TAs to help students master the course material.
This course is intended primarily for students in biological and life sciences, and for those considering pursuing careers in the health sciences/medical sector.
This course may be used by Queen's students towards the degree requirements of programs in the biological and life sciences. Queen's students taking programs in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering/engineering chemistry should not enroll in this course. Students from other institutions pursuing chemistry, biochemistry or similar programs should check with their home institution regarding the suitability of this course towards their degree programs.
Visit the course webpage for more information.
Virtual Lab Report
WileyPlus Online Assignments
Virtual Labs (15%)
Virtual Lab Report (5%)
The four interactive, web-based labs introduce basic techniques and illustrate properties of organic compounds. The labs are a series of online tutorials and videos explaining an experiment or an experimental technique for which small reading and practice problem assignments are also incorporated. Assessments of the labs will examine concepts related to experiment design and the practical aspects of a science course.
The virtual lab report will be a report to be submitted for an experiment from the online tutorials. Several practical questions will need to be answered by the student. A practice lab report will be posted so students know what to expect. This report will be delivered by the Moodle system as an electronic file partway through the course (deadline TBA).
WileyPLUS Online Mastery Assignments (15%)
WileyPLUS online materials are designed to help you expand your knowledge in the concepts discussed and act as a supplementary virtual tutor. The assignments provide an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge to a mastery level before moving onto another topic. Practice questions are also available to help you to check your understanding of the material and increase your skill at completing organic calculations.
Final Examination (65%)
The final exam will be made up of a multiple choice section of 30-40 questions, long answer questions, and lab questions.
Regular, recorded interactive web-based tutorials (with screen sharing and virtual whiteboard) will be held between student groups and tutors/instructor to keep students to milestone syllabus achievements. The tutorials will be both topic-based and free-form in order for questions to be asked and solved. Tutorials will be held at least once every two weeks.
Virtual Office Hours and Moodle Discussion Board
Vitual office hours with the instructor/TA's will be available at least once a week using web-based video chat functionality. The Moodle discussion board will be available every day. A response to questions posted in the Moodle discussion board is guaranteed within 24 hours.
Students must pass the exam to pass the course.
A trial midterm exam with answers will be posted after Week 3 along with solutions so students can monitor their progress. The exams will not be marked but there will be online tutorials devoted to them. The online mastery assignments in WileyPLUS will also allow students to identify their strong and weak areas as the course progresses.
Textbook sections covered (Organic Chemistry, Solomons and Fryhle, 11th ed.)
|A. What is an Organic Molecule?|
|1.1-1.8||Lewis Structures (review)|
|1.9-1.15||Molecular Geometry: Quantum Mechanical Model (review)|
|2.1-2.2||Hydrocarbons ("the skeleton")|
|2.3-2.4||Polar and Non-Polar Compounds|
|2.5-2.12||Functional Groups ("the organs")|
|2.13-2.15||Physical Properties and Intermolecular Forces|
|B. Organic Reactions: General Principles|
|3.1||Organic Reaction Mechanisms|
|C. Stereochemistry I: Conformational Analysis|
|4.1-4.2, 4.7-4.9||Conformational Analysis of Alkanes|
|4.10-4.15||Conformational Analysis of Cycloalkanes|
|D. Stereochemistry II: Chirality|
|5.2-5.6||Chirality and Enantiomers|
|5.7, 7.2||Nomenclature: R/S and E/Z systems|
|5.11-5.14||More than One Stereocenter: Enantiomers and Diastereomers|
|5.15-5.18||More and Chirality: Separation of Enantiomers|
|E. How to Make Organic Molecules? Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination Reactions|
|6.1-6.4||Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions|
|6.5-6.8||The Mechanism of SN2 Reactions|
|6.9-6.12||The Mechanism of SN1 Reactions|
|6.13||SN1 vs. SN2|
|6.14, 7.10-7.12||Functional Group Transformations via Substitution|
|E. How to Make Organic Molecules? Nucleophilic Substitution and Elimination Reactions (continued)|
|6.15-6.17||Elimination Reactions: E1 & E2|
|6.18-6.19||Substitution vs. Elimination|
|7.3-7.8||Making Alkenes via Elimination Reactions|
|7.9||Making Alkynes via Elimination Reactions|
|11.14||SN1 and SN2 Reactions with Epoxides|
|F. Addition to Alkenes and Alkynes; Alcohols and Ethers|
|7.13-7.14||Addition to Alkenes: Hydrogenation|
|8.1-8.6||Addition to Alkenes: Markonikov's Rule|
|8.7-8.11||Hydroboration-Oxidation: Anti-Markovnikov syn Hydration|
|8.12-8.14, 8.18-8.19||Electrophilic Addition of Halogens to Alkenes and Alkynes|
|8.16-8.18, 8.20, 11.13||Oxidation of Alkenes and Alkynes, Alkene Epoxidation|
|11.4-11.12||Alcohols and Ethers: Reactivity and Synthesis|
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Organic Chemistry, Solomons and Fryhle, 11th ed. (Wiley)
- Study Guide and Solutions Manual
- Molecular Models
- WileyPLUS online code to access digital textbook (may be purchased as part of textbook package or separately)
An electronic virtual lab guide will be provided
The Course Guide contains the overall directions and lecture notes needed to complete the course. It is available online in the Moodle virtual learning environment. Beginning the first day of term, students registered in the course will be able to access course materials in a format suitable for online reading or printing.
- Organic Laboratory Techniques, Fessenden, Fessenden and Feist, 3rd ed. (Brooks/Cole)
- Organic Chemistry I as a Second Language: Translating the Basic Concepts, David R. Klein, 2nd ed. (Wiley) ISBN: 978-0-470-12929-6
- Organic Chemistry Flashware, G Deslogchaps, accessible from the Nelson Education site (sign-up fee)
Students are advised to allow at least 16.5 hours per week to complete all components of the course (online assignments, virtual labs, online tutorials, reading, and practice problems). This is the minimum suggested time.
|Course notes and readings||6.5 hours/week (approx 2.2 units/week @ 3 hours/unit|
|WileyPLUS, assignments and other activities||6.5 hours/week (approx 2.2 units/week @ 3 hours/unit)|
|Virtual Tutorials||3 hours/week for each of the 6 weekly tutorials|
|Virtual Labs||2 hours/week (4 labs @ 3 hours/lab over 6 weeks)|
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|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
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