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4/15/2024 12:07:20 AMCHEM 8 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CHEM 8Title:  INTRO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY  
Full Title:  Introductory Organic Chemistry
Last Reviewed:11/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total7.00 Contact Total122.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 262.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introduction to the principles, nomenclature, structure, and reaction mechanisms of organic chemistry.

Course Completion of CHEM 3A AND CHEM 3AL; OR CHEM 1A; OR CHEM 42

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to the principles, nomenclature, structure, and reaction mechanisms of organic chemistry.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of CHEM 3A AND CHEM 3AL; OR CHEM 1A; OR CHEM 42
Recommended:Course Completion of ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 1981
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Identify and explain the basic concepts, terminology, and theories of organic chemistry and
2.  Relate the molecular level structures of organic and biological compounds to their physical
    and chemical properties.
3.  Explain and predict reactivity of organic compounds using reaction mechanisms.
4.  Investigate concepts in the laboratory through analysis of experimental observations.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.   Predict and explain three-dimensional structure and conformational changes for organic
2.   Apply rules of nomenclature for naming organic compounds.
3.   Deduce the structures for products of organic reactions.
4.   Predict and explain relative physical properties of organic compounds.
5.   Predict and explain relative reactivities of organic compounds.
6.   Suggest appropriate methods for the synthesis of organic compounds.
7.   Propose mechanisms for organic reactions.
8.   Compare and contrast both structures and properties of biologically important compounds.
9.   Apply selected organic and biological chemistry concepts and theories to contemporary
      issues such as health, nutrition, or the environment.
10. Make observations and apply chemical concepts in the laboratory.
11. Analyze compounds by instrumental methods.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Bonding and Structure of Organic Compounds
    A. Lewis Structures
     B. Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) Theory
    C. Resonance and Formal Charge
    D. Hybridization
    E. Functional Groups
    F. Curved Arrow Formalism
II.  Acid-Base Chemistry
    A. Definitions of Acids and Bases
    B. Acidity and pKa
III.  Alkanes and Cycloalkanes
    A. Physical Properties
     B. Nomenclature
    C. Constitutional Isomers
    D. Conformations and Newman Projections
IV.  Alkenes and Alkynes
    A. Nomenclature
    B. Geometric (cis-trans) Isomerism
    C. Electrophilic Addition
    D. Mechanism of Electrophilic Additions
    E. Hydrogenation
V.  Stereochemistry
    A. Enantiomers and Diastereomers
    B. Properties of Chiral and Achiral Compounds
    C. Meso Compounds and Racemates
VI.  Aromatic Compounds
VII. Alcohols, Ethers and Sulfur Compounds
    A. Structure
    B. Elimination Reactions of Alcohols
    C. Oxidation Reactions
VIII.  Substitution and Elimination Reactions
    A. Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions: SN1 and SN2
    B. Elimination Reactions: E1 and E2
    C. Factors Influencing the Occurrence of Each Mechanism
IX.  Aldehydes and Ketones
    A. Structure
    B. Nucleophilic Addition
    C. Multistep Syntheses
X.  Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives
    A. Structure and Physical Properties
    B. Acid-Base Properties
    C. Nucleophilic Substitution
XI.  Amines
    A. Structure
    B. Acid-Base Properties
    C. Reactions
XII.  Carbohydrates
    A. Monosaccharides
    B. Stereochemistry and Mutarotation
    C. Disaccharides
    D. Polysaccharides
XIII.  Amino Acids and Proteins
    A. Structure and Classification
    B. Levels of Organization
    C. Biochemical Significance
XIV.  Nucleic Acids
All topics are covered in lecture and lab portions of the course.

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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Specific reading and study assignments, 30-45 pages per week
2. Homework exercises, 15-20 problems per week
3. Comprehensive final exam
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Lab Skill Demonstrations
Lecture- and Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Written laboratory reports, 10-15, including a discussion of each experiment
2. Lecture and laboratory exams (3 - 6)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 35%
Lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 10%
Homework exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 2%
Lab skills
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
65 - 75%
Lecture and lab exams, final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Introduction to Organic Chemistry. 6th ed. Brown, William and Poon, Thomas. Wiley. 2016
The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student's Guide to Techniques. 10th ed. Zubrick, James. Wiley. 2016
Essential Organic Chemistry. 3rd ed. Bruice, Paula. Pearson. 2016
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry. 9th ed. McMurry, John. Cengage Learning. 2016
Microscale and Macroscale Techniques for the Organic Laboratory. Pavia, Donald and Lampman, Gary and Kriz, George. Cengage Learning. 2006 (classic)
Organic Chemistry. 3rd ed. Hill, Richard and Barbaro, John. Contempory Publishing Company of Raleigh, 2004 (classic)

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