SRJC Course Outlines

12/10/2023 5:26:11 AMCHEM 12A Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CHEM 12ATitle:  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY  
Full Title:  Organic Chemistry
Last Reviewed:2/10/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum5.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum5.00Lab Scheduled6.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled105.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total157.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total 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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For students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a closely related field such as molecular and cell biology. The first semester of an intensive one-year program based upon modern theoretical concepts of organic chemistry. All aspects of fundamental organic chemistry are studied, including nomenclature, chemical and physical properties, reactions and synthesis. The study includes theoretical aspects, reaction mechanisms, and multistep synthesis. The laboratory includes methods of purifying solids and liquids, determination of physical properties of organic compounds, isolation of natural products, synthetic reactions, chromatographic separations, and structure determination using infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Chem 12A-12B is equivalent to Chem 112A-112B at University of California, Berkeley or Chem 128A, 128B, 128C, 129A, 129B, 129C at University of California, Davis. Transfer students are expected to complete this sequence prior to their junior year.

Chem 4B or Chem 5.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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The first semester of an intensive one-year program based upon modern theoretical concepts of organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, nucleophilic substition and elimination reactions, alcohols, ethers, stereochemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Chem 4B or Chem 5.
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 ScienceSpring 2000
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesSpring 2007
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: CHEM 150 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I, with Lab SRJC Equivalent Course(s): CHEM12A
 CID Descriptor: CHEM 160S Organic Chemistry for Science Majors Sequence A SRJC Equivalent Course(s): CHEM12A AND CHEM12B

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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A successful student in Chemistry 12A should be able to:
1.  apply bonding theory to predict and explain the bonding and three
   dimensional structure of organic compounds.
2.  apply simple molecular orbital theory to predict the bonding and
   chemical reactivity of organic compounds.
3.  use intermolecular attractive forces to predict and explain physical
   properties of organic compounds.
4.  apply resonance theory to organic compounds.
5.  apply acid-base theory to organic compounds.
6.  apply the concepts of kinetics to organic reactions.
7.  apply the concepts of thermodynamics to organic reactions.
8.  name simple organic compounds using the IUPAC system of nomenclature.
9.  predict and draw the possible conformations of alicyclic and cyclic
   organic compounds.
10.  predict if a given organic structure is chiral and optically active.
11. determine the stereochemical relationship between pairs of compounds.
12. use Fischer projections to convey the stereochemical nature of a
13. suggest feasible methods of synthesis of organic compounds.
14. predict the products of reactions involving organic compounds.
15. predict the influence a change in structure will have on an organic
16. predict the influence a change in solvent will have on an organic
17. decide if a substitution reaction is occurring by SN1 or SN2 mechanism
   and predict the products.
18. decide if an elimination is occurring by E1 or E2 mechanism, and
   predict the products.
19. write a logical mechanism for an organic reaction.
20. apply oxidation-reduction theory to organic compounds.
21. apply the theory of aromaticity to predict and explain the reactivity
   of organic compounds.
22. explain the basic theory behind nuclear magnetic resonance
23. determine structures of simple organic compounds based on molecular
   formulas and nmr spectra.
24. explain the theory behind infrared spectroscopy.
25. determine structures of simple organic compounds based on molecular
   formulas and ir spectra.
26. interpret simple nmr, ir, and mass spectra.
27. operate the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer.
28. operate the infrared spectrophotometer.
29. perform the following laboratory techniques: crystallization, melting
   point determination, extraction, simple distillation, fractional
   distillation, vacuum distillation, steam distillation, boiling point
   determination and chromatographic separations.
30. explain the theory behind the techniques of crystallization, melting
   point determination, extraction, simple distillation, fractional
   distillation, vacuum distillation, steam distillation, boiling point
   determination and chromatographic separations.
31. operate a gas chromatograph, and gas chromatograph equipped with mass
32. analyze a gas chromatogram.
33. keep a laboratory notebook according to the research standards.
34. effectively communicate observations and subsequent conclusions by
   means of written laboratory reports.
35. utilize reference books and/or online databases for the construction
   of laboratory reports.

Topics and Scope
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1.  General chemical concepts of bonding and structure.
2.  Structure of organic compounds.
3.  Acid-base chemistry.
4.  Alkanes and cycloalkanes.
5.  Stereochemistry.
6.  Nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions.
7.  Alkenes and alkynes.
8.  Alcohols.
9.  Dienes.
10. Radical reactions.
11. Aromaticity.
12. Spectroscopy: NMR and IR.      .
1.  Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
2.  Infrared spectroscopy.
3.  Crystallization.
4.  Melting point determinations.
5.  Simple distillation.
6.  Fractional distillation.
7.  Vacuum distillation.
8.  Steam distillation.
9.  Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.
10. Thin layer and column chromatography.
11. Polarimetry.
12. Isolation of organic compounds.
13. Synthesis of organic compounds.
14. Structure determination.

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Assignments for Chemistry 12A includes:
1.  Specific reading and study assignments (averaging 40-50 pages per
2.  Completion of end-of-chapter exercises (averaging 25-30 problems
   per week).
3.  Writing (on average) one laboratory report per week and previewing
   upcoming laboratory experiments and completion of the required
   pre-laboratory assignment.

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 - 60%
Written homework, Lab reports, ESSAY EXAM QUESTIONS
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Homework problems, Lab reports, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
1 - 5%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
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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ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, M. Jones Jr., N.W. Norton and Company, 1997
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 6th Edtion, Solomons, Wiley, 1996.
Heathcock, and Kosower, MacMillan, 1992.
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 4th Edition, Wade, Prentice Hall, 1999.
Edition, Pavia, Lampman, Kriz, and Engel, Saunders, 1999.
and Martin, Saunders, 1994.

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