CHM2210Portmess - CHM 2210, Organic Chemistry I, Spring...

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CHM 2210, Organic Chemistry I, Spring 2012, Flint 050 Section 0766: MWF, 2 nd (8:30-9:20AM) Section 5934: MWF, 5 th (11:45AM-12:35PM) Section 4928: MWF, 9 th (4:05-4:55PM) Instructor: Dr. Jason D. Portmess (Dr. J) Office: FLI 255 Office Hours: See Dr. J Schedule on Sakai Email: Via E-Learning-Sakai Site ( ) Whose "Brilliant" Idea Was It for Me to Take Organic Chemistry, Anyway? Good question! What is the problem with organic chemistry that causes students to view the course with so much anxiety? Maybe you've heard comments from students who have recently finished the course. Something like: "You have to memorize five gazillion reactions, and then they don't even ask you the ones you've had in class on the exams!" Everybody has heard the horror stories of memorizing, and to be honest, there is some truth to it. You will have to memorize a lot of organic chemistry, but you shouldn't try to memorize five gazillion reactions - what a waste of time! Instead, you will need to learn some basic properties of atoms and molecules, principles that describe how and why reactions take place, and a number of reaction types that can later be generalized to include the various reactions of organic compounds that you will encounter throughout the course. You'll be expected to learn about and really understand the ground rules so that you can apply them in a logical way to completely new kinds of situations, and come up with sensible answers. In the end, you will find this course to be much more manageable if you take time to see the forest, and don't get bogged down with all of the trees. And now for all of the technical stuff… Course Description: This is the first of two basic courses that describe the chemistry of carbon compounds. Specific topics to be covered include structure, nomenclature, stereochemistry, and reactivity of various organic compounds including: alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, and alcohols. The importance of understanding and writing detailed mechanisms will be emphasized throughout the course. We will cover Chapters 1-11 in CHM 2210. Text:
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course CHM 2210 taught by Professor Reynolds during the Fall '01 term at University of Florida.

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CHM2210Portmess - CHM 2210, Organic Chemistry I, Spring...

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