CHM 2210, Organic Chemistry I, Fall 2009, Flint 050
Dr. Jason D. Portmess (Dr. J)
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Whose "Brilliant" Idea Was It for Me to Take Organic Chemistry, Anyway?
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.
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.
expected to learn about and
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
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.