Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog 
    Dec 02, 2022  
Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 204 - Organic Chemistry II

This course is a continuation of CHEM 203  Organic Chemistry I with emphasis on aromatic compounds, alcohols, ethers, amines, and carbonyl compounds. Laboratory work reinforces organic synthesis techniques including isolation, purification, and structure determination using analytical methods. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in CHEM 203  within the last five years, or consent of department chair, course coordinator, or designated member of Chemistry faculty. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly CH 204.

5 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:


  • Use IUPAC nomenclature rules (or common/historic names) to name and/or draw compounds containing varying functional groups.
  • Apply knowledge of the relationships between physical properties and structure to predict and explain boiling points and solubilities.
  • Explain the nature of and differences between thermodynamic and kinetic reaction conditions and apply this knowledge to predict and explain the outcomes of chemical reactions.
  • Use molecular structure to predict chemical properties such as acidity, reactivity, nucleophilicity, and electrophilicity.
  • Describe the origin of aromaticity in organic compounds and apply this knowledge to identify aromatic compounds and to predict and explain the outcome of chemical reactions.
  • Determine the products and stereochemistry of basic pericyclic reactions like the Diels-Alder reaction.
  • Draw detailed arrow pushing mechanisms to demonstrate how a reaction occurs and use them to predict the outcome of a reaction.
  • Draw resonance structures for organic compounds/intermediates and use them to assess stability and explain the regioselectivity of reactions
  • Use knowledge of the chemistry of the functional groups discussed originally in CHEM 203  and  expanded upon in CHEM 204 to provide correct reagents or products for reactions.
  • Use knowledge of the chemistry discussed originally in CHEM 203  and expanded upon in CHEM 204 to propose synthetic pathways that require multiple steps.
  • Use spectroscopic techniques such as 13C and 1H NMR, IR, and MS to identify organic molecules.
  • Execute standard organic laboratory techniques used to synthesize, isolate, purify, and/or identify organic compounds while working in small groups.
  • Communicate scientific results in written format using appropriate scientific language and demonstrate the ability to locate and cite references properly.

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