Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 203 - Organic Chemistry I

Focuses on fundamental concepts of organic chemistry with emphasis on aliphatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, and alcohols. This course covers bonding theories, structures, nomenclature, physical properties, synthesis, and mechanisms of reactions. Laboratory work involves the preparation, analysis, and purification of organic compounds including spectroscopic techniques. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in CHEM 132  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.

5 semester hours

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

  • Identify functional groups and use systematic rules to name organic compounds.
  • Represent organic molecules in two and three dimensions and analyze the energy differences between three-dimensional conformations.
  • Describe relationships between structure, chemical reactivity and physical properties including chiral molecules.
  • Investigate chemical properties of organic molecules through reactions and synthesis.
  • Use arrow pushing mechanisms to Illustrate organic reactions and predict products.
  • Safely work in an organic laboratory including the proper handling of chemicals and waste.
  • Carry out separation and purification techniques for both solids, liquids, and solutions.
  • Characterize organic compounds by physical and chemical properties and analytical methods including Infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Represent, analyze, and interpret scientific data in written formal reports.

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