Recommended: Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part A, by Francis
Carey and Richard Sundberg (4th Edition Kluwer Academic/Plenum or
Springer Publishers, or 5th Edition Springer, 2007).
The above book is recommended and the instructor will supply any
additional materials as needed. It is likely that some course material will
be from outside the recommended book.
6.30-8.35 PM, Room MR –1307
6.30-8.35 PM, Room MR-1307
This course will cover the concepts in organic chemistry, necessary to
understand organic reaction mechanisms. Although some of this
material may be adapted from undergraduate organic chemistry largely
as a review, substantial additions to these basic concepts will be
introduced. The tentative topics of this course include: bonding in
carbon compounds; stereochemistry and isomerism; conformation,
steric effects and stereoelectronic properties; reaction rates, linear free
energy relationships and isotope effects; substitution, addition and
elimination reactions; carbanions and other nucleophiles; chemistry of
the carbonyl group; aromaticity and reactions of aromatic compounds;
cycloaddition chemistry; chemistry of free radicals and carbenes.
Darling models (available in bookstore)
Prentice Hall Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry
There will be two midterms, a quizz, and a final exam. The final exam
will be comprehensive.
Homework assignments will be handed out/assigned during the
semester. These are not graded assignments but students may be called
upon to offer solutions to these problems.
The final exam will be conducted during finals week or by arrangement
with the class.
No makeup exams/quizz will be given and no exam/quizz scores will be dropped for computing the final grade.
Grades Points for each aspect of the course as well as the grading scheme are as
Exam 1: 100 points
Exam 2: 100 points
Quizz: 50 points
Comprehensive Final Exam: 100 points
Total: 350 points
Grades will be assigned as follows.
Overall > 85% = A, > 75% = B, > 65% = C, > 55% = D, lower than 55% = F.
This course will cover the concepts in organic chemistry, necessary to understand organic reaction mechanisms. Although some of this material may be adapted from undergraduate organic chemistry largely as a review, substantial additions to these basic concepts will be introduced.
Learn the fundamental principles, such as:
Bonding in organic compounds
Stereochemistry and isomerism in organic molecules:
determination and assignment of chirality, steric, electronic,
and conformational properties of organic molecules,
stereoselectivity of reactions
Fundamental principles of reaction kinetics, linear free energy
relationships, isotope effects
Addition and elimination reactions
Carbanions and other carbon nucleophiles
Aromaticity and reactions of aromatic systems
Concerted pericyclic reactions
Free radicals and carbenes
Analyze and interpret data as related to the concepts described above.
Work as part of a problem-solving team or independently as
Learn to access and utilize chemical information technology.
Relationship of course to program outcomes:
The outcomes of this course contribute to the following departmental educational outcomes:
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of
chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, quantum
chemistry, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, kinetics and mechanism,
equilibrium, thermochemistry and thermodynamics, molecular
structure and function, electrochemistry, and the periodic chemical
properties of the elements.
Apply the fundamental principles of chemistry to life sciences, the
environment, materials, engineering, and emerging technological
fields of chemistry, as well as to everyday situations.
Conduct experiments and learn fundamental laboratory skills.
Analyze and interpret data.
Apply mathematical concepts to chemical problems.
Work as part of a problem-solving team.
Convey facts, theories and results about chemistry in written form.
Use oral presentation to convey facts, theories and results about
Access and utilize chemical information technology.
Design and execute scientific research.
Apply ethical responsibilities and professional conduct.
- Homework problems will be assigned from the end of chapter problems. References for these will be provided and can be also found at the end of the book.
- There will be additional homework problems handed out by the instructor.
- There will be two mid term exams, one quizz, and one comprehensive final exam.
- Course feedback survey (End of course survey)
Statement on Academic Integrity:
The CCNY policy on academic integrity will be followed in this course. The document can be
found through the CCNY website by clicking on Current Students → Academic Services → Policy on Academic Integrity. All students must read the details regarding plagiarism and cheating in order to be familiar with the rules of the college. Cases where academic integrity is compromised will be prosecuted according to these rules. In addition, the Policy on Academic Integrity can be found in the Graduate Bulletin 2015-2016 in Appendix B.3 on page 187.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable academic accommodations if determined eligible by the AccessAbility Center (AAC). Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student’s eligibility from the AAC, which is located in NAC 1/218. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the AAC and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.