Syllabus B5000

Chemistry B5000


Organic Mechanisms


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).

Other Materials

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

Course outline

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)


Maruzen models:














More sophisticated:












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.



Course objectives:


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.




Course Objectives














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





Nucleophilic substitution




•  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.


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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:






Departmental 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.




Assessment tools:


  • 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.


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