Common Sense Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry I

The traditional first course in Organic Chemistry and the first non-survey course that many students, regardless of performance in past chemistry courses, seems foreign or difficult to grasp. It begins with basic atomic and molecular theory and progresses to the hydrocarbons, their composition, physical properties, and methods of identification (spectroscopy). Typically the types of reactive groups on these molecules is covered based on their characteristic structure. The classification of compounds in terms of representing them on paper, isomerism, and nomenclature. Central to what follows is acid-base theory and the specifics of how compounds react. Reaction mechanism, descriptions and explanations of reactivity. Energetic pathways, thermodynamics, and reaction classification then culminate into synthesis or constructing more complicated molecules from simpler precursors.

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