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CHEM 181


Dr. Haythem Ali Saadeh

Fall, 2012

Course Title: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY for Non-Majors

Course Number: CHEM 181

Prerequisite:General Chemistry

Credit Hours: 2 Cr. Hrs. (comprises of 2 hrs. lecture per week)

Course Instructor:Dr. Haythem Ali Saadeh

Textbook:“Organic Chemistry: A Short Course”
By Harold Hart, Leslie E. Craine and David J. Hart.
ISBN #: (0-618-215360), 11th Edition, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, New York; USA, 2003. Course Description
This course provides students with a basic understanding and skills in selected areas of organic chemistry relevant to chemical engineers. It covers modern organic chemistry with emphasis on synthesis, mechanisms, structure and current laboratory techniques. Contents include the basic chemical bonding theory; nomenclature of organic compounds; basic organic reactions; mechanisms of the basic organic reactions; organic synthesis and applications of organic chemistry in industry: polymers, petrochemicals, sugars, proteins and pharmaceutical chemistry. Course Objectives:

To enable students to acquire a fundamental understanding of the basic scientific knowledge in modern organic chemistry and its applications to everyday life, and to become familiar with the principles of bonding, nomenclature of various organic groups, terminology, structure/properties (physical and chemical) relationship, molecular geometries as well as simple reaction mechanism. Detailed objectives are as follows. 1. The student will be able to distinguish between organic and inorganic compounds and recognize important organic functional groups. 2. The student will be able to draw Kekulé, condensed, and skeletal structures for organic compounds; name by IUPAC or common system the classes of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides and ethers. 3. The student will be able to predict physical properties (in particular boiling point and solubility) of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, alkyl halides, and ethers. 4. The student will learn characteristic reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, conjugated dienes and synthetic methods to prepare those same classes of compounds. 5. The student will learn to apply mechanistic reasoning to explain/predict the distribution of products in Nucleophilic substitution, Electrophilic addition, elimination, and free radical substitution reactions. 6. The student will be able to solve problems involving multi-step syntheses. 8. The student will learn to use molecular modeling and computational chemistry computer software to examine molecular and intermediate stabilities, predict products from reactions, and develop structure-physical property relationships. 9. The student will learn basic techniques for laboratory synthesis, purification, isolation and characterization of organic compounds on a small scale. Expected Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Competently discuss the concepts and solve problems relating to: bonding and isomerism, formal charge, abbreviated structural formulas, atomic structure; electron configuration; and chemical bonds. 2. To discuses, identify and classification of organic compounds according to molecular framework and according to functional group, 3. Identify and discuss various organic compounds,

4. Identify different kind of organic functional groups,
5. Identify the structural formulas and IUPAC names of various organic compounds, 6. Identify products by name and/or structure for major organic reactions, 7. Participate in a discussion on how to prepare a desired organic compounds, 8. Appreciate and explain the physical property differences of boiling points and solubility characteristics of organic compounds, 9. Propose a reaction mechanism...
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