Organic Chemistry

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Organic Chemistry (version 2.01) is a complete, college-level course delivered in a learner-centered approach that includes videos, verbal, and narrative format with appropriate animations. The presentation is delivered on an eight CD set (Windows*and newer MACs with Microsoft Office compatibility) and on a sixteen DVD set (for DVD equipped computers and DVD players with televisions). Organic Chemistry is designed to support any two-semester organic chemistry textbook.  Students may progress at their own pace and review topics as often as they like. The revised version of the course is now available on CDs and DVDs.

What is new about version 2.01:

Several terms have been updated: 

  • Revisions have been introduced to some of the nomenclature rules
  • Zaitsev has been introduced and is noted parenthetically to the older Saytzeff
  • A transition is being made from the older calorie and kcal to Joules and kJ with both being shown as the energy units in order to follow the general chemistry lines
  • The concept of the stereogenic center or stereocenter to be used along with chiral carbons is introduced
  • Enantioselective synthesis favoring formation of a single stereoisomer (Noyori and Knowles) is included
  • An introduction to FTIR is found in the IR unit
  • Fullerenes have been added to the aromatics
  • Prions are discussed in the protein unit

*Minimum System Requirements - Microsoft Windows, 700MHz, 256 MB RAM

Topics addressed:

Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Introduction to Organic Chemistry addresses the concept of organic chemistry and a review of selected studies normally found in the freshman chemistry course. These topics include bonding, polarity, Lewis dot structures, formal charges, methods of writing organic structures, isomers, acid-base theories, and empirical and molecular formula determination. (more)

Characteristics of Organic Molecules
Characteristics of Organic Molecules addresses the nature and importance of sigma and pi bonds, hybridization, forces of attraction, solubility influences, and classification of compounds. (more)

Alkanes begin the study of the first homologous group and addresses nomenclature (including cyclics and bicyclics), physical properties, reactions, Baeyer Strain theory, types of isomers, and conformations. (more)

Chemical Reactions
Chemical Reactions introduces the nature of free-radical reactions and addresses such topics as chlorination, bromination, energy factors, the Hammond Postulate, isotopic effects, and other reactive intermediates. (more)

Stereochemistry addresses the characteristics of the chiral carbon, the concept of polarimetry, assigning configurations, the nature of the racemic mixture, molecules with multiple chiral carbons, resolving a racemic modification, and reactions generating asymmetric centers. (more)

Alkyl Halides
Alkyl Halides introduces the structure of the halogenated hydrocarbons, their common uses, nomenclature, physical properties, preparations, and reactions. It is in this unit that the concept of devising syntheses is introduced. (more)

Alkenes I
Alkenes I is the first of a two-part study of the compounds containing a double bond. It addresses the structure of alkenes, degrees of unsaturation, nomenclature, the physical properties of these compounds, the nature of the carbocation, and alkene preparations. (more)

Alkenes II
Alkenes II continues the study of the hydrocarbons containing a double bond. Topics addressed in this unit include structure and bonding, reactions at the double bond and near the double bond, polymers and polymerization, stereochemical aspects of alkenes, and chemical analysis. (more)

Alkynes introduces the student to the second type of unsaturation, the triple bond. The unit on alkynes addresses the structure around this functional group, nomenclature, physical properties, preparations, reactions, and analysis. (more)

Alcohols I
Alcohols I is the first of a two part study of compounds containing the OH functional group. It includes structure and naming of alcohols, common alcohols and their usage, physical properties and preparations of alcohols. A section addressing thiols is included. (more)

Alcohols II
Alcohols II continues the study of this class of compounds and includes an extensive list of alcohol reactions and analysis. A section addressing balancing organic oxidation-reduction reaction techniques is included. (more)

Substitution vs. Elimination Reactions
Substitution vs. Elimination Reactions is addressed at different points in different textbooks. By moving this to its own section, the topic may be placed at virtually any point in the study of organic chemistry. The unit addresses commonly used terms, SN2 and SN1 reactions, E1 and E2 reactions, and competition among these types of reactions. Other related reactions are also studied. (more)

Infrared Spectroscopy
Infrared Spectroscopy addresses an overview of the electromagnetic spectrum, particularly that portion utilized in most IRs. It includes a study of molecular vibrations, areas of the spectrum, and techniques used in reading an IR. (more)

Mass Spectrometry
Mass Spectrometry is introduced in this unit. Instrumentation, fragmentation patterns, isotopic influence, and identification techniques are addressed. (more)

HNMR or Proton NMR
HNMR or Proton NMR is addressed in a series of topics including an overview, the number and position of signals, utilization of peak areas, splitting of signals, the coupling constant, and reading the NMR. (more)

CNMR or C-13 NMR
CNMR or C-13 NMR covers comparison to the HNMR, number of peaks, chemical shifts, splitting of signals, and interpretation of spectra. (more)

Ethers, Epoxides, and Thioethers
Ethers, Epoxides, and Thioethers addresses the typical topics of structure, nomenclature, physical properties, preparations, reactions, and chemical analysis. A unit addressing thioethers is included. (more)

Conjugated Systems
Conjugated Systems is often combined with some other chapter in textbooks, but is treated separately, here. This allows for its placement at any point needed. The topics addressed are types of unsaturated systems, preparations of conjugated systems, as well as reactions, the impact of conditions, and the molecular orbital picture. (more)

Aromatics I
Aromatics I is the first of a two part introduction to the study of aromatic compounds. This first unit addresses the historical perspectives, the elucidation of benzene’s structure, standards for aromaticity, and nomenclature. (more)

Aromatics II
Aromatics II continues the study by addressing monosubstitution reactions, disubstitution reactions specifically addressing the nature of the ortho/para and meta directors, and other reactions. Included in this study is benzyne, preparations and reactions of arenes. A section addressing UV-VIS spectra is included. (more)

Phenols covers naming these compounds, physical properties, preparations, reactions, and chemical and spectroscopic analysis. (more)

Aldehydes and Ketones
Aldehydes and Ketones addresses carbonyl structure, nomenclature, and physical properties of these two related families. In a special topics section, the characteristics and usage of some of the small aldehydes and ketones are addressed. Preparation of aldehydes and ketones, their reactions, and chemical and spectroscopic analysis are also included. (more)

Amines introduces the first of the nitrogen-containing groups. In this unit structure, nomenclature, physical properties, preparations, reactions, and both chemical and spectroscopic analysis are included. (more)

Carboxylic Acids
Carboxylic Acids addresses the usual topics covered in the introduction of a new family: structure, common and formal nomenclature, physical properties, preparations, reactions, chemical and spectroscopic analysis. Characteristics and nomenclature of salts is included. (more)

Acid Derivatives
Acid Derivatives introduces five classes of organic compounds: acid chlorides, amides, acid anhydrides, esters, and nitriles. The structure, preparation, and reactions of these five are studied, as well as chemical and spectroscopic analysis. The unit concludes with presentation of the organic group nomenclature priorities. (more)

Carbanions introduces the characteristic reactions occurring at the alpha hydrogen of carbonyls. Reactions studied include bromination, aldol and crossed aldol condensation, the Cannizzaro reaction, the Wittig reaction, the Claisen and crossed Claisen reactions, the malonic ester synthesis, and the acetoacetic ester synthesis. (more)

Carbohydrates introduces the organic student to the classification of these compounds. Also included are cyclic structures, D & L, d & l designations, reducing sugars, reactions, polysaccharides, and a brief overview of tooth decay. (more)

Amino Acids and Proteins
Amino Acids and Proteins describes the amino acid structure and preparations, as well as the isoelectric pH and electrophoresis. Formation of proteins, protein structure, sequencing proteins, detection and denaturation of proteins are also addressed. (more)

Lipids is a brief unit addressing classification and characteristics of the major groups: fatty acids, glycerides, non-glyderide lipids, and complex lipids. Steroid structure is included. (more)




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