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    Macalester College
  Feb 22, 2018
College Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry I

This course develops a broad understanding of the theoretical concepts of organic chemistry. Molecular orbital theory and valence bond resonance theory are invoked to describe and explain the ramification of covalent bonding in organic molecules, as well as to rationalize fundamental noncovalent associations. Thermodynamic considerations of 3-dimensional molecular shape are discussed. Contemporary instrumental techniques for the assignment of molecular structure are a key focus. Modern mechanistic theory of organic chemical reactions is developed in the context of acid-base, nucleophilic substitution, elimination, and electrophilic addition reactions. Three lectures, four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite(s):  CHEM 112  with a grade of C- or better or CHEM 115  with a grade of C- or better Fall semester. (4 Credits)