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DVC Chem 227: Rusay

2nd Semester Organic Chemistry
Chapter reference
s are from ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 7th ed. by Francis A. Carey
Instructor: Dr. Ron Rusay
Chemistry Survival Skills
Extra Credit Opportunities

This second half of a one-year course (226-227) is a continuation of the first semester, Chem 226. PLEASE CONSIDER CAREFULLY: The instructional approach of these two Chem 227 sections incorporates many innovations in undergraduate teaching methods and materials, which depart from, but are built upon traditional textbook-lecture centered science courses. The organization and approach are likely quite different from other courses that you are experienced in and comfortable with. Topics and materials will not be treated linearly as simple page turning in relation to the course textbook. You will be challenged personally: to find and access a variety of information, to appraise its value, and to use it constructively to answer questions, to solve problems, and to build knowledge. You will have various assets and tools available that go well beyond the textbook and lecture notes. You will need to decide how to use them effectively, and to develop your own personal learning plan accordingly. Not all knowledge in organic chemistry will be provided to you to repeat back accurately for a grade as you are accustomed to in most courses. Your plan will most likely be different than anyone else's. Without a plan that you can use productively and adjust as the course progresses, you will likely not meet your personal objectives. This metacognitive approach to teaching-learning will translate to any of your other courses and more importantly empower you to effectively address any topic in any discipline at anytime in your careers.

Chem 227's Chemwiki is a work in progress. It is an open source project aimed at involving you in the development and use of relevant course materials that are not limited to traditional textbooks. You are encouraged to contribute to the Chemwiki. The topics, which will be considered, are listed below, and are scheduled in the course calendar, which should be referred to frequently. The active links in the following general topics outline are from Chemwiki's Organic Chemistry Wikitext or from Professor Emeritus William Reusch's Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry.

Unit I: Spectroscopy

Chapter 13: Spectroscopy

Unit VII: 22 Amines

Chapter 22 Amines

Unit II: Arenes and Aromaticity

Chapter 11: Arenes and Aromaticity

Chapter 12: Reactions of Arenes: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

Unit VIII: Phenols and Aryl Halides

CHAPTER 24: Phenols

CHAPTER 23: Aryl Halides

Unit III: Ethers, Epoxides, and Sulfides

Chapter 16: Ethers, Epoxide and Sulfides

Unit IX: Carbohydrates

CHAPTER 25: Carbohydrates

Unit IV: Aldehydes and Ketones

Chapter 17: Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition to the Carbonyl Group

Unit IX: Lipids

CHAPTER 26: Lipids

Unit V: Enols and Enolates

Chapter 18: Principles of Chemical Equilibrium 

Unit X: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

CHAPTER 27: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

Unit VI: Carboxylic Acids

Chapter 19: Carboxylic Acids

Chapter 20: Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution

Unit XI: Nucleosides, Nucleotides, and Nucleic Acids

CHAPTER 28 Nucleosides, Nucleotides, and Nucleic Acids

Unit VII: Ester Enolates

Chapter 21: Ester Enolates

Unit XII: Synthetic Polymers

CHAPTER 29: Synthetic Polymers