Organic Chemistry 1 and Organic Chemistry 2 Information

Important Links

YouTube Channel Link (Playlist - click on Organic 1)

Organic Chemistry 1 Topics Power Points and Pencasts Links/Practice Sheets
Structure and Bonding:
  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Bonding (orbitals)
  • Hybridization
  • Electronegativity
  • Bond polarity
  • Formal charges
  • Intermolecular force

Power Point


Organic Compounds, Resonance
  • Introduction to Organic Molecules
  • Functional Groups.Molecular structure
  • Constitutional Isomers
  • Resonance

Power Point

Other Documents


Acids and Bases
  • Acids and bases

Power Point


Alkanes, Cycloalkanes and Their Stereochemistry
  • alkane nomenclature
  • isomers
  • physical properties
  • conformational analysis
  • Cycloalkane nomenclature
  • cis and trans isomers
  • ring strain
  • coformational analysis
  • bicyclic compounds

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Stereochemistry at Tetrahedral Centers
  • chirality
  • nomenclature
  • optical activity
  • optical isomers
  • enantiomers
  • racemic mixtures
  • diastereomers
  • meso compounds
  • absolute configuration
  • resolution

Power Point


An Overview of Organic Reactions
  • types of reactions
  • mechanisms
  • radical reaction
  • polar reaction
  • energetics and kinetics of reactions

Power Point

Substitution Reactions
  • nucleophilic substitution reactions
  • characteristics of SN2 reaction
  • SN1 reaction and its characteristics
  • summary of substitution reactions

Power Points

Review Sheets:

Links: Understanding Stereochemistry and SNI and SN2

Alkenes: Nomenclature
  • nomenclature
  • degree of unsaturation
  • cis/trans and E/Z stereochemistry
  • stability of alkenes
  • physical properties

Power Point

Alkenes: Synthesis and Reactions
  • synthesis (elimination reactions E1 and E2)
  • Reactions:
    • halogenation
    • hydrohalogenation
    • halohydrin formation
    • hydration (acidic, oxymercuration, hydroboration)
    • hydrogenation
    • epoxidation
    • oxidation (OsO4, cleavage with ozone)
    • addition of carbenes

Other Documents

Make sure you practice rearrangement reactions from the text book.

Alkynes: And Introduction to Organic Synthesis
  • nomenclature
  • synthesis
  • reactions:
    • halogenation
    • hydrohalogenation
    • hydration
    • reduction
    • oxidative cleavage
    • acidity of alkynes
    • introduction to organic synthesis

Power Point

Other Documents

Organohalides - (only dialkylcuprate reagents)
  • nomenclature
  • properties
  • synthesis:
    • by radical reactions
    • from alkenes
    • from alcohols

Power Point


Important Links

Molecular Models
Hints on buying a model set:

  1. buy it only if you really think you need it.
  2. you can get a larger kit and share with a friend.
  3. you may not need a model set if you are not going to be a chemistry major
  4. make sure you see the model set (even if its a picture) before you buy it.
  5. try not to buy a model that will break e.g. with wooden pieces.
  6. if you are planning to take more chemistry/biology courses, buy a kit that can be used for both organic and inorganic chemistry.
  7. you can sell your model kit next year if you think you will not need it.

Here are some places to start looking

  1. MolyMod:
  2. Darling Models:, not the best kind, hard to rotate bonds.
  3. Prentice Hall Model Set: this is the most professional one.
  4. HGS group: Very good and affordable model sets for organic chemistry.


  1. From Carey Book Site:
  2. From Smith Book Site:
  3. ChemHelper:
  4. Concept Tests - Wisconsin:
  5. Organic Chemistry Practice at MSU (needs a plugin):
  6. Practice from Boise State Univ:
  7. Learn Chemistry Wiki:
  8. DocBrown:

Review and Notes on the Internet

  1. Videos on YouTube:
  2. Mastering Organic Chemistry: A must have bookmark.
  3. Web links from Dr. Hardinger from UCLA. They are using a different text book but remember - organic chemistry is the same.
  4. Organic Wiki (UC Davis) - wonderful Site!!
  5. Educational Material for Organic Chemistry (Excellent Site) (
  6. Nomenclature II (very thorough) (
  7. Great Roadmap of Reactions (
  8. Computer Demonstrations: - need shockwave
  9. Another Good Website for Notes:

Organic Chemistry 2 Information

Links for Spectroscopy Websites

Review of Reactions from Organic Chemistry I: alkenes, alkynes

YouTube Channel Link (Playlist - click on Organic 2)

You will find the Self Study for Power Point lectures in Blackboard class.

Topics Power Point and Pencasts Links/Practice Sheets


  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions

(phenols will be done with aromatics)


  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions

Conjugated Compounds

  • Nomenclature
  • Stability of Conjugated Compounds
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions: Kinetic vs Thermodynamic Products
  • Diels-Alder Reaction

Benzene and Aromaticity

  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Aromaticity

Chemistry of Benzene: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

  • Mono-substitutions
  • Disubstitution
  • Substituent effect on benzene reactions.
  • Nucleophilic subsititution
  • Oxidation and reduction of benzene ring
  • Reactions on Benzylic Position
  • Phenols

Aldehydes and Ketones

  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions
  • Nucleophilic Addition Reactions

Carboxylic Acids

  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Acidic Properties
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions

Carboxylic Acid Derivatives: Nucleophilic Acyl Subsititution Reactions

  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions of acyl halides, anhydrides, esters, amides. Polyesters

Carbonyl Alpha Substitution Reactions

  • Keto-Enol tautomerism
  • Formation of enolate ions
  • Aldol reaction


  • Nomenclature
  • Properties
  • Synthesis
  • Reactions

Structures Determination: Infra Red Spectroscopy

  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Spectroscopy and the em spectrum.
  • IR spectroscopy

Structure Determination: Mass Spectroscopy

  • Theory of mass spectrophotometer
  • Interpretation of mass spectra.

Structure Determination: UV-Vis Spectroscopy

  • Instrumentation
  • Conjugation

Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

  • Theory of H-NMR
  • Chemical shift
  • Integration
  • Signal splitting
  • Interpreting NMR data
  • C-13: chemical shift

Links for Spectroscopy Websites

UV-Visible Spectroscopy


Infra Red Spectroscopy

  1. Vibrational modes in IR:
  2. Online Problems:

Mass Spectroscopy

  1. Tutorial:

Spectroscopy Practice Problems and Databases

  1. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance:
  2. Problems in NMR and IR Spectroscopy:

Molecular Library:

  2. Molecular Structure Calculations:
  3. Interesting Molecules:
  4. 3D Virtual Chemistry:
  5. Hemoglobin:

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