|Owning Department/School:||Department of Chemistry|
|Level:||Certificate (FHEQ level 4)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||In taking this unit you cannot take CH10135 or take CH10136|
To introduce the basic concepts upon which the understanding of organic chemistry depends, including structure, bonding and mechanism (arrow pushing) in the context of key reactions of organic chemistry. To build upon these basics to develop the concepts and knowledge essential to a sound understanding of modern organic chemistry, including the characteristic properties of organic functional groups (FGs), their interconversions, and their spectroscopic identification.
After studying this unit, students should be able to:
* Describe the structure and bonding of simple organic molecules in order to explain their chemical behaviour.
* Apply nomenclature, notation and diagrams to describe structures and reactions.
* To develop a clear understanding of curved arrow notation, equilibriums structures, resonance, single and double electron transfers.
* Apply the methodology of FG interconversions in the synthesis of academically and commercially important target molecules.
* Select appropriate techniques (IR, NMR and UV and mass spectroscopy) to identify organic compounds in a range of situations.
* Solve characterisation problems in organic spectroscopy.
Problem solving (T, F, A); Oral communication (F).
a) Lewis structures, resonance, orbitals and hybridisation, conjugation, hyperconjugation. Conformation and configuration; enantiomers, diastereomers. Acids and bases. Solvation. Stability and equilibrium. Kinetics and reaction energy profiles.
b) Characteristic reactions of haloalkanes: mechanisms for aliphatic nucleophilic substitution; elimination.
c) IR spectra of functional group containing compounds. Introduction to mass spectrometry. Origins and applications of proton and carbon NMR spectra. Elucidating structures from spectra.
CH10170 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Chemistry