What to expect from Organic 1

Having taken two semesters of General Chemistry you should have a firm grasp of the organization of the Periodic Table and how the trends found within help us to understand how and why atoms bond with each other. Organic Chemistry begins with a review of concepts such as electronegativity, hybridization, shape, and valence so students need to be happy with these ideas from the beginning. Much of this is discussed on the Preparation page.

Organic 1 then progresses with a more in-depth look and Acid-Base chemistry and how chemical concepts may be applied to predict products and the position of an equilibrium in a reaction. This serves as an introduction to reactivity and mechanism. The rest of Organic 1 is spent building towards Chemical Synthesis by studying ideas such as conformation and stereochemistry, which leads to in-depth study of the reactivity of alcohols, alkyl halides, alkynes and alkanes.

Below is a rough guide to the major ideas to be discussed and conquered in Organic Chemistry 1. The links will take you to tutorial videos, websites, or other useful files related to each topic.