2020 Organic Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Goto Kei  Ono Kosuke 
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Tue1-2(H113)  Fri1-2(H113)  
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Course description and aims

Organic Chemistry I is the first course of a fundamental introduction to the science of organic chemistry.
In Organic Chemistry I, the basic concepts of organic chemistry, structures of organic molecules, and reaction mechanisms of fundamental organic transformations are overviewed.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the basic concepts of organic chemistry, structures of organic compounds, and mechanisms of organic reactions.
Students will be able to understand the structures, properties, and reactivities of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, and alkynes.


Bonding of organic molecules, stereochemistry, reactivity, nomenclature, concept of acid and base, reaction mechanism

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Every lesson contains not only a lecture but also a 15-minutes exercise.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to organic chemistry Understand of the definition and history of organic compounds
Class 2 Structure of organic molecules, resonance Understand the electronic structure and resonance of organic compounds
Class 3 Cation, anion, radical Understand cationic, anionic and radical species, hybridization, and resonance
Class 4 Functional group, IUPAC nomenclature Understand functional groups and IUPAC nomenclature
Class 5 Reaction mechanism, acid and base Understand reaction mechanism and acid-base
Class 6 Alkane, cycloalkane Understand the structures of alkanes and cycloalkanes
Class 7 Reaction of alkanes Understand reactions of alkanes
Class 8 Stereoisomers Understand stereoisomers
Class 9 Alkyl halides and organometallic compounds Understand the reactions of alkyl halides and organometallic compounds
Class 10 Nucleophilic substitution reactions Understand nucleophilic substitution reactions
Class 11 Elimination reactions Understand elimination reactions
Class 12 Reactions of alcohols and ethers Understand reactions of alcohols and ethers
Class 13 Structures and reactions of alkenes Understand structures and reactions of alkenes
Class 14 Alkynes and nitriles Understand reactions of alkenes and nitriles

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Vollhardt and Schore, "Modern Organic Chemistry", Kagakudojin

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be distributed in the class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are assessed on the degree to which they understand basic concepts of organic chemistry, structures of organic molecules, and reaction mechanisms of fundamental organic transformations.
Excersize assignments: 30%
Final exam: 70%

Related courses

  • CHM.D202 : Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM.D301 : Organic Chemistry III
  • CHM.D203 : Exercise in Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not specified

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