2020 Exercise in Organic Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Eguchi Tadashi  Iwasawa Nobuharu  Goto Kei  Ohmori Ken  Kudo Fumitaka  Takaya Jun  Ono Kosuke  Ando Yoshio  Miyanaga Akimasa  Takahashi Kohei 
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Course description and aims

This course supports students understand the contents of "Organic Chemistry II" in the same Quarter of the same Academic year. In addition, we discuss experimental results from the course of "Laboratory Course in Basic Organic Chemistry".

Solving exercise problems, drawing organic structures and reaction mechanisms with curly arrows help students understand organic chemistry in detail. Therefore, this course provides the opportunity that students draw organic molecules by hands as much as possible and supports their better understanding of basic organic chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain basic concepts of organic structures and organic reactions.
2) Explain basic experimental methods for organic chemical reactions and the experimental results.


Benzene and Aromaticity, Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution, Electrophilic Attack on Derivatives of Benzene, Aldehydes, Ketones, Enols, Enolates, and the Aldol Condensation, Carboxylic Acids, Carboxylic Acid Derivatives, the Claisen Condensation, beta-Dicarbonyl Compounds, Amines

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the first 20 minutes, the lecturer shows solutions for homework, and subsequently teaches main topics in course schedule. Then, students solve several exercise problems. In the last 10 minutes, commentary for the solution guide for the exercise problems are provided.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Benzene and Aromaticity: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 2 Electrophilic Attack on Derivatives of Benzene Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 3 Aldehydes, Ketones Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 4 Enols, Enolates, and the Aldol Condensation Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 5 Carboxylic Acids, Carboxylic Acid Derivatives Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 6 Ester Enolates and the Claisen Condensation: Synthesis of beta-Dicarbonyl Compounds Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 7 Final exams/Commentary for solutions Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.

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.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Organic Chemistry (K. P. C. Vollhardt and N. E. Schore)

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems including homework in each class (30%) and a final report (70%)

Related courses

  • CHM.D201 : Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM.D202 : Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM.D203 : Exercise in Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM.D205 : Laboratory Course in Basic Organic Chemistry

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

Office hours

Students may approach the instructors at the end of class or contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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