2022 Exercise in Organic Chemistry II

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Eguchi Tadashi  Goto Kei  Ohmori Ken  Kudo Fumitaka  Takaya Jun  Ando Yoshio  Ono Kosuke  Miyanaga Akimasa  Kuwano Satoru 
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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 Substitution and elimination reactions Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 2 Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution, Friedel-Crafts reaction Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 3 Aldehydes, Ketones, Beckmann rearrangement Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 4 Enols, Enolates, the Aldol Condensation, and Grignard reaction Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 5 Wittig reaction Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 6 Carboxylic Acids, Carboxylic Acid Derivatives, Ester Enolates and the Claisen Condensation: Synthesis of beta-Dicarbonyl Compounds Review the solved exercise problems. Solve related problems.
Class 7 Diels-Alder reaction 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 exam (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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