2017 Organic Chemistry (Functions) B

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Michinobu Tsuyoshi 
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Course description and aims

The purpose of this course is to acquire the basic knowledge of organic reactions. This course focuses on pericyclic reactions and synthetic polymers. Also, important spectroscopic methods of determining chemical structures are introduced.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the basic mechanism of organic reactions.
2) Know the reactivity of specific functional groups and the synthesis of various organic compounds.
3) Grasp the chemical structure‒property relationship.
4) Apply the basic knowledge about the organic reactions to designing organic and polymeric materials.


Organic synthesis, reaction mechanism, structure determination

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 drill or application practice. Attendance is taken in every lesson.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 An Overview of Organic Reactions Understand the kinds and mechanism of organic reactions.
Class 2 Orbitals and Organic Chemistry: Pericyclic Reactions Explain the reaction mechanism of pericyclic reactions.
Class 3 Synthetic Polymers Explain chain-growth polymerization.
Class 4 Synthetic Polymers Explain step-growth polymerization.
Class 5 Structure Determination: Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy Explain the mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy of organic compounds.
Class 6 Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Explain the NMR spectroscopy of organic compounds.
Class 7 Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Explain the NMR spectroscopy of organic compounds.
Class 8 Conjugated Dienes and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Explain the properties and ultraviolet spectroscopy of conjugated dienes.


John McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 8th Edition, First and Third Volumes, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2013 (ISBN 978‒4‒8079‒0809‒7, 978‒4‒8079‒0811‒0)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

John McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 8th Edition, Second Volume, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2013 (ISBN 978‒4‒8079‒0810‒3)

Assessment criteria and methods

Drill: 10%
Examination: 90%

Related courses

  • MAT.P211 : Organic Chemistry (Structure-I)
  • MAT.P212 : Organic Chemistry (Structure-II)
  • MAT.P213 : Organic Chemistry (Reaction-A)
  • MAT.P214 : Organic Chemistry (Reaction-B)
  • MAT.P311 : Organic Chemistry (Functions) A
  • MAT.P314 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry A-2
  • MAT.P315 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry B

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

It is desired that students have taken Organic Chemistry (Structure-I), Organic Chemistry (Structure-II), Organic Chemistry (Reaction-A), Organic Chemistry (Reaction-B), and Organic Chemistry (Functions-A).

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