2020 Organic Chemistry (Structure-II)

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

Organic chemistry covers from life science to material science. This course discusses on basic concepts in organic chemistry and organic reactions. Starting from the thermodynamics and kinetics of organic reactions, structures and reactions of alkenes and alkynes as well as organohalides with the particular emphasis on the reaction mechanisms influenced by the structural parameters of reagents are shown.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) Gain the fundamental knowledge on organic reaction processes.
2) Understand the basic structural parameters to dictate the organic reaction mechanisms.
3) Develop fundamental knowledge enabling to proceed to further subjects in organic chemistry and the related subjects.


organic reaction mechanism, alkenes, alkynes, organohalides, substitution reactions, elimination reactions

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 part of the class, a summary of the previous lecture followed by the main points of the day's lecture are given. In the other part, the main points are discussed in detail. Students are asked to provide solutions to some of the questions that have been posed as necessary. Always check the required learning for each class and be sure to complete them as part of preparation and review.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basic concepts in organic reaction mechanisms: thermodynamic and kinetics Explain the basic concepts in organic reaction mechanisms: thermodynamic and kinetics.
Class 2 Alkenes: structures and reactivities Explain the basic concepts in structures and reactivities of alkenes.
Class 3 Alkenes: reactions and synthetic applications Explain the basic concepts in reactions and synthetic applications of alkenes.
Class 4 Alkynes: basic organic reaction processes Explain the basic concepts in organic reaction processes of alkynes.
Class 5 Organohalides Explain the basic concepts in structures and reactivities of organohalides.
Class 6 Reactions of organohalides: nucleophilic substitution Explain the basic concepts in nucleophilic substitution reactions of organohalides.
Class 7 Reactions of organohalides: elimination Explain the basic concepts in elimination reactions of organohalides.

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.


McMurry, Organic Chemistry 9th Ed., Tokyo Kagakudojin, ISBN978-4-8079-0809-7 (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understandings of basics of organic chemistry by drills and assignments.

Related courses

  • MAT.P211 : Organic Chemistry (Structure-I)

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

It is desired that students have taken Organic Chemistry (Structure-I).

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