2020 Organic Chemistry (Functions) B

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Sagara Yoshimitsu  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 based on the textbook but also a drill or practice.

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 and step-growth polymerization.
Class 4 Structure Determination: Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy Explain the mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy of organic compounds.
Class 5 Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Explain the NMR spectroscopy of organic compounds.
Class 6 Structure Determination: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Explain the NMR spectroscopy of organic compounds.
Class 7 Conjugated Dienes and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Explain the properties and ultraviolet spectroscopy of conjugated dienes.

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.


John McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 9th Edition, First and Third Volumes, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2017 (ISBN 9784807909124, 9784807909148)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

John McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 9th Edition, Second Volume, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2017 (ISBN 9784807909131)

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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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