2020 Organic Chemistry I (Alkanes) (Chemical Science and Engineering) A

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Serizawa Takeshi 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] In this course, structures and bonds, polar covalent bonds: acids and bases, and alkanes and cycloalkanes, and their conformation will be explained to the students who want to study organic chemistry systematically.
[Aim of the course] Bonds are the basic element of organic compounds. In addition, alkanes and cycloalkanes are basic skeletons of organic molecules. Therefore learning about them is essential to understand the reactivity and physical properties of organic compounds. In this course, students first understand the bonds based on molecular orbital. Next, students understand the polarity caused by the electronic bias and acids and bases from the polarity. In addition, we overview the functional groups to determine the properties of organic molecules. Finally, students understand the nomenclature of saturated hydrocarbons (alkanes), and develop the ability to discuss their stereoisomers and conformations.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to acquire the following capabilities by taking this course.
(1) Ability to understand the covalent bond that is the basic element of organic chemistry.
(2) Ability to understand the polarity and acids and bases generated by the electronic bias.
(3) Ability to understand naming and conformation of the alkane.


Molecular orbital, hybrid atomic orbitals, electronegativity, dipole moment, acids, bases, alkanes, isomers, confomation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: (1) structure and covalent bond, (2) a polar covalent bond: acid and a base, (3) alkanes and their conformations, (4) cycloalkanes and their conformations. In the last class, practice problems and interpretation of them will be provided to check the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction : structurs and bonds Explain atomic structures and chemical bonds based on the concept of molecular orbitals.
Class 2 Polar covalent bonds ; polarity and resonance Explain polarity and resonance of molecules.
Class 3 Polar covalent bonds ; acids and bases Explain acids and bases.
Class 4 Alkanes : functional groups and isomers Explain functional gorups. In addtion, explain the property and nomenclature of alkanes.
Class 5 Alkanes : their confirmations Explain conformations of alkanes.
Class 6 Cycloalkanes and their conformations Explain conformations of cycloalkanes.
Class 7 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.

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, international edition of 9th edition (Cengage Learning) ISBN-13: 978-0840054531

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Study Guide with Student Solutions Manual for McMurry's Organic Chemistry, 9th Edition(Cengage Learning) ISBN-13: 978-1305080485

Assessment criteria and methods

Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding (85%), level of class participation (15%) (The level of class
participation will be calculated by discussion, small examination and so on in the lecture.)

Related courses

  • CAP.B212 : Organic Chemistry II (Alkenes)
  • CAP.B213 : Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds)
  • CAP.B214 : Organic Chemistry IV (Nucleophilic Substitution)
  • CAP.B315 : Organic Chemistry V (Carbonyl Compounds)
  • CAP.B316 : Organic Chemistry VI (Amines)

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

The condition of the study will not be made.


Classes A and B are for the students with an odd and even student ID numbers, respectively.

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