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Introduction to Organic Chemistry II

  • Semester 2 2024-2025

    Jan 8, 2025-April 25, 2025 For Members Register

Course Overview

In this course, students continue to explore the incredible world of carbon chemistry. Students add to their language skills as well as learn about additional functional groups and classes of organic molecules. They build on our understanding of reaction types and how to predict what can be made from certain precursors.

The purpose of Introduction Organic Chemistry II is to foster an appreciation for the incredible organic world we live in. Students develop an understanding of how we can use this knowledge of the structure of molecules to address some of the most challenging problems that we face today and in the future. Some example questions that students may explore:

  • What are some things that need to be considered when creating materials that can cause lasting issues for the health of aquatic and human life upon disposal?

  • How can we manufacture new materials that can have applications to improve and extend life through medical technologies?

  • How can we create better, more sustainable, energy sources that lead us away from our fossil fuel dependency?

  • What characteristics will new synthetic materials need so that they don’t need to be replaced as often (to create less waste etc.)?

Students continue to hone their understanding of nomenclature, work with reaction types with a focus on polymerization and material science, and receive an introduction to spectroscopy. Introduction to Organic Chemistry II focuses on the important building and structures of organic molecules. Students learn to appreciate the interconnection and complexity of the organic world.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Organic Chemistry I

Students in GOA courses will need reliable access to a computer with webcam/microphone connections, an email address (preferably school-based), a Web-conferencing app (GOA courses use Zoom), and a Word processing app (GOA courses use Google’s G Suite). When necessary, alternative arrangements may be made.

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