Chemistry 203, Organic Chemistry I

This course is an introduction to the chemistry of compounds containing carbon. You might ask yourself why base an entire (very large) section of chemistry on one measly little element with only six electrons. This is a pretty reasonable thought, especially since the other 117-odd elements get grouped into "inorganic" chemistry, a field defined by the fact that it isn't organic chemistry. Don't tell Steve that I put it that way... The real reason for this oddity is that organic chemistry started as the chemistry of life, and we are, as it turns out, carbon based life forms.

In this class we'll focus on the bonding characteristics of carbon, structure elucidation of organic compounds, and start working through reaction mechanisms of organic systems. This is a pretty big chunk to chew off for a semester, so expect things to move along pretty quickly. Don't forget that I'm around to help.

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