Main Content

Courses Taught

CH250-251 Organic Chemistry I & II

Organic chemistry is most simply defined as the study of carbon compounds. Carbon-based compounds are all around us: from the food we eat to the clothes we wear; from the plastics used to make our cars to the fuel that powers them; from our medicines to the make-up of our DNA. This course focuses on learning to name organic compounds, identifying organic compounds based on structure, how and why compounds react and finally how to make new organic compounds.

Class Organization

My section of organic chemistry features teaching using the Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (www.pogil.org). POGIL is predicated on the scientific method, where students are provided with models, form hypotheses and through a series of questions determine the validity of the hypothesis and draw conclusions. Over the course of scientific history, theories that are initially proposed to explain phenomena are often refined or sometimes disproved as more data becomes available, and new theories are proposed that are more accurate. In this class, you will often be wrong or partially correct in your initially theory but as your proceed you will find that you will understand your misconception and better be able to correct it, on the way to a greater understanding of the material.

Texts

Straumanis, Andrei Organic Chemistry; A Guided Inquiry 2nd Edition, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2009.
Brown, William H.; Foote, Christopher S.; Iverson, Brent L.; Anslyn, Eric V. Organic Chemistry 5th Edition, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, United States, 2009.