This course provides students a foundation in organic molecular structure and then teaches how that foundation can be used to account for chemical phenomena. By the end of the semester, students will be able to predict chemical reactivity and explain molecular processes using their knowledge of the structural and electronic properties of organic molecules. Throughout the semester, students will learn how to:

• identify atomic hybridization, geometry, and bonding pattern.
• estimate bond polarity, bond energy, and relative electron density.
• assess electronic stability of molecules.
• identify common organic functional groups.
• account for and predict the reactivity of common organic functional groups.
• develop multi-step strategies for synthesizing organic molecules.
• predict possible and probable reaction pathways for chemical transformations.
• illustrate chemical structure, chemical processes, and energy diagrams.
• communicate as an organic chemist using common nomenclature and structural drawing.