CHEM 344
Physical Organic Chemistry Spring 2020
Division III

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This course extends the background derived from previous chemistry courses to the understanding of organic reaction mechanisms. Correlations between structure and reactivity are examined in terms of kinetic and thermodynamic parameters including: solvent effects, isotope effects, stereochemical specificity, linear free energy relationships, acid/base theory, delocalized bonding, and aromaticity. For the first 6 weeks, the class meets once a week for an introductory lecture. A second tutorial meeting between the instructor and 2 other students occurs early the following week, for example during the laboratory time period. During this time, students work through and present solutions to an assigned problem set. For the remaining 6 weeks, students execute a self-designed set of laboratory experiments that revolve around physical organic methods. Students present and critique results each week (in the hour time slot). The experiments culminate in a final paper.
The Class: Type: lecture/lab
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3436
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on problem sets, participation, laboratory work, and a final laboratory paper
Prerequisites: CHEM 251/255
Enrollment Preferences: Chemistry majors
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: BIMO Interdepartmental Electives

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