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The origins of organic chemistry are to be found in the chemistry of living things and the emphasis of this course is on the chemistry of naturally-occurring compounds. This course presents the logic and practice of chemical total synthesis while stressing the structures, properties and preparations of terpenes, polyketides and alkaloids. Modern synthetic reactions are surveyed with an emphasis on the stereochemical and mechanistic themes that underlie them. To meet the requirements for the semester’s final project, each student chooses an article from the recent synthetic literature and then analyzes the logic and strategy involved in the published work in a final paper. A summary of this paper is also presented to the class in a short seminar. There will be no laboratory component in 2021. Instead, one of the three class meetings each week will focus on discussion and presentation of reactions, mechanisms, and syntheses from the chemical literature.
Format: lecture; lecture, three hours per week and conference, 1.5 hours per week
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
problem sets, midterm exams, class participation, class presentations, and a final project
CHEM 256 or permission of instructor
Chemistry majors, seniors and juniors
BIMO Interdepartmental Electives