Welcome to the JAHS Organic Chemistry wiki page.

The units of study offered in this course are listed below. Eventually each unit will be linked to pages containing class notes, sample questions, internet resources, study guides, etc.


Unit 1: Introduction and Molecular Modeling
  1. Introduction to Carbon
  2. The Lewis and VSEPR models
  3. hydrocarbons and saturation
  4. Polarity and Intermolecular forces
  5. Electronic Structure, Hybridization
  6. Types of Bonds

Unit 2: Functional Groups
  1. Common carbon-containing functional groups
  2. Common Oxygen-Containing Functional Groups
  3. Nomenclature of Alcohols, Ketones, Aldehydes
  4. Common Nitrogen-Containing Functional Groups
  5. Miscellaneous Functional Groups (containing S, halides)

Unit 3: IUPAC Systematic Nomenclature: Hydrocarbons
  1. Naming Alkanes
  2. Naming Alkenes
  3. Naming Alkynes

Unit 4: Stereochemistry
  1. cyclohexane conformations
  2. identifying chiral carbons
  3. determining R vs. S in IUPAC nomenclature
  4. biological importance of stereochemistry
  5. Newman projections

Unit 5: Reactions
  1. reaction mechanisms: "electron pushing"
  2. symmetric and assymetric bond breaking/formation
  3. definitions of: nucleophile, electrophile, leaving group
  4. Animated reactions page (University of Liverpool)

Unit 6: Substitution Reactions
  1. the SN1 reaction and mechanism
  2. the SN2 reaction and mechanism

Unit 7: Elimination Reactions
  1. the E1 reaction and mechanism
    • base strengths
    • carbocation stability
    • stereochemical considerations
  2. the E2 reaction and mechanism
    • base strengths
    • reaction rate-base strength dependence
    • stereochemical considerations

Unit 8: Miscellaneous Reactions
  1. esterification
  2. alkene additions
  3. radical halogenation
  4. Grignard reagent
  5. oxidation reactions

Unit 9: Biochemistry at a Glance
  1. protein structures, roles, and syntheses
  2. DNA structure, coding, transcription
  3. metabolic pathways
  4. natural products

Unit 10: Laboratory (will be covered throughout the course)
  1. chromatography techniques: TLC, Column, HPLC, Gas
  2. Melting point determination
  3. Distillation
  4. Mass Spectroscopy
  5. NMR
  6. FT-IR



Online practice site at Michigan State University.

Practice your nomenclature here!