CHEM 6210


Spring 2010

11:15 AM  - 12:10 PM 
Room 317 FH

Instructor Office Phone E-mail
Dr. Crouse 313 FH 3515

Texts Author ISBN Copyright

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Reinhard Bruckner



Molecular Orbital Calculations 

John D. Roberts

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Most new graduate students took organic chemistry as sophomores but have had little exposure since. Because of this, they recall organic as a jumbled, encyclopedic accumulation of facts, too vast to understand or recall significant details. In other words, students are typically too busy learning the bark of every 'tree' to step back and see the 'forest', that is the broad general principles which govern the physical and chemical properties of organic compounds.
The purpose of this course is to bridge that gap, between the organic the student should recall and the mainstream material the student will encounter in the current literature. To accomplish this, we will deviate from the classical 'functional group' approach and concentrate on the basic concepts and mechanisms of organic (and really all) chemistry. This is not to say that we will not study reactions, but that we will strive to simplify and highlight the fundamentals common throughout organic reactions. At the same time, we will introduce the student to new material, hopefully in a manner which will enable them to understand current literature.

(B = Bruckner, R = Roberts)
JAN 14 R-1 Introduction, basics of bonding & mechanism Class meets 
JAN 18 R-2 Wave Mechanics, Huckel MO model No Class Monday
JAN 25 R-3 LCAO equations, pi energy -
FEB 1 B-1 Radicals - chain mechanisms -
FEB 8 B-2 Nucleophilic Substitutions -
FEB 15 B-2, 3 Substitutions
Additions to olefinic systems
FEB 22 B-3, 4 Additions
MAR 1 B-4 Elimination processes Mid-Term Exam
MAR 8 -- Spring Break  
MAR 15 B-6 Nucleophilic Acyl Substitutions -
MAR 22 B-7,8 Nucleophilic additions
Carbonyl additions
MAR 29 B-8, 9 Carbonyl additions
Ylide reactions
APR 5 B-10 Enolate reactions -
APR 12 B-11 Rearrangements -
APR 19 B-12 Thermal cycloadditions, Orbital Symmetry --
APR 26 B-5 Aromatic Substitutions  
May 3

Final Exam: Thursday, May 6, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, Room 317 FH.

For detailed course information, consult the iLearn site


Organic Chemistry Resources

Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The contact is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119.

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