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Khushroo Daruwala
B CUSP 238
Bothell Campus

Organic Chemistry

Second course for students planning to take three quarters of organic chemistry. Further discussion of physical properties and transformations of organic molecules, especially aromatic and carbonyl compounds. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.7 in B CUSP 237.

Class description

This is the second of the three-quarter course sequence of organic chemistry. Coverage of topics will include structure determination of compounds by spectral methods, and the detailed chemistry of dienes, aromatic compounds, alcohols, ethers, sulfides, organometallic compounds, aldehydes, and ketones.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of 1.7 in B CUSP 237. Students can concurrently enroll in the allied lab course, B CUSP 241.

Student learning goals

Apply IUPAC rules of nomenclature to name compounds from their given structures, and be able to draw their proper structures from their given names, by including the correct stereochemical configurations. Make models of compounds to identify their structural formulas or their bondline structures.

Understand the relationship between structure and properties of compounds, and be able to predict the properties of the various classes of organic compounds based upon their structural characteristics and their intermolecular forces of attraction.

Know the various spectroscopic methods (UV, IR, proton and carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry) for elucidating and determining the structures of organic compounds. Interpret spectral data as well as any given spectrum to determine the correct structure of molecules, compounds, or ions.

Confidently write detailed stepwise mechanisms of reactions by displaying the proper movement of electrons from one species to another. Apply “curved mechanistic arrows” for showing electron motion during the mechanisms, and confidently draw complete structures of intermediates and reaction products showing any unshared electrons and formal charges on atoms.

Study and develop a complete understanding and mastery of the reactions of all functional groups covered this term, by writing down the structures of any missing reactants, stepwise reagents, and products either with or without the aid of a mechanism.

Confidently solve problems and questions pertaining to nomenclature, mechanisms, reactions, multi-stip synthesis, and the properties of compounds. Employ the concepts of spectroscopy towards determining the differences in the structures of reactants and products and be able to use spectral data towards elucidating the structure of a reactant or product.

General method of instruction

Classroom lectures with student engagement and participation that involves the use of overhead transparencies, molecular models, and lecture handouts.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of 1.7 in B CUSP 237.

Students should be able to continuously apply the concepts of nomenclature, properties, reactions, reaction mechanisms, and multi-step synthesis studied in B CUSP 237 towards solving questions and problems of the topics covered in this class.

Class assignments and grading

Homework assignments including problem sets. Quizzes. Exams.

Student competency and performance on all graded assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Khushroo Daruwala
Date: 11/01/2010