Lecture 1, 'Atoms, orbitals & bonding topics', may seem long, but it includes a quick review of what you should remember from inorganic chemistry and ensures that everyone begins the course with the same foundation knowledge about atoms and bonding. This lecture then moves on to orbital hybridization and molecular geometry. For reference, see Chapter 1 of Daley & Daley.
I've divided the lecture up into slide sets that cover a single topic so that each can be downloaded individually. If you want to bring the slides to class, download them via the links below and print them out. Printing two slides per page will save you some paper.
Homework questions are organized by topic as well and are posted in the column of buttons the the right. (Note that buttons with asterisks* are mandatory assignments.) The questions listed for each topic are due at the class meeting after we've finished that topic. Topics are organized by number and title and should be simple to follow.
I've also posted a set of examples that we can use as extra practice problems in class, during office hours or during help sessions. They are also organized by topic. You may want to print these out and bring them to class. A practice quiz offers you more opportunities to check you understanding and preparedness for the exam.
Lecture 1 slide sets: Atoms, orbitals & bonding topics
(Click on the links below to download each slide set for the lecture.)
1.1: Very quick history of chemistry
1.2: What is organic chemistry
1.3: All about orbitals
1.4: How orbitals fill: electron configuration
1.5: Basic bonding: valence electrons and molecular orbitals
1.6: Lewis dot structures of molecules
1.7: Electronegativity & bond polarity
1.8: Resonance: a critical concept
1.9: Orbital hybridization: key to carbon's 'flexibility'
1.10: Free electron pairs & radicals
1.11: VSEPR: classifying molecular geometry & orbital hybridization
> Terms to know & key concepts
Great tutorial videos:
> 'Dr. Quantum double-slit experiment' [electrons both wave & particle]
> 'Drawing Lewis dot structures'
> 'Bond length and bond energy'
> 'Building models and Lewis structures: crash course chemistry #24'
> 'Polar and non-polar molecules: crash course chemistry #23'
> 'Orbitals: crash course chemistry #25' [great review of this lecture]
> 'Hybridization theory' [really nice review]
> 'VSPER theory practice problems'
> 'VSPER theory: common mistakes' [electron pair vs. molecular geom.]
> 'VSPER theory part 2: trigonal bipyrimidal family'
> 'Lewis diagrams and VSPER models'
> 'Dipole forces'
Great (non-video) reviews of specific topics:
> 1.1 Drawing organic structures, Chemistry LibreTexts (Tim Soderberg)
> Introduction to the Lewis dot structures (Educator.com)
> Drawing resonance structures (UCLA)
Links & items of interest:
> TED Ed: Periodic videos [videos about every element]
> The quantum weirdness of water (Grossman, New Scientist, 2011)
1.2: VIDEO 'Synthesis of urea'
1.3: VIDEO 'Quantum mechanical model'
1.4: VIDEO 'Electron configuration'
1.6: VIDEO 'How to draw Lewis struct: 5 easy steps'
1.7: VIDEO 'Chemical bonds: Ionic vs covalent'
1.8: VIDEO 'VSEPR theory: introduction'
Resources (not mandatory):
VSEPR resources: bonding patterns, geometry & orbital hybridization
Connecting organic concepts to the real world: