Module 1, 'Introduction to organic structures and bonding, I', may seem long, but it includes a quick review of some of what you should remember from inorganic chemistry and ensures that everyone begins the course with the same foundation knowledge about atoms and bonding. New material includes line-bond drawing, orbital hybridization and molecular geometry, functional groups, naming organic compounds, and basic descriptions of the four classes of biomolecules. For reference, see chapter 1 of volume I of Soderberg.
I've divided the lecture up into slide sets that cover a single broad topic so that each can be downloaded individually. If you want to bring the slides to class, I suggest printing the lecture outline (PDF).
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.
Has it been an while?
If you haven't had chem for a semester or two and feel like you need a quick review, try this set of three videos from Melissa Maribel. Start with 'General Chemistry Review for Organic Chemistry, Part 1' and go through all three. Each is only about 5' and the videos will help you make best use of our first week of lecture. I've got related practice questions in the optional Practice Problems for this Module.
1.Functional groups are where the action is.
2.Drawing and understanding molecular structures is a critical skill.
Module 1 slide sets: Introduction to organic structures and bonding, I
(Click on the links below to download each slide set for the lecture.)
1.1: Drawing organic structures
A. Formal charge
B. Common bonding patterns
C. Using ‘line structure’ (aka line-bond) convention
D. Constitutional (aka structural) isomers
1.2: Functional groups and organic nomenclature
A. Functional groups in organic compounds
B. Naming organic compounds
C. Abbreviating structural drawings
1.3: Structures of some important biological molecules
B. Biopolymer basics
D. Amino acids & proteins
E. Nucleic acids (DNA & RNA)
Video tutorials for Module 1:
> Basics of atoms and elements (Khan Academy)
> Atomic structure (Khan Academy)
> Orbitals (Khan Academy)
> Covalent and ionic compounds (Khan Academy)
> Drawing Lewis structures (Khan Academy)
> Bond-line structures (Khan Academy)
> Functional groups (Khan Academy)
> Organic chemistry functional group web flashcards (Quizlet)
> Naming simple alkanes (Khan Academy)
> Cell membranes (Paul Anderson, Bozeman Science)
> Carbohydrates (Paul Anderson, Bozeman Science)
> How enzymes work (Ricochet Science)
> Replicating the DNA double-helix (DNA Learning Center)