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CHEM 231L Organic Chemistry I - Laboratory

6 hours lab, 2 units
Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Description: This is a laboratory course designed to illustrate the principles presented in Chemistry 231. The emphasis is on the determination of physical properties and the separation, purification and identification of organic compounds. The course acquaints students with the equipment, glassware, techniques and safe practices specific to the organic chemistry laboratory. Techniques such as measurements of physical constants, recrystallization, extraction, distillation and chromatography are used in the synthesis and/or characterization of selected classes of organic compounds. These classes include, but are not limited to, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. The organic chemistry literature, and spectral interpretation using techniques such as infrared and nuclear spectroscopies, are introduced to support the above topics. This course is designed for undergraduates pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences, training in chemical technology, and those students who need organic chemistry as part of the formal preparation for their major; for example, molecular biology, premedical, predental, and pharmacy.

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