Organic Chemistry

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Spring semester

This course will delve into the world of carbon-based chemistry. Students will discover the large variety of compounds that can be produced with only a few simple elements. This laboratory-based course will look at many different classes of organic compounds, including alcohols, ketones, and esters. The course will also explore applications of organic chemistry to biology and to industry; students will learn to make aspirin, oil of wintergreen, and nylon! Experimental Chemistry is recommended but not required prior to enrollment in this course. Experimental and/or Organic Chemistry are recommended prior to enrollment in Advanced Biology.


Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources
Organic Chemistry

What is an organic compund?

What are structures of carbon-based compounds?

What types of functional units are found in organic molecules?

What are typical reactions of organic compounds?

What are typical reaction mechanisms for organic compounds?

How do the structures of organic compounds inform their behavoir?

How do you synthesize organic molecules?

How do you work with organic compounds in the laboratory?

Organic structures and nomenclature

Functional groups

Reactions and reaction mechanisms

Alkane, alkenes, and alkynes

Aldehydes and ketones


Carboxylic acids


Amines and Amides

Analyzing and evaluating organic molecular structure

Identifying functional groups

Use typical reactions to predict products of organic reactions

Use typical reactions to synthesize organic molecules

Use of organic compounds and equipment in the laboratory

Three-dimensional reasoning

Logical reasoning

Analysis of qualitative data

Laboratory skills

Participation and classwork


Lab work and lab reports

Tests and quizzes

John McMurry, Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, 7th edition, Brooks-Cole