Jul 30, 2021  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CHEM 561 - Organic Reaction Mechanisms

Advanced treatment of basic mechanistic principles of modern organic chemistry. Topics may include frontier molecular orbital theory, kinetics, conformational analysis, aromaticity, the chemistry of reactive intermediates, photochemistry, and substitutions. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

Prerequisites: CHEM 363 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.


Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Relate how valence electrons in frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) are involved in important bond- formation processes in organic chemistry.
  • Be able to propose plausible arrow-pushing mechanisms to predict and rationalize the outcome of fundamental synthetic transformations in organic chemistry.
  • Identify the factors that contribute to the stability and reactivity of stable organic molecules, reactive intermediates, and transition states.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of kinetic and thermodynamic concepts as well as how organic reaction mechanisms are determined experimentally.
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