Week 1: February 5 – 7
Objectives of OrgoPrep
CH203 and organic chemistry classes throughout colleges tend to get the reputation of
being very challenging. However, with confidence and a strong background, anyone can
succeed in CH203 at BU. OrgoPrep is here to give you the skills, resources, and
confidence to excel in organic chemistry. We will teach you basic concepts of CH203
based on personal experience, having already taken (and done well) in the course. We
will also teach study habits and different helpful ways to learn and maintain the material.
Because this is a preparatory course, we will focus on how to learn and think about
organic chemistry, so when you take the course next fall you will quickly be able to
recognize basic concepts and immediately begin to grasp more challenging applications.
Week 1 – Introduction; Lewis Structures and Drawing Molecules
Week 2 – Resonance and Arrow Pushing
Week 3 – Stereochemistry
Week 4 – Stereochemistry continued
Week 5 – NMR
Week 6 – Mechanisms
What is Organic Chemistry?
Organic chemistry is the branch of chemistry that deals with the
structure, properties, and reactions of compounds that contain carbon.
As you may know from previous biology or chemistry courses, carbon
is the primary element in the four major macromolecules in the body –
carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids – and is required to be
chemically characterized as living. Why learn organic chemistry?
Obviously if you plan to go to medical/dental/veterinarian school, this
knowledge is vastly important for your graduate school applications.
Or if you plan to do research in the sciences, a background in chemistry is certainly
necessary. Or perhaps you plan to pursue biomedical engineering, in which case an
understanding of organic chemistry is necessary for general problem solving techniques
involving the body. It boils down to this: we are