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Table of Contents for Part I (go to full contents)

From "Organic Chemistry 1 Primer 2020" by Smith, Tennyson and Houjeiry. If you prefer a paper copy you can get one here.

 

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Part I: Foundations

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The Basics: Structure and Representations

Lesson I.1. Coulombic Forces and Representation of Structure

​Lesson I.2. Polarity, Dipole Moments and Formal Charge    

Lesson I.3. Intermolecular Forces, Boiling Point/Melting Point and Ionic vs. Covalent           

Lesson I.4. Nucleophiles, Electrophiles and Functional Groups         

Lesson I.5. Arrow-Pushing Formalism         

Lesson I.6. Hybridization, Sigma and Pi Bonds, Lone Pairs and Bond Geometry  

Lesson I.7. Resonance and Delocalization Energy    

Lesson I.8. Applying the Arrow-Pushing Formalism

Stability and Energy in Organic Chemistry

Lesson I.9. Definitions and Concepts related to Acids and Bases       

Lesson I.10. Relating Structure to the Strength of an Acid or Base    

Lesson I.11. Stability of Carbocations and Alkenes  

Lesson I.12. Predicting Reaction Spontaneity and Direction of Equilibria     

Lesson I.13. Reaction Coordinate Diagrams and Reaction Rate         

 

Nomenclature and Conformations of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes

Lesson I.14. Nomenclature I: Alkanes, Alkyl Halides, Alcohols and Cycloalkanes         

Lesson I.15. Isomerism and Conformational Analysis I: Linear Alkanes and Newman Projections    

Lesson I.16. Conformational Analysis II: Cycloalkanes and the Chair Conformation of Cyclohexane

 

Stereochemistry

Lesson I.17. Stereochemistry I: Chirality and Optical Activity          

Lesson I.18. Stereochemistry II: Cahn-Ingold-Prelog Rules and Assigning R- and S- Labels of Configuration

Lesson I.19. Stereochemistry III: Fischer Projections

Lesson I.20. Stereochemistry IV: Enantiomers, Diastereomers and Meso Compounds

Organic Chemistry 1 Primer Lessons (Part I)

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Lesson I.1

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Step 4: Practice problem video with solutions

Most lessons have their own practice problem video, but this one is combined with the one for Lesson I.2!

Lesson I.2

 

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

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Lesson I.3

 

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

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Lesson I.4

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

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Lesson I.5

 

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Lesson I.6

 

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Lesson I.7

 

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Lesson I.8

 

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Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.9

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.9

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Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

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Printable Notes

Step 4: No practice problem video here: it is combined with the one for I.10

Most lessons have their own practice problem video, but this one is combined with the one for Lesson I.10, putting all of the acid-base material in one video!

Lesson I.10

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

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Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

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Lesson I.11

 

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Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.12

 

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Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

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Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

Most Lessons have their own video, but this one is combined with the video for Lesson I.13!

Lesson I.13

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

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Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

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Printable Notes

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.14

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.14

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

As you watch this lecture, it is best to take notes like you would in a classroom. You can take notes on paper, print out the slides here and write on them, or get a paper copy of the Lecture Guide book on Amazon (link) and take notes directly in the printed book in the space provided.

Printable Notes

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.15

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.15

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

As you watch this lecture, it is best to take notes like you would in a classroom. You can take notes on paper, print out the slides here and write on them, or get a paper copy of the Lecture Guide book on Amazon (link) and take notes directly in the printed book in the space provided.

Printable Notes

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.16

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.16

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

As you watch this lecture, it is best to take notes like you would in a classroom. You can take notes on paper, print out the slides here and write on them, or get a paper copy of the Lecture Guide book on Amazon (link) and take notes directly in the printed book in the space provided.

Printable Notes

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.17

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.17

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video - Provided after Lesson I.20!

Note that there are two Stereochemistry lecture videos, one covering all lessons I.17-20 (all on a related topic) and one covering I.17-18 (the link for which is after lesson I.18) so please do the reading and mini-Quiz self-assessments for each of the Lessons I.17-20, then the unified video will come in Lesson I.20.

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video - Provided after Lesson I.18!

The stereochemistry free response practice problem video for this lesson is combined with the one for Lesson I.18. Please do the reading and mini-quiz for Lesson I.18 next!

Lesson I.18

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.18

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video - Provided after Lesson I.20!

Note that the Stereochemistry lecture video covers lessons I.17-20 (all on a related topic) so please do the reading and mini-Quiz self-assessments for each of the Lessons I.17-20, then the unified video will come in Lesson I.20.

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.19

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.19

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

Note that the Stereochemistry lecture video covers lessons I.17-20 (all on a related topic) so please do the reading and mini-Quiz self-assessments for each of the Lessons I.17-20, then the unified video will come in Lesson I.20.

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Video

These are free-response questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

Lesson I.20

 

Step 1: Read the Lesson

Step 2: Self Assessment: Mini-Quiz for Lesson I.20

This is a multiple choice quiz to help you see some basic questions you should be able to answer from the reading and to get an idea of how well you have assimilated the information.

Step 3: Watch Dr. Smith's Lecture Video

As you watch this lecture, it is best to take notes like you would in a classroom. You can take notes on paper, print out the slides here and write on them, or get a paper copy of the Lecture Guide book on Amazon (link) and take notes directly in the printed book in the space provided.

Printable Notes

Step 4: Complete the Problems and Solutions Videos: Video 1 and Video 2

These are free-response (first video) AND multiple choice (second video) questions worked out for you. You will get the most out of these practice problems if you pause the video and try each problem, then watch the solution. This way you will know whether or not you can complete these type of problems yourself.

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