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Part I: Textbook Only (click here for full course with videos and quizzes)

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

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



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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