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    Spring 2010
    Organic Chemistry I, NSC12

    Course description
    Carbon can form bonds with itself and almost all of the other elements, giving rise to an enormous variety of carbon-containing molecules. Early organic chemists struggled with the structure of one particular molecule, benzene, until Friedrich Kekule solved the puzzle in a dream - he saw the carbon atoms "twisting in a snake-like motion……One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes." In this course we study the chemistry of these carbon-based compounds. Organic chemistry’s connection to biology is emphasized through descriptions of molecules and reactions central to living organisms. This is an intermediate chemistry course and is strongly recommended for all biologisty, chemistry, pre-med and pre-vet students.

    Instructor Todd Smith, Sci 110
    Credits 4
    Days T, Th
    Time 11:30-12:50

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