Spring 2010Organic Chemistry I, NSC12
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 motionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦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 chemistryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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
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