Fall 2016 - CHEM 281 D100

Organic Chemistry I (4)

Class Number: 4037

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 12, 2016
    6:00 PM – 8:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Nov 16, 2016
    6:00 PM – 8:20 PM
    Location: TBA

    Dec 10, 2016
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    GYM WEST, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 121. Corequisite: CHEM 122.



Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Quantitative.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week; 4 lab hours on alternate weeks

Lecture Topics:
The chemical bonding and structure of carbon based (organic) molecules.
The nomenclature, chemical, physical and spectroscopic properties of organic molecules, (discussed in terms of the functional group) including alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, haloalkanes, alcohols and ethers (epoxides).
Acidity/basicity, stereochemistry and reactivity concepts. Chemical reactions (transformations) including addition, elimination, nucleophilic substitution, oxidation, reduction and dehydration processes unified in terms of reaction mechanism.
An introduction to spectroscopy (infrared and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance).

Laboratory Topics:
Hydrolysis of Methyl Salicylate
Acetylsalicylic Acid Synthesis
Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions
TLC Identification
Preparation of Isopentyl Acetate


  • Two marked problem sets 10%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 40%
  • Laboratory 25%


Labs start in the first week of classes. All students must attend for the mandatory check-in.


Students must pass both the lecture and laboratory components individually to obtain a passing grade in Chem 281. The passing grade for the lab component is 51% and ALL labs need to be attended and completed without any exception.



  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles
  • A molecular model kit is recommended


Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory for all Chemistry labs.
The tuition for this course includes a fee of $8.50 for the laboratory manual.


Lab manuals will be distributed during the first laboratory session.


There is no assigned textbook for this course.  However, you should have access to and read any relatively recent edition of a standard undergraduate-level Organic Chemistry text (e.g. Bruice, Brown and Foote, Carey, Jones, Vollhardt, McMurry etc.) in order to support the understanding of the lecture and laboratory course material.

Bruice, P.Y., Organic Chemistry. Editions 5-7 are OK. Publisher: Prentice Hall.

Or any introductory organic chemistry text.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

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