Session 1: Crash Course
This workshop covers background knowledge organic chemistry I students need including Lewis structures, resonance structures, and acid-base chemistry. By the end of this session, students should be able to assemble Lewis structures and predict acid-base equilibria.
Session 2: Stereochemistry
Understanding different visual representations of molecules in organic chemistry is one of the most fundamental skills required in order to understand concepts related to stability and limitations in chemical reactions. This workshop will cover classifications of different isomers along with the different models’ students will encounter throughout organic chemistry.
Session 3: Nucleophile, Electrophile, Arrow Pushing, Leaving Group, Carbocation
In this session students will learn how nucleophiles, electrophiles, and arrow pushing all relate to a chemical reaction. This session will also focus on how to identify a good leaving group and what to do when you come across a carbocation in a reaction.
Session 4: “The Big 4”
Almost every mechanism in Organic Chemistry is built from four basic mechanisms: Substitution (Sn) 1 and 2, and Elimination (E) 1 and 2. This session focuses on what conditions are required, how they happen, and, most importantly, how to decide which to do when given a problem. This will ensure a strong foundation in mechanisms throughout the rest of the semester.
Session 5: Select Alkene Reactions
In this workshop, students will be looking at common alkene reactions and their mechanisms will be discussed in great detail. The session will focus on the conformations that these molecules take under certain conditions, labeling whether these alkene reactions are syn/anti, and whether they are regioselective, stereospecific, or stereoselective. Finally, students will solve problems with the intention of practicing good technique and with the sole purpose of attaining mastery.
Session 6: Study Hall
Bring your materials to prepare for the upcoming exam!
Session 7: Select Alkene Reactions (continued)
Session 8: Radicals
Radical reactions involve halogens and heat/light. They form unstable intermediates known as radicals, which vary in stability. This session focuses on identifying the most stable radical intermediates and how they affect reactions, as well as how to predict products when alkenes or alkanes react with heat or light. These reactions are common in synthesis and roadmap problems.
Session 9: Alcohol
This session takes a look at the chemistry of alcoholic beverages and the hangover. Students will then explore the reactions that are most common for converting alcohol groups to different functional groups.
Sessions 10 & 11: Study Hall
Bring your materials to prepare for the upcoming exam and the final!