Chemistry 4420

The first lecture begins on September 10th, 2015 (Thursday).

Weekly tutorials: TBA

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Lectures: Tues, Thurs 10:30 - 11:45 am, RM C2026


Chem 3301, Chem 3401, or Chem 3411. Chem 3500 (or knowledge of NMR and vibrational spectroscopy) is strongly recommended.

Course Outline

• Chemical bonding and molecular structures
• Qualitative molecular orbital theory and applications
• Energy and conformation
• Stereoelectronic effects on organic reactivity
• Solutions and non-covalent binding forces
• Thermodynamics, kinetics, and related experimental methods
• General organic mechanisms

Grading Scheme

Assignments 15%
Midterm 30%
Final 55%
Total 100%


E. V. Anslyn and D. A. Dougherty, Modern Physical Organic Chemistry

Other Readings

J. March, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Reactions, Mechanisms and Structure
F. A. Carey and R. J. Sundberg, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part A
B. Miller, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Reactions and Mechanisms
P. Sykes, A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry
A. Rauk, Orbital Interaction Theory of Organic Chemistry
F. A. Carroll, Perspectives on Structure and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry