This is the first semester in a two-semester introductory course focused on current theories of structure and mechanism in organic chemistry, their historical development, and their basis in experimental observation. The course is open to freshmen with excellent preparation in chemistry and physics, and it aims to develop both taste for original science and intellectual skills necessary for creative research.
Course Structure: This Yale College course, taught on campus three times per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Fall 2008.
Original Course Title: CHEM 125: Freshman Organic Chemistry
J. Michael McBride is the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Chemistry at Yale University. After undergraduate work at the College of Wooster and Harvard College Professor McBride earned a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at Harvard University. He joined the Yale Chemistry faculty in 1966, where he studies crystal growth and reactions in organic solids. His awards include the Prelog Medal, the Nobel Laureate Signature Award in Graduate Education, and the Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association for undergraduate education.