Freshman Organic Chemistry II

Course Description

This is a continuation of Freshman Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 125a), the introductory course on current theories of structure and mechanism in organic chemistry for students with excellent preparation in chemistry and physics. This semester treats simple and complex reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, organic synthesis, and some molecules of nature.

Freshman Organic Chemistry II
About Professor J. Michael McBride

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 PhD 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.
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

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# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Mechanism: How Energies and Kinetic Order Influence Reaction Rates Play Video
2 Peculiar Rate Laws, Bond Dissociation Energies, and Relative Reactivities Play Video
3 Rate and Selectivity in Radical-Chain Reactions Play Video
4 Electronegativity, Bond Strength, Electrostatics, and Non-Bonded Interactions Play Video
5 Solvation, H-Bonding, and Ionophores Play Video
6 Brønsted Acidity and the Generality of Nucleophilic Substitution Play Video
7 Nucleophilic Substitution Tools - Stereochemistry, Rate Law, Substrate, Nucleophile, Leaving Group Play Video
8 Solvent, Leaving Group, Bridgehead Substitution, and Pentavalent Carbon Play Video
9 Pentavalent Carbon? E2, SN1, E1 Play Video
10 Cation Intermediates - Alkenes: Formation, Addition, and Stability Play Video
11 Carbocations and the Mechanism of Electrophilic Addition to Alkenes and Alkynes Play Video
12 Nucleophilic Participation During Electrophilic Addition to Alkenes: Halogen, Carbene, and Borane Play Video
13 Addition to Form Three-Membered Rings: Carbenoids and Epoxidation Play Video
14 Epoxide Opening, Dipolar Cycloaddition, and Ozonolysis Play Video
15 Metals and Catalysis in Alkene Oxidation, Hydrogenation, Metathesis, and Polymerization Play Video
16 Isoprenoids, Rubber, and Tuning Polymer Properties Play Video
17 Alkynes; Conjugation in Allylic Intermediates and Dienes Play Video
18 Linear and Cyclic Conjugation Theory; 4n+2 Aromaticity Play Video
19 Aromatic Transition States: Cycloaddition and Electrocyclic Reactions Play Video
20 Electronic and Vibrational Spectroscopy Play Video
21 Functional Groups and Fingerprints in IR Spectroscopy; Precession of Magnetic Nuclei Play Video
22 Medical MRI and Chemical NMR Play Video
23 Diamagnetic Anisotropy and Spin-Spin Splitting Play Video
24 Higher-Order Effects, Dynamics, and the NMR Time Scale Play Video
25 C-13 and 2D NMR - Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution Play Video
26 Aromatic Substitution in Synthesis: Friedel-Crafts and Moses Gomberg Play Video
27 Triphenylmethyl and an Introduction to Carbonyl Chemistry Play Video
28 Mechanism and Equilibrium of Carbonyl Reactions Play Video
29 Imines and Enamines; Oxidation and Reduction Play Video
30 Oxidation States and Mechanisms Play Video
31 Periodate Cleavage, Retrosynthesis, and Green Chemistry Play Video
32 Measuring Bond Energies: Guest Lecture by Prof. G. Barney Ellison Play Video
33 Green Chemistry; Acids and Acid Derivatives Play Video
34 Acids and Acid Derivatives Play Video
35 Acyl Insertions and a-Reactivity Play Video
36 α-Reactivity and Condensation Reactions Play Video
37 Proving the Configuration of Glucose and Synthesizing Two Unnatural Products Play Video
38 Review: Synthesis of Cortisone Play Video


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