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Organic Chemistry

This course is an experimentally based introduction to organic chemistry. A one hour lecture will be followed by an experiment involving synthesis or isolation of a compound. This is a very hands-on J-term requiring at least a B average in the first semester of honors chemistry or an overall average of a B for students that have completed a year of honors chemistry. Techniques that will be explored include: thin layer and gas chromatography, use of a separatory funnel, fractional distillation, refluxing and microscale synthesis. Lab reports are required as well as a PowerPoint presentation. This is an excellent course for students with an interest in medical careers, chemical engineering and chemistry.