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Chemistry 220

Organic Chemistry II

Credits: 4

Length of Course: 14 Weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 3 hours of lecture and one 3 hour lab

Prerequisite: Chemistry 123, Chemistry 210 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 099

Text: Organic Chemistry, Solomons et al. Wiley Pub., latest edition

Course Description:

A continuation of Chemistry 210. Topics include amines, substituted aromatics, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The applications of standard spectroscopic techniques are discussed.

Course Outline:

  1. Interconversion of Functional Groups.
    Interconversion of haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones and carboxylic acids in organic synthesis.
  2. Mass Spectrometry.
    Molecular mass determination. Fragmentation patterns.
  3. Extended pi-systems and Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy.
    Molecular orbitals of conjugated dienes.
  4. Amines.
    Nomenclature and physical properties. Acidity and basicity of amines. Synthesis of amines. Reactions of amines.
  5. Substituted Benzenes and Polycyclic Benzenoid Hydrocarbons.
    An overview of the properties of toluene, phenol, napthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, etc.
  6. Heterocyles.
    Nomenclature. Synthesis and reactions.
  7. Amino Acids and Proteins.
    Structure and acid-base properties of amino acids. Preparation of amino acids. Peptides and proteins.
  8. Carbohydrates.
    Nomenclature and structure. Carbohydrates in nature.
  9. Lipids Fatty acids and triacylglycerols.


Tests (3) 45%
Laboratory work, assignments, participation 25%
Final examination 30%


M. Meshgini, B.Sc., M.Sc.(Oregon State), Ph.D. (Washington)
Brenda Louie, B.Sc. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Taraneh Lajevardi, BSc (Azad), MSc (Azad), MSc (SFU)
Hema Giesbrecht, BSc Hon (U. Mauritius), PhD (SFU)

Transferability: see