Colorado Mountain College

Roaring Fork Campus

CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I

Course Syllabus

Class Time:

Lecture/Discussion: Monday 2:00 - 4:50 pm
Lab: Wednesday 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Census/Refund Date: Sept. 22, 1997
Withdrawal date: Nov. 24, 1997


Peter Jeschofnig, Ph.D.
Office Phone: (970) 947-8264
Home Phone: (970) 947-0050
FAX: (970) 945-1227

Office Hours:

Tuesday 9:00 - 10:00 am; 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 - 11:00 am; 1:00 - 5:00 pm


Organic Chemistry has traditionally been the study of the Chemistry of living organisms. In 1872 an organic compound was synthesized for the first time in a laboratory. Since that first synthesis, organic chemistry has focused on two main areas, synthetic organic chemistry and Organic Chemistry of living tissue. These two focuses have advanced industrial chemistry and chemistry as applied in the medical science fields. The study of organic chemistry is essential for those who aspire in the fields of industry and medicine. Polymer science, the petrochemical industry, textiles, and adhesives, resins, and dyes are major accomplishments stimulated by organic chemistry. The Pharmaceutical industry, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and the various medical fields including the areas of Chiropractic Science require a basic knowledge of Organic Chemistry.


Organic Chemistry is the study of the physical and chemical properties of Organic compounds. Two views will be employed in the course. The macro-scopic view of what is observed in the laboratory and the sub-microscopic view at the molecular level. Organic compounds will be classified into families, and the physical and chemical properties of each family will be discussed as well as the naming of the members of the family. Major chemical reactions associated with each family will be the main focus. Organic reactions will be viewed for their synthetic value, and Mechanistic Theory of Reactions and Structural Theory will be applied. Initially, the class will review basic concepts of molecular structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, electronic and atomic structure, and acid-base chemistry. The chemistry of the Alkane, Alkene, and Alkyne families will be a main focus in the first semester. The value of stereochemical isomers will be stressed including conformational, geometrical, and optical isomers.


This Organic Chemistry course requires a basic understanding of the principles of General Chemistry. Consequently, the successful completion of General Chemistry I & II (CHE 111/112) or their equivalent is required. Corequisite: CHE 211-L


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:


  1. Text: Organic Chemistry, by T.W. Graham Solomons; 6th Edition; John Wiley and Sons, 1996
  2. Study Guide and Solutions Manual for textbook (optional). A copy of this guide will be available in my office.
  3. Most important Reference Books: (e.g. those available in the library or in the laboratory)


Classroom Lecture will be supplemented with discussion and small-group work. Transparencies and other visuals will be used as needed. Collaborative efforts among students as well as the formation of study groups will be encouraged. The instructor recommends the use of molecular model kits. Members of a study group are encouraged to share in the purchasing of a molecular model kit.


The chapters to be covered for the first semester will come from Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Fourth Edition by Solomon

The chapters to be covered will be:


The following learning activities will help the student accomplish the course and chapter behavioral objectives:

  1. Read the assigned chapters from the textbook
  2. Complete the homework assignments on time
  3. Complete the scheduled exams
  4. Complete the assigned lab activities as prescribed in the lab syllabus


Students are held to standards similar to those found in the workplace. The assignments should be completed on time and reflect a willingness to learn. The following will evaluate the attainment of the course and chapter objectives: