Theoretical Organic Chemistry I

Chemistry 6301

Fall 1998

Dr. James E. Hanson

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:15 PM Sci. Amphitheatre

421 McNulty

Thursday 8:15 - 9:30 PM Sci. Amphitheatre


Office Hours: Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 PM


or by appointment




Mechanism and Theory in Organic Chemistry, 3rd Edition


T.H.Lowry & K.S.Richardson




2 or 3 x 100 points



150 points



up to 100 points



300 to 600 points

This course provides an introduction to advanced topics in Organic Chemistry, stressing the theoretical and physical aspects. The grade will be based on three exams, a final, and possibly some assignments. The final will be comprehensive. No make-up exams will be given: if circumstances require missing an exam, prior arrangments must be made with the instructor.

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Anyone found cheating on an exam will be given a zero for that exam. A second infraction will result in immediate expulsion from the class and a failing grade. Any violations of academic integrity will be noted in a letter placed in your file.

Schedule of Topics

1. Brief review.

2. Bonding and Molecular Orbital Theory (chapter 1)

3. Fundamentals of Physical Organic Chemistry (chapter 2)

4. Acidity (chapter 3)

5. Pericyclic Reactions (chapters 10 & 11)

6. Photochemistry (chapter 12)

7. Carbonyl Chemistry (chapter 8)

8. Radical Chemistry (chapter 9)

9. Ionic Chemistry (chapters 4 - 7)