This unit builds upon the fundamental organic chemistry covered in first year chemistry studies and introduces students to some of the theoretical and practical aspects of synthetic organic chemistry. The theoretical material is presented with an emphasis on understanding the mechanism of reactions to enable students to predict a range of reaction outcomes. Industrially important reactions such as electrophilic substitution reactions and the preparation and properties of common polymers are integral to this unit. Spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques introduced in Analytical Methods 1 are utilised and further explored in this unit. For students interested in teaching chemistry taking the four-unit sequence Chemistry 1A, Chemistry 1B, Analytical Methods 1 and Organic Synthesis adequately prepares students to deliver Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the VCE chemistry program.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
RECOMMENDED TEXT: McMurry, J.E., 2016, Organic Chemistry, 9th edn, Cengage.
This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.