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Drawing and Understanding Organic Structure

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In this course, Professor Max Majireck (Hamilton College), we learn about drawing and predicting organic structure, as well as predicting the properties of organic compounds based on their structure. We begin by: (i) drawing out simple Lewis structures, before introducing valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR); then (ii) introducing some simple compounds and how we might draw them out; before (iii) looking at some different types of isomers of organic compounds, including structural and optical isomers, as well as conformers; then (iv) introducing resonance structures, and the ways in which we draw out reaction mechanisms, before (v) looking at bond polarity, distinguishing this from molecular polarity; and then finally (vi) introducing some of the intermolecular forces we see between compounds.

About the Lecturer

Max Majireck completed his postdoctoral research in chemical biology at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, designing small molecules to study disease biology, particularly cancer. He was selected for a fellowship from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At Hamilton, he combined his passion for teaching, mentoring and research by designing a new course to highlight the role of organic synthesis in human health. He is also designing a research program that investigates new chemical transformations to produce tool compounds for studying neurological disorders. Majireck earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from Penn State.

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