OpenChemistry Lecture Videos

Professor James Nowick

CHEM 51C: Organic Chemistry

These videos cover the third academic quarter of a three-quarter undergraduate-level class "Organic Chemistry" taught at UC Irvine. This third-quarter class, Chem 51C, builds upon the previous two quarters, Chem 51A and Chem 51B, and focuses on the chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Topics covered include aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, acid chlorides, anhydrides, amides, nitriles, enolates, organometallic reagents, the aldol reaction, amines, carbohydrates, amino acids, and peptides. 




Janice G. Smith ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 3th Ed. McGraw Hill.

Supplemental Reading: Janice G. Smith and Erin R. Smith Student Study Guide/ Solutions Manual to accompany ORGANIC

CHEMISTRY, 3th Ed. McGraw Hill.


Lecture 1: Introduction to Carboxylic Acids
Lecture 2: Reactivity of Carbonyl Compounds
Lecture 3: Reactions of Organometallic Reagents
Lecture 4: Reactions and Protecting Groups
Lecture 5: Aldehydes and Ketones: Reactions
Lecture 6: Formation of Imines & Enamines from Aldehydes & Ketones
Lecture 7: Acid-Catalyzed Formation of Hydrates, Hemiacetals, & Acetals
Lecture 8: The Chemistry of the Carboxylic Acid Family
Lecture 9: Reactions of Carboxylic Acids, Esters, Amides, & Nitriles
Lecture 10: Enols and Enolates
Lecture 11: More Reactions of Enols and Enolates
Lecture 12: The Aldol Reaction and the Michael Reaction
Lecture 13: The Robinson Annulation and the Claisen Reaction
Lecture 14: Introduction to Amines: Properties and Synthesis
Lecture 15: Hofmann Degradation, Diazotization, & Aryl Diazonium Salts
Lecture 16: Introduction to Carbohydrates: Structure and Stereochemistry
Lecture 17: More Structure, Stereochemistry, & Reactions of Carbohydrates
Lecture 18: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
Lecture 19: Organometallic Reactions in Organic Synthesis