Introduction to Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry

Prerequisite for this course: Completion of either Honors Chemistry or AP Chemistry

If you’re interested in checking out my teaching style and would like to see the video lectures for the first chapter covered, “Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Alkanes”, click here to view the chapter playlist.

This course will cover the basics of introductory organic chemistry and biochemistry and will be delivered as an advanced chemistry course for high school.  It should prepare the student well for future study in organic chemistry and biochemistry at university and would be an EXCELLENT course for students who may be considering a career in medicine or another professional health field.  The ability to memorize large quantities of material is essential for this course.  The topics covered will include:

*Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Alkanes
*Alkenes, Alkynes, and Aromatic Compounds
*Alcohols, Phenols, Thiols, and Ethers
*Aldehydes, Ketones, and Chiral Molecules
*Carboxylic Acids and Esters
*Amines and Amides
*Conformer Analysis, R/S Configuration, Mechanisms, Reaction Catalog, & Synthesis
*Carbohydrates
*Lipids
*Amino Acids and Proteins
*Enzymes and Vitamins
*Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis
*Metabolic Pathways for Carbohydrates
*Metabolism and Energy Production
*Metabolic Pathways for Lipids and Amino Acids

The required textbook for this course will be Karen Timberlake’s “General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life” 4th edition.  I will also be pulling information and resources from a variety of other sources (including my own study notes from university!) to delve deeper into stereochemistry, mechanisms, reactions, and synthesis.  Students will also be required to purchase a study guide to accompany the textbook and a molecular model kit.  **The study guide may be difficult to find at a reasonable price. Please contact me for other options before spending an exorbitant amount of money on the guide. 🙂

Currently, this course is offered without a lab component.  The types of materials needed to do organic or biochemical labs are difficult to come by for a homeschooled family.  I may include a virtual lab component if I can find virtual labs that I think are worth it.

The schedule for 2019-2020 is for courses to begin on August 19, 2019 and end on May 17, 2020 with two days off from Oct. 14-15, three days off for Thanksgiving (Nov. 27-29), two weeks off from Dec. 23-Jan. 3, and one week off from Mar. 9-13.  We will also take off most other holidays.  Because of the asynchronous nature of the teaching lectures, families who don’t wish to take time off at these times of the year can work through and work ahead in order to take alternate holidays.

The live “office hour” time for Introduction to Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry is Monday from 2:30pm-3:30pm Eastern Time.  Attendance at these office hours is not mandatory for students.  The teaching of the material is done exclusively through the pre-recorded video lectures and textbook readings.  The “office hour” times are simply to give students a chance to get help in real time.

Registration for this course 2019-2020 is now open.  Please click here to access the registration form and for information on pricing.

As always…  If you are interested in this course or any of the chemistry courses on offer or have questions regarding any aspect of the courses, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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