Organic Chemistry I

Electrostatic potential maps of carbanions.

Electrostatic potential maps of carbanions, derived computationally to provide an indication of charge localization. Red indicates negative; blue indicates positive. (Image courtesy of Professor Barbara Imperiali.)


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Spring 2005



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This subject deals primarily with the basic principles to understand the structure and reactivity of organic molecules. Emphasis is on substitution and elimination reactions and chemistry of the carbonyl group. The course also provides an introduction to the chemistry of aromatic compounds.

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Kimberly Berkowski, and Sarah O’Connor. 5.12 Organic Chemistry I, Spring 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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