Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Chemical And Food Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Bongiovanni Roberta Maria   PO CHIM/07 48 8 4 27 12
SSD CFU Activities Area context
CHIM/07 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Subject fundamentals
The course topic is basics of organic chemistry, i.e. the organic compounds and their main reactions with their mechanisms
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the first the course, students will be able to recognise the main classes of organic compounds and the their most common reactions with their chemical mechanisms. Students will also know: a) basic spectroscopic methods for the identification of organic molecules b)use of IUPAC nomenclature c) basic ideas on scientific literature. Lab work will include simples experiments with use of UV-Vis spectrophotometer and polarimeter.

In order to reach assessment autonomy and technical communication, the students must be able to:
- write a laboratory report
- analyze scientific literature
- know international terms, in particular English ones
These knowledges and skills shall be achieved through laboratory practices and bibliography research
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Students should know the basic concepts of general chemistry (atom structure, chemical bonding, period properties of the elements, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, chemical kinetics).
Ibridisations and bonding theory. Primary and secondary bonds in organic compounds.Effects on physico-chemical properties and solubility. Classification of solvents.
Classification of organic compounds and basics of IUPAC nomenclature. Hydrocarbons, heterocyclic compounds, derived compounds. Main organic functions and substitutive IUPAC nomenclature. Solvents and surfactants. Isomerism.
Theory of resonance. Electronic effects of organic functions. Acids and bases in organic chemistry.
Absorption spectroscopies: UV-Vis, IR, NMR.
Main chemical reactions: radical and electrophilic additions (on alkenes and dienes), nucleophilic additions (on aldehydes and ketones); electrophilic aromatic substitution (on aromatic compounds), radical substitutions on alkanes, nucleophilic alifatic substitution (Sn1,SN2 on halides and alcohols); elimination (unimolecular and bimolecular mechanism); acylic nucleophilic sustitution (on carboxylic acids and their derivatives)
Basics on scientific literature and bibliographic search
Delivery modes
Lab work will include spectroscopical determination of a concentration of a dye in aqueous solution, polarimetry, a chemical reaction.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Handouts will be available on the web page of the course.
The textbooks listed below are translated from English. Ask the instructors for details if you want to find the original texts.

W.H. Brown, Introduzione alla chimica organica, III edizione, Edises, Napoli, 2005.
W.H.Brown Guida alla risoluzione dei problemi da Introduzione alla chimica organica, III edizione, Edises, Napoli 2006

Advanced textbooks:
W. H. Brown, C.S. Foote, B.L. Iverson Chimica organica, III edizione, Edises, Napoli 2006
R.T.Morrison, R.N. Boyd Chimica Organica CEA, VI edizione, Milano, 1997
M.B. Smith J. March, March's Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Mechanisms and Structure , V Edizione, J.Wiley, New York, 2001
Assessment and grading criteria
The grade is determined by a written test assessing the knowledge of the topics (1,5-hour, closed-book, closed-notes examination; some tables are authorized as listed on the web site of the course), by the evaluation of the lab work and of a simple bibliographic search. The grade is the weight average of the different marks (80% for the written test, 10% for each report).

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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