This course focuses on the basis of organic chemistry. In the first part of the course, important fundamental topics, such as atomic theory, bonding theory, hybridization, molecular orbital theory and resonance will be discussed. A special topic will be stereochemistry, which is an essential topic in organic chemistry and the life sciences, since stereochemistry often determines the activity of biological compounds or medicines. Subsequently, the course continues with an introduction into reactivity of organic molecules. Focus, will be on a selection of fundamental organic reactions, which form the basis for a wide array of other organic reactions. To this end, a logical review will be provided of the reactivity of the most important functional groups, as applied in organic synthesis.
• To give the ability to recognize and name common organic compounds. • To know the basic physical and chemical properties of common organic compounds. • To understand stereochemistry and its impact on the properties and applications of organic molecules. • To enable you to understand the most important organic reactions and be able to apply these reactions to obtain well defined organic compounds.