Mastering Organic Chemistry From the Start
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Mastering Organic Chemistry From the Start

Find out what organic molecules are, how to name them, and how to draw them.
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Created by Angela Mascini
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Name and draw organic molecules following the IUPAC nomenclature
  • Have an overview of basic organic chemistry
  • Know the most common homologous series
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  • The ability to print out course notes so that you can write on them
  • A basic understanding of the Periodic Table will be helpful
  • Lots of pens and pencils

Let me gently introduce you to the wonderful world of organic chemistry. We will learn about homologous series, their functional groups and how to draw the structure of and name the molecules in these series using IUPAC naming rules. The course covers alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, branched chain organic molecules, alkyl halides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, alcohols and esters.

Is Mastering Organic Chemistry Important to Your Future?

  • Eliminate your fear of organic chemistry
  • Build a foundation of understanding
  • Improve your grades by applying what you understood in the course
  • Revise what you learned at high school for college or university courses

You will learn about the homologous series in a simple way, with lots of drawings and models to help you get it.

See the molecules come to life in our amazing 3D animations. After a while, you will be able to ‘see’ them in your mind when answering quizzes and questions.

You will be able to follow the step-by-step teaching and see that organic chemistry is not that hard once you know the basics.

The lectures are carefully graded from simple to complicated. Learning progresses in a natural fashion, so you will not feel overwhelmed by the new concepts.

The course will help you build a foundation of understanding on which to build your organic chemistry knowledge. The focus will be on real understanding, not just learning a bunch of rules. Naming molecules the right way will become second nature to you.

The course notes will help you create your own summary. If you are unsure how to study organic chemistry, this will be a big help to you. A new, better way to study plus your new understanding are sure to give your grades a boost. Better grades will also improve your chances of being accepted to your first choice college or university.

If you are already in college, or are a professional, and you need a refresher in basic organic chemistry, then this course is for you too!

Who is the target audience?
  • High school chemistry students
  • Anyone who needs a refresher course in basic organic chemistry
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Let's Get Started
4 Lectures 12:23

Meet the lecturer and get some tips to succeed on the course.

Preview 00:15

Find out what organic chemistry is.

Preview 06:59

The carbon atom and its unique properties is the reason that there are so many organic molecules in the world. Find out why in this lecture.

Preview 04:55

Some model answers to help you along.

Some Extra Help

Now that you are on your way, let's review what we have learned so far.

Checkpoint 1
4 questions
Alkanes - the Simplest Organic Molecules
3 Lectures 13:31

The rules that are used to name alkanes form the basis of the rules used to name all the other organic molecules. This lecture walks you through the basics of naming these organic molecules using the IUPAC naming rules for alkanes.

Naming Alkanes

Time to practice naming those alkanes.

The Structure of Alkanes

Keep practicing naming molecules in the alkane homologous series.

The Structure of Alkanes Part 2
Alkenes and Alkynes are Next in Line
4 Lectures 17:52

Learn about the properties of alkenes and their IUPAC naming rules. Practice drawing and naming them.

What are Alkenes? What do they Look like? How do We Name Them?

Practice naming the isomers of alkenes.

What are Alkenes Part 2

In this lecture we will extend your knowledge by naming and drawing these more complicated alkene molecules.

More Complicated Alkenes - Dienes and Cyclodienes

Alkynes are unsaturated hydrocarbons with triple carbon-carbon bonds. This lecture will show you how to name them.

Alkynes and Diynes

Let's see if you can name these molecules.

Checkpoint 2
7 questions
Branched Organic Molecules
2 Lectures 17:05

Now that you can name the common parent molecules, we will learn how to name a molecule with a branched chain.

What are Branched Organic Molecules?

Practice naming some more complex branched organic molecules.

Name Some More Branched Organic Molecules
Alkyl Halides (Also Known as Haloalkanes)
1 Lecture 07:20

The halide functional group is common in organic molecules. Let's learn how to name the molecules that contain this group.

Naming the Diferent Types of Alkyl Halides

Let's practice naming branched alkanes and alkyl halides (haloalkanes).

Checkpoint 3
5 questions
All About Aldehydes
1 Lecture 08:30

This lecture deals with the naming rules for the aldehyde homologous series.

The Naming and Structure of Aldehydes
Ketones - The Brothers of Aldehydes
2 Lectures 12:14

Ketones look similar to aldehydes but beware! You name then differently.

What are Ketones?

Practice naming ketones. Pay attention to the position isomers of ketones!

More Naming Ketones

Let's practice naming aldehydes and ketones.

Checkpoint 4
5 questions
Carboxylic Acids
1 Lecture 06:23

Learn how to name these organic acids correctly.

Carboxylic Acids are Organic Acids

Let's check your understanding of carboxylic acids.

Checkpoint 5
4 questions
3 Lectures 20:51

Learn the difference between a primary alcohol, a secondary alcohol and a tertiary alcohol. 

Discover the IUPAC naming rules for alcohols and practice naming, drawing and classifying alcohols.

Primary, Secondary and Teriary Alcohols and How to Name Them

Practice naming more alcohols. The examples get progressively more difficult so don't miss one.

More Naming of Alcohols

What happens if there are multiple hydroxyl groups? And what is the alcohol is unsaturated? This lecture helps you overcome these difficulties.

Diols and Unsaturated Alcohols

Let's name some alcohols.

Checkpoint 6
4 questions
Esters - Natures Perfume
2 Lectures 12:06

Understand esterification (the reaction that makes esters).

Discover the IUPAC naming rules for esters.

What is an Ester? How is it Formed? How do I Name it?

Get some more practice naming esters.

More Naming Esters

Let's name some esters.

Checkpoint 7
4 questions
About the Instructor
Angela Mascini
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Chemical Engineer and Online Educator

Angela qualified top of her Chemical Engineering class at a university that was rated in the top 400 universities in the world in 2000.

She has worked as an engineer internationally, and is now following her passion to educate students who want to achieve in physics and chemistry in order to follow their chosen career paths.