Course Syllabus

Organic Chemistry
Harvard Summer School: CHEM S-20ab (30609)
Summer 2014
Logan S. McCarty PhD, Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Lecturer on Physics, Harvard University - Austin B. Scharf PhD, Preceptor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
Location: Science Center B
Meeting Time: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am - 10:44am, Monday, Tuesday 8:30am - 11:30am
This course is an intensive, comprehensive introduction to the chemistry of carbon and its importance to biological molecules. Topics include current ideas of bonding and structure, major reaction mechanisms and pathways, a discussion of the analytical tools used to determine the structure and stereochemistry of organic compounds (such as infrared and NMR spectroscopy), and some of the chemistry of amino acids, peptides, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. This course fulfills the requirement of two semesters of organic chemistry for entrance to medical school. Prerequisite: one year of college general chemistry with a grade of B or higher. Students without adequate background may not be able to keep up with the course. Not recommended for high school students.

The complete syllabus may be found here:

Chem S20-2014-syllabus.pdf

Section & Lab assignments:

S20 Section Rooms 2014.pdf

Section and Lab Assignments.pdf

Austin's Office Hours, Weeks 4-6, in Science Center 116B 

     Monday, 1:30-2:30

     Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-12:30

     and by appointment (email

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