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Abstract Volume 9 Issue 1 (2004) pp 1-3

Using Heterocyclic Chemistry as an End-of-the-Year Review Tool in First-Year Organic Chemistry

Donald C. Bowman

Department of Science, Math, and Engineering, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA 24502, bowmand@cvcc.vccs.edu
Received October 14, 2003. Accepted November 22, 2003.

Published online: 22 January 2004

Abstract. Presenting a short lecture package that introduces heterocyclic chemistry at the end of the first-year organic chemistry course allows the instructor to include this often casually mentioned or ignored topic in the context of a course review prior to the final exam. Three 50-minute lectures review concepts such as resonance, aromaticity, NMR interpretation, electrophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic aromatic substitution, organometallic chemistry, and the structure of biomolecules. Students enjoy reviewing course concepts in the context of molecules that form the basic units for many important biomolecules.

Key Words: In the Classroom; organic chemistry; heterocyclic chemistry; teaching technique

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: bowmand@cvcc.vccs.edu)

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Issue date: February 1, 2004

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