CHEM2040 Introduction to Organic and Polymer Chemistry

CHEM2040  Introduction to Organic and Polymer Chemistry (Formerly 84.204)


This course is a one-semester overview of organic chemistry for plastics engineering majors. Organic chemistry and its associated principles underscore a broad component of the plastics engineering curriculum. It is desirable therefore for such students to develop a basic appreciation of the fundamental reactions in organic chemistry, as well as an understanding of the interaction of organic compounds with their environment. Students will therefore be expected to secure a basic undersanding of, e.g., chemical bonding, the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, substitution and elimination reactions, reactions of organic alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, and amine compounds. When appropriate, examples will be provided that relate to those typical polymerization reactions (e.g. free-radical or ionic) employed to manufacture commercial polymer materials. Coverage will include synthesis of organic chemicals and polymers from natural and sustainable materials.


Pre-Req: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I; Plastics Engineering majors only.