Organic Chemistry

Fall - September 24–December 4, 2022
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Frank Ciulla
One year of high school chemistry

Course Description

Organic Chemistry is one of the foundational subjects for students who want to be biology, chemistry, or pre-medical majors in college. This course will introduce students to many of the very interesting and useful concepts found in a typical college organic chemistry curriculum but at a level that is accessible to most high school students. The course covers the properties, reactions, structural shape, and synthesis of various “classic” organic compounds like alcohols. The course also includes the basic organic reaction types and mechanisms like elimination, substitution, and addition. Students will learn how to use data to determine the reaction mechanism for a synthesis and the structural formula of an organic compound. There is an emphasis on three types of spectroscopies: infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectroscopy and on the three- dimensional aspect (isomers) of organic molecules. Biochemical pathways like the Kreb’s Cycle and the synthesis of a nucleotide are analyzed in detail to show students that all life - including their own - is a series of organic chemistry reactions.

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ORGN0104 | Call Number: 17554

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Frank Ciulla

Frank Ciulla holds a B.A. with honors in chemistry from Oberlin College and an M.A. in molecular biology from Columbia University. He did research at Harvard Medical School, where he located and sequenced hormone genes, and Columbia University, where he studied gene regulation in bacteria and cancer-causing viruses. Ciulla has been a faculty member at The Collegiate School, Regis High School, and New York University. He has taught Pre-Engineering Physics and Advanced Science Topics at Columbia. Ciulla is the president and owner of Hudson Educational Services, where he tutors students in all levels of math and science, and he writes textbooks for online publication.

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