Session S41c (Wednesday, 9:30am, Wartik 110)

P659: Incorporating the primary literature into undergraduate organic chemistry

David Peitz (Wayne State College, USA)

Bringing real life applications to the classroom can be an effective method of maintaining student interest in chemistry.  It is also a great way to keep current with new synthetic methods and techniques and to introduce the primary literature to the students.  With electronic access to the literature, students can do basic searches, retrieve articles you have referenced for them, and complete assignments as instructed.  A mix of synthesis and theoretical projects that are derived from the literature will be presented.  These projects range from pheromones to flavanoids in beer to pharmaceuticals like Celecoxib that they are familiar with from TV.  These projects use only reactions found in a undergraduate organic chemistry course such as methylation, Claison and aldol condensations, imine and enamine reactions, protecting groups, epoxidations, diol formations, and rearrangements.

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