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Organic Chemistry -- Week 1 Material

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Organic Chemistry
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Organic Chemistry—Week 1 Material Chapter 1: Structure and Bonding Section 1.1 The Periodic Table • Atoms: the building blocks of all matter o Nucleus: contains positively charged protons and uncharged neutrons o Electron cloud: composed of negatively charged electrons         ü In a neutral atom, the number of protons in the nucleus equals the number of electrons. • Atomic number: the number of protons in an atom • Charged ions: o Cations: positively charged ions, have fewer electrons than its neutral form o Anions: negatively charged ions, have more electrons than its neutral form • Isotopes: two atoms of the same element having a different number of neutrons • Mass number: the total number of protons and neutrons in the nucleus of an atom • Deuterium (D): the isotope of hydrogen o Most common has one proton and no neutrons o .02% have one proton and one neutron ü means notesition     • Atomic weight: the weighted average of the mass of all isotopes of a particular element, reported in atomic mass units (amu) • Periodic table: an arrangement of elements in groups of similar properties o Elements in the same row are similar in size o Elements in the same column have similar electronic and chemical properties ü Most elements that are routinely seen in organic compounds are located in the first and second row of the periodic table. ü Electrons are first added to the shells closest to the nucleus. • Orbitals: subshells contained within each electron shell; a region of space that is high in electron density o s, p, d, f… o The redistribution of electrons among nuclei is what controls chemical reactions o Most reactions occur when a filled orbital overlaps with an empty orbital to form a new bonding interaction ü An s-orbital has a sphere of electron density. o Lower in energy ü A p-orbital has a dumbbell shape and contains a node of electron density. o Higher in energy • means definition ü means notes                 • Valence electrons: the outermost electrons that are more loosely held than the electrons closer to the nucleus and participate in chemical reactions             Section 1.2: Bonding • Bonding: the joining of two atoms in a stable arrangement ü Bonding always leads to lowered energy and increased solubility. • Compounds: two or more elements joined ü Through bonding, atoms attain a complete outer shell of valence electrons. ü Through bonding, atoms attain a stable noble gas configuration of electrons o Have full octets o Atoms will gain, lose, or share electrons to get this configuration ü A first-row element like hydrogen can accommodate two electrons around it. • Octet rule: a second-row element is most stable with eight valence electrons around it. • means definition ü means notes     o Shared or unshared Ex. • Ionic bonding: results from the sharing of electrons between nuclei o “opposites attract” o electrostatic attraction between ions o form between atoms with a large difference in electronegativity (although there is no specific turning point value) • Covalent bonding: results from the sharing of electrons between nuclei ü Sometimes a compound can have both covalent and ionic character. ü Ionic bonds usually occur between elements on the far left side of the periodic table with elements on the far right side of the periodic table. o Resulting ions are held together by extremely strong electrostatic interactions o Salts (ex. NaCl) ü The transfer of electrons forms stable salts composed of cations and anions. ü Covalent bonding occurs with elements like carbon in the middle of the periodic table, which would otherwise have to gain or lose several electrons to form an ion. ü A covalent bond is a two-electron bond o Form molecules ü For second row elements…. Predicted # of bonds = 8 – # of valence electrons Nonbonded pair of electrons = unshared pa ir – lone pair • means definition ü means notes     • Lone pairs: unshared electrons o Represented by a pair of dots • Lewis structures: electron dot representations for molecules (communicate composition and structure/shape of molecules) 1. Draw only valence electrons 2. Give every second row element no more than 8 electrons 3. Give each hydrogen 2 electrons ü After placing all electrons in bonds and lone pairs, use a lone pair to form a multiple bond if an atom does not have an octet. • Formal charge: the charge assigned to individual atoms in a Lewis structure Formal charge = # of valence electrons - # of electrons an atom “owns” *An atom “owns” all of its unshared electrons and half of its shared electrons ü The sum of the formal charges on the individual atoms equal the net charge of the molecule or ion. ü If no formal charge is labeled, it is assumed to be zero. Section 1.4: Isomers • Isomers: different molecules having the same molecular formula and charge ü Nature favors states of the lower potential energy. ü Nature does not like to build charge. • means definition ü means notes     • Constitutional isomers: isomers that have the same molecular formula, but the connectivity of their atoms is different • Stereoisomers: isomers that differ only in the special arrangements of their atoms o Not superposable Section 1.5: Exceptions to the Octet Rule ü Most of the common elements in organic compounds (C, N, O, and the halogens) follow the octet rule. ü Exceptions: o Hydrogen o Boron o Beryllium o Phosphorus o Sulfur Section 1.6: Resonance • Resonance structures: two Lewis structures having the same placement of atoms but a different arrangement of electrons o Each contributes some character to the resonance hybrid o Are NOT two “resonating” structures of a molecule • Resonance hybrid: the true structure, a composite of both resonance structures • means definition ü means notes     o More stable than any resonance structure because it delocalizes electron density over a larger volume o Each resonance structure contributes equally to the hybrid • Resonance stabilized: when a molecule has two or more resonance structures ü Resonance structures are NOT isomers o Resonance structures only differ in the arrangement of electrons. ü Two resonance structures differ in the position of multiple bonds and nonbonded electrons. The placement of atoms and single bonds always stays the same. ü DO NOT give second-row elements (B, C, N, O) more than a full octet! ü Two resonance structures must have the same number of unpaired electrons. ü Resonance structures must be valid Lewis structures. • Curved arrow notation: a convention that shows how electron position differs between two resonance forms o “push” electrons into new arrangements o not just used for resonance structures o must then reassign formal charges • Major contributor: the “better” resonance structure that the hybrid looks similar to o ”Better” structures have more bonds and fewer charges • means definition ü means notes     o Most stable – full octets o Have any negative charge associated with the most electronegative atoms • Minor contributors: all other resonance structures ü 2 Differences Between Each Resonance Structure: o position of multiple bond o site of a charge Section 1.7: Determining Molecular Shape • Bond length: the average distance between the centers of two bonded angles o decreases across a row of the periodic table as the size of the atom decreases o increases down a column of the periodic table as the size of an atom increases § longer = weaker & shorter = stronger • Bond angle: determines the shape around any atom bonded to two other atoms • VSEPR (valence shell electron pair repulsion) theory: electrons repel each other, so the most stable arrangement keeps groups as far away from each other as possible • Linear molecule: an atom surrounded by two groups o Bond angle: 180° ü Ignore multiple bonds when predicting geometry; count only atoms and lone pairs • Trigonal planar: an atom surrounded by three groups • means definition ü means notes     o Bond angle: 120° • Tetrahedral: an atom surrounded by four groups o Bond angle: 109.5° • Square planar: an atom surrounded by four groups o Bond angle: 90° ü Rules for Drawing Molecular Shapes: o A solid line = bond in the plane o A wedge = bond in the front of plane o A dashed line = bond behind the plane • Trigonal pyramidal: an atom that has three groups attached as well as a lone pair o Bond angle: 107° • means definition ü means notes     • Bent: a type of linear shape with a different bond angle o Bond angle: 105° ü The lone pairs take up slightly more space to ease electron-electron repulsion • Condensed structures: o All atoms are drawn in, but the two electron bond lines are generally omitted o Atoms are usually drawn next to the atoms to which they are bonded o Parentheses are used around similar groups bonded to the same atom o Lone pairs are omitted (applicable to atoms other than C and H) o Have to write in double bonds § Exception: NOT when C is bonded to O because it’s obviously a double bond Ex. • means definition ü means notes     • Heteroatom: any atom that is not C or H • Skeletal structures: o Assume there is a carbon atom at the junction of any two lines or at the end of any line o Assume there are enough hydrogens around each carbon to make it tetravalent o Draw in a heteroatoms and the H’s directly bonded to them o Label formal charges o Included multiple bonds o Lone pairs implied Ex. ü The charge determines the number of lone pairs. Negatively charged carbon atoms have one lone pair and positively charged carbon atoms have none. ü Skeletal structures often leave out lone pairs on heteroatoms. Section 1.9: Hybridization • Sigma ( ) bond: a bond that concentrates electron density between nuclei o Cylindrically symmetrical because the electrons forming the bond are distributed symmetrically about an imaginary line connecting two nuclei • means definition ü means notes     o A sigma bond concentrates electron density on the axis that joins two nuclei. All single bonds are sigma bonds. ü If two atoms are not able to form a bond together, they experience anti-bonding, which is actually weakening the bond between the atoms and increasing the energy of the molecule, encouraging them to separate • Excited state: the higher energy electron configuration • Hybridization: the combination of two or more atomic orbitals to form the same number of hybrid orbitals, each having the same shape and energy ü Sp3 hybrids are formed from one s orbital and three p orbitals (hybrid orbitals) • means definition ü means notes     ü During hybridization, a given number of atomic orbitals hybridize to form an equivalent number of hybrid orbitals o One 2s orbital and three 2p orbitals form four sp3 orbitals o One 2s orbital and two 2p orbitals form three sp2 orbitals o One 2s orbital and one 2p orbital form two sp orbitals Section 1.10: Ethane, Ethylene, and Acetylene • Ethane: CH3CH3 o Each carbon is tetrahedral o Each carbon is sp3 hybridized o All bonds are sigma bonds o Rotation can occur around the central C—C sigma bond • Ethylene: C2H4 • means definition ü means notes     o Each carbon is trigonal planar o Each carbon is sp2 hybridized o Each C—H bond is a pi bond and a sigma bond o Rotation cannot occur around the C=C bond • Acetylene: C2H2 o Each carbon is linear o Each carbon is sp hybridized o Each C—H bond is a sigma bond o The triple bond is two pi bonds and a sigma bond Section 1.11: Bond Length and Bond Strength ü As the number of electrons between two nuclei increases, bonds become shorter and stronger o Thus, triple bonds are shorter and stronger than double bonds, which are shorter and stronger than single bonds ü Double bonds consisting of both sigma and pi bonds are strong. However, the pi component of the double bond is much weaker than that of the sigma bond. • Percent s-character: the fraction of a hybrid orbital due to the 2s orbital used to form it o Sp = 1 2s orbital / 2 hybrid orbitals = 50% o Sp2 = 1 2s orbital / 3 hybrid orbitals = 33% • means definition ü means notes     o Sp3 = 1 2s orbital / 4 hybrid orbitals = 25% Increased percent s-characterà increased bond strengthàdecreased bond length Section 1.12: Electronegativity and Bond Polarity • Electronegativity: a measure of an atom’s attraction for electrons in a bond o Increases across a period as the nuclear charge increases (excluding noble gases) o Decreases down a group as the atomic radius increases, pushing valence electrons farther from the nucleus ü Electronegativity is used as a guideline to indicate whether the electrons in a bond are equally shared or unequally shared between two atoms o Bonding between atoms of different electronegativity values results in the unequal sharing of electrons ü Usually a polar bond will be one in which the electronegativity difference between two atoms is ≥ .5 units • Electrostatic potential map: a color corded map that illustrates areas of high and low electron density 1.13: Polarity of Molecules ü Determining if a molecule is polar: o Identify all of the polar bonds and their directions • means definition ü means notes     o Determine geometry o Decide if individual dipoles cancel or reinforce each other 1.14: L-Dopa—A Representative Organic Molecule • L-Dopa: a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease • means definition ü means notes    


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